Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (Fraunhofer IGD) is one of the world's leading institutes for applied research in Visual Computing. It is one of 57 research institutes run by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organization for applied research in Europe. Visual Computing is image- and model-based information technology. It includes Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, as well as Virtual and Augmented Reality. Fraunhofer IGD develops prototypes and complete solutions based on customer-specific requirements. The range of applications of our concepts, models and practical solutions spans from virtual product development for medicine, commerce to multimedia learning and training. Research and development projects are directly applicable to current problems in industry. Numerous spin-offs ensure that prototypes are quickly converted into market-ready products.
The interdisciplinary team of the department of Industrial Applications develops software, which supports the single steps of the product development process with state-of-the-art virtual and augmented engineering technology. Virtual and augmented reality in construction, styling and design helps to optimize processes and to design products more innovatively. The visualization and simulation of CAD- and CAE-data and the knowledge management in engineering and design are other focuses of the department. The department is technical coordinator of 3D-COFORM, the leading integrated European research project in the area of digital libraries.