The Fraunhofer IGD is the world's leading institute for applied research in Visual Computing. 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 pursuant to customer-specific requirements. The researchers at Fraunhofer IGD use, record and process images and graphics for all conceivable computer-based applications.
The research and development projects of Fraunhofer IGD directly relate to current business issues. The application spectrum of the concepts, models and practical solutions is as diverse as it is specialized. It ranges from virtual product design via medical science, transportation all the way to multi-media learning and training.
Together with its partner universities, Fraunhofer IGD researches various key technologies and cooperates with companies in many different industry sectors. In addition to the head office in Darmstadt, Fraunhofer IGD has further sites in Rostock, Graz and Singapore. It has around 180 (full-time equivalent) employees. The budget amounts to around 16 million euros.
Perceptual Hashing algorithms extract unique identifiers from different kinds of content (e.g. images, videos, audio streams, music sheets). They can be used to identify the content, also in cases it has been modified (e.g. compressed).
Fraunhofer IGD offers consulting on development of perceptual hashing algorithms and integration to SMILA (SeMantic Information Logistics Architecture, http://www.eclipse.org/smila/).