NVIDIA Computer Vision

Empower your devices to perceive and understand the world around us with powerful software that’s masterful, scalable, and tested.

NVIDIA software enables the end-to-end computer vision workflow—from model development to deployment—for individual developers, higher education and research, and enterprises.

Computer vision is a field of technology that enables devices like smart cameras to acquire, process, analyze, and interpret images and videos. For example, the driver assistance system on a vehicle designed with computer vision algorithms uses cameras and other sensors to not only display, but to perceive what’s in front of and behind it to identify and classify regions or points of interest within an image frame. In this case, computer vision has a safety application—helping the vehicle operator to navigate around road debris, other vehicles, animals, and people. Similarly, farmers might rely on computer vision-enabled devices to automatically identify weeds and where crops are growing well over a large field to increase yield. Today’s computer vision tasks like these are based on artificial intelligence and, more specifically, deep learning, a type of machine learning patterned after the brain. Deep learning-based computer vision models enable devices to perform and adapt like a human expert while requiring significantly less input.

Computer Vision Techniques

Most computer vision techniques begin with a model, or a mathematical algorithm, that has been trained with volumes of data to accomplish a specific task. Some of the common techniques include:

Computer Vision classification


Classification involves determining and classifying what object is in an image or video frame. Classification models are usually trained with a large dataset to identify simple objects like dogs, cats, chairs, or very specific ones like the type of vehicles in a road scene. The quality of the classification output depends on the training data used. The more the quantity and diversity of the training data, the higher the degree of precision.

Computer Vision detection


Detection involves locating and localizing an object or multiple objects within an image or a video frame. The algorithm outputs a rectangular bounding box around the detected object to indicate its location in the image. Object detectors may be trained to detect cars, road signs, people, or other objects of interest within an image or a video frame.

Computer Vision segmentation


Segmentation involves locating objects or regions of interest precisely in an image by assigning a label to every pixel in an image. This way, pixels with the same label share similar characteristics, such as color, or texture. Segmentation models are very commonly used in medical imaging for performing tasks like automatically detecting tumors in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans.

Image Synthesis

Image Synthesis

Image Synthesis involves creating or artificially generating images containing certain desired objects or content. Generative Adversarial Networks, or GANs, are a type of neural network that are commonly used for synthesizing these images, or even frames of a video. A common application of image synthesis is text to image translation that involves using GANs to generate images based on a textual description.

Get Started with NVIDIA’s Pre-Trained Models
for Computer Vision

Developing models for these techniques on your own would require a lot of training data, time, and expertise. Here’s the good news- you do not have to be an expert to get started. NVIDIA hosts a number of pre-trained models, already-built and ready-to-use, to start developing your own computer vision solutions. Start with NGC, our GPU-accelerated software hub, to learn about computer vision models and resources, as well as other deep learning-based speech and natural language processing use cases and application frameworks.


Develop the End-to-End Computer
Vision Workflow

Start with NVIDIA pre-trained models, TAO, and DeepStream to make the end-to-end computer vision AI development process easier.

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AI Model Adaptation Platform


Create highly accurate, production-ready computer vision and conversational AI models with a user interface-based, guided workflow solution.

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Simplified Model Training


Simplify transfer learning with a command line interface-based, Jupyter notebook driven solution by abstracting away the AI/DL framework complexity.

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Streaming Analytics Toolkit

NVIDIA Deepstream SDK

Build real-time vision AI applications for multi-sensor processing, video, audio and image understanding.

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Smart Infrastructure & Cities

NVIDIA Metropolis

Build an end-to-end, video-based analytics platform or use one from a partner within the industry ecosystem.


Explore Computer Vision Across NVIDIA Software

Learn how to develop computer vision applications using NVIDIA's industry-specific software products and platforms.

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Develop computer vision models for gesture recognition, heart rate monitoring, mask detection, and body pose estimation in a hospital room to detect falls. Build, manage, and deploy workflows in medical imaging, medical devices with streaming video, and smart hospitals.

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Develop end-to-end (E2E) computer vision solutions for the autonomous vehicle (AV) and the intelligent cockpit (IX). Collect and generate computer vision data, train DNN models using the E2E simulation platform (DRIVE Sim).

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Video Streaming

Maxine SDK

Create virtual collaboration and content creation applications with video effects, audio effects and augmented reality.

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Multimodal Conversation


Develop multimodal conversational AI applications by fusing vision, audio, and other sensor inputs simultaneously.

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Envision Next-Generation Computer Vision

Discover new technologies and innovative research work on computer vision at NVIDIA

Computer Vision Research Engineers


Emerging Innovation

Learn what problems our computer vision research engineers and data scientists have been solving. Read our latest publications.

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Computer Vision Research Engineers


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Develop, test, train, and manage robots in virtual environments. Use computer vision for manipulation, navigation, and synthetic data generation.

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Explore NVIDIA’s GPU-Accelerated Libraries and Optimization Platform

Learn how NVIDIA’s libraries and optimization platform accelerate computer vision on GPUs.

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Data Pipeline Accelerator

Data Loading Library (DALI)

Load and process computer vision and audio data using GPUs. Use directly in TensorFlow, PyTorch, MXNet, and PaddlePaddle models.

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3D Deep Learning Research Library


Generate synthetic data. Render and visualize 3D training datasets.

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Image and Signal-Processing Library

NVIDIA Performance Primitives (NPP)

Deploy ready-to-use, domain-specific, high-performance functions for image, video, and signal processing.

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Vision Programming Interface (VPI)

Embedded Computer Vision and Image Processing Library

Vision Programming Interface (VPI)

Implement asynchronous computer vision and image processing applications in real-time.

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Image Decoding Libraries

nvJPEG and nvJPEG2000

Accelerate processing of JPEG and JPEG2000 images.

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NVIDIA Optical Flow SDK

Motion Flow Generation

Optical Flow SDK

Recognize, classify, and track objects and actions in a video stream by enhancing flow-vector computation between frames using GPUs.

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Inference Optimizer and Runtime


Enable delivery of low latency and high throughput for inference applications.

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Get Started With Frequently Asked Questions

Computer vision is more than research. It delivers practical, real-world solutions that change lives. NVIDIA’s deep expertise in artificial intelligence and high-performance computing provides endless opportunities to meaningfully impact the world.

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Learn the Fundamentals of Deep Learning

Learn the Fundamentals of Computer Vision

New to computer vision? Want a primer before jumping in? Learn the Fundamentals of Deep Learning with hands-on exercises for CV in this eight-hour course offered by the Deep Learning Institute . You’ll learn how to train deep learning models from scratch and use pre-trained models, experiment with different model architectures, explore deep learning tools and techniques, and work with datasets to improve model accuracy. You’ll also earn a certification to show your accomplishment.


What’s New in Computer Vision

Upcoming DLI Training: Learn How to Build Conversational AI Applications

Upcoming DLI Training: Learn How to Build Conversational AI Applications

Sign up for a training on building and deploying production quality conversational AI applications, hosted by NVIDIA DLI.

NVIDIA GTC: Top Sessions for Optimizing Performance and Securing Network Infrastructure

NVIDIA GTC: Top Sessions for Optimizing Performance and Securing Network Infrastructure

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NVIDIA GTC: Industrial at the Edge

NVIDIA GTC: Industrial at the Edge

Learn more about the NVIDIA GTC manufacturing sessions.

Computer Vision: Real-World Applications

No challenge is too small and no company too big for computer vision. See innovative solutions in action—from startups to global manufacturers.

Improving Mobility for People with Low Vision (Biel Glasses) impaired

Improving Mobility for People with Low Vision (Biel Glasses) impaired

Increasing Vehicle Quality Using Computer Vision and AI (Audi)

Increasing Vehicle Quality Using Computer Vision and AI (Audi)

Deploying NGC Models with Maximo Visual Inspection (IBM)

Deploying NGC Models with Maximo Visual Inspection (IBM)

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