About the Intel Visual Computing Institute

The Intel Visual Computing Institute (Intel VCI) is a collaborative effort between Intel, Saarland University, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Max-Planck Institute for Software Systems and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). It is part of Saarland University and its offices are located at the Saarbrücken campus. This unique combination of industrial, academic and institutional  research ensures the highest quality theoretical foundation on one hand and applicability and relevance on the other.

Intel VCI and DFKI (Campus D3 2)


The Institute focuses on Visual Computing research, meaning the acquisition, modeling, processing, transmission, rendering and display of visual and associated data. It addresses a highly complex combination of hard challenges: achieving highest performance and scalability, integrating multi-modal data, analyzing and handling of massive data volumes, designing of efficient and scalable algorithms, efficient encoding and transmission of time dependent data, and all of this under often hard real-time constraints. The Intel VCI will drive research across Europe towards highest quality results.

The Visual Computing field specifically includes and overlaps with the research fields of computer graphics, computer vision, still and moving image processing, CAD, interactive simulation, geometry processing, animation, human computer interaction, parallel programming languages, compilers, tools and many others.

Intel provides co-funding for the Intel VCI projects and operation. The institute is also part of the Intel Labs Europe network. The Intel VCI regularly publishes calls for proposals that are open to any research institutions in Europe. It is also participating in government-sponsored R&D programs such as the European Union 7th Framework Programme. We are very interested to collaborate with leading research partners in Europe on Visual Computing projects and offer a unique combination of world-class academic expertise in computer graphics, communication technologies, and artificial intelligence with Intel's leading silicon and software technologies.