Annual Report 2021/22
Mobility – A Field of Research With Many Facets
Editorial Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
mobility is a central achievement of our society; it guarantees us freedom and brings us closer together globally in many areas. But it comes at a price and requires a lot of energy. This also makes it a significant factor in a prominent issue of our time, climate change.
Our Annual Report 2021/2022 focuses on the topic of “mobility”. First and foremost, we want to demonstrate our expertise in this area and present the research projects that address various aspects from different perspectives. For us, moreover, the theme for 2021/2022 has particular symbolic power: Despite the ongoing Corona pandemic, significantly more movement was possible again. Mobility is therefore not only of professional relevance for us, but this year it also stands for the recovery of the accustomed everyday life.
We at the Fraunhofer ITWM deal with many facets: This concerns first of all our large department “Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering”. Many other departments also deal with specific aspects – from the maintenance of trains to the storage of energy for the operation of electric vehicles to the dispersion of aerosols in airplanes and the optimization of public transport. With our research, we contribute at very different points to the further development of mobility in a future-oriented way.