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General Information

  Founder and organizer: Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre

  Members: 97  ObjectivesList of current members

The Society's Haptic Software Archive (managed by Society member Alexander Shirinov)

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Objectives

Thank you for your interest in the Society. Here you will find basic information about it. Should you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us

This new, professional, not-for-profit  Society brings together researchers interested in haptics. This field encompasses all aspects of the sense of touch, including basic research in perception and action, and the development of interfaces and applications to allow human-machine interaction and communication through touch. 

Society members meet online for lectures and exchange of ideas. All professionals whose work is related to haptics are invited to join the Society. New Society members are welcome to join at any time. Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to:

Biomechanics
Control systems
Data visualization and display
Experimental psychology: perception, action, cognition in humans and other organisms
Ergonomics
Haptic rendering
Haptic interfaces
Industrial applications
Mechanical engineering
Medical applications
Physiology
Rehabilitation
Robotics
Teleoperation
Virtual environments

Members of the business community are also welcome to join the Society and present the technical features of their haptics-related products.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of the researchers that have signed-up, there are forthcoming Society events, in topics that range from rehabilitation, mental health, perception and physiology, to haptic rendering and devices, teleoperation and  data display.

Please feel free to forward the address of this page to friends, colleagues or students that might be interested in participating in the Society.

I wish to thank Ms. Martha Elsa Teutli-Torres and Professor Vincent Hayward for their many valuable suggestions and comments during the formulation of this project.

Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, PhD
Founder and Organizer

 

   

There are two types of Society membership: full and associate. Please follow the links for details. 

To join the Society or to request more information, please contact Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre at

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When e-mailing to join the Society,  please indicate the type of membership you select (full or associate) and include a brief statement with your affiliation(s) and interests, as well as a Web address with information about your research. This Web address will be included in the list of Society members.

1. FULL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

BENEFITS

a) Full access to all society services (lectures, journal club) 
b) Voting privileges for purposes of future Society goals and services. 

REQUIREMENTS

A full member commits to either one or both of the following two activities:

a) To periodically deliver a Society lecture.
b) To participate in the Society Journal Club. Journal club participation includes the following activities: 

    i) To periodically propose papers for the Society Journal Club, and make the necessary 
     arrangements to invite the author(s) of the proposed papers to participate in the discussion session as invited speakers.
     If the authors cannot attend, the member proposing the paper will read it, organize the 
     discussion session and answer questions during the session. 

    ii) To be available to participate as an invited speaker in a discussion session if a paper by him/her 
     is proposed by another full member for the journal club. 

A full lecture by an invited speaker is very desirable for a Journal Club presentation, but is not strictly required, the speaker  may only to be available to answer questions about a paper during an online discussion session. Every effort is made to set a reasonable period of time in between successive journal club participations as an invited speaker. 

The following links have a detailed description of the lecture requirements and journal club organization. 

c) Full members also commit to provide computer and communication resources to distribute the electronic lectures. 

2. ASSOCIATE SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

BENEFITS

a) Associate members have full access to the Society lectures and journal club sessions. 
b) Associate members may suggest papers for journal club discussion, but they should work together with a full member who agrees to organize the discussion session.
c) Associate members may also lecture if they wish to do so.

Please note that associate members do not have voting privileges. However, associate members are able to make suggestions or proposals about Society goals and services. 
 

REQUIREMENTS

a) Associate members commit to be available to participate as invited speakers in the Society journal club. An invited speaker participates in the discussion of a paper authored by him/her.  A full lecture by an invited speaker is very desirable for a Journal Club presentation, but is not strictly required, the speaker  may only to be available to answer questions about a paper during an online discussion session. Every effort is made to set a reasonable period of time in between successive journal club participations as an invited speaker.  The following link has a detailed description of the journal club organization. 

b) Associate members also commit to provide computer and communication resourcesto distribute the electronic lectures. 

Lecture requirements

To minimize costs and simplify technical requirements, the lectures would be pre-recorded into a computer audio file accompanied by a set of slides. The organizer of the Society, Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, will provide advice on how to prepare the lectures for electronic delivery, and host the website of the Society. More information about the delivery of the lectures is given below under computer storage and bandwidth requirements and services offered. See also the instructions to prepare a lecture.

Currently, a member would give a lecture approximately every year and a half. However, members can lecture more often than that, as frequently as wanted. Each lecture could be anywhere from fifteen to sixty-minute long. The content of the lectures could include, among many other possibilities:

             -The current research of members.
             -Surveys about the scope of the work in each member's laboratory.
             -Society members from the corporate world could present the technical
              features of their products.

The electronic lectures are intended to be informal ways to let other researchers know about our work or interests. Published, or accepted-for-publication, material is particularly suitable for a Society lecture. 

Access to the lectures is restricted to members, but if the author of a lecture decides so, his/her lecture(s) would be available to the public for download. The copyright of the lectures would remain with the original authors.
 
 
 

The Organization of the Society Journal Club

Purpose and venue. The purpose of the Society journal club is to discuss interesting papers on all aspects of haptics. The journal club is held online, through email.  Whenever possible, the author(s) of the paper are invited to attend the discussion session. Invited author(s) would not have to prepare a full presentation about their papers, but only be available to answer questions. The paper to be discussed would be read in advance by members interested in participating in the session. 

Research paper selection. A full Society member can select a paper on any aspect of haptics. This Society member would be the host of the journal club for the paper he/she proposes. It is recommended that the host obtains feedback from the other Society members about the paper's interest. This would help  estimate the attendance to the discussion session. The proposed paper can be authored by a Society member or by guest researchers who are not members.

General procedure to organize the discussion session. On behalf of the Society, the host of the journal club would make an invitation to the author(s) of the paper to attend the journal club. The author(s) of the paper would  answer questions posed by society members. The date/time of the session are to be negotiated to take into account the schedule of the author(s). If the author(s) are unable to participate, the host will read the paper and answer questions himself/herself during the discussion session. 

The host would use the society's mailing list and website to circulate/post an abstract and the full reference of the paper to be discussed. Members interested in participating would get the paper in their libraries, read it, prepare questions and attend the discussion session. 

Extra presentation materials could be contributed at will by the authors of the paper or the host.  Such materials are intended to help illustrate the research described in the paper to be discussed. The extra materials could be movies, slides, demo software, etc. These materials would be made available to members in advance through the society website.  The host would oversee the details to manage these extra materials.

The discussion session. It is held through email exchanges between participants. The exchange is made through a mailing list. All members receive a copy of each email message.

Discussion session archive. The host would copy and paste the electronic proceedings of the discussion session into a webpage, which would be archived and made available to members at the society website. These electronic records of the discussions will form the basis of a very useful research database. An edited version (polished-up by the authors of the paper, and in consultation with them), could be made publicly available at the society site for consultation, or become the basis for a publication(s), either electronic or in paper. 
 

Computer storage and bandwidth requirements

Each member supplies storage space (approx. 10 MB for an hour-long lecture) and bandwidth in a computer server to host the lectures for download by other members. The lectures will be accessed through the World Wide Web. A speaker is responsible for recording his/her lecture, and for uploading it, together with the accompanying slides, into a central server.

Lectures open to the general public could generate substantial download activity. Before the broadcast of a public lecture, each member is responsible for downloading a copy of the lecture from the central server into their own servers. The lecture access requests will then be automatically distributed among all members' servers.

Past lectures will be stored for a reasonable amount of time on the members' computer servers. The lecture files will be distributed among all servers.

In all cases, the access to the current and past lectures will be through the Society website. A computer program will automatically redirect access requests to the adequate server.

Each member would use free, or donated software for playing the lectures, and also for recording them.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1. A virtual seminar series, presenting lectures by Society members. The lectures are available to members through the World Wide Web. To minimize costs and simplify technical requirements, the lectures consist of a computer audio file containing the pre-recorded lecture and a set of slides to accompany it. The members  download the lecture and slides from the Society's websites, and listen to it/view the slides on their computer.  Even though the lectures are pre-recorded, the speaker is available for a real-time question and answer session. Members use the Society mailing list to send typed questions to the speaker. The spirit of the seminar is that of traditional university talks, but it offers the following unique advantages:

    a. The opportunity to interact with our colleagues in real time,
            regardless of geographical location.

    b. The opportunity for senior faculty, graduate students and
            postdoctoral fellows to present their work to a worldwide
            community on a weekly basis.

    c. Several lectures are available at any given time for download.

    d. The seminars are available to members for review during a reasonable
            period of  time.

More information is available here.

2. Electronic mailing list for members.  Always available, the mailing list provides a venue for informal exchange of ideas. It is also the main forum for discussion of the virtual lectures in real-time, question/answer sessions with the speakers.

3. Electronic Journal Club. The purpose of the Society journal club is to discuss interesting papers on all aspects of haptics. The journal club is held online, through the Society msiling list. Whenever possible, the author(s) of the paper are invited to attend the journal club. Invited author(s) would not have to prepare a full presentation about their papers, but only be available to answer questions. Invited authors may or may not be Society members. More information is available here

4. Haptic Software Archive. Providing the latest links to software resources on the World Wide Web.

5. Industrial contacts. The Society is collaborating with Immersion Corporation to help provide development support and tools to researchers. As part of this collaboration, there are limited stocks of free haptic mice available to researchers on a per-project basis. The Society also collaborates with Global Haptics, Inc.  in an equivalent effort. Please contact us for details.

Please note that Society services are not intended to replace or to compete with the leading haptics conferences such as Eurohaptics or the Haptics Symposium. The electronic lectures are intended to be informal ways to let other researchers know about our work or interests. Published, or accepted-for-publication, material is particularly suitable for a Society lecture. 

Access to the Society resources is restricted to members, but if the author of a lecture decides so, his/her lecture(s) would be available to the public for download. In the event of public distribution, the copyright of the lectures would remain with the original authors.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Number of members: 82 (member list update is under progress).

NEWEST MEMBERS
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NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, PERCEPTION, ACTION AND COGNITION
___________________________________________________

1. Dr. Mohammad Ghafouri, Temple University, USA. 
2. Dr. Steven Hsiao, Johns Hopkins University, USA. 
3. Dr. Alan Wing, University of Birmingham, U.K. 

REHABILITATION 
______________

Dr. Tamar Weiss,University of Haifa, Israel. 

APPLICATIONS AND INTERFACES 
____________________________

1. Dr. Carlo Avizzano, PERCRO, Italy. 
2. Hans Vanhauwaert Bjelland, NTNU, Norway.
3. Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, U. of Ottawa, Canada.
4. Dr. William Harwin, University of Reading, U.K. 
5. Kanav Kahol, Arizona State University, USA. 
6. Keehoon Kim, Univ. of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Republic of KOREA. 
7. Dr. Allison Okamura, Johns Hopkins University, USA. 
8. Jeff Ryan, Penske Racing Shocks, USA. 
9. Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, University of Washington, USA. 
10. Kristina Winbladh , KTH, Sweden. 
11. He Xuejian, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PRC 
 

Current members, in alphabetical order:
 

Dr. Carlo Alberto Avizzano, PERCRO, Italy.

Dr. Federico Barbagli, Assistant Professor, University of Siena, Italy; Research Associate, Stanford Robotics Lab , USA.

Manohar Balagatte Srikanth, Scientist, Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Bangalore, India.

Dr. Gabriel Baud-Bovy, Assistant Professor,  San-Raffaele Vita-Salute University in Milan, Italy.

Dr. Alberto Borghese, Professor, Laboratory of Human Motion Analysis and Virtual Reality (MAVR), Department of Computer Science, University of Milano, Italy.

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Burchardi, Institute for Measurement Techniques and Image Processing, University of Technology Aachen, Germany.

Géry Casiez, Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, France.

Göran Christiansson, PhD student, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. 

Dr. Manuel Cruz,Immersion Corporation, Canada.

Dr. Elaine Chapman, Professor, University of Montréal, Department of Physiology, Canada.

Victor Cesar Cunha Cruz , MSc student,  COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil.

Stewart Dickson, Sculptor and Visualization Researcher, Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States of America.

Jose Dionisio, M.S.

Dr. Liliane dos Santos Machado, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil.

Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, Associate Professor, School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE),
University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Marc Ernst, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany.

Parisa Eslambolchilar, Research Student, Hamilton Institute, Ireland

Keith Franklin, PhD student, University of Kent at Canterbury, Department of Computer Science, United Kingdom.

Dr Antonio Frisoli, PERCRO Laboratory, Scoula Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy.

Dr. Mohammad Ghafouri,  PostDoctoral fellow, College of Science and Technology, Department of Biology,
Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

Dr. Agnes Guerraz, Department of Computer Science, University College London, United Kingdom.

Dr. William Harwin, Reader, Cybernetics Department , University of Reading, U.K.

Dr. Vincent Hayward,  McGill University, Professor & Director, Center for Intelligent Machines and Haptics Laboratory, Canada.

Dr. Steve Hsiao, Associate Professor, Zanvyl Krieger Mind / Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Dr. Nigel John, University of Manchester, Head, Manchester Visualization Centre, United Kingdom.

Kanav Kahol, PhD student, Computer Science Department, Arizona State University, USA.

Hannes Kaufmann, M.S., PhD student, Vienna University of Technology, Interactive Media Systems Group, Austria.

Keehoon Kim, Robotics and Bio-Mechatronics Lab., Dept. of Mechanical Eng., Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Republic of KOREA

Taewoo Kim, graduate student, Intelligent Robotics Research Center, Korean Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Chris Kirtley, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University of America, USA.

Ki-Uk Kyung, Ph.D. Student, Telerobotics & Control Laboratory, KAIST, Korea. 

Vincent Levesque, Ph.D.. student, Haptics Laboratory, Center for Inteligent Machines, McGill University, Canada. 

C.K. Lin, Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Dr. Jukka Linjama, Research and Technology Access group, Nokia Mobile Phones, Finland.

Dr. Wen Liu, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Kansas Medical Center, USA.

Dr. Allison Okamura, Director, Haptic Exploration Laboratory; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Dr. Marcia K. O'Malley, Assistant Professor,  Rice University, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, United States of America.

François Martinot, Phd student, Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, France.

Dr. Sile O'Modhrain, Media Lab Europe, Principal Research Scientist, Ireland.

Dr. Craig Morrison, Professor, Southern Utah University, Department of Physical Education, United States of America.

Jerome Pasquero, M.S. student, Haptics Laboratory, Center for Inteligent Machines, McGill University, Canada.

Elena Pasquinelli, PhD student,  Institut de Sciences Cognitives Jean Nicod, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales & Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Pisa, Italy.

Bernd Petzold, PhD student, Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management, TU Muenchen, Germany. 

Dr. Domenico Prattichizzo, Professor, Università di Siena, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Italy.

Dr. David Prytherch, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Central England, United Kingdom.

Marilyn Powers, Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada.

Sudarshan Ramachandraiah, Scientist, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Bangalore, India.

Jeff Ryan, Vice President, Penske Racing Shocks, USA.

Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo, Professor, University of Southern California, Director,  Laboratory for the Virtual Assessment and Rehabilitation of Cognition, Integrated Media Systems Center and School of Gerontology, United States of America.

Dr. Jonathan C. Roberts, University of Kent at Canterbury, Department of Computer Science, United Kingdom.

Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, Founder, Society for Haptics. 

Julia Salisbury, MPhil candidate, John Moores University, United Kingdom.

Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD student, University of Washington, USA.

Dr. Krish Sathian, Associate Professor of Neurology Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine Faculty member, Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Medical Director, Emory Program in
Restorative Neurology (PROREN), Emory University.

Alexander Shirinov, M.S., Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Department of Computer Science, Germany.

Ton Stam, Business Development Manager for Robotics, FCS Robotics.

Dr. Tony Szturm, Professor, University of Manitoba, School of Medical Rehabilitation, Canada.

Hans Vanhauwaert Bjelland, PhD candidate,  Department of Product Design, NTNU, Norway. 

Ramiro Velázquez, PhD candidate, Robotics Laboratory of Paris, CNRS-Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France.

Daniel Wang, PhD candidate, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

Michael Wallace, President,Global Haptics, Inc, United States of America.

Don Washburn, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), University of Central Florida, United States of America.

Dr. Tamar Weiss. Head, Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology, Department of Occupational Therapy,
Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Israel.

Daniel Williams, PhD student, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Kristina Winbladh, PhD student, KTH, Sweden.

Dr. Alan Wing, Director, Sensory Motor Neuroscience Center, Professor of Human Movement, Department of Psychology, University of Birmingham, U.K. 

He Xuejian, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PRC. 

Dr. Dingrong Yi, McGill University, Center for Intelligent Machines, Canada.

Yinghui Zhang, PhD candidate, University of Hull, Department of Computer Science, United Kingdom.

Dr. Yang Zhengyi, University of Hong Kong, Mechanical Engineering Department, Hong Kong.


 
 
 
 
 


 

Summary of comments submitted by the haptics community about the project.

Comments are sorted by the date in which they were submitted. Comments by  the organizer of the Society, Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, are marked them with "G.R.".

1. Dr. Sile O'Modhrain, Media Lab Europe, Principal Research Scientist, Media Lab Europe,
   www.medialabeurope.org/palpable. Dr. O'Modhrain wrote:

Yes, I would be interested and able to participate in a society such as that which you have outlined.

2. Dr. Manuel Cruz,  Immersion Corporation. Dr. Cruz wrote::

My concern is that soon enough we will be having lectures that  because of the lack or review might not be up to the standard of the general  community and therefore, the lectures will start loosing audience. I really think  there must be some sort of review process, even if it is juts one person  that reviews it, to ensure the material is technically sound and with the required level for the members to be interested. Nevertheless, I am interested in participating in this society if it  becomes a reality.

3. Dingrong Yi, PhD candidate, McGill University, http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~yidingr/. She wrote:

Please add my name to the list of society.

4. Jose Dionisio, M.S. He wrote:

I would be pleased to be a member of the Society.

5. Professor Tony Szturm,  University of Manitoba, School of Medical Rehabilitation. Prof. Szturm wrote:

I fully support your proposal to establish a professional, international,  not-for-profit Society for  Haptics. Intended to promote and exchange knowledge about all aspects of the field, and the idea of  1. A virtual seminar series. 2. An electronic chat service for members. I am currently trying to obtain funding to support a project related to use of haptic devices and computer- based systems to promote recovery of upper extremity function post stroke.

6. Hannes Kaufmann, M.S., PhD student, Vienna University of Technology, Interactive Media Systems Group.
   http://www.studierstube.org/projects/construct3d. Mr. Kaufmann wrote:

I'd be interested in becoming member of your Society for Haptics.  I'm a PhD student working on an Augmented reality application for dynamic  3d modeling to be used in mathematics and geometry education for the enhancement of spatial abilities. In a current project funded by the European Union we plan to integrate a haptic device (Cybergrasp) and evaluate its use for educational purposes. At a later stage of the project (in 1-2 years) I can imagine giving a lecture to the community/society about our work. Providing the necessary  infrastructure (server for download) is no problem.

7. Professor Gunnar Jansson from Uppsala University, would like to be kept informed about the progress of the project. He wrote:

I appreciate your efforts to increase interaction between us.  However, I'm not yet convinced that oral lectures and chats are the best ways.  They take a lot of time and the value of chats is sometimes meagre per unit of  time. I think the heavy types of information are written papers and  meetings with people at conferences. Therefore, I'm not ready to give any promise  about the extent of participation. Anyhow, I would like to be informed of  the progress of your initiative.

G.R. I agree that papers and meetings offer many advantages. I believe that the virtual lectures would complement, rather than substitute them, in the following way. In haptics, becoming aware of new advances, and using them in our research, requires us to understand and keep up with the literature in very different fields: perception, physiology, devices, programming, mechanical engineering, etc. Of course, it is possible to do this without virtual lectures.  But through virtual lectures we can have regular, worldwide access to researchers in those areas, and get to know about their work directly from them. We could make specific questions about it. Or to establish a collaboration with them.

8. Professor Marcia K. O'Malley, Rice University, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science wrote:

I am interested in becoming involved in the society.

9. Keith Franklin, PhD student, University of Kent at Canterbury,

I was forwarded information about this new society that you are trying to set up as a point of interest for my research towards my PhD.  I am currently looking in non-visual visualization and exploration of data using both sound and haptics.  So both my supervisor Jonathan C Roberts and myself would like to join.

However at present due to only being in the first year of my PhD and my supervisor being new to this area as his main interest is simple visualization, both my supervisor and myself think that we would only have enough material to give a single presentation between us.  So I would like to know some more information when you decided about the time period.

10. Marilyn Powers, Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Biomedical focus, University of Calgary, Canada. Ms. Powers wrote:

I would like to join the society as described in your email. It is an excellent idea especially when people like me are the only ones in the field at their respective university.

11.  Professor Craig Morrison, Department of Physical Education, University of Southern Utah. Professor Morrison wrote:

Although I do no haptic research at present, I have an interest in the area through my area of research - qualitative analysis of human movement.  If I could participate in the society, I would appreciated it.

12.   Daniel Wang is currently a PhD candidate in robotics at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr Wang wrote:

I hope this society becomes stronger and stronger.All the  members will benefit from communication and discussion.

13. Professor Elaine Chapman, Department of Physiology, University of Montreal. Professor Chapman wrote:

Dear Gabriel,I would be happy to participate

14.  Yinghui Zhang, Department of Computer Science, The University of Hull, UK. Mr. Zhang wrote:

I'm currently a PhD candidate and intereted in becoming a member of your society. My academic interests include CAD, CG, and Haptic-based VE for manufacturing.

15. Alexander Shirinov. Department of Computer Science, Oldenburg University. Mr. Shirinov wrote:

I will be interested to be involved in the society. My research interests include Haptic interfaces in Microrobotics and Teleoperation.

16. Dr. Jukka Linjama works at the Research and Technology Access group of Nokia Mobile Phones in Finland. He is interested in user interfaces for mobile devices, including "low-fidelity" haptics with low energy and cost, and simple vibrotactile haptic metaphors and solutions.

He also contributed the following suggestions about the rating of lectures and the classification of lecture topics:

1. Review of material. My suggestion to increase the usability and review the lectures is: a voting procedure, direct feedback from peers. If it is simple, just click rating buttons, then people use it and it works.

2. Classification (categories). Also categorisation of information is important. Again: just click preselected  categories where the presentation belongs to. Also possibility to supply additional keywords.

17.  Elena Pasquinelli. Ms. Pasquinelli wrote: 

I am a PhD student in cognitive sciences and philosophy. My work regards haptic illusions and intermodality effects. I'd be pleased to participate in the society


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR HAPTICS

This new, not-for-profit Society brings together researchers interested in haptics. This field encompasses all aspects of the sense of touch, including basic research in perception and action, and the development of interfaces and applications to allow human-machine interaction and communication through touch. Intended to promote and exchange knowledge about all aspects of the field, the Society currently offers the following benefits to members:

1. A series of virtual lectures on haptics. The lectures are available to members through the World Wide Web, and offer the following unique advantages:

      a. The opportunity for faculty, graduate students and
          postdoctoral fellows to present their work to a professional, worldwide
          community on a regular basis.

      b. The opportunity for real-time interaction with a community 
          of professionals, regardless of actual geographical location.

      c. Off-line access to previous virtual lectures. 

2. An electronic mailing list service. Always available, the list  provides a venue for informal exchange of ideas. It is also the main forum for discussion of the virtual lectures in real-time, question/answer sessions with the speakers.

3. An electronic journal club. The purpose of the Society journal club is to discuss interesting papers on any aspect of haptics. The journal club is held online, through the Society mailing list. Whenever possible, the author(s) of the paper are invited to attend the journal club. Invited author(s) would not have to prepare a full presentation about their papers, but only be available to answer questions. Invited authors may or may not be Society members. 

4. Industrial contacts. The Society is collaborating with Immersion Corporation (http://www.immersion.com) to help provide development support and tools to researchers. As part of this collaboration, there are limited stocks of free haptic mice available to researchers on a per-project basis. The Society also collaborates with Global Haptics, Inc. (http://www.globalhaptics.com) in an equivalent effort. Please contact us for details.

Please note that Society services are not intended to replace or compete with the leading haptics conferences such as Eurohaptics or the Haptics Symposium. Published, or accepted-for-publication, material is particularly suitable for a Society lecture.

JOINING THE SOCIETY

All professionals whose work is related to haptics are invited to join the Society. Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to:

Biomechanics
Control systems
Data visualization and display
Experimental psychology: perception, action, cognition in humans and other organisms
Ergonomics
Haptic rendering
Haptic interfaces
Industrial applications
Mechanical engineering
Medical applications
Physiology
Rehabilitation
Robotics
Teleoperation
Virtual environments

Members of the business community are welcome to join the Society, and give research-oriented lectures that present the technical features of their haptics-related products, as well as case studies or applications.

For more information, including membership requirements, please consult the Society's website at 

http://www.isfh.org

To join the Society or to request more information, please contact Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre at

When e-mailing to join the Society,  please include a brief statement with your affiliation(s) and interests, as well as a Web address with information about your research. This information will be used to introduce you to the current Society members. Your Web address will be included in the list of Society members.

The Society thanks Immersion Corporation and Global Haptics, Inc. for their collaboration, and welcomes new contacts with industry in all areas that are relevant to haptics research.
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

To join the Society or to request more information, please contact Dr. Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre at

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