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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News / 17.09.2019

18th International Conference of the Biometrics Special Interest Group (BIOSIG 2019)

The BIOSIG conference will be held from September 16 to 20, 2019 at Fraunhofer IGD as part of Darmstadt’s Biometrics Week.

News / 19.09.2019

Fabricating Beauty: The Art and Science of Graphical 3D Printing

3D printing is no longer just a niche technology. Whether spare parts on a train, refrigerator magnets of a person’s likeness or entire movies¾it seems nothing is impossible anymore. What the next steps are likely to be will be explored by Dr. Philipp Urban at the “Printing for Fabrication” conference.

News / 12.09.2019

Special exhibit “Java Gold”: digitization with CultArm3D-P

In August, our experts from the Cultural Heritage Digitization Competence Center spent a week in Mannheim color-scanning gold jewelry (from the 7th to 15th centuries) from the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (rem) in three dimensions using the autonomous CultArm3D-P scanning system.

Press release / 11.09.2019

Higher agricultural yields through ground sensors and remote sensing technology

The EU project “DataBio” bundles together the expertise of European partners to assist farmers with their logistics

Press release / 29.08.2019

IAA 2019: Smart servicing with VR/AR

Through real-time comparison with the vehicle’s CAD data and the fully automatic access to important information it brings, mechanics can find defective parts even more quickly.

Press release / 22.08.2019

Fibre3D: visual support for fibre-optic expansion

Two million households are slated to enjoy faster online speeds by 2021 thanks to fiber-optic Internet. Fraunhofer IGD’s visualization tool, Fibre3D, is making the necessary network planning for Deutsche Telekom easier.