Press Releases

  • New Position for the Director of the Fraunhofer ITWM / 2021

    Anita Schöbel Becomes President of the European OR Societies

    Presseinformation / July 22, 2021

    Anita Schöbel wird unsere neue Institutsleiterin.
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    Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel has been elected as the next president by the Council of the »Association of European Operational Research Societies« (EURO) on July 9, 2021, unanimously and without abstentions. The director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM will take up her office in January 2022, initially as »President Elect«.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Analyzes Pandemic Control Measures / 2021

    Third Wave: Strong Effect of Rapid Testing in Schools

    Press Release / June 22, 2021


    The third wave of the Corona pandemic is considered to be broken – since the end of April 2021, the numbers have been clearly declining. Researchers at Fraunhofer ITWM have used the EpideMSE software to mathematically analyze the effects that different measures had in combating the pandemic. Mass testing proved to be particularly effective.

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  • Two Honors for Financial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern / 2021

    Franziska Diez Receives GAUSS Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis

    Press Release / June 09, 2021

    Franziska Diez
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    The German Society for Actuarial and Financial Mathematics e.V. (DGVFM) and the German Actuarial Association e.V. (DAV) awarded the prestigious GAUSS Prize and three GAUSS Young Investigator Prizes for outstanding scientific work in actuarial and financial mathematics on June 8, 2021. One of the prizes goes to Kaiserslautern: Franziska Diez is awarded for her dissertation. At the same event, Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn was elected DGVFM chairman.

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  • Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev Receives InterPore Meritorious Service Medal / 2021

    Award for Many Years of Extraordinary Commitment

    Press Release / June 01, 2021

    Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev erhält InterPore-Verdienstmedaille.
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    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.

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  • Simulation Software TexMath / 2021

    One Software For All Cases – Simulating Technical Textiles Realistically

    Press release / May 14, 2021

    Simulation Anziehen einer Maske
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    From high-performance textiles to compression and sportswear: The modular software program »TexMath« of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM enables both the simulation of mechanical material properties and the optimization of textile products. This text appeared in advance at the online medium »Textile Network«, where a three-part series on the available components is also available.

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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Participates in Pilot Project HealthFaCT-Cor / 2021

    Optimizing Medical Care – Even More In Times Of Corona

    Press Release / May 06, 2021

    In the joint project we develop an innovative software-based optimization and decision-making system to improve outpatient medical care.
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    Together with other scientific institutions, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern 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. The pilot project »HealthFaCT-Cor« was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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  • Sustainable Corrosion Protection Through Digitization / 2021

    Fraunhofer ITWM Involved in EU Project for Innovative Corrosion Protection Technologies

    Press release / May 04, 2021

    Flugzeug auf Landebahn
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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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  • 1600 Inline Thickness Measurements per Second / 2021

    Industrial Thickness Measurement of Multilayers at Top Speed

    Press Release / April 21, 2021

    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.

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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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