Fraunhofer è il più grande centro di ricerca applicata e sviluppo in Germania, con 57 istituti, oltre 6.000 dipendenti e 900 milioni di € di ricavi. Il 60% dei ricavi sono di provenienza di contratti per la ricerca, il 40% di finanziamenti pubblici. Oltre agli istituti in Germania, Fraunhofer ha sedi in Asia (Pechino, Tokyo, Giacarta), Stati Uniti (Plymouth) e un ufficio a Bruxelles. Fraunhofer è organizzato in gruppi, per cui l’IUK (tecnologie dell'informazione e della comunicazione) è costituito da 17 istituti.
L'Istituto Fraunhofer di Computer Grafica (IGD-Fh) appartiene al cluster IUK ed è attivo in diversi campi della computer grafica. La sede principale di Fh-IGD è a Darmstadt, in Germania, mentre filiali si trovano a Rostock (Germania), Graz (Austria) e Singapore. In totale, IGD ha oltre 140 membri dello staff e più di 200 ricercatori FTE a tempo pieno. Il bilancio annuo complessivo di IGD è di 15 milioni di €. La ricerca di IGD è organizzata in tre aree principali: la semantica nella modellazione, confluenza della grafica e della visione e documenti digitali generalizzati. IGD è attiva in nove diverse aree commerciali, tra le quali la semantica di visualizzazione, la realtà virtuale e la modellazione semantica.
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.
Matthias Breyer holds a Master in Computer Science from the Technical University Darmstadt. He was involved in various European research projects, where he developed knowledge management systems. Currently he is involved in the research program THESEUS, where he leads a work package in the project TEXO and a task in the project Innovative User Interfaces and Visualizations. Furthermore he coordinates the technical cooperation with project- and external partners. His research interests are focused on Semantics Generation and Management to facilitate user centric semantics visualizations.
Christian Stab holds a diploma in Computer Sciences from the Technical University Darmstadt. In his diploma thesis, which was awarded with the Fraunhofer IGD “Best Thesis Award”, he developed an Interaction Analysis System that is used in the THESEUS Core Technology Cluster for analyzing user’s behavior in the context of Adaptive User Interfaces (AUI).
He was involved in various European research and development projects, where he developed collaborative tools and knowledge management systems. He was involved in the THESEUS Core Technology Cluster for Semantics Visualization and user-centered adaption and is the project leader of VIntEL (“Virtuelle Integrierte Erprobungslandschaft”) and MErK (“Management von Ergebnissen und Erkenntnissen aus CD&E”). His research interests are focused on Tempo-Analytical Semantics, Semantics Visualization and Intelligent User Interfaces. Further he researches on intuitive interaction concepts for Semantics Visualizations and supervises practical courses at the Technical University Darmstadt.
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.