Press Releases

  • 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

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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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  • Fraunhofer ITWM Assists in the Investigation / 2020

    Using Statistics and AI to Combat Billing Fraud in the Healthcare Sector

    Press Release / September 28, 2020

    Dr. Elisabeth Leoff, stellvertretende Leiterin der Abteilung »Finanzmathematik« und Expertin auf dem Gebiet der Betrugserkennung im Gesundheitswesen.
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    Billing fraud committed by contract physicians or outpatient nursing services has been the focus of investigations and media discussion in the healthcare sector for years. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM supports the efficient clarification with new methods.

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  • THREAD Doctoral Program Picks up Speed / 2020

    Guest Scientist at Fraunhofer ITWM and Virtual Network-wide Training Promote Scientific Exchange

    Press Release / July 27, 2020

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    International networks enrich the scientific exchange. Within the framework of the European Union's THREAD doctoral program, this is currently lived out twice at the Fraunhofer ITWM: In July, the institute welcomes THREAD doctoral student Denise Tumiotto, who will spend four weeks as a guest scientist in the field of "Mathematics for Vehicle Development". In addition, the first network-wide training took place at the beginning of the month, which the 14 PhD students of the program from eight European countries completed together.

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  • Outstanding BMBF Funding for AI Researcher at Fraunhofer ITWM / 2020

    Junior Researcher Stefanie Schwaar Establishes New Research Group for Artificial Intelligence

    Press Release / July 17, 2020

    Dr. Stefanie Schwaar
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    Dr. Stefanie Schwaar from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM won the BMBF's call for funding young female AI researchers. She will establish and head her own research group at the mathematical institute from August 2020. Under the title »EP-KI: Decision Support for Business Management Processes with the Help of New AI Methods« they will work at the interface of business management and artificial intelligence (AI). An excellent network of administration, business and research supports the group, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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  • Algorithms for Optimized Supply Chains / 2020

    Cost-Effective Ways to Minimize Risks in the Supply Chain

    Research News / July 01, 2020

    Supply chains may collapse in times of crisis. Companies can use software developed by Fraunhofer ITWM to analyze how to minimize supply shortfalls.
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    The coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy hard. What lessons can be learned from this experience? And what’s the best way for companies to protect themselves against this kind of crisis in the future? The answer will certainly involve a combination of different approaches – but new mathematical methods developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM look likely to be a very promising piece of the puzzle. These methods aim to calculate how the risks posed by supply shortages can be reduced significantly at very little extra cost.

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

    Recommended Wearing Time of Protective Masks – Researchers Make Better Predictions Possible With Simulations

    Press Release / May 12, 2020

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    How long can you wear a protection mask? When will you have to change a soaked mask? Researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM tackle these question using mathematical models and computer simulations. It is important to take into account not only the type of mask and the filter material, but also the physical stress level and personal features of the wearer.

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

    Project EpiDeMSE Supports Local Decision Makers in Planning Actions in the Corona Crisis

    Press Release / May 11, 2020

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    Especially when an infectious disease is new, mathematical models help to answer the two most important questions: How will the infection spread and what actions are appropriate and effective to contain it? In order to support local decision makers (health authorities, hospitals and especially municipalities) in planning their actions, researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM are working on the epidemiological modeling, simulation and decision support of Covid-19 within the framework of the Fraunhofer Society's Anti-Corona Program (project name EpiDeMSE).

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