Institute for Information Management in Engineering

Smart Immersive Environments

The Smart Immersive Environments (SIE) research group is dedicated to researching, developing and optimising the use of virtual reality technologies for engineering applications, in construction, in the laboratory and in industry. We cover the entire virtualisation cycle, from digitisation to smart virtual environments in immersive systems.

Fields of Research

Immersive Environments
Immersive Environments

A special focus is on the development of the virtual reality system PolyVR, in which results from research and industry projects have been sustainably integrated since 2009. This allows synergies to be built up and significantly more complex applications to be implemented. This is the basis for being able to research current topics efficiently.

Development of intelligent immersive applications in the following areas of engineering:
  • Industry 4.0: Virtual/hybrid twins, virtual factory.
  • Civil Engineering: Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Energy: Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Future of work: immersive work environments, collaboration, learning and teaching.
Research goals and topics:
  • Automation of the virtualization process for the creation of hybrid twins.
  • Algorithms for segmentation and semantic processing of spatial data such as GIS and 3D scans.
  • Geometry analysis for semi-/automated simulation parameterization
  • Interactive simulations in XR
  • Virtual commissioning of machines and plants
  • Synchronous and asynchronous immersive collaboration and development of novel interaction paradigms for XR systems
  • Methods for cost-benefit capture and analysis of XR technologies to support investment decisions
Technologies and tools used:
  • Methods and strategies of virtual engineering
  • Development of the Virtual Reality Engine "PolyVR
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence

For our research we have the laboratories of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Talents (CAIT) at our disposal.

projects
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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

publications
title author source date

Dücker, Jana; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

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

02.-03.12.2015

Häfner, Polina; Dücker, Jana

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

24-25.06.2015

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

 IEEE Virtual Reality2015, Industrial Paper, Arles, France

2015

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

2009

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

16.07.2013

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

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)

 

7-8.11.2013

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

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

21-22.11.2013

Katicic, Jurica; Häfner, Polina; Ovtcharova, Jivka

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

11-13 December 2013