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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Fraunhofer IGD – Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphic Research, Germany

Fraunhofer IGD is the world's leading institute for applied research in the field of visual computing. Visual computing stands for 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 demands. The range of applications of the concepts, models, and practical solutions spans from virtual product development to medicine, commerce, and multimedia learning and training. The research and development projects of Fraunhofer IGD are directly related to current requirements of market and economy. Numerous spin-offs ensure that prototypes are quickly brought to market. Together with its partner universities, Fraunhofer IGD also performs key technology research and cooperates with companies of various industrial sectors. Apart from its headquarters in Darmstadt, Fraunhofer IGD has locations in Rostock, Graz and Singapore. Currently, it has about 180 (full-time equivalent) employees and its budget exceeds 15 million euros.

The department Spatial Information Management focuses on research topics related to semantic information management and spatial information visualisation within Spatial Data Infrastructures and 3D GIS. The goal of this group is to increase the use and usability of geoinformation. Notable developments include the HUMBOLDT Open Source software framework for geospatial data harmonisation (http://community.esdi-humboldt.eu and http://www.dhpanel.eu) and the CityServer3D, a system for rules-based data management of complex and detailed 3D urban models (http://www.cs3d.de).

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