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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News / 29.11.2018

Future of Maritime Economy

At the 8th Future Conference of the Maritime Economy, Prof. Uwe Freiherr von Lukas called on all maritime stakeholders to actively take part in major projects like OTC and MarDS.

News / 23.11.2018

Blue Economy Call 2018

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is calling stakeholders of the maritime sector to submit their projects for the European funding program. – Professor Uwe Freiherr von Lukas was on the panel as an independent consultant.

News / 20.11.2018

Arjan Kuijper - Secretary of the Executive Committee of the IAPR

Fraunhofer IGD congratulates Professor Arjan Kuijper, Research Coach at our institute!

Press release / 15.11.2018

Lab for underwater research in the Baltic sea

Rostock is becoming the center of digital underwater technology. A one-of-a-kind undersea test site will put the Hanseatic city at the top of the world’s leading technology locales.

Press release / 30.10.2018

3D model of Berlin Philharmonie for first time in Europe

Fraunhofer IGD, in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, has scanned the entire interior of the Berlin Philharmonie to create a 3D-printed model.

News / 23.10.2018

Profitable Dataset Visualization

Illustrating complex issues in easy-to-understand images--visualization methods make it possible.