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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Press Release / 22.7.2021

Anita Schöbel Becomes President of the European OR Societies

New Position for the Director of the Fraunhofer ITWM


Short News / 7.7.2021

Kickoff for the BMBF Project QuSAA

On June 1, the QuSAA project was launched. The abbreviation stands for Quantum Algorithms for Strategic Asset Allocation. In the project, we are developing quantum algorithms for the optimization of investment decisions together with JoS QUANTUM and R + V Lebensversicherung.

For complex optimization problems, quantum computers promise completely new possibilities in the future. QuSAA investigates the extent to which quantum computers can help to better manage the complexity of the problem.

Streuspanne Podcast / 28.6.2021

Do Statisticians Win More Often in Gambling?

Today our podcast is all about gambling. What is the expected value and how can we calculate the probability of winning the lottery or roulette? And can we now cheat with our newfound knowledge or have advantages in gambling? [Only available in German]

Press Release / 23.6.2021

Third Wave: Strong Effect of Rapid Testing in Schools

The third wave of the Corona pandemic is considered to be broken. Researchers at Fraunhofer ITWM have used the EpideMSE software to mathematically analyze the effects that different measures had in combating the pandemic. 

Press Release / 9.6.2021

Two Honors for Financial Mathematics

Franziska Diez is honored for her dissertation, Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn is elected DGVFM Chairman.

Blog Entry / 8.6.2021

AI Jungle: Categories of Algorithms

How do different algorithms actually work? In the blog of our EP-KI Team (Decision Support for Business Management Processes with the Help of New AI Methods), author Axel Preis and co-author Dr Stefanie Schwaar guide us through the categories in the AI jungle and thus provide more clarity.

Blog Entry / Streuspanne / 7.6.2021

Comparing Regional Incidences

In the Streuspanne Blog, the authors address the question: How comparable are incidences from different regions?

Press Release / 1.6.2021

Award for Many Years of Extraordinary Commitment

On 31 May, the board of the International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) will award the »InterPore Meritorious Service Medal« for the first time. The award winner is Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM. The award honours his many years of extraordinary commitment to the InterPore society.

Press Release / 14.5.2021

Technical Textiles simulated realistically

The »TexMath« software program simulates high-performance textiles, compression or sports clothing.

Blog / Streuspanne / 11.5.2021

Incidence Value Decreases While Mean Case Numbers Increase?

[Only available in German]

During the Corona pandemic, all sorts of statistical measures emerge to map the development. Sometimes the R-value is the measure of all things, then the 7-day incidence. It happens that measures that are supposed to mean the same thing show different trends. How can this be?

News / 5.5.2021

Optimizing Medical Care – Even More In Times Of Corona

Together with other scientific institutions, the Fraunhofer ITWM has investigated how medical care in rural areas can be ensured and improved, especially during the Corona pandemic. Mathematically based optimization and decision systems support the planning of ambulance transports, emergency pharmacy services and the establishment of vaccination centers. 

News / 5.5.2021

Position Paper Process Simulation with ITWM Expertise

[Only available in German]

Process simulation is an important tool in many industries. With the position paper »Process Simulation – Fit for the Future?«, researchers have addressed the present and future of the topic. Michael Bortz has also contributed his ITWM expertise on modelling, simulation and optimization (MSO).

Press Release / 4.5.2021

Corrosion Protection Through Digitization

Fraunhofer ITWM is involved in EU project VIPCOAT for innovative corrosion protection technologies.

Blog Entry / 28.4.2021

AI and Business Processes? How Do They Fit Together?

We at Fraunhofer ITWM are mostly mathematicians. Two major methods are »Artificial Intelligence« (AI) and »Machine Learning« (ML). They are also used in business management processes. In the new blog, the EP-KI team now reports on their work and activities around these topics.

Podcast Streuspanne / 27.4.2021

How Reliable Are Corona Rapid Tests?

[Only available in German]

From gargle to spit to lollipop tests, in this episode our podcast »Streuspanne« is dedicated to numbers and statistics around the topic of Corona self-tests. How reliable are they? Are there any studies on the subject? How should they be interpreted?

Press Release / 21.4.2021

Thickness Measurement at Top Speed

Together with TOPTICA Photonics, a manufacturer of lasers for research and semiconductor manufacturing, Fraunhofer ITWM has developed an industrial solution for inline coating-thickness measurement for ultra-high speed applications. This system enables 1600 thickness measurements per second for the first time and is thus suitable for use on fast-moving samples during ongoing production.

Press Release / 12.4.2021

Fraunhofer ITWM at the HMI 2021

[Only available in German]

The technologies of the future will be presented at the »HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition« from April 12 to 16, 2021: Fraunhofer ITWM is involved in two topics and contributes expertise in the fields of »quantum computing« and »machine learning«.

Press Release / 7.4.2021

High Performance Center Goes Into the Next Round

[only available in German]

Five years of successful research and transfer work can be followed by more: the »High Performance Center Simulation and Software Based Innovation« in Kaiserslautern receives further funding until the end of 2021.

Blog Entry/ Streuspanne / 1.4.2021

Do the Reporting Numbers Show Vaccination Success Yet?

[only available in German]

In all the back-and-forth around the lockdown, there is always a little positive news. Despite rising numbers, the death toll is falling. Do we only have to thank vaccination for that? Our experts Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler took a closer look at the numbers in our statistics blog »Streuspanne«:

Press Release / 6.4.2021

Quantum-Inspired Terahertz Spectroscopy With Visible Photons

The researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM are working on the detection of terahertz waves based on new quantum optical methods. A year ago, the renowned journal »Science Advances« reported on first successes. Now the next milestone has been reached.

Press Release / 29.3.2021

Using Rapid Testing to Get Out of Lockdown?

Are tests effective means to reduce the reproduction rate of Covid-19? Researchers at the Fraunhofer ITWM have modelled in a paper how mass rapid tests with tracking have as much leverage as contact restrictions to reduce the reproduction rate. In an interview, Dr Jan Mohring tells us more about the paper:

Press Release / 22.3.2021

Humboldt Award Winner Oseledets Comes to the ITWM

[Only availalbe in German]

The Humboldt Society promotes worldwide scientific exchange. Ivan Oseledts, professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Technology, has received one of the fellowships – he will conduct his abroad research at the Fraunhofer ITWM.

Podcast Streuspanne

»What Does Efficacy mean for Corona Vaccines?«

[Only available in German]

Corona Vaccination statistics – a huge topic everywhere! To bring light into the darkness, our blogging statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler discuss this topic with Esther Packullat in the first episode of the new podcast »Streuspanne – Statistik und ihre Kuriositäten«.

Podcast Datenaffaire / 18.3.2021

»Calculate the Dark Rate of Corona«

[Only available in German]

Our Streuspanne bloggers Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler are guests on Dr. Annika Bergbauer's podcast »Datenaffaire«. They talk about questions like: How do you calculate the corona dark figure? Are we at the beginning of the third wave? Mathematical answers can be found here: 

Press Release / 16.3.2021

AI Innovation Contest

A team of scientists from Fraunhofer ITWM and TU Kaiserslautern has won the first prize in the pilot innovation competition »Energy-efficient AI systems«. They participated with their project: »Holistic approach to optimize FPGA architectures for deep neural networks via AutoML - automatic machine learning (HALF)«. Congratulations!

Press Release / 3.3.2021

ALMA: Thinking Ahead to Electromobility

E-mobility and lightweight construction are two crucial building blocks of modern vehicle development to drive the energy transition. They are the focus of the ALMA project (Advanced Light Materials and Processes for the Eco-Design of Electric Vehicles). We are working together with eight European organizations to develop more sustainable vehicles. The ITWM supports with mathematical simulation expertise.

Article in the InnoVisions / 18.2.2021

»Farewell to the coffee break?«

 [Only availalbe in German]

The long waiting times at charging stations for electric vehicles are to become a thing of the past. The article by our colleague Jochen Zausch reports on the »structur.e« project, which is researching methods to improve the performance and charging capability of lithium-ion batteries in cars.

Guest Article ZEIT / 17.2.2021

»A Perspective Without Ups and Downs«

How much lockdown will a society tolerate? Together with six other scientists, our institute director Antia Schöbel outlines a plan against pandemic and polarization.

[Only available in German]

Interview / 15.2.2021

»Machine Learning and Big Data for Cable Simulation«

Our division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« is intensively involved in ECMI, was co-organizer of the web seminar and participated in the event with a presentation. This was an opportunity to find out what ECMI's activities are and where the current focus of research lies.

Press Release DFKI / 4.2.2021

AI for Crisis Teams

How do measures affect pandemic response at the municipal level? – In the AScore project, an expert system is being developed that presents crisis teams and decision-makers with needed simulations and information on pandemic progression for the municipal level. The BMBF-funded project is carried out by researchers of the DFKI together with the ITWM.

Blog Entry / Streuspanne / 14.1.2021

»About Lottery Booths, Donald Duck and Mutated Corona Viruses«

What's the connection between lottery booths, mutant Corona viruses, and Donald (yes, we're actually talking about the duck these days)? More about this in the new blogpost of the Streuspanne. 


Press releases, impressions of events, publications such as professional articles, professional portraits or interviews in online media or other interesting news from 2019


Press releases, impressions of events, publications such as professional articles, professional portraits or interviews in online media or other interesting news from 2020.

Regular Seminars and Events#

Some of our departments and divisions offer regular seminars and information events on specific topics.

Seminars from the Division Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering

[only available in German]


of the department »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control«


of the department »High Performance Computing«

Lecture Series »Blick über den Tellerrand«

[only available in German]