Verena Vanessa Hafner

Researcher in Computer Science, AI and Robotics

Research Interests:
  • Developmental robotics, joint attention, sensorimotor interaction and communication
  • Biorobotics, navigation strategies, adaptation to the environment, adaptation of different sensory modalities

For contact details, check out my page at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Book Recommendations

R. Pfeifer and J. Bongard: How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence
(published 2006, in English)
amazon Ralf Möller: Das Ameisenpatent. Bioroboter und ihre tierischen Vorbilder
(published 2006, in German)
PhD Thesis V.V. Hafner: Adaptive Navigation Strategies in Biorobotics: Visual Homing and Cognitive Mapping in Animals and Machines
(published 2004, in English)


(check out my Google Scholar Citations page to see the currently over 1100 papers citing my publications!)

More recent publications can be found here.

2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

Talks and Presentations

Other Scientific Activities

Cognitive Science Brown Bags
The Cognitive Science Brown Bags is a colloquium series that deals with various aspects of cognitive science and artificial intelligence. It is now maintained by Lukas Lichtensteiger.

Dagstuhl Seminar on Embodied AI, 2003
I was co-organiser of the Seminar Embodied Artificial Intelligence at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, July 6-11, 2003.

Program Committee member of


University of Zurich, Switzerland: TU Berlin, Germany: HU Berlin, Germany:

PhD Thesis
My thesis Adaptive Navigation Strategies in Biorobotics: Visual Homing and Cognitive Mapping in Animals and Machines (ISBN 3-8322-2857-8) has been published at Shaker Verlag.
It can now also be ordered from or or

Check out my entry in the Mathematics Genealogy Project, going back to David Hilbert, Felix Klein, and Carl Friedrich Gauss.

Master Thesis
In 1999, I received my M.Res. in CSAI * degree with Distinction from COGS, University of Sussex, UK. My thesis "Cognitive Maps for Navigation in Open Environments" is available on request.

* Master of Research in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Some of my earlier projects

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Verena Hafner, (email AT, 02.04.2014