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Symposium EQ15-Soft Matter Materials and Mechanics for Haptic Interfaces

Haptic devices create or measure tactile sensations for the human perception of touch. Applications for haptic devices are far-reaching, from virtual or augmented reality to prosthetics, telesurgery, rehabilitation, and education. However, there are technical and scientific challenges behind fabricating lightweight and flexible devices, measuring or mimicking natural tactile stimuli, and fundamental knowledge between material properties and tactile sensations. The human-machine interface in haptic devices is mechanically complex and currently poorly served by materials innovations. The goal of this symposium is to bring together experts in haptics devices and systems with experts in soft matter chemistry, mechanical actuation and contact mechanics.

This symposium will cover applied and fundamental haptics materials research. Topics include the device engineering of soft robotics to actively create or measure tactile sensations, stimuli-responsive materials for actuation, and fundamental work on connecting material properties and mechanical stimuli to human perception. Advances in haptic interfaces will require an interdisciplinary team representing materials sciences, contact mechanics, robotics, device engineering, human psychophysics, and neuromechanics. We hope that this symposium will bridge haptics and materials innovation to generate new interdisciplinary ideas and collaborations.

Topics will include:

  • Haptic displays and sensors
  • Soft actuators
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers
  • Soft robotics
  • E-textiles and wearables
  • Flexible and stretchable electronics
  • Biointerfaces and biomaterials
  • Bioelectronics
  • Contact and adhesion mechanics
  • Microelectromechanical systems
  • Biological and thin-film sensors

Invited Speakers:

  • Lucy Dunne (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Greg Gerling (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Laure Kayser (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio (Yale University, USA)
  • Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Nanshu Lu (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Yigit Menguc (Facebook Reality Labs, USA)
  • Allison Okamura (Stanford University, USA)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Rob Shepherd (Cornell University, USA)
  • Hong Tan (Purdue University, USA)
  • Benjamin Tee (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Hayward Vincent (Sorbonne Université, France)
  • Yon Visell (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Charles Dhong
University of Delaware
Materials Science & Engineering
USA

Matteo Bianchi
University of Pisa
Information Engineering
Italy

Marcia O’Malley
Rice University
Mechanical Engineering
USA

Tristan Trutna
Facebook Reality Labs
USA

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