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 / 04.07.2019

Virtual diving - Fraunhofer IGD develops digital underwater technologies in Rostock

Even the dark side of the Moon has been studied more than the depths of the oceans. Fraunhofer IGD is developing trendsetting digital underwater technologies to help the study of the ocean take a major step forward.

News / 03.07.2019

Prof. Dieter W. Fellner: From reality to virtuality and back to reality

In his easily accessible talk, Dieter W. Fellner, director of Fraunhof IGD, will discuss 3D visualization. The more realistic it seems to us, the more diverse their areas of application. Whether digitally archiving cultural artifacts, presenting products online or prototyping: The level of detail is critical, since exact 3D digitization and 3D reproduction is essential for professional use.

News / 03.07.2019

Mobile digitization of cultural assets

The CultArm3D-P automatic 3D scanner will digitize items from cultural institutions in Thuringia.

Press release / 18.06.2019

Fraunhofer software: visualizations for efficient urban planning

Urban planning in the era of the “Smart City” is only promising if it includes everyone involved digitally and in an uncomplicated fashion. Following pilot stages and practical tests, Fraunhofer IGD has developed two digital urban planning systems that are now available for use in any municipality.

News / 11.06.2019

Shape Modeling International (SMI) 2019

Das Fraunhofer IGD stellt ein Paper vor: Effcient Slicing of Catmull-Clark Solids for 3D Printed Objects with Functionally Graded Material

Press release / 23.05.2019

U.S. movie relies on German 3D printing technology

Software by Fraunhofer IGD brings LAIKA’s “Missing Link” to life worldwide.