Institute for Information Management in Engineering

Smart Immersive Environments

The field of research of the group Smart Immersive Environments is the development of virtual reality applications as virtual engineering tool, in particular the optimization of human machine interfaces in respect to new paradigmas of interaction. The Smart Virtual Environments research group main goals are the visualization for virtual validation of models and simulations, the development of intelligent virtual environments and the perfect virtual reality human interaction. To facilitate these tasks we develop tools like virtual reality engine PolyVR, algorithms for 3D scanning and motion capturing with affordable depth sensors and conduct fundamental studies for better understanding the human-machine interaction in virtual environments focusing on cognition, natural interaction and emotions assessment.


Call for Papers

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DigiFab Project

We work on integrating BIM and virtual factory to virtualize the new production facility from WIBU Systems AG in Karlsruhe.

FG 3: Smart Immersive Environments

Immersive Environments
Immersive Environments

Fields of research: 


  • development of intelligent immersive applications in the following engineering fields:

- Education and Training
- Virtual Factory
- Energy Efficiency

  • Optimization of Human-Machine-Interface in virtual enviroments
  • Develpment of novel interaction paradigms for VR and MR systems
  • Develpment of the Virtual Reality authoring tool „PolyVR“
  • Wide-ranging 3D scan and 3D reconstruction with affordable depth sensors
  • Algorithms for dynamical generation of  extensive virtual worlds



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DigiFab - Digitale Fabrik für den Mittelstand

PolyVR is a virtual reality 3D engine with main focus is the scalability of hardware setups and scene authoring and management.

VIEW-BW - Visualisierung der Energiewende in Baden-Württemberg

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Dücker, Jana; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

VAR² 2015, 3. Fachkonferenz zu VR/AR-Technologien in Anwendung und Forschung in Chemnitz


Häfner, Polina; Dücker, Jana

18. IFF-Wissenschaftstage in Magdeburg 2015, Digital Engineering zum Planen, Testen und Betreiben technischer Systeme


Bayart, Benjamin; Vartanian, Alexis; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

 IEEE Virtual Reality2015, Industrial Paper, Arles, France


Katicic, Jurica, Häfner, Polina, Ovtcharova, Jivka 

Presence Presence, Vol. 24, No. 1

Winter 2015

Häfner, Victor

EuroVR 2014, Bremen, Germany

08 - 10.12.2014

Hummel, Simon; Häfner, Victor; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

08 - 10.12.2014

Häfner, Polina; Seeßle, Julia; Dücker, Jana; Zientek, Matthias; Szeliga, Filip 

EuroVR 2014, Bremen, Germany

08 - 10.12.2014

Schuck, Hendrik; Häfner, Victor; Ovtcharova, Jivka

Digital Engineering zum Planen, Testen und Betreiben technischer Systeme, 17. IFF-Wissenschaftstage, Fraunhofer - Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung IFF, Magdeburg

24. - 26. June 2014

Jivka Ovtcharova, Polina Häfner, Victor Häfner, Jurica Katicic, Christina Vinke

Zukunft der Arbeit in Industrie 4.0, Automonik für Industrie 4.0, Bundesministerium Wirtschaft und Energie 

Mai 2014

Bachvarov, Angel; Maleshkov, Stoyan; Katicic, Jurica, Stoyanova (Häfner), Polina

Proceedings of the 5-th International Conference on Mass Customization & Personalization MCPC 2009, Helsinki, Finland

4-8. October 2009

Bachvarov, Angel; Maleshkov, Stoyan; Katicic, Jurica, Stoyanova (Häfner), Polina

4th International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping VRAP 2009, Leiria, Portugal


Häfner, Polina; Vinke, Christina; Häfner, Victor; Ovtcharova, Jivka

IEEE International conference on Computional Intelligence and Virtual Environments for Measurement Systems and Applications (CIVEMSA), 2013, Milano, Italy


Häfner, Victor; Siebel, Jan; Häfner, Polina; Rogalski, Sven 

Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb (ZWF), 108. Jahrgang, Hanser Verlag, Heft März 2013, S. 123-127

März 2013

Wicaksono, Hendro; Dobreva (Krahtova), Preslava; Häfner, Polina; Rogalski, Sven

5th International Conference Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development, 2013, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

19-22 September 2013

Häfner, Polina; Häfner, Victor; Wicaksono, Hendro; Ovtcharova, Jivka

5th International Conference Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development, 2013, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

19-22 September 2013

Häfner, Polina; Häfner, Victor; Ovtcharova, Jivka

International Conference on Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education 2013, Procedia Computer Science Volume 25, 2013, Pages 251–260

Best paper award


Handfest, Alexander; Schröder, Michael; Grefe, Philip; Carra, Pablo; Häfner, Polina

Wissenschaftliche Konferenz "WIRTSCHAFT UND TECHNOLOGIE IM DIENST DER GESELLSCHAFT", 2013, Sofia, Bulgarien


Katicic, Jurica; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

5th Joint Virtual Reality Conference 2013, Campus Paris Saclay

Best Paper Award

11-13 December 2013