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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VCaaS: 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 / 18.09.2018

Seeing the Future without a Crystal Ball

Fraunhofer IGD presents Go-Visual, a conference on visual assistance in production, on September 28, 2018 in Berlin. This year's topic: the visual analysis of smart data and how Big Data facilitates decision-making.

Press release / 04.09.2018

IMTS 2018: With digital twin in the AR future

The objectives of the developments of the Fraunhofer IGD are clear: predictive maintenance for global monitoring, avoidance of system failures, and optimized digital system control.

Press release / 28.08.2018

Maritime 4.0: the digital ship as an information hub

From September 4 to 7, Fraunhofer IGD will present the possibilities of efficient 3D data usage using augmented reality glasses at the SMM 2018 in Hamburg.

Press release / 20.08.2018

SMM 2018

Hull coatings, radar, and robots – Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to present maritime research highlights at SMM in Hamburg from September 4 through 7.

Press release / 06.08.2018

Whether in print or on the Web – Fraunhofer IGD thinks in 3D

Fraunhofer IGD will present three publications at SIGGRAPH 2018, which describe trend-setting developments in 3D printing, 3D web visualization, and optical material identification.

Events / 15.08.2018

SIGGRAPH 2018 - Reception

Meet our researchers – the reception will take place on August 15, 2018 at the Steamwork Restaurant.