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 / 07.10.2021

Optimizing final inspection in the series production of airbag inflators with intelligent software from Fraunhofer

Fraunhofer IGD has developed the AEOLIA software package for the optical final inspection of airbag inflators, thereby economizing on time and effort in the quality management process. It is now being used at ZF Airbag Germany GmbH in Laage (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany) and is currently being rolled out at other locations worldwide

Press release / 05.10.2021

Which technological platform is the right one for my care facility? EU Project supports active living in old age

The EU project PlatformUptake.eu aims to promote the development and dissemination of open platforms and their acceptance, especially in the field of healthy and active aging throughout Europe. For this purpose, Fraunhofer IGD has analyzed platform-based solutions, their ecosystems and stakeholder networks and developed a comparison portal.

Press release / 26.08.2021

2nd Digital Ocean Convention Rostock: Four prestigious institutions united by Memorandum of Understanding

On the occasion of the 2nd Digital Ocean Convention (DOC), the Canadian Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) and the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre have signed up to the Memorandum of Understanding already agreed between Germany’s Subsea Monitoring Network e.V. and GCE Ocean Technology based in Norway.

Press release / 11.08.2021

Rapid prototyping in 3D printing: New pipeline brings increased efficiency and robustness

A new technique is increasing the efficiency of 3D printing at native device resolution, especially with multi-material jetting, aka Polyjet, printers. With the Cuttlefish® 3D printer driver, even the finest textures can be reproduced with efficiency and robustness at reduced file size – a decisive factor in any large print job. The results will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2021.

Press release / 03.08.2021

Fraunhofer IGD optimizes Cuttlefish® 3D printing driver for Stratasys Polyjet applications

Fraunhofer IGD, the leading international research institute in Applied Visual Computing, has optimized its Cuttlefish® 3D printer driver for Stratasys PolyJet™ 3D printing, and is working collaboratively with Stratasys on future software enhancements.

News / 30.06.2021

Extending the Design Space of Assistive Flexible Smart Environment Applications

The public defense of Silvia Rus' dissertation took place on June 30 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt and online.