Press Releases

  • Sustainable Corrosion Protection Through Digitization / 2021

    Fraunhofer ITWM Involved in EU Project for Innovative Corrosion Protection Technologies

    Press release / May 04, 2021

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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, located in Kaiserslautern, is active as one of twelve partners from seven countries in the EU research project VIPCOAT. The objective is to make the development and production of technologies for corrosion protection more sustainable, more cost-effective, and faster.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM versus Corona: Interview with Dr. Jan Mohring / 2021

    Using Rapid Testing to Get Out of Lockdown?

    Presseinformation / March 29, 2021


    Can tests really be effective to reduce the reproduction rate of Covid-19? In addition to vaccination and contact restrictions, the now expanded testing options in Germany are considered an important component of the strategy in the fight against the pandemic. Fraunhofer ITWM scientists have modeled in a paper how no-cause mass rapid testing with subsequent tracking can provide at least as much leverage as contact restrictions to lower the reproduction rate. Three questions to researcher Dr. Jan Mohring, who was in charge of the research paper, that was made to support decision-makers in planning their measures with its modeling and simulations in the SEEvacs project at Fraunhofer ITWM. SEEvacs is a successor project to EpideMSE.

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  • Research Team at Fraunhofer ITWM Develops Detection With Terahertz Waves Based on New Quantum Optical Methods / 2021

    Quantum-Inspired Terahertz Spectroscopy With Visible Photons

    Press Release / March 29, 2021

    Experimenteller Aufbau zur quantenoptischen Schichtdickenmessung
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    Even the application-oriented institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft need their own basic research. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern, for example, is 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.

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  • Pilot Innovation Competition: Energy-Efficient AI Systems / 2021

    Researchers From Kaiserslautern Win Innovation Award for Energy-Efficient AI Chip

    Press Release / March 16, 2021

    Pokal des Pilotinnovationswettbewerbs  »Energieeffizientes KI-System«
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    A team of scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern has won the pilot innovation competition »Energy-efficient AI systems« of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the development of energy-saving AI chips. The task was to develop the most energy-efficient hardware possible for use in AI systems that detect atrial fibrillation in ECG data with at least 90 percent accuracy. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek announced the winning projects on March 11, 2021.

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  • Lightweight Construction and Ecological Design for Electric Vehicles / 2021

    EU Project ALMA: Thinking Ahead to Electromobility

    Press Release / March 03, 2021

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    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). Nine European organizations are now working in the EU project to develop more energy-efficient and sustainable vehicles. Companies from research and industry are optimizing the efficiency and range of electric vehicles, among other things by reducing the weight of the overall vehicle. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM is providing support with mathematical simulation expertise.

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  • Background discussion on the current research focus of our division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« and its involvement in the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry / 2021

    Machine Learning and Big Data for Cable Simulation

    Interview / February 15, 2021

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    At the beginning of December, the web seminar »Math for Industry 4.0 – Models, Methods and Big Data« of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry – ECMI for short – took place. Our department »Mathematics for the Digital Factory» 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 ask the department what its activities at ECMI are and where its current research focus lies.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM vs. Corona: With Mathematics against the Crisis / 2020

    Fraunhofer ITWM Optimizes Location Planning for Vaccination Centers

    Press Release / December 09, 2020

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    A first vaccine against the SARS-Cov-2-virus is expected to be available soon. But many questions are still open: How many vaccine doses are available? Who should be vaccinated first? Where should people be vaccinated? How many doctors are needed for vaccination? Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM have now examined the last two questions together with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK).

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  • Project "OpenMeter" for the Digitalization of Energy Infrastructure / 2020

    Open Data and Analysis Platform for Greater Energy Efficiency Through Smart Meter

    Press Release / December 09, 2020

    In order to drive forward the digitization of the energy infrastructure, there is a need for real, traceable measurement data from the energy world. Where there is already a good data situation for large generation units - thanks to obligations for transparency - there is still a large amount of blank space for real measurement data from energy consumers. However, this data represents an important basis for innovations in energy system transformation, whether for the creation of smart grids, efficiency measures or business models based on artificial intelligence. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM is contributing to the development of the "Open Energy Meter Data" platform, which aims to create a web-based contact point for collecting and analyzing energy consumption data.

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  • Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Simulation / 2020

    Rapid Prototyping: Testing Heavy Equipment in Software

    Press Release / Research News / November 02, 2020

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    The process of developing new generations of commercial vehicles and heavy equipment is complex. The hardware-in-the-loop technique gives researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM the opportunity to reproduce and virtually test machines in a software simulation, making machine development faster and more affordable. This technology also enables the testing of malfunctions and critical borderline situations without endangering people or the machine.

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  • EnerQuant: Fundamental Modeling in Energy Economics With Quantum Algorithms / 2020

    Quantum Computing for Energy Economics: New BMWi Project at Fraunhofer ITWM

    Press Release / October 28, 2020

    Optical System for Laser Cooling
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    Complex optimization problems with many, in particular discrete variables are usually difficult to solve for classical computers. Only recently, certain types of quantum computers have achieved promising results in solving optimization problems. They showed the potential to handle discrete variables as well. In the joint project »EnerQuant: Fundamental modeling in energy economics with quantum algorithms«, the advantages of quantum computing are now to be used for an optimization problem in energy economics.

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