Call: 20th IEEE Haptics Symposium

20th IEEE Haptics Symposium

Call for Participation:

The IEEE Haptics Symposium, founded in 1992, is a vibrant forum where psychophysicists, engineers and designers of applications and interactions come together to share advances, spark new collaborations and envision a future that benefits from rich physical interactions between computers and human operators, generated through haptic (force and tactile) devices. In 2014, the Haptics Symposium will take place February 23-26 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston, Texas, USA. This Haptics Symposium will be a standalone IEEE-sponsored conference, featuring a full day of tutorials and workshops (February 23), followed by two and a half days for the main conference in a single track (February 24-26). Papers should be four to six pages long, with charges for up to two additional pages, and extended abstracts should be two to three pages.

Important Dates:

Conference Dates:  February 23-26, 2014
Papers and Extended Abstracts due:  September 30, 2013
Tutorial / Workshop Proposals due:  October 20, 2013
Demos and Exhibits due:  December 15, 2013


As the fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston is home to a respected and energetic arts community, celebrated restaurants, world-renowned theater groups, and a significant international community boasting vivid cultural scenes. Such offerings have landed Houston at the top of Forbes’ 2012 list of the “Coolest cities in America” and seventh on the New York Times’ list of “46 places to go in 2013,” ranking higher than all other U.S. cities. Everything is “bigger in Texas,” and Houston is no exception. The Bayou City is known as the energy capital of the world, and is home to the world’s largest medical center.


The Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) is a premier forum for innovations in technology and applications related to the human sense of touch, and to advances in our understanding of haptic (touch) perception. Sponsored by IEEE’s Robotics and Automation Society and its Technical Committee on Haptics, HAPTICS brings together psychophysicists, engineers and designers, and crosses boundaries between the disciplines of robotic control and device design, psychology, human-computer interaction and the emerging areas of touch and mobile computing. Its single track format and comfortable but vibrant surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to network and learn.

We solicit high-quality, original submissions in all areas of haptics including, but not limited to:

  • Haptic interactions and their design
  • Psychophysics and perception
  • Biomechanics and motor control
  • Haptic device design and dynamics
  • Haptic rendering and modeling
  • Control system design and analysis
  • Low-cost, embedded / situated / ubiquitous haptic devices and Applications
  • Systems and networks involving haptic interactions
  • Human-robot interactions involving touch
  • Touch sensing
  • Application of the above including areas such as education, entertainment and games, rehabilitation and health, art and music, collaboration, computer-aided design and prototyping, skills training, guidance, simulation and data visualization

Organizing Committee:

General Chairs:  Seungmoon Choi, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, & Marcia O’Malley, Rice University, USA

Publications:  Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Publicity:  Peter Berkelman, University of Hawaii, USA

Finance:  Manuel Cruz, Immersion Corp., USA

Sponsorship:  Daniela Constantinescu, University of Victoria, Canada

Registration:  Mike Zinn, University of Wisconsin, USA

Webmaster:  Dane Powell, Rice University, USA

Awards:  Cagatay Basdogan, Koc University, Turkey

Workshops & Tutorials:  Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Posters, Demos & Exhibits:  Mark Colton, Brigham Young University, USA, & Greg Gerling, University of Virginia, USA

Student Volunteers:  Mounia Ziat, Northern Michigan University, USA, & Ozkan Celik, San Francisco State University, USA

Local Arrangements:  Fabrizio Sergi, Rice University, USA


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