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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Press release / 20.04.2017

Intelligent workshop trolley aids humans during production

Production will become increasingly more flexible in the future. For employees, this means that work processes will be constantly changing. An intelligent workshop trolley now optimally guides workers through their tasks with the aid of AR glasses. Researchers will be showcasing this newly developed solution at the Hannover Messe (Booth D11, Hall 7) between April 24 and 28, 2017.

Press release / 18.04.2017

HANNOVER MESSE 2017: Acquire production data at a glance

Revolutions are accompanied by changes due to their very nature – the same applies to the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industrie 4.0. But how can companies handle the big data that this revolution is producing? The Plant@Hand3D system offers a solution: it displays all key information at a glance, making decision processes easier. Fraunhofer IGD researchers will be presenting their newly developed Plant@Hand3D system at Hannover Messe 2017. 

Press release / 11.04.2017

Flexible use of simulation software as cloud solution with Pay-per-Use

The production of special dies is time-consuming and costly. A range of special software is required to control production processes. The CloudFlow platform now unites special simulation programs in one place and makes them available to users online.

Press release / 06.04.2017

Augmented and virtual reality: Key technologies to support technical staff

Assistance for complex assembly and maintenance work – Fraunhofer IGD uses augmented and virtual reality to support technical staff in their work and training. The Machine@Hand solution will be presented at the Hannover Messe 2017. 

Press release / 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).

Press release / 09.02.2017

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.