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.

Our core competence visual computing helps optimize infrastructures such as supply networks. It provides for sustainable development in urban settings, supports the energy turnaround, and drives intelligent 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 / 21.04.2021

Mitigating Soft-Biometric Driven Bias and Privacy Concerns in Face Recognition Systems

The public defense of Philipp Terhörst's dissertation took place on April 20 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt and online.

Press release / 31.03.2021

Grading of CAD models the elegant, functional and intuitive way

Webinar: Intuitive and elegant definition of material gradients on CAD models

15th April 2021, 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

Participation free of charge, registration required

Press release / 25.03.2021

Simply create your own technical training scenarios in Virtual Reality

Fraunhofer IGD of Rostock will be showcasing Machine@Hand 2.0, the beta version of its VR learning environment, at this year’s Hannover Messe. Machine@Hand 2.0 facilitates the creation of effective VR scenarios for training in the use of complex machinery, systems and technical processes. The VR learning environment is combined with an easy-to-use authoring tool. The VR modules can be readily integrated into existing LMS platforms and e-learning modules.

Press release / 23.02.2021

Fraunhofer IGD develops automated robotic arm to scan cultural objects in 3D, now cooperating with Phase One

The Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt has developed a product to make it easier for museums to digitize their collections and is now cooperating with Danish camera manufacturer Phase One. The mobile scanner CultArm3D delivers precise 3D models of exhibits of various sizes at the push of a button.

Press release / 18.02.2021

“Leave a future for the next generation.” is the slogan of the 56th “Jugend forscht”

“Jugend forscht” is Europe’s largest contest for youth and young adults in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For over 50 years, this contest has enjoyed immense popularity. Young people vie for recognition for their experiments and research in seven subjects across two divisions. Every single STEM up-and-comer counts here! This year's edition will take place entirely digitally.

Press release / 08.02.2021

InnoHealth USA proudly presents the winners of the Call for Ideas & Innovation

A total of nine tandems received awards, including ZEYS ONE/Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD with a project for the visual analysis of data from patients with kidney damage and their disease progression.