Latest News at the Institute

Here we collect current press releases, impressions of recent events, publications such as professional articles, professional portraits or interviews in online media or other interesting news. Each department and each area bundles these news according to subject area and interests on the individual pages. There they also provide further exciting information such as job vacancies or upcoming events.


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Blog Post / 16.5.2022

Machine Learning (ML) and Trust – To Be Continued

In the last post of our AI blog, we opened up the topic of »Explainability of Artificial Intelligence« (AI), which we want to continue in this blog post:


News / 16.5.2022

New »Fraunhofer Research Manager«

Dr. Valeria Bartsch from the division »High Performance Computing« has received the »Fraunhofer Research Manager« certificate. In the predicate program, selected Fraunhofer talents learn to shape their ability to act at the interface between science and industry and the targeted, effective transfer of research results.


Blogpost Newsletter / 11.5.2022

Robust Through the Crisis With Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance

In times of delivery problems and rising energy prices, condition-based and predictive maintenance provides the basis for good planning. Our colleague Dr Benjamin Adrian reports in the german newsletter of the Economic Development Corporation (WFG).


Software News / 12.5.2022

New ToolIP Version

Our new ToolIP version is here! Our software »ToolIP – Tool for Image Processing« supports interactive development in image processing. The new version offers among other things new useful plug-ins and functions. Feel free to request a demo version!


Press Release / 28.4.2022

Digital Twins and Terahertz Waves Ensure Quality

The Fraunhofer ITWM will again be present at the international trade fair for quality assurance »Control« in Stuttgart. From May 3 to 6, our researchers show their testing systems for assuring product quality in industrial environments in hall 6, booth 6301. 


Article / 27.4.2022

Reporting Delay and Fewer Tests

Omicron appears to be pushing Corona statistics to their limits. The incidence is increasingly inaccurate, and the hospitalization rate lags behind. Experts therefore warn against being blinded by the current figures.

Our team around Dr. Jan Mohring supports with mathematics and simulation to approach the current dark figure in Germany. Read more in the Hessenschau article:


Press Release / 25.4.2022

Math Ins-π-res Not Only on Girls' Day

[Only available in German]

On April 28, girls can try out various digital workshops and livestreams at Fraunhofer, learn about exciting professions and come into direct contact with female scientists. Of course, our female researchers will also show their exciting fields of work. Ins-π-ration will also come from Youtuber Susanne Scherer aka MathemaTrick, who is originally from Kaiserslautern.


Streuspanne Blogpost / 20.4.2022

How (In)Dependent Are Multiple Antigen Tests at a Time?

[Only available in German]

Do several Corona rapid tests in a row increase the reliability of the result? In one of the last blog posts, we cautiously approached this question. Now we want to close this gap. Because tests are not really independent of each other, but show correlations. But how can such correlations play out?


Press Release / 20.4.2022

Innovative Simulation for the Food Industry

Whether cleaning, stirring, kneading or injection processes – MESHFREE can be used to reliably simulate food technology processes. The software product developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer SCAI uses grid-free simulations to map physical processes. This year, the institutes will again be represented at Anuga FoodTec from April 26 to 29 in Hall 7.1 at Stand A049.


New Project / 14.4.2022

Standards for the Future Technology Quantum Computing

With the BMBF-funded project »QCStack«, our researchers are pursuing a clear vision: the development of a technology- and vendor-independent software stack for quantum computers. Together with project partners, we are developing software that is needed for the initialization and continuous operation of quantum computers. 


Streuspanne Blogpost / 8.4.2022

Does Coincidence Really Exist?

Mathematics is the science of the infinite, statistics that of chance. However, Albert Einstein said specifically about chance: »That in which our calculations fail, we call chance.« In the latest blog, our statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler deal with the topic of chance, as in the accompanying podcast.


Video / 4.4.2022

Air Filter for Good Weather

[The Video is only available in German] Employees of our institute are conducting joint research with IANUS and Fraunhofer IBP on the positioning of air purifiers. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and simulation, the placement is to be optimized. Not only the well-known weather expert Sven Plöger, but also our colleague Dr. Christian Leithäuser has his say in the video. 


Short News / 23.3.2022

ALMA-Project Video

Our experts Dr. Konrad Steiner and Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele talk in the video as part of the »Meet the Partners« campaign about what makes the ALMA project so special, what expertise we bring to the project and why we as partners are convinced that this will bring us a little closer to more sustainable driving. 


Streuspanne Podcast / 23.3.2022

Does Coincidence Really Exist?

Today's episode is all about the topic of coincidence. How is the term »coincidence« defined mathematically and what conclusions arise from this for everyday situations that we describe as coincidence? As always, we answer these and a few more questions for you from the perspective of statistics and mathematics.


Press Release / 23.3.2022

The Next Generation of OCT Layer Thickness Measurement Systems

Our researchers use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure the thickness of very thin layers and are developing the next generation of these measurement systems in »Dünnschicht-OCT«. In the process, the experts are pushing into layer thickness ranges of less than 2 µm. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).


Press Release / 23.3.2022

Ministerial Director hands over funding notification for ENERDIG

The efficient use of energy is becoming increasingly important. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate also wants to combat climate change and is therefore promoting our »ENERDIG« project. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich handed over the funding notification to Institute Director Anita Schöbel and Project Manager Dietmar Hietel. [Only available in German]


Fraunhofer-Podcast / 14.3.2022

Podcast »Pandemic Modeling«

[only available in German] With the help of mathematical models, our researchers can look a few weeks into the future of the pandemic.

In this episode of the Fraunhofer Podcast, they not only explain how to use mathematics to build a pandemic glass sphere, but also answer the question of when the pandemic will finally be over.


Shortnews / 8.3.2022

Scalable Production of ATMPs (Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products)

ATMPs are a groundbreaking development for the treatment of cancer or hereditary diseases as well as regenerative medicine. Our division »Optimization« was involved in the publication of a Fraunhofer position paper on this from the »Pharmaproduction« innovation programme.


Streuspanne Blog Entry / 3.3.2022

Are Multiple Antigen Tests in a Row More Reliable?

A reader's question brought us to the topic of this blog post: How much does the reliability of antigen tests increase if you test yourself more than once? Answers to this question are provided, as always, by our blogging statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler.


Press Release / Research News / 1.3.2022

CT Analysis of Concrete Beams

Concrete’s properties as a material have made it an essential part of today’s construction methods. Alongside its many advantages, however, this universal favorite has its share of drawbacks – the most prominent being that its heterogeneous nature makes it difficult to dimension components and structures on the basis of simulations. Now, our researchers are developing analysis software designed for computed tomography.


Article / 22.2.2022

Digitalized Machine Tools

[Only available in German]

How do I monitor and forecast the wear stock? Our »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control« department and Berger Holding GmbH are jointly developing a monitoring system that addresses precisely this question.


Press Release / 11.2.2022


What is the potential of ammonia as hydrogen storage for the development of a reactor concept? This is what Fraunhofer IMM and Fraunhofer ITWM are investigating in the AMMONPAKTOR project. Funding is provided by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich of the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Science and Health handed over the decision.


Podcast Streuspanne / 11.2.2022

Curious Embarrassments in Statistics

Would you admit to ever having relieved yourself in a lake? Probably many of us would be reluctant to answer that honestly. But how does science deal with such awkward questions, how to get closer to the statistical truth? Today's podcast episode is all about »embarrassing characteristics« – our statisticians tell us what role social desirability plays.


Students Competition / 10.2.2022

ECMI Students Competition 2022

How to simulate fatigue effects in muscles? We had a hand in this question for the competition: Together with our spin-off fleXstructures GmbH and the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre for Industrial Mathematics FCC, we are researching human models for the digital factory. Dr. Joachim Linn is also on the prize committee.


Technical Article konstruktionspraxis / 7.2.2022

Mobile Machines in Software Testing

Developing new product generations of commercial vehicles or construction machinery is complex. With Hardware-in-the-Loop, our researchers offer the possibility to reproduce machines in a software simulation with a digital twin and to test them virtually. The article is only available in German, but you can find out more on our website in English.



Award / 1.2.2022

Fraunhofer ITWM Awarded With FamilyLogo

Our institute has received an award! With the FamilyLogo, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft recognizes outstanding framework conditions for the compatibility of work and private life. Areas of assessment include flexible working options, childcare services, the organization of parental leave and the return to work.

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