Press Releases

  • Start of a New Conference Series at Fraunhofer ITWM / 2021

    KLAIM – Kaiserslautern Applied and Industrial Mathematics Days

    Press Release / October 14, 2021

    Opening of the event Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel in the lecture hall of the Fraunhofer ITWM.
    © Sven O. Krumke

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM experienced three days of intensive exchange: More than sixty international scientists accepted the invitation of the two organizers Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, Director of Fraunhofer ITWM, and Prof. Dr. Bernd Simeon from the Department of Mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for applied mathematicians from universities, research laboratories, and industry to exchange ideas and present the latest research results.

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  • BMBF Joint Project Pflegeforensik: Software Supports Criminal Prosecution / 2021

    Using Artificial Intelligence to Combat Billing Fraud in the Care Sector

    Press Release / October 01, 2021

    Mit Künstlicher Intelligenz gegen Abrechnungsbetrug im Pflegedienst
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    Fraud in the billing of outpatient care services has become a criminal phenomenon with increasing case numbers in recent years. This causes great damage to the social insurance system and results in enormous costs of several billion euros annually for the community of solidarity. Together with the Public Prosecutor's Office in Dresden and the Commissariat for Economic Crime of the Leipzig Police Department, researchers of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM are taking action against this. They are developing AI software against billing fraud in the »PflegeForensik« project. The work is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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  • ProQuIV: Improving Production and Quality of Infection Protective Clothing / 2021

    Virtual Quality Inspection Optimizes Production of Filter Nonwovens

    Press Release / September 20, 2021

    Vliesstoff auf Maschine zur Herstellung von medizinischen Masken aus Nanofasern
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    Nonwoven production received more attention than ever before from the gen-eral public in Corona times, because the technical textile is crucial for infection protection. The ultra-fine nonwoven products are manufactured in so-called meltblown processes. A cross-departmental team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern is optimizing the entire produc-tion chain in the »ProQuIV« project. Simulations help to guarantee the product quality of the filter material despite fluctuations in production.

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  • AI Supports Faster Evaluation of Drone Images / 2021

    Targeted Aid in the Event of a Disaster

    Press Release / August 20, 2021

    Drohnen liefern in kurzer Zeit Bilddaten zum Ausmaß der Katastrophe.
    © WFP

    In a disaster, whether floods, earthquakes or hurricanes, every second counts in providing humanitarian aid to those in need. The teams of aid organisations are under immense time pressure to find their way in devastated areas. A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern is developing software that will get humanitarian aid to the right destination faster. To do this, they use drone images that are evaluated in real time with artificial intelligence (AI).

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  • Next Generation Computing / 2021

    Energy-Efficient AI Chips for Atrial Fibrillation Detection

    Research News / August 02, 2021

    Ultra-low-power AI in the edge.
    © Fraunhofer IIS

    AI systems can improve healthcare, increase recovery chances for patients and assist physicians in their diagnoses. The challenge is that artificial intelligence consumes an enormous amount of power. The Fraunhofer Institutes for Integrated Circuits IIS and for Industrial Mathematics ITWM have developed solutions for energy-saving AI chips that can help with early stage detection of atrial fibrillation – a special heart rhythm disorder – in the future. For their ideas, the two institutes were each awarded 1st place in the pilot innovation contest “Energy-efficient AI systems” from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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  • ITWM Research in the AVATOR Project / 2021

    Tracking Down Aerosols

    Press Release / July 26, 2021

    Vorhersage, Risikobewertung und Reduzierung der Aerosolausbreitung für Innenräume
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    How do infectious aerosols spread in supermarkets, airplanes, and other indoor areas where large numbers of people congregate? Researchers from 15 Fraunhofer institutes and institutions are investigating this in the »AVATOR« project. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM is on board and is developing a multi-scale simulator for this purpose, which can be used to calculate aerosol dispersion indoors.

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  • 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.
    © Fraunhofer ITWM

    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
    © ITWM

    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.
    © InterPore

    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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