The INI-GraphicsNet Foundation (INI-F) is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to promote scientific research and development in the field of computer graphics (information processing) as well as represent and strengthen the INI-GraphicsNet research institutes around the world.
The INI-GraphicsNet (International Institutional Network of Computer Graphics) consists of several complementary institutions. Its main focus is research, development, and consulting, with approximately 400 full-time staff and approximately 600 research associates worldwide. It consists of Fraunhofer Institutes for applied research, university groups for basic research, nonprofit Centers for Computer Graphics (ZGDV) for fostering industrial collaborations and technology transfer, and spin-off companies realizing business opportunities and technology solutions.
The INI-GraphicsNet Foundation provides strategic direction to the affiliated research and development labs and educational institutions, as well as financial support in ICPNM in the form of scholarships. The INI-GraphicsNet Foundation was incorporated as a not-for-profit entity on September 17, 1999, and is headquartered in Darmstadt, Federal Republic of Germany. The purpose of the Foundation is the advancement of scientific research, development, and education in the field of computer graphics (information technology).
The INI-GraphicsNet Foundation
Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) is a self-administered state university under the legal control of the state of Hesse in Germany. As one of the most notable European institutions of higher learning for technology, TUD emphasizes close cooperation between science and industry and has many distinguished scientists and engineers on its faculty. Its location in Darmstadt is close to the European financial center in Frankfurt/Main. With about 15,000 participants, the TUD is one of the largest universities of technology in Germany and a leader in basic and applied research. ICPNM complements TUD's continuing education initiative. The Interactive Graphics Systems Group (GRIS) within TUD's Department of Computer Science provides ICPNM with experts and instructors in the fields of multimedia, interactive computer graphics and computer technology.
Any attempt at finding an "ivory tower" at the TU Darmstadt will turn out to be in vain, because the focus of teaching and research at this university has always been on real world subjects. This approach characterizes the academic staff of the natural sciences and engineering disciplines.
The close cooperation between science and economics is an indispensable prerequisite for success. For that reason, students are encouraged to learn how to put scientific ideas and principles into effect and to demonstrate in their essays and dissertations how to tackle, analyze and solve problems, e.g. in the areas of industrial processes and practices. Experience thus gained is doubtless a great asset when it comes to gaining access to the labor market after graduation from the TUD.
Research projects at the University are initiated and financed to a large extent by industrial and commercial concerns. Moreover, the University's successful collaboration with local companies is also based on a twofold strategy: the appointment of distinguished scientists and engineers to the post of professor at the University and the University's commitment to management development in business entities.
TU Darmstadt is a member of several different European networks. The European Credit transfer system (ECTS), for example, has been introduced for almost all courses of study. In this context, TUD's role in ICPNM is based on the desire to widen these international education efforts beyond the scope of Europe.
Technische Universität Darmstadt