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 / 30.10.2018

3D model of Berlin Philharmonie for first time in Europe

Fraunhofer IGD, in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, has scanned the entire interior of the Berlin Philharmonie to create a 3D-printed model.

News / 23.10.2018

Profitable Dataset Visualization

Illustrating complex issues in easy-to-understand images--visualization methods make it possible.

Press release / 23.10.2018

Artificial intelligence for optimal patient care

Artificial intelligence is defining medicine and opening up new possibilities for everyone involved on the path to individual health.

Press release / 11.10.2018

GeoRocket - a Cloud-Based Geodata Store

With the GeoRocket software, researchers at Fraunhofer IGD present a cloud-based store to take on the increasing quantity of geodata and use it to help predict natural disasters.

Press release / 09.10.2018

Use geoinformation to plan police missions and trees in the neighborhood

Fraunhofer IGD presents technical solutions for the storage, indexing, and interactive visualization of geoinformation at the trade fair INTERGEO.

Press release / 02.10.2018

3D scans as a digital twin – Fraunhofer IGD at The Arts+

Digitization is also indispensable in the fields of art & culture. The challenge: Preserving our cultural heritage digitally for posterity and making it accessible to the public today through accurate 3D scans.