Special Issue on Wearable and Hand-held Haptics

This special issue addresses the challenges posed by the design, implementation, and application of wearable and hand-held haptic interfaces, whether they are designed to apply haptic stimuli to their user (e.g., wearable fingertip devices) or to sense them (e.g., smart clothes, haptic skin).

Over the past decade wearable haptic devices have attracted a lot of interest in the fields of robotics, human-robot interaction, rehabilitation, industrial training, immersive systems, virtual and augmented reality. The main reason for this growth of interest is the need for interfaces capable of simplifying and enhancing the way we interact with the increasing complexity and richness of physical and digital worlds. Indeed, the wearability and portability of these interfaces are crucial factors in increasing the impact of haptic technologies when compared to grounded devices. In addition, wearable and hand-held haptic devices enable novel forms of communication and cooperation between humans and robots and novel forms of interaction with virtual and real environments.

The scope of this special issue includes wearable and hand-held haptic devices, their design and implementation challenges, as well as their implications for haptics, robotics, and immersive VR and AR applications. This issue will therefore consider wearable tactile devices, wearable sensors, lightweight exoskeletons, hand-held devices, smart garments, electronic skins, and their applications in the fields of haptics, robotics, human-machine interfaces, immersive VR/AR systems, rehabilitation, and medicine.

Topics of Interest 

  • The design and implementation of wearable and hand-held haptic interfaces, their working principles and performance.
  • Haptic rendering and interaction techniques to address the intrinsic limitations of wearable and hand-held systems (e.g., under-actuation, limited sensing capabilities).
  • Sensory information processing and sensorimotor control strategies, including physiological and neuroscience investigations.
  • Applications in the fields of haptics, robotics, teleoperation human-robot interaction, human-machine interfaces, immersive systems, training, rehabilitation, medicine, and neuroscience.


Visit http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/toh/submission-procedures to view formatting requirements, and submit your paper at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/toh When uploading your paper please select the appropriate special issue title under the category “Manuscript Type.”

Important Dates

1 October 2018 - Deadline for paper submissions (Extended: 21 November 2018)
1 December 2018 - First decisions to authors (Extended: 11 January 2019)
1 February 2019 - Second decisions to author (Extended: 15 March 2019)
1 April 2019 - Final publication materials due from authors (Extended: 15 May 2019)
1 June 2019 - Special issue publication (Extended: 1 September 2019)

Guest Editors

Hiroyuki Kajimoto portrait
Hiroyuki Kajimoto
SI on Wearable and Hand-held Haptics
University of Electro-Communications
Tokyo, Japan
Miguel Otaduy portrait
Miguel Otaduy
SI on Wearable and Hand-held Haptics
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)
Madrid, Spain
Claudio Pacchierotti portrait
Claudio Pacchierotti
SI on Wearable and Hand-held Haptics
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Rennes, France
Domenico Prattichizzo portrait
Domenico Prattichizzo
SI on Wearable and Hand-held Haptics
University of Sienna
Siena, Italy




Easy Links