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 / 06.03.2018

Better underwater images with SynaptiCam

At the Oceanology International 2018 in London Fraunhofer IGD shows with SynaptiCam a smart camera that can capture and analyze underwater objects in real time.

Press release / 20.02.2018

New 3D standard for 3D mapping

While most people still consider two-dimensional mapping the norm, computer graphics technologies have already enabled three-dimensional landscape representations for quite some time. Now, a new 3D portrayal service standard will unitize the process.

Press release / 06.02.2018

Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes

The scanning system is able to measure any component in real time, making protracted teaching processes a thing of the past.

Press release / 21.11.2017

Cuttlefish driver available to all Stratasys J750 3D printer users

High-volume 3D printing is entering the next phase: At formnext 2017, Stratasys announced its open Voxel Print interface for the J750 full-color multi-material 3D printer. The J750 can now be used with Fraunhofer IGD’s Cuttlefish printer driver, which has been successfully leveraged for past Stratasys projects.

Press release / 09.11.2017

MEDICA 2017: Focus on people

Individual health is not only a lead topic at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD but also a hot topic at MEDICA 2017. It encompasses subjects such as medical data acquisition, preparation and analysis or navigation assistance for surgery.

Press release / 06.11.2017

Custom made-to-measure solutions: individualized designs and photorealistic color 3D printing

Forscher des Fraunhofer IGD stellen auf der formnext 2017 eine Simulationssoftware für individuelle Maßlösungen in der Kleinstserienfertigung vor.