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.

Matrix organizational structure of Fraunhofer IGD

We help you meet your challenges and achieve your goals.

Learn more about HealthcareLearn more about Automotive IndustryLearn more about Information TechnologyLearn more about Maritime EconomyLearn more about Bioeconomics and InfrastructureLearn more about Cultural and Creative Economy

Our services

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


Using AI to reconstitute the colors of antique artworks

Reconstructing the coloration of historical art and making it visually perceivable: The EU-funded PERCEIVE research project has been set up to develop a new method for appreciating, exhibiting and researching centuries-old works of art. Acting in the capacity of scientific-technical coordinator, Fraunhofer IGD is providing support to the project with the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) software package, which traces the changes that have taken place in coloration over the centuries and produces a model for the future. The research project was officially launched at a two-day event hosted by the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, with all the project partners coming together for coordination of their input. Within the next three years, various tools and related AI services should become available for museum curators and art historians to use in their everyday work.
Read more


Risk evaluation: Fraunhofer software takes FMEA to the next level

Autonomous vehicles in intralogistics and machine tools in industrial production are notorious for their susceptibility to faults and to failures of individual devices and components. It is therefore all the more important for manufacturers that they should be able to estimate the probability of such faults occurring in order to optimize the design of technical systems with regard to operational and process reliability. In proSVIFT, the research team at Fraunhofer IGD has developed a new tool based on probabilistic Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) that can be operated intuitively. It enables users to reduce production downtime, to mitigate critical effects and to avoid resulting costs.
Read more


Fraunhofer IGD and Rostock Fracht- und Fischereihafen GmbH develop acoustic warning system for loading operations

Fraunhofer IGD has developed a system for enhanced safety during loading operations in industrial ports. A warning signal informs the port authority in real time if elements of the cargo fall into the water during loading and thus pose a potential risk to other users of the shipping channel.
Read more


New software from Fraunhofer IGD accelerates and enhances sorting processes

The solution is right there in front of your eyes! ARRANGE software in combination with augmented reality (AR) glasses provides digital support for sorting processes. Employees on the production line see components that belong together overlaid in color directly in their field of vision. The innovative solution from Fraunhofer IGD is helping users in the automotive sector to reduce costs by accelerating processes and minimizing error rates.
Read more



NAFEMS World Congress

The NAFEMS World Congress 2023 in Tampa, Florida, USA, will bring the global engineering simulation community back together again in person, from 15-18 May. We'll be pushing the technology forward creating a cross-industry, cross-technology exchange of ideas, best practice, and information like never before, whilst getting down to the business of what we all strive for; making simulation ever better and ever more accessible.
Read more



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.
Read more



We look forward to welcoming you to the DMEA 2023 - Europe's leading event for Digital Health - from 25 to 27 April 2023 in the Berlin exhibition halls.
Read more



HANNOVER MESSE is the most important international platform and hot spot for industrial transformation - with excellent innovations or unusual products. Here you will find all the facts that make one thing even clearer: participation is an absolute "must"!
Read more