Fraunhofer IGD

Fraunhofer IGD

Fraunhofer is with 57 institutes, more than 6.000 employees and 900 million € revenues the biggest applied R&D society in Germany. 60% of the revenues are contractual research, 40% public funding. Besides the institutes in Germany, FhG has locations in Asia (Beijing, Tokyo, Jakarta), the USA (Plymouth) and an office in Brussels. The FhG is organized in clusters, whereby the IuK (information and communication technologies) consists of 17 institutes.

The Fraunhofer Institute of Computer Graphics (Fh-IGD) belongs to the IuK-cluster and is active in different fields of Computer Graphics. The main quarter of Fh-IGD is in Darmstadt, Germany, affiliations are in Rostock (Germany), Graz (Austria), and Singapore. In total, IGD has more than 140 staff members, and additionally more than 200 FTE researchers. The overall annual budget is 15 Mio €. The research of IGD is organized in three main areas: semantics in modelling, confluence of graphics and vision, and generalized digital documents. IGD is active in nine different business areas, amongst them semantics visualization, virtual reality and semantics modelling.


Key staff


Dr.-Ing. Jörn Kohlhammer studied Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Germany, where he received his MS (Dipl.-Inform.). From 1999 he worked as a full-time researcher at the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics (CRCG) in Providence, RI, USA. He received his doctoral degree from TU Darmstadt for his research on "Knowledge Representation for Decision-Centred Visualisation". Since 2004 he heads the Fraunhofer IGD department of "Realtime Solutions for Simulation and Visual Analytics" with currently 10 employees. Jörn Kohlhammer has coordinated the FET Open project VisMaster CA with 26 partners and is coordinator of the EU project VIS-SENSE. The Fraunhofer headquarters give support in efficiently and successfully managing the participation in EU projects.


Kawa Nazemi graduated in Media and Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg in 2006. Henceforth he worked as researcher at the Fraunhofer IGD and was involved in several national and European projects, where he developed user-centered systems for knowledge representations. In 2007 he overtake the leadership and management of the THESEUS project Innovative User Interfaces and Visualizations, where he established a research group focused on semantics visualization. Since 2011 he leads the research group Semantics Visualization and is the deputy head of the associated department. His research interests are focused on technologies and concepts for user-, context-, and content-adaptive knowledge representation and intelligent visualizations.


Dirk Burkhardt holds a diploma in Computer Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz. His research interests are focused on concepts and technologies for user-centered process modeling and process support especially based on visualization technologies. He also researches in gesture-based multimodal interactions for intuitive interactions and navigations within graphical user-interfaces.