Dr.-Ing. Polina Häfner

  • Research associate
  • Virtual Reality, Immersive Learning Environments
  • group: Smart Immersive Environments
  • office hours: nach Vereinbarung
  • room: 312 Kriegstr.77, D-76133 Karlsruhe
  • phone: +49 721 608-44157
  • fax: +49 721 608-43984
  • polina haefnerZoc3∂kit edu
  • Institute for Information Management in Engineering 

    Kriegstr. 77
    76133 Karlsruhe



Polina Häfner (born Stoyanova) studied from September 2004 to March 2009 at the Faculty of German Engineering Education and Industrial Management (FDIBA) of the Technical University of Sofia according to the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) computer science curriculum. She wrote the bachelor thesis "Methods of Virtual Reality for configuring a product by customer co-design" at the Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) at the University of Karlsruhe in cooperation with the FDIBA faculty. From April 2009 to May 2012 she studied informatics at the KIT. Her diploma thesis "Development of an intuitive, easy-to-use human-machine interface for immersive environments" dealt with one of the challenging topics of virtual reality - the interaction. During her studies at the KIT she worked as a research assistant at the IMI. She participated in different projects (MINT-Box Drive, EMO-VR) and developed the course "Virtual Reality Practical Course", which she still supervises. Since June 2012 she is a researcher at the IMI and deals mainly with basic and applied research in the field of Virtual Reality, Human-Computer Interaction and virtual learning environments. In September 2020, Mrs. Häfner successfully defended her doctoral thesis on "Holistic Approach for Authoring Immersive and Smart Environments for the Integration in Engineering Education". 


  •  Immersive Visualization for Virtual Reality (VR) und Mixed Reality (MR) 
  •  Immersive and Intelligent Learning Environments
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VIEW-BW - Visualisierung der Energiewende in Baden-Württemberg

Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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.

KIT TT Project 

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


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


BMWi, ZIM Cooperation project

Experiencing Physical and Technical Phenomena in Schools Using Virtual Reality Driving Simulator

 Baden-Württemberg Stiftung foundation

Knowledge-based energy management for public buildings through holistic information modeling and 3D visualization



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M. Elstermann, C. van Husen, P. Häfner

Proceedings of the QUIS15 International Research Symposium on Service Excellence in Management,
June 12-15 2017, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

12.-15. Juni 2017

Polina Häfner, Matthes Elstermann, Victor Häfner, Jivka Ovtcharova

Proceedings of EuroVR Conference 2016, Athene, Greece


Jana Dücker, Polina Häfner, Jivka Ovtcharova



Jana Dücker, Polina Häfner,

Jivka Ovtcharova

 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) edited by Springer (Konferenz Salento AVR)


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


Katicic, Jurica, Häfner, Polina, Ovtcharova, Jivka 

Presence Presence, Vol. 24, No. 1

Winter 2015

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

 IEEE Virtual Reality2015, Industrial Paper, Arles, France


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

EuroVR 2014, Bremen, Germany

08 - 10.12.2014

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

08 - 10.12.2014

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

Katicic, Jurica; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

5th Joint Virtual Reality Conference 2013, Campus Paris Saclay (Berst Paper Award)

11-13 December 2013

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

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


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)



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

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

19-22 September 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, Victor; Siebel, Jan; Häfner, Polina; Rogalski, Sven 

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

März 2013

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


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

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


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