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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Press release / 25.05.2021

Ensuring diver safety during munitions recovery

A new research project has been launched to develop safety systems for divers tasked with salvaging wartime munitions that have been dumped at sea. Sensors alert the divers to acute levels of TNT and other hazardous substances, and an alarm system shows them the source of danger in real time by means of an augmented reality display inside their goggles.

Press release / 27.04.2021

Underwater test facility enters operation

Ocean Technology Campus Rostock clears another important hurdle: Fraunhofer IGD starts work at Digital Ocean Lab, an underwater test facility for marine technology in the Baltic Sea.

News / 22.04.2021

Automation for camera-only 6D object detection

The public defense of Pavel Rojtberg's dissertation took place on April 21 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt and online.

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.