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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Press release / 02.07.2020

New professor of maritime graphics

Uwe Freiherr von Lukas is the new professor of maritime graphics in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Rostock. The president of the university, Prof. Wolfgang Schareck, awarded the head of Fraunhofer IGD’s Rostock location the title of “Universitätsprofessor”, Germany’s highest academic title, effective July 1, 2020.

Press release / 23.06.2020

Smart living: networked sensors

Fraunhofer IGD has developed software that networks various sensors together to detect domestic situations and perform actions, primarily helping older generations in everyday life. Connecting these sensors to an alarm system eases the burden on nursing staff, helps family members and optimizes medical care.

Press release / 17.06.2020

Keeping track in hospitals with digital tools

As part of the BDI Web-Summit for the Digital Day 2020 on the topic "COVID-19: Ejection seat into the digital future?" Fraunhofer IGD presents a compact information center for use in hospitals or nursing facilities. Health@Hand is a visual control center for visualizing health and administrative data on a virtual representation of an actual ward or hospital and clearly displaying all relevant data for staff.

Press release / 15.06.2020

How malignant lymph nodes can be diagnosed with ultrasound

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD are developing a digital platform for detecting malignant lymph nodes in the head and neck area from ultrasound images, making biopsies redundant in the process. For the Echomics software, developers are currently examining the informative value of numerous image markers and biomarkers. The software is slated for release in mid-2021.   

News / 05.06.2020

Passport photos in Germany only digital

The German government has passed a draft law to the effect that passport photos will in future only be accepted digitally in order to increase security against forgery. In concrete terms, this is all about morphing: several faces are merged into one.

News / 29.05.2020

Personalized treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

It is difficult to immediately identify the best medication. In the future, it is hoped a software tool will be able to automatically compare disease progression for large groups of patients, giving medical professionals actionable information for personalized, targeted treatment.