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 / 05.07.2018

High tech from the cloud

The EU CloudiFacturing project offers small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe easier access to high-performance computers running simulation software.

News / 22.06.2018

CultLab3D is one of the best in Europe

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, singer Placido Domingo, and EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics honored the 29 winners in Berlin on June 22. Among the winners: CultLab3D.

Press release / 19.06.2018

Simulation almost in real time

Faster, intuitive work and direct feedback. First presentation of the new technology at "ISC High Performance 2018".

Press release / 07.06.2018

CEBIT: Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Medicine is changing: A journey from general treatment methods to individual therapy

News / 06.06.2018

Fully automatic 3D data optimization

Max Limper successfully completed his doctoral thesis "Automatic Optimization of 3D Mesh Data for Real-Time Online Presentation"

Events / 12.06.2018

Augmented Reality for the Railroad Industry

RAILCONTACT takes place June 12 and 13, 2018: Fraunhofer Austria will present interactive demo modules for high-precision tracking and handling of complex data.