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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News / 12.02.2019

Field research

In the EU-project DataBio, Fraunhofer IGD is working on technical infrastructure to optimize agriculture.

Press release / 12.02.2019

»Ask yourself!«

Kick-off to the 54th annual “Jugend forscht” youth science competition.

News / 06.02.2019

Ambient intelligence – tomorrow’s research today

Telltale chairs, theremins, crazy faces--how creative AmI research can be was demonstrated by the young research teams at TU Darmstadt.

Press release / 05.02.2019

Routine use of AR for industry 4.0 or digital twins

The latest versions of instant3Dhub and VisionLib can now be used to run cloud-based augmented reality applications (»software as a service«).

News / 21.01.2019

We need your help!

We’re looking for photos of the three bronze reliefs from the Darmstadt Waldfriedhof cemetery that were stolen just before Christmas 2017.

News / 28.09.2018

Calibration of underwater stereo cameras

When two cameras take pictures from different angles at the same time, they can be used afterward to obtain valuable 3D information from the captured scene. This requires all necessary parameters to be defined exactly. This calibration is especially important for underwater cameras.