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.



  • Domenico Prattichizzo from the University of Siena, Italy has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Haptics effective January 1, 2020. 

  • IEEE Transactions on Haptics is partnering with the Haptics Symposium 2022. Authors can submit their 6-page (maximum) conference papers directly to the journal for consideration for publication as a short paper in the journal and if accepted for publication can then present their paper at the Haptics Symposium 2022. The deadline for submission is September 17, 2021. The outcome of the first round of reviews will be accept, revise, or reject. For those papers receiving a revision decision, authors  will have the opportunity to revise  and submit them 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 2022 will receive all the reviews and Associate Editor’s report from 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):

2020: Charlotte M. Reed, Hong Z. Tan, Zachary D. Perez, E. Courtenay Wilson; Frederico M. Severgnini, Jaehong Jung, Juan S. Martinez, Yang Jiao, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Keith Klumb, Robert Turcott, and Freddy Abnousi

“A Phonemic-Based Tactile Display for Speech Communication” 

vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 2 – 17, 2019.


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

2020:  Jean-Baptiste Chossat, Daniel K. Y. Chen, Yong-Lae Park, and Peter B. Shull 

“Soft Wearable Skin-Stretch Device for Haptic Feedback Using Twisted and Coiled Polymer Actuators”

vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 521-532, 2019.


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