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 / 25.07.2017 - 09:45

gIFT 2.0 standardizes physically based material description of 3D models

Experts at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, working closely with the Khronos Group industrial consortium, have developed a new standard for material definition when transferring 3D models.

Press release / 04.07.2017 - 11:45

Augmented reality in operating theaters

Doctors have long been confronted with the problem of identifying the precise location of lymph nodes affected by cancer. Researchers at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt are now presenting a technology which assists doctors in locating such nodes during operations.

News / 03.07.2017 - 15:15

Digital Leader Award 2017 – mass digitization in the third dimension

How can sculptures and artifacts be made accessible to people all over the world and conserved for posterity? By using the CultLab3D concept. Developed by Fraunhofer IGD, this scan technology impressed with its innovative approach at this year's Digital Leader Award, winning the Special Award for Innovation.

News / 03.07.2017 - 13:00

Into the future of technology with visualization

People working in business and research are often overwhelmed by an excessive variety of file formats and software products. This presents a challenge when it comes to getting a standardized view of data. Data driven design tackles this very problem and was also the topic for this year's Fireside Gathering at Fraunhofer Austria.

Press release / 03.07.2017 - 13:00

Mobile control with facial gestures

Mobile devices play an increasingly important role in our lives; in some situations, though, they cannot be adequately managed and even accepting a call is a real challenge. EarFieldSensing (EarFS) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock, Germany, the proprietary development that recognizes facial gestures via a special ear plug, has a lot of potential and offers further development possibilities besides its use on mobile devices.

News / 03.07.2017 - 12:45

Innovative approaches to visual data analysis

What do trees have in common with visual analytics? Nothing, if the truth be told. Yet Dr. Tatiana von Landesberger uses them to illustrate her postdoctoral thesis on visual data comparison. An extensive variety of data are examined in such comparisons, revealing a great deal of information about correlations which had not been available before now.