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 / 10.10.2019

Fraunhofer Austria founds “KI4LIFE” innovation center in Carinthia

An alliance of industry representatives, businesses and research institutes to assist firms in Carinthia with digitization and the key future issue of artificial intelligence

Press release / 09.10.2019

Metal AM on the verge of a breakthrough

In the Fraunhofer lighthouse project “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing,” an alliance of six Fraunhofer institutes shall accelerate 3D printing with metal powder by at least a factor of ten. The first tangible results prove that this is not a dream of the future.

News / 01.10.2019

Applied cybersecurity at it-sa 2019

Europe’s largest IT security convention is just one week away. As part of the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity in Darmstadt, Fraunhofer IGD will naturally be in attendance, with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörn Kohlhammer, head of the Information Visualization and Visual Analytics Competence Center, among our representatives. Prof. Kohlhammer and his team develop solutions, strategies and technology for visualizing crucial data for cybersecurity. Their focus is on the following areas:

Press release / 01.10.2019

Ambulance Simulator and Engineers Trainings

Training faster and better with virtual reality - the assistance system Machine@Hand will soon be used in the training of paramedics

News / 30.09.2019

Dissertation award: Naser Damer recognized

In his dissertation, Dr. Naser Damer examined the question of how biometric recognition could be made even more secure. Now his efforts have paid off: At the INFORMATIK 2019 symposium, he won third prize for best dissertations from the Fraunhofer ICT Group.

News / 30.09.2019

Honorary doctorate for Prof. Dieter W. Fellner

We warmly congratulate the director of our institute, Prof. Dieter W. Fellner, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Rostock for his outstanding scientific achievements. The ceremony took place during the festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of computer graphics at the University of Rostock.