Call: “Haptics in Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering” – Special issue of IEEE Transactions on Haptics

The IEEE Transactions on Haptics invites papers for a special issue entitled “Haptics in Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering”.

Robotic devices have been shown to be effective at delivering the intensive and repetitive therapy that is known to induce brain plasticity and foster restoration of motor coordination after stroke, spinal cord injury, and other neural impairments. Engagement of the sensorimotor system, including haptic feedback to the participant during rehabilitation, is an important factor in regaining motor control. Further, haptic feedback can enhance the natural control, utility, and efficacy of advancement of prosthetic and orthotic devices that restore mobility and manipulability to lower- and upper-extremity amputees. However, advanced prosthetic devices, for example, have decoupled the normal afferent-efferent loop and rely heavily on visual feedback to the amputee for control in the absence of haptics. The science and technology of haptics thus has great potential to affect the outcomes of rehabilitation and adoption of advanced prosthetic and orthotic devices. This special issue is about understanding the role of touch in sensorimotor coordination, including rehabilitation of motor deficits and use of advanced prostheses and orthoses.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Rehabilitation robots that employ kinaesthetic or tactile feedback for enhancement of therapeutic results
  2. Sensory-motor neuroscience studies that leverage haptic systems for assessment and/or analysis
  3. Using haptics to improve the performance of advanced orthoses and prostheses

Guest Editors

Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant-Anna (
Marcia K. O’Malley, Rice University (
Kathleen Sienko, University of Michigan (
Domenico Campolo, Nanyang Technological University (

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submission of papers: 26 April 2013
  • First decisions to authors: 26 July 2013
  • Second decisions to authors: 21 October 2013
  • Final publication materials due from authors: January 2014
  • Special issue publication: March 2014

Submission Process

Visit to view formatting requirements, and submit your paper at When uploading your paper, please select the appropriate special issue title under the category “Manuscript Type”. Questions about this process should be directed to the journal administrator, Ms. Kristen Vermeire,

For more information about this special issue, please e-mail any of the Guest Editors.

A pdf printable version of the call for papers can be downloaded from the following URL:


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