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.

 

In addition to the latest news, you will find further press releases and publications in our archive.

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Short News / 28.9.2022

Bitkom Working Group High Performance and Quantum Computing

Our colleague Dr. Valeria Bartsch was elected to the board of Bitkom's High Performance and Quantum Computing working group. »Our goal is also to inform small companies about the importance of high-performance computing and to facilitate access,« says our expert. Because HPC is now essential for competitiveness. 

 

Neue Videoserie / 27.9.2022

Tell us your Lautrer Math Story!

is the motto of our new video series. Kaiserslautern, a medium-sized, charming city in the Palatinate Forest. Unknown to many: Pioneering technologies are developed on the Science Mile. The TU Kaiserslautern with the Department of Mathematics and we, the largest institute for industrial mathematics, are within walking distance of each other and all benefit from the synergies. Behind this are very special stories of mathematicians:

 

Felix Klein Academy / 26.9.2022

Fall School 2022

Once a year, the Felix Klein Academy organizes a fall school for the Felix Klein Fellows, which focuses on mathematical modeling. Supported by mathematicians from the Fraunhofer ITWM and the TU Kaiserslautern, the students learn to solve problems with the help of applied mathematics during this week. The groups present the results in a plenary session at the end of the week.

 

Press Release / 23.9.2022

2.8 Million for Competence Center Quantum Computing

The competence center »Quantum HPC and Algorithms for Industry« at Fraunhofer ITWM is entering the next round. This future technology is funded by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with a total of five million euros. The Minister for Science and Health, Clemens Hoch, handed over the notification of funding.  [Only available in German]

 

Press Release / 22.9.2022

Interactive Exhibition at Fraunhofer Center

I AM AI – What can Artificial Intelligence do? Does an AI make mistakes? How does a neural network learn? Curious people can get answers in the foyer of the Fraunhofer Center in Kaiserslautern, where they can get involved with AI. [Press Release only available in German, exhibition also in English]

 

InnoVisions Article / 22.9.2022

Better Networked With 5G

Regenerative power generation runs at full speed when the wind is strong or the sun is shining brightly. To better coordinate energy supply and demand, power plants and supply networks must be intelligently networked. 5G provides a basis for this. The online magazine InnoVisions reports on our project »5Gain«.

 

Press Release / 20.9.2022

Swiss Actuarial Association honors Professor Ralf Korn

The Swiss Actuarial Association (SAV) held a meeting in which Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn participated. He founded the department »Financial Mathematics« of the Fraunhofer ITWM and headed it for many years. Now he has been elected as a corresponding member of the SAV.  [Only available in German]

 

Short News / 12.09.2022

ITWM Research in the Annual Report of the ECMI

The European Consortium for Mathematics in the Industry (ECMI) has published its annual report for the year 2021 and our institute is represented here several times. A main contribution is the article on the international KLAIM conference 2021 (page 26). Interesting are also the articles on the event »Mathematics Meets Industry 2022« (page 30) and on the project »THREAD« (page 43), where Fraunhofer ITWM is also involved.

 

Research News / 1.9.2022

Algorithms for Manufacturing mRNA-Based Pharmaceuticals

In addition to the development of a Corona vaccine, the company BioNTech is also interested in research on personalized mRNA-based therapy against cancer. For both applications, a team of ITWM researchers has developed two software platforms for the optimal planning and control of the production processes in cooperation with BioNTech.

 

Press Release / 29.8.2022

High-Tech Meets Tradition – Research Meets Design

The Fraunhofer network »Science, Art and Design« invites you to its annual summer camp. From August 28 to September 3, creative students and Fraunhofer researchers will come together at the Schweinstal natural stone quarry to develop innovative concepts and prototypes in an ideas competition. The theme: »Future Living – High-Tech meets Tradition«. [only German]

 

Podcast Streuspanne / 15.8.2022

Statistics in Court – True Crime and False Probabilities

Whether Ted Bundy, Charles Manson or Jack The Ripper – True Crime is becoming more and more popular. Statistically speaking, true crime podcasts are now among the most popular podcast formats, so we thought: exciting cases should not be missing in our statistics podcast. Feel free to listen!

 

Press Release / 5.8.2022

YRS 22 Brings Together Doctoral Students from Landau and Kaiserslautern

The Young Researchers Symposium (YRS 2022) took place for the fifth time at the Fraunhofer Center in Kaiserslautern on July 22. This year's winners impressed with topics such as the Netflix algorithm, cat (pictures), mosquitoes and a lot of humor.

 

Short News / 4.8.2022

Best Paper Award for Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn

Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn is a consultant at our institut and founder of the department »Financial Mathematics« and has now been awarded the MDPI's 2021 Best Paper Awards for his paper on »Machine Learning in Least-Squares Monte Carlo Proxy Modeling of Life Insurance Companies«. Congratulations!

 

Short News / 3.8.2022

Lifetime Achievement Award for Prof. Dr. Helmut Neunzert

Prof. Dr. Helmut Neunzert, co-founder and former director of our institute, is honoured for his life's work with the Future Prize by the Pfalz District Association. Dr. Klaus Dreßler, head of our division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering«, gives the laudatory speech at the award ceremony.  
[Only available in German]

 

Press Release / 27.7.2022

Minister Hands Over Funding Certificate for »MultiskalenBEV«

[only available in German]
In the project »MultiskalenBEV«, researchers are focusing on customized and intelligent solutions in the virtual product development of e-vehicles. The project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Health of Rhineland-Palatinate. Yesterday, Minister Clemens Hoch handed over the funding certificate.

 

BMBF Brochure / 26.7.2022

Battery Research Brochure

The new german brochure »Battery Research in Germany – Materials, Processes, Cell Manufacturing« from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides an overview of selected initiatives and various projects. Our expert Dr. Jochen Zausch is included with a statement on battery research and computer simulations on page eight. [only available in German]

 

Press Release / 25.7.2022

High Performance Center Achieves Top Position

For the first time, a panel of experts from Fraunhofer evaluated all 21 High Performance Centers of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

The result: The High Performance Center Simulation and Software Based Innovation in Kaiserslautern takes first place.

 

Press Release / 20.7.2022

Pandemic Prevention With Statistics Software

The pandemic confronted Germany's public health departments with major challenges. Help also came from mathematics: Together with partners, we used statistical modeling to support the health offices in the multitude of decisions that had to be made on a daily basis. Now the »EsteR« project is coming to an end and we can present some exciting results and tools – tools that will also be relevant in the future.

 

Newsletter Article / 14.7.2022

Simulator-Supported Product Development

For more than ten years, Volvo Construction Equipment has been using our interactive driving and operating simulator »RODOS« for simulator-based production development. Our experts Dr.-Ing. Michael Kleer and Dr. Sebastian Emmerich from the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Development« report in an article in the newsletter of the »Commercial Vehicle Cluster Südwest« (CVC). [Article only available in German]

 

Podcast Streuspanne / 5.7.2022

Statistics Prove – Parapsychology Is (Not) Humbug

What actually makes us scientists? We mean »real sciences« and not pseudo-sciences like parapsychology, presumably our scientific methods, which also include empirical studies! Unfortunately, we pat ourselves on the back with this demarcation too early. Because especially the parapsychology manages again and again to hold significant studies under the nose of us »real scientists« – from telepathy up to smart-talking rats. [only available in German]

 

InnoVisions Article and Video / 30.6.2022

Girls'Day 2022 Recap

Unfortunately, women are still significantly underrepresented in STEM fields. As part of Girls' Day, schoolgirls gain practical experience that arouses their interest and shows them future prospects. We also took part with digital offerings, and this year more than 200 schoolgirls learned about our career paths in a playful way and in discussions with our experts – the review shows that it was a complete success.

 

Press Release / 29.6.2022

Rhineland-Palatinate Looks Ahead to Autumn

For a good two and a half years now, the Corona virus has been presenting our society with ever new challenges. What have we learned so far in dealing with the pandemic and what do we need to prepare for in the coming months? Minister President Malu Dreyer discussed these questions with the Corona team of experts, which includes our Division Director Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer.

 

InnoVisions / 28.6.2022

Quantum Computing for the Big Picture

Can quantum computers calculate Germany's entire energy system? Determining the exact amount of energy needed at that moment is almost an impossibility, especially for conventional computers. But perhaps it can be done with quantum computers? The project EnerQuant wants to clarify what opportunities opens up here. [Article only available in German]

 

Press Release / 22.6.2022

Prof. Rangaraj Is the First Fellow of the Fraunhofer ITWM

Science lives from the exchange, not only with the colleagues on site; equally important are impulses from outside. Therefore, we have established a Fellow Program: Prominent guest scientists come to the institute and dedicate themselves to a topic together with our researchers. We asked our first Fellow Prof. Rangaraj a few questions.

 

InnoVisions / 21.6.2022

Faster with Quantum Algorithms

The development of new composite materials is precision work. The micrometer-sized structures of the high-performance materials must later ensure the functionality, durability and safety of complex components for aircraft fuselages, wind turbine rotors or in buildings. We already have excellent mathematical methods. One problem lies with computation time. Is the solution quantum computing? Will it soon make everything much faster? [only available in German]

 

 

Newsletter / 10.6.2022

Further Develop Corrosion Protection

We are involved in the EU project VIPCOAT for innovative corrosion protection technologies. In a just published newsletter our colleague Dr. Peter Klein talks about his work in the project:

 

Interviews / 10.6.2022

Is a Corona Summer Wave Coming?

Is the Omikron BA.5 variant threatening another Corona wave this summer? This question was posed by the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) to our institute director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, among others. 

SWR also looked at the spread of the latest variant and interviewed our »Optimization« Division Manager Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer on the subject.

[both only available in German]

 

Press Release / 9.6.2022

Using Energy Efficiently With Math

The topic of energy is more present than ever before: Both industry and private households are facing new challenges.

Our Experts have been developing innovative methods and models for the energy sector for several years. From June 21 to 23, the researchers will present the most exciting energy projects at the leading trade fair E-world.

 

InnoVisions / 7.6.2022

Time is Money

In the future magazine InnoVisions, Dr. Jonas Koppe, research coordinator for quantum computing at Fraunhofer ITWM, explains how new technologies can be used to better assess the risks of investments. [only available in German]

 

Whitepaper / 3.6.2022

Federated Learning: Whitepaper published

Federated learning is a novel, decentralized AI method where only the locally learned models are shared instead of the data. Coordinating the participating devices is a complex issue that requires a scalable and fault-tolerant runtime environment.

 

Short News / 23.5.2022

Application »MePrecise« in the final

Our institute director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel is co-speaker at the future cluster initiative »Clusters4Future«. The focus of our competition contribution »MePrecise« is on ultra-precision and microtechnologies. The final selection will take place in summer 2022. 

 

Streuspanne Blog Entry / 20.5.2022

What Helps Mask That Are Barely Worn?

The Corona pandemic seems to be disappearing from our everyday lives and minds, and with it the masks from our faces. It feels like only half of the people still wear a mask in the supermarket. So today our blogging colleagues are asking the question: What good are masks that are hardly worn any more?

 

Press Release / 20.5.2022

»Open Digitalization Alliance« enters second round

The successful collaboration continues: The joint project »Open Digitalization Alliance Palatinate« of the Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern TUK enters the second funding phase. 

 

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.

 

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:

 

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!

 

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).

 

Interview / 29.4.2022

Antenne Kaiserslautern: Interview about the KI Pilot

Our ITWM colleague Dr. Henrike Stephani was a guest at Antenne Kaiserslautern for an episode of »Herzlich Digital ins Wochenende« and answered questions about the position and tasks of Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, our institute director, as an AI Pilot.

[Only available in German]

 

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 hessenschau.de / 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. 

 

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]

 

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).

 

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 ingenieur.de / 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.

 

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.

 

Press Release / 11.2.2022

Funding for AMMONPAKTOR

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.

 

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.

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