Visual Computing

Fraunhofer IGD is the international leading research institution for applied visual computing — image- and model-based information technology that combines computer graphics and computer vision. In simple terms, it is the ability to turn information into images and to extract information from images. All technological solutions by Fraunhofer IGD and its partners are based on visual computing.

In computer graphics, people generate, edit, and process images, graphs, and multi-dimensional models in a computer-aided manner. Examples are applications of virtual and simulated reality.

Computer vision is the discipline that teaches computers how to »see«. In the process, a machine sees its environment by means of a camera and processes information using software. Typical applications can be found in the field of Augmented Reality.

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Visual Computing as a Service

If value chains change toward the digital world, suitable IT platforms are required to facilitate these changes. Our researchers at Fraunhofer IGD are working on developments tailored to specific applications. In the future, we will also provide our customers with the basic technologies we develop via a cloud-ready platform to allow them to design numerous other solutions.

Smart City

Comprehensive design concepts are used to make the cities of the future more efficient, more technologically advanced, greener, and more socially inclusive. These concepts are summarized under the title »Smart City«. These solutions target all areas of urban living.

Individual Health

Every patient comes with a different medical history and responds differently to the medication administered. This is where »Personalized Medicine« comes into play. On the road to personalized medicine, the healthcare system must be completely modified. Part of the technological base is provided by visual computing. At Fraunhofer IGD, we assist this transition from classic to personalized medicine.

Digitized Work

In Industrie 4.0, modern internet technologies join forces with classic industrial production technologies across companies. A significant part of the enormous potential of Industrie 4.0 is cyber-physical equivalence, the coupling of data from the virtual and the real world. With visual computing methods, real environments, such as products and production processes, can be recorded and integrated into virtual worlds, such as 3D models and production planning.


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Pressemeldung / 27.03.2017

Flowing transition between design and simulation

The individualized mass production up to the individual item is a promise of the future delivered by Industrie 4.0. It can only be implemented if there are suitable test methods for the feasibility of individual designs. At the Hannover Messe 2017 from April 24 to 28, 2017, Fraunhofer researchers will present a simulation solution that automatically determines whether the customer‘s desired design can be realized (Hall 7, Booth D11).


High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in Fraunhofer Spin-Off wetransform

The High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in wetransform, a start-up that builds a cloud solution for particularly easy data transformation and migration.

Pressemeldung / 17.01.2017

Fraunhofer: 30 Years of Fraunhofer IGD – Into the Fourth Decade with Four Key Topics

In 2017, Fraunhofer IGD celebrates two anniversaries: In Darmstadt, it looks back on 30 years of research. The Rostock site has operated for 25 years. The Fraunhofer researchers celebrate their anniversary and present their research work under the motto "Into the Fourth Decade with Four Key Topics".

Pressemeldung / 24.11.2016

RSNA 2016: Fraunhofer solutions beyond medical image analysis

Physicians need to make decisions to provide their patients with the best possible treatment. Researchers of Fraunhofer IGD are working on a procedure connecting the physician’s empirical data, image data, and general patient data for decision making. Up-to-date results can be seen at this year’s RSNA in Chicago.

Pressemeldung / 09.11.2016

Environmental monitoring offshore: instantly detect leaks underwater

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey.

Veranstaltung / 18.10.2016

MICCAI 2016 – Workshop CLIP

The Competence Center »Visual Healthcare Technologies« will organize in cooperation with Fraunhofer IDM@NTU, Singapore a workshop at MICCAI 2016 - one of the most renowned conferences in Medical Computing.