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

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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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Biometrics as a key technology of the future

Gathering of the biometrics community in Germany: This year’s Darmstadt Biometrics Week will bring together researchers and end users from all over the world. During the five-day series of events (September 18 22), they will exchange information on the latest research results and developments in the industry. They will especially focus on key topic areas such as morphing, presentation attack detection and privacy protection in biometric applications. The organizers are still accepting registrations for the individual components of the week-long event.
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Health-tech company TCC enters into exclusive strategic partnership with Fraunhofer IGD

Hamburg/Darmstadt, 11th July 2023: TCC, a provider of remote support services to intensive care units, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD have entered into an exclusive strategic partnership for the joint development of AI-supported tools in healthcare. The aim is to pool the competencies of the two partners in research and product development. While TCC develops the software and algorithms and supplies the clinical real-time data (“Real World Data”), Fraunhofer IGD will use its expertise in applied science to validate the results. The first joint project in wound management is already well advanced, and further use cases will be identified in the coming weeks and months. Because the collaboration is intended to be a long-term arrangement, TCC will become part of the clinical partner network of Fraunhofer IGD in the Health and Care business area.
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Network of excellence with Fraunhofer participation paves the way for edge AI technologies

The European Network of Excellence "dAIEDGE" promotes the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on edge computing platforms - Fraunhofer IGD is one of the project partners. By combining edge computing and AI (Edge AI), devices can make decisions in a few milliseconds by processing data directly at the point of origin - without insecure connections, high latency, large energy overheads or costs due to transmission. Edge AI is therefore a pathfinder and accelerator for many new applications in areas such as autonomous driving, personalized digital assistance and intelligent service robots.
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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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