Until a few years ago, the term "Visual Computing" had been used primarily in research communities. However, James Cameron's Avatar or - for those preferring a more subtle use of technology - Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", fascinated millions of people and let them experience the state of the art in Visual Computing. The most recent progress in display technology and interfaces has even paved the way for 3D within consumers' homes.

This is exactly where the Intel Visual Computing Institute steps in: making visible what has not been conceivable before and merging the computational world with everyday life, be it by recording and presenting the real world or by introducing virtual worlds. Whether you want to navigate e.g. the city of Saarlouis via Google Earth or Street View, or prefer to explore the ancient Saarlouis with its Vauban fortification of 1680 (which is no more existent, of course), Visual Computing will make it possible.

Senior Researchers at the Intel Visual Computing Institute have been influential in the field: in the period 2008 to 2010, no fewer than 16 conference contributions have been made to ACM SIGGRAPH, the most selective and important visual computing and computer graphics conference worldwide, confirming the vigor of the institute's efforts.