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 / 21.05.2019

The urban planning of the future: Participation succeeds with VR and AR

In the recently concluded research project “VR Planning - We’re Planning”, the team members explored the inclusive, efficient and sustainable process for designing public spaces.

News / 17.05.2019

CRISP researchers will present six papers at the ICB 2019

CRISP researchers at Fraunhofer IGD and the Technical University of Darmstadt will present a total of six papers at the 12th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics, or ICB 2019 for short. This conference is one of the leading international conferences on biometrics and addresses every area of today’s biometrics research and application.

The accepted papers are:

News / 11.05.2019

Portugal’s science minister visits Rostock

Portugal’s minister for science, technology and higher education, Manuel Heitor, was in the Hanseatic city of Rostock from May 10 to 11 to attend various meetings.

News / 29.04.2019

Go-3D in Rostockcall for papers ending soon

The now-established conference of maritime research and industry partners will provide insight into the possibilities and progress of 3D technology for the ninth time.

The Go-3D conference is now in its ninth year and, as always, we are excited about the active involvement of its participants. This is why we cordially invite you to submit your conference paper by May 13, 2019. This year’s themes are “3D technology” and “applications”. All the documents you need to submit online can be found on the Go-3D website.

Press release / 25.04.2019

Quality checks with augmented reality

Fraunhofer IGD introduces a rapid deviation analysis method for CAD-based industrial components.

Press release / 11.04.2019

Fraunhofer 3D-printing technology impresses animation studio LAIKA

Cuttlefish software brings character Mr. Link to life