Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Phys. Victor Häfner

  • Institute for Information Management in Engineering 

    Kriegstr. 77
    76133 Karlsruhe



Victor Häfner studied physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and obtained his degree in march 2012. In April 2014 he started as a research associate at the Institute of Information Management (IMI, KIT) in the research group Smart Immersive Environments. His research topics are in the field of virtual reality with a focus on machine engineering applications. His activities and interests are in VR software and hardware development, numerical simulations, computer vision and computer graphics.


- Developement of virtual reality engine PolyVR

- New paradigms for Interaction in virutal and mixed reality systems 

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VIEW-BW - Visualisierung der Energiewende in Baden-Württemberg

DigiFab - Digitale Fabrik für den Mittelstand

Deutsch-Chinesische Industrie 4.0 Fabrikautomatisierungsplattform

For the project "DriveSim", IMI team develops a novel intelligent driving simulator that is tailored to the needs of the Chinese driving school students using technology like virtual reality and artificial intelliegence to create experience closest to reality.

"Multidimensional Service Prototyping" and development of tecniques and tecnologies for "Rapid-Service-Prototyping"

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

3DConFu: 3D reconstruction of rooms and intelligent configuration of furniture


Construction of a simulation model for the qualification of the new vibration method for decontamination of pipelines

EVEIL 3D – Learning Languages in 3D virtual environments

Experiencing Physical and Technical Phenomena in Schools Using Virtual Reality Driving Simulator
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Practical course WT 20/21

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Vorlesung / Übung (VÜ) SS 2022


Human-Machine-Interaction in Innovative Work Environment 4.0 – A Human-Centered Approach
Kreuzwieser, S.; Kimmig, A.; Michels, F.; Bulander, R.; Häfner, V.; Bönsch, J.; Ovtcharova, J.
2023. New Digital Work – Digital Sovereignty at the Workplace. Ed.: A. Shajek, 68–86, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-26490-0_ 5
Automating Virtualization of Machinery for enabling efficient Virtual Engineering Methods
Häfner, V.; Michels, F. L.
2022. Frontiers in virtual reality, 3, Art.-Nr.: 1034431. doi:10.3389/frvir.2022.1034431
Serious Game Concept to Promote Citizen Engagement for the Energy Transition Using Virtual Reality and Web Platforms
Michels, F. L.; Müller, L.; Häfner, V.; Häfner, P.
2022. New Realities, Mobile Systems and Applications – Proceedings of the 14th IMCL Conference. Ed.: M. Auer, 601–612, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-96296-8_54
Holistische Planung einer Fertigung im Neubau
Häfner, V.; Benedix, A.-C.; Grethler, M.; Kögel, M.
2021. Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, 116 (3), 106–110. doi:10.1515/zwf-2021-0020
Extending OpenSG for real-time synchronization of immersive environments in distributed collaboration
Mayer, A.; Häfner, V.; Ovtcharova, J.
2021. ConVRgence (VRIC) Virtual Reality International Conference Proceedings, 6–15
Abdel Razek, A. R.; Raban, M.; Hengels, A.; van Husen, C.; Elstermann, M.; Häfner, V.; Häfner, P.; Imran, S.
2020. Multidimensionales Service Prototyping. Hrsg.: C. van Husen, 47–129, Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-60732-9_2
PolyVR - A Virtual Reality Authoring Framework for Engineering Applications. PhD dissertation
Häfner, V.
2019. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000098349
Modelling Smart Virtual Environments
Häfner, V.
2017. 4. Fachkonferenz zu VR/AR-Technologien in Anwendung und Forschung an der Professur Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik, 2017, Chemnitz, Germany, ISBN 978-3-00-058419-0, Pages 151-162, 151–162, Technische Universität Chemnitz
Virtual Reality Based Rapid Service Prototyping Tool
Häfner, P.; Elstermann, M.; Häfner, V.; Ovtcharova, J.
2016. Proceedings of EuroVR Conference 2016, Athene, Greece
Experiencing Physical and Technical Phenomena in Schools Using Virtual Reality Driving Simulator
Häfner, P.; Häfner, V.; Ovtcharova, J.
2014. Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Technology-Rich Environments for Learning and Collaboration : First International Conference, LCT 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. Ed.: P. Zaphiris, 50–61, Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-07485-6_6
Qualifizierung eines neuartigen Vibrationsverfahrens zur Dekontamination von Rohrleitungen
Schuck, H.; Häfner, V.; Ovtcharova, J.
2014. Digital Engineering zum Planen, Testen und Betreiben technischer Systeme, 17. IFF-Wissenschaftstage, Fraunhofer - Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung IFF, Magdeburg, 24. - 26.6. 2014, 83–89, Fraunhofer - Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung IFF
Innovation braucht Resourceful Humans Aufbruch in eine neue Arbeitskultur durch Virtual Engineering
Ovtcharova, J.; Häfner, P.; Häfner, V.; Katicic, J.; Vinke, C.
2014. Zukunft der Arbeit in Industrie 4.0. Hrsg.: A. Botthof, 111–124, Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-45915-7_12
Interaktive Flexibilitätsbewertung in virtuellen Welten
Häfner, V.; Siebel, J.; Häfner, P.; Rogalski, S.
2013. Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, 108 (3), 123–127
The Impact of Motion in Virtual Environments on Memorization Performance
Häfner, P.; Vinke, C.; Häfner, V.; Ovtcharova, J.
2013. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Virtual Environments for Measurement Systems and Applications, CIVEMSA 2013; Milan; Italy; 15 July 2013 - 17 July 2013; Category numberCFP13CVA-CDR, 104–109, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/CIVEMSA.2013.6617404
Semi-automated ontology population from building construction drawings
Häfner, P.; Häfner, V.; Wicaksono, H.; Ovtcharova, J.
2013. 5th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development, KEOD 2013; Vilamoura, Algarve; Portugal; 19 September 2013 - 22 September 2013, 379–386, INSTICC
Teaching Methodology for Virtual Reality Practical Course in Engineering Education
Häfner, P.; Häfner, V.; Ovtcharova, J.
2013. Procedia Computer Science, 25, 251–260. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2013.11.031