Beihang University, China
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
University of Pennsylvania, USA
785 (as of September 2016)
To register as a member of the Technical Committee on Haptics, please visit our website: http://www.worldhaptics.org/user/register
The TCH has been operating since 2006. We engage in a range of activities to strengthen the worldwide haptics research community and to improve communication among the different disciplines that come together in this field of study. Our main activities are outlined below.
Our conferences typically include two and a half or three days of paper presentations and demos, preceded or followed by one day of workshops and tutorials. They are usually attended by between 200 and 500 people, providing a range of forums to present, discuss, and demonstrate interdisciplinary research.
In even years, the IEEE Haptics Symposium is held in North America, the EuroHaptics Conference is held in Europe, and the AsiaHaptics Conference is held in Asia. In odd years, these three conferences come together to form our flagship international conference, the IEEE World Haptics Conference, which rotates between the three continents.
TCH has been particularly involved in helping organize Student Innovation Challenges at these conferences. These activities give student teams from around the world the chance to develop a custom haptic application for novel hardware
Workshops and Tutorials
In addition to the workshops and tutorials held at the haptics conferences mentioned above, the TCH also supports researchers who are organizing workshops and tutorials related to haptics at any other conference. We typically agree to support several such proposals each year at ICRA and IROS.
The Newsletter of TCH
We publish a quarterly magazine, The Newsletter of TCH, to publicize the latest progress in haptic science and technology to readers inside and outside the IEEE RAS community.
Student exchange programs
TCH runs and fund an annual grant to support cross-fertilization among research groups and increase connections within the haptics community. Two student exchanges of several months in duration are supported each year. The provided funds can be used for travel and living expenses
Early Career Awards
TCH coordinates and bestows the TCH Early Career Award every other year. Here is a listing of the winners:
- 2015: Dr. Ki-Uk Kyung from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea
- 2013: Dr. Sliman Bensmaia from the University of Chicago in the USA
- 2011: Dr. Seungmoon Choi from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea
- 2009: Dr. Allison Okamura from the Johns Hopkins University in the USA
Hand-exos from SSSA
The goals of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH) are to strengthen the worldwide haptics research community and to improve communication among the different disciplines that come together in this field of study. It serves to coordinate the scheduling of major haptics conferences, facilitate special conference sessions and journal issues on haptics, support workshops and tutorials related to haptics, and contribute to the management of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
Haptics research has permeated many disciplines and application areas.
Early efforts in haptics focused on sensory substitution: stimulating the sense of touch to convey imagery or speech for individuals with visual and/or auditory impairments. With the advent of force-feedback devices, there has been renewed interest in using haptic interfaces in teleoperator systems and virtual environments. Most recently, touchscreen displays and wearable devices have been capturing the attention of haptics researchers.
The successful deployment of haptic interfaces requires continuing advances in hardware design, control, software algorithms, as well as our understanding of the human somatosensory system. Priority areas include, but are by no means limited to:
- Devices and technology
- Tactile display and tactile sensing
- Haptic rendering
- Perception and psychophysics
- Haptic cognition
- Multimodal perception
- Sensory guided motor control
- Haptic Communication
Haptic feedback has exciting applications in entertainment, gaming, medicine, rehabilitation, education, data perceptualization, art, rapid prototyping, remote collaboration, and many other areas.
Ultrasound haptic feedback (credit Ultrahaptics)