The primary activity of the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD is the development of products (hardware and software) for computer graphics and their adaptation to specific applications.
Through this R&D work, the Institute helps to establish computer graphics as a technology, tool and development basis in Germany, to promote this field and to create products and processes which contribute to this objective. Each R&D project is undertaken in the immediate context of actual current problems in industry, commerce, transport and the service sector.
The branch laboratory founded in Rostock in 1992 - in close cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstadt and the privately managed Centre for Computer Graphics in Darmstadt (ZGDV) - provide extended access to human resources in a wider range of disciplines.
The Center for Research in Computer Graphics, Inc., in Providence, allows technical trends in the USA to be recognised earlier and transferred to the European market.
The foundation of the Centre for Advanced Media Technology (CAM-Tech) in Singapore in 1998 has secured the institute´s presence in the growing markets of Asia.
A more targeted focus on specific branches of industry is provided by the Fraunhofer Applications Center for Computer Graphics in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries (AGC), which opened in 1999 and works closely with the faculty of biology and information technology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.
The AGC, based in Frankfurt, specializes in the adaptation of the basic technologies of computer graphics to the needs of chemistry and the life sciences, developing vertical business solutions and forging strategic R&D alliances with partners in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
The Institute has a permanent staff of more than 100 employees who work in nine research fields and accommodation comprising over 7,000 m² of office space and laboratories in which to work on its research contracts.
Fraunhofer-Institut Graphische Datenverarbeitung
Further information: http://www.igd.fraunhofer.de