What is the Fraunhofer ITWM already contributing to fighting the corona crisis? Which activities are planned next?
Several research projects have already started and many more are in the planning stage. In a special corona overview on our website, we will in future collect all the news about the topic on which we can already report.
It is exciting to see in how many very different areas we can contribute with mathematical research to overcome the corona crisis. The first thing that comes to mind is of course mathematical models for simulating the spread of Covid-19. Several of our departments are working on this. It's all about analyzing the data, determining the parameters and the actual simulation, for which we have extended existing simulation models. The results and visualizations based on these models can then be used to evaluate possible measures and select the best ones.
A completely different area concerns protective clothing: How can certifiable protective clothing be produced? How long does a respirator last before it becomes wet? We can also provide support for medical applications, e.g. microradiological examinations of the lungs to detect Covid-19 or the construction of completely new rapid test procedures and their automated evaluation.
Yet another area concerns the planning of reliable logistics chains to maintain supply. The ITWM can also contribute expertise in this area.