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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Press Release / 2.6.2023

Fraunhofer ITWM, Siriotek and Bematic Combine Their Nonwovens Expertise

Today, nonwoven fabrics play a central role in a number of industries. As demand for these versatile materials continues to grow, Bettarini & Serafini S.r.l, Siriotek GmbH and the Fraunhofer ITWM are now joining forces to enhance and develop air-lay technology for production of nonwovens.


Press Release 31.05.2023 / 31.5.2023

Two Awards for Financial Mathematics at Kaiserslautern

The DGVFM and the DAV have awarded the prestigious GAUSS Prize and three GAUSS Young Investigator Awards for outstanding scientific work: Dr. Simon Schnürch is awarded for his dissertation. Likewise, Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn was re-elected as DGVFM Chairman.


Portrait / 12.5.2023

Graduating Top of the Class – Internship at the Fraunhofer ITWM

Valentino Bizuga is halfway through his four-week internship at our institute, during which he can experience the professional world of mathematicians.

We took advantage of the occasion and our student assistant Antoinette Duus from the »Communication« team interviewed and portrayed the 19-year-old.


Press Release / 8.5.2023

Apply by May 31 for Mathematics Scholarship

A monthly support of 600 euros and a study-accompanying program - that is what the Felix Klein Center offers mathematics students at the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Bachelor's and Master's students as well as prospective first-year students can still apply until May 31 for the winter semester 2023/24.


Podcast Streuspanne / 20.4.2023

How Are TV Ratings Determined?

Whether it's Germany's Next Topmodel or TV events like the World Cup – time and again we hear that people decide to boycott programmes »out of principle« so as not to increase their ratings. But does that make a difference? The new podcast episode is about ratings. What is behind them and how are they collected?


Shortnews / 14.4.2023

New ToolIP-Version!

Our software »ToolIP – Tool for Image Processing« supports interactive development in image processing. In the new version we have especially optimized the user interface and performance. Please feel free to request a free demo from us!


Press Release / 31.3.2023

Math Camp: Final Selection for Mathematics Olympiad

For 13 students from Rhineland-Palatinate, the motto in June 2023 is: We are going to Berlin! They are the best of the Math Camp at the Department of Mathematics at RPTU and will represent Rhineland-Palatinate in the final round of the Mathematical Olympiad. The winners were announced today at our institute.


Shortnews / 28.3.2023

»Corona in RLP – A Wastewater Study«

With wastewater analyses on Corona and the scientific accompanying study »Observation and Early Warning System for SARS-CoV-2 Infections« (»SentiSurv«), scientists of our division »Optimization« and the department »Transport Processes« investigate the transition of the pandemic to endemicity in Rhineland-Palatinate (RLP).


Press Release / 21.3.2023

Interview with the EURO President

Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel has been President of the »Association of European Operational Research Societies« (EURO) since January 1, 2023. After her election in summer 2021, she was able to prepare for her term as »President Elect« for one year. We interviewed her about her tenure so far.


Press Release / 17.3.2023

Minister Clemens Hoch hands over funding decisions for »QUIP« and »MaTBiZ«

Science Minister Clemens Hoch brought two funding decisions to Kaiserslautern to support Quantum Initiative Rhineland-Palatinate (QUIP) and the project MaTBiZ.


Short News / 16.3.2023

Kaiserslautern Is ECMI Node For Two Weeks

The European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) has its own blog about news from the European maths community. In terms of content, every fortnight a different place is the so-called »Featured ECMI Node« and is responsible for the news. As of today (16 March 2023), we from Kaiserslautern are posting together with the Department of Mathematics of the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU).


Podcast Streuspanne / 15.3.2023

Micromort and Everyday Risks

In our new podcast episode, the two blogging statisticians Dr. Sascha Feth and Dr. Jochen Fiedler talk about the so-called »micromort«. This is a unit of measurement that can be used to measure lethal risks in everyday life. Risk assessment and evaluation is also a topic of the podcast conversation. [only available in German]


Video Report / 8.3.2023

Getting a Job as a Mathematician

Between strong coffee, dedicated project work, exciting online meetings and new algorithms – ARD alpha Uni accompanied our colleague Dr. Tobias Seidel in his everyday life at Fraunhofer ITWM. This short report makes one thing clear: even at the beginning of their careers, mathematicians change the world a little bit for the better – in line with our motto »Mathematics for a Good Future«. [Only available in German]


Video Series / 3.3.2023

Doing a PhD in Kaiserslautern

»The Kaiserslautern location is particularly interesting for mathematicians.« In addition to our institute, this is also due to the excellent teaching in the »Mathematics« at the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU).

Firoozeh Aga and Maxime Krier give insights into their »Lautrer Maths Story« in the latest video in our series.


Research News / Press Release / 1.3.2023

Seismic Imaging Provides an Insight Into the Earths Subsurface

The seismic reflection method involves sending acoustic waves thousands of meters under the Earth’s surface. The reflected signals provide scientists with information about the characteristics of the subsurface. Researchers at the Fraunhofer ITWM are able to process seismic data in greater detail.


Press Release / 27.2.2023

Faster to Reliable PCR Test Result

It sounds fun, but it is serious science, and that is why it is being funded by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Science and Health: FAST-MoPPS is the name of a new project for the development of mobile PCR tests. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich handed over the funding notification to the two Fraunhofer Institutes involved, IMM and ITWM, in Mainz.


International Day of Women Scientists / 11.2.2023

We Are Proud to Present: Dr. Petra Gospodnetić!

Today is International Women and Girls in Science Day! We are taking this opportunity to introduce you to our colleague, Dr. Petra Gospodnetić. After her studies, she found her way to the Fraunhofer ITWM during her studies via an internship and has been working in our department »Image Processing« ever since. To the portrait:


Press Release / 7.2.2023

EMILIE Makes Cement Mills More Energy Efficient

The future of industrial data processing is being taken over by so-called edge devices, which process data already in the control cabinet. In the project EMILIE, we are working with partners to improve these technologies. Among other things, the researchers are focusing on the energy efficiency of large mills.


Interview / 1.2.2023

Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel appointed to steering committee

Our Institute Director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel is enthusiastic about mathematics – she now wants to bring this enthusiasm to the steering committee of the Max Planck Schools. These are a joint initiative of German universities and non-university research institutions. 


Interview / 31.1.2023

»The Data Culture Should Be FAIR«

Through the Mathematical Research Data Initiative (MaRDI), we are participating in making research data accessible and freely available for the entire German science system, following the FAIR-Principle (Findable, Accessable, Interoperable, Reusable). As co-spokesperson of the mathematics consortium, our institute director, Dr. Anita Schöbel, commented on this project in an interview:


Video Series / 5.1.2023

»Tell us Your Lautrer Math Story, Milena!«

»I think the bridge between science and business is totally interesting«, says Milena Röhrs in her Lautrer math story. She is currently a math student at the RPTU. The Fraunhofer ITWM was an important location factor for her to start her studies in Kaiserslautern. In addition, the performance of the university's department in the relevant rankings.


Research News / 2.1.2023

Shape Change at the Push of a Button

Programmable materials are true shape-shifters. At the push of a button, they change their properties in a controlled and reversible manner and adapt independently to new conditions. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM are developing such programmable materials and bringing them to market together with industrial partners.


Short News / 2.1.2023

Second Place at the »SCOR Prize«

Dr. Simon Schnürch (left in the picture), until recently working in our department »Financial Mathematics«, ended 2022 with a success: His dissertation »Mortality Modeling Machine Learning and Mortality Shocks« won second place at the »SCOR Prize« in Germany! The Prize is endowed with 4,000 euros.

SCOR is one of the top 5 global reinsurers based in Paris and awards prizes in several countries. 

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