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 / 18.03.2019

Optimal Spatial Registration of SLAM for Augmented Reality

In his dissertation, Folker Wientapper presents new methods for specifying connections between the real and virtual worlds when setting up AR applications in order to be able to monitor and control registration.

Press release / 21.03.2019

Construction 4.0 - digital, connected and certified

As part of the BIMSWARM project, Fraunhofer IGD is presenting its latest data visualization solutions and AR applications for the construction industry at Hannover Messe.

Press release / 19.03.2019

Smart chair promotes healthy sitting

Furniture with sensors that detect movement without even making contact can help monitor health. Fraunhofer IGD will be presenting a smart chair with capacitive sensor technology at the DMEA healthcare event.

Press release / 15.03.2019

Data@Hand – optimizing processes in the most various applications with AI

At Booth A30 in Hall 6 at the 2019 Hanover Trade Fair the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD will be presenting Data@Hand, a basic automated data analysis technology for a variety of application scenarios. Data@Hand detects deviations from the normal operation of a machine, a component or a production installation - and can also be used in medicine. It optimizes processes on the basis of artificial intelligence using principles of machine learning.

Press release / 12.03.2019

Design simulation redefined

What if, instead of waiting 60 minutes for the results of a simulation, it only took 45 seconds? At Hannover Messe, Fraunhofer IGD will present RISTRA, a GPU structural mechanics solution that accelerates component simulation and optimizes the design process.

News / 11.03.2019

Special colloquium at Fraunhofer IGD

The director of our institute, Prof. Dieter W. Fellner, is turning 60--in celebration of this special occasion, he is hosting a special colloquium at Fraunhofer IGD.