IEEE Transactions on Haptics

IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH) is a scholarly archival journal that addresses the science, technology, and applications associated with information acquisition and object manipulation through touch. Haptic interactions relevant to this journal include all aspects of manual exploration and manipulation of objects by humans, machines and interactions between the two, performed in real, virtual, teleoperated or networked environments. Research areas of relevance to this publication include, but are not limited to, the following topics: Human haptic and multi-sensory perception and action, aspects of motor control that explicitly pertain to human haptics, haptic interactions via passive or active tools and machines, devices that sense, enable, or create haptic interactions locally or at a distance, haptic rendering and its association with graphic and auditory rendering in virtual reality, algorithms, controls, and dynamics of haptic devices, users, and interactions between the two, human-machine performance and safety with haptic feedback, haptics in the context of human-computer interactions, systems and networks using haptic devices and interactions, including multi-modal feedback, application of the above, for example in areas such as education, rehabilitation, medicine, computer-aided design, skills training, computer games, driver controls, simulation, and visualization.



  • Special Issue on Surface Haptics- Haptics for interactive touch surfaces, also known as surface haptics, is a new area of research in the field of haptics. The goal of surface haptics is to generate haptic effects on physical surfaces such as the touch surfaces used in mobile cell phones, tablets, kiosks, information displays, and front panels of new generation home appliances and cars. Deadline for submission 15 December 2019. Click Here for Details.


  • 2020 Haptics Symposium Initiative- A new initiative between the IEEE Transactions on Haptics and the Haptics Symposium has been launched for the 2020 Haptics Symposium. Authors can submit their 6-page (max) conference papers directly to the journal for consideration for publication as a short paper in the journal and if approved for publication can then present the paper at the Haptics Symposium.  The outcome of the first round of reviews will be accept, revise or reject.  For those papers receiving a revise decision, the authors will be given 30 days to revise their papers and submit to the journal where they will again be reviewed by the reviewers and Associate Editor handling the paper. At this point the decision is accept or reject.The Conference Editorial Board for the Haptics Symposium will receive all the reviews and Associate Editor’s report for those papers rejected by the journal (after either the first or second round of reviews) and determine which of these papers to include in the conference program. A paper may therefore be rejected from the journal but accepted for the conference and published in the conference proceedings, or it could be rejected by both the journal and the conference. Those papers accepted for publication in the journal will be included in the conference and published in the journal.


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Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Awards

Best paper award (funded by RAS):

2019: Jocelyn Monnoyer, Emmanuelle Diaz, Christophe Bourdin and Michaël Wiertlewski

“Perception of Ultrasonic Switches Involves Large Discontinuity of the Mechanical Impedance”

vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 579-589, 2018

Best application paper award (funded by Alps Electric Co.):

2019: Craig Shultz, Michael Peshkin and J. Edward Colgate

“The Application of Tactile, Audible, and Ultrasonic Forces to Human Fingertips Using Broadband Electroadhesion”

vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 279-290, 2018


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