Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

Seeing supports understanding

Visualization of complex data? We make it easy!

Fraunhofer IGD has been setting standards in visual computing for over 30 years. We accomplish this with a unique range of skills and technologies that we can flexibly combine to suit your particular needs and wishes.

Visual computing is image- and model-based information processing that blends computer graphics and computer vision. Put simply, it describes the ability to turn information into images and extract information from pictures. It is the basis of all the technological solutions used by Fraunhofer IGD and its partners.

Computer graphics involves processing and editing images, graphics, and multidimensional models with the aid of computers. Examples are virtual and simulated reality applications.

Computer vision is about teaching computers to “see.” A machine uses a camera to scan its surroundings and then processes the information with software. Examples include augmented reality.

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For you, we improve existing technologies and processes up to the production of optimized prototypes and products. Our projects and innovations cover all application-relevant fields of competence in visual computing. For small and medium-sized enterprises without their own R&D department as well as for corporations, Fraunhofer IGD provides important innovative know-how around the topics visualization and simulation.



This year the European Biometrics Industry Award goes to Fadi Boutros from Fraunhofer IGD

Press releases


Breakthrough: Patients and ocularists impressed by quality of computer-generated 3D-printed eye prostheses

Hundreds of thousands of people in Europe have been given new hope with the arrival of ocular prostheses that can be manufactured in reproducibly high quality and less manual work using the 3D printing process. Fraunhofer IGD is supporting ocularists in this endeavor with the provision of the requisite software and printer driver. More than 200 patients are already benefiting from the new technology. The researchers have now published their methodology and results to date in a paper that has appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications and is now available to all interested parties.
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Research project creates basis for commercial drone flights throughout Germany

The use of drones for commercial as well as private purposes is steadily increasing. To ensure the safe integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into German airspace, it is therefore essential to designate no-fly zones. The aim of the fAIRport research project, brought to a successful completion in late 2023, was to automatically recognize and identify such zones. It received funding of €1,205,000 from the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as part of the mFUND innovation initiative. Experts from the German air navigation service provider (DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH), wetransform GmbH and Fraunhofer IGD collaborated on the development of a solution that makes extensive use of artificial intelligence. The resulting geodata platform for local authorities, which is based on open standards, is now operated by wetransform, a spin-off of Fraunhofer IGD.
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Time-saving solutions for IT problems using visualized data streams and AI

The NetCapVis solution from Fraunhofer IGD makes it possible for users to analyze data streams and uncover sources of errors in their own network without having to check through endless columns of numbers. It simplifies the work of IT staff, especially in small to medium-sized enterprises and in local government. This is because the visual and interactive design is easily accessible, even where the user lacks in-depth specialist knowledge. Fraunhofer IGD will be presenting this and other solutions at the IT security trade fair it-sa Expo&Congress in Nuremberg (10th 12th October).
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Hi-tech from seed to harvest

Digitalization is now even making inroads into the cowshed. The purpose behind this move is to ensure animal welfare and the sustainable production of food and renewable raw materials. The Fraunhofer Institute for Large Structures in Production Engineering IGP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD will be showcasing their latest developments in this specialized field at MeLa 2023. This will be the first time that the two Rostock research institutes have exhibited at this particular agricultural trade show. They will be presenting the results of their work at the “Campus Wissenschaft” stand which will be jointly run with partners from other scientific institutions. One of the experiences laid on for visitors will be a virtual tour of a cowshed, using VR glasses to monitor the health and welfare of the animals kept there.
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Control illuminates all aspects in theory and presents the current world range of usable technologies, processes, products and system solutions for industrial quality assurance in practice.
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Biometrics Week

Once again, Fraunhofer IGD is co-organizer of the the Darmstadt Biometrics Week. At a series of events, internationally leading research groups, companies and authorities will meet from September 18-22, 2023 to learn about and discuss innovations and developments in the field of biometrics.
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