Latest News

Here we will inform you about the latest research topics, upcoming events and other news of the division »Optimization«.


PhD Students

We are permanently looking for PhD students in applied mathematics or process engineering. The offered doctoral theses are located in the fields of mathematical methods in process engineering and logistics.

Focusing is possible within the following topics depending on the interests of the doctoral candidate:

  • Multicriteria optimization in molecular dynamics
  • Planning of emergency locations under dynamic conditions
  • Optimal allocation of marketing budgets
  • Robust optimization in tactical supply chain management
  • Planning for the harvesting
  • Multicritical mixed-integer optimization for the use of renewable energies

 

 

News

 

Annual Report 2018/19

Take a look at our latest annual report. Find current highlights and projects of our division.

 

Press Release / 8.5.2019

Saving Energy in the Production of Chemicals

Fraunhofer ITWM wins one of the »Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes« in 2019.

 

Article / 30.1.2019

Fraunhofer Tool Used in Radiation Therapy

Our clinical decision support tool MCO was added to Varian’s Eclipse™ treatment planning system.

 

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

People in Research

Portrait of Katrin Teichert in the Annual Report 2016 of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Current Events

Workshop / Freiburg / 01/23/2020

Workshop Quantum Computing

Find out about possibilities and offers of quantum computing. Dr. Michael Bortz will talk about the potential of quantum computing for solving optimization problems.

Workshop / Kaiserslautern / 3/12/2020

Digitalisierung in der Pflege

[only available in German] Austausch von Wissenschaft und Praxis

New Projects in the Division

Komplexe Netzwerke in der Trinkwasserversorgung
© Fraunhofer ITWM
Komplexe Netzwerke in der Trinkwasserversorgung

COpt2 – Saving Energy in the Drinking Water Industry

The BMBF sponsored project, H₂Opt, provides prototype software that supports energy efficient design and operation of drinking water plants. It results in energy and cost savings during planning and operations involving the drinking water supply. The software is in daily use at the energy company EWR, located in Worms, Germany. Launched in 2019, a follow-up project is to expand the prototype for the more complex water supply networks in Landau and Jockgrim. We simplify and improve workflows and develop new concepts to prevent water supply shortages. The project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE). Initially, the priority is the investigation of pumping operations because that is where an estimated 30 percent on average can be saved in energy costs.

© Varian Medical Systems

Decision Support for Brachytherapy

In collaboration with Varian Medical Systems, our multi-criteria decision support system has been embedded in the world's leading radiotherapy planning software for cancer patients. Our goal for next year is to make interactive planning available not only for external radiation therapies (IMRT, VMAT) but also for brachytherapy. This therapy directs the radiation source either on the immediate vicinity of the tumor or into the tumor itself, raising new questions that have to be solved, for example, regarding the optimal positioning of the catheter for directing the radiation.