Wearable haptic technologies for robotics and immersive virtual environments
Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 - 12:30
Aula 5, Via Ariosto 25
In the last decade, we have witnessed a drastic change in the form factor of audio and vision technologies, from heavy and grounded machines to lightweight devices that naturally fit our bodies. However, only recently, haptic systems have started to be designed with wearability in mind. The wearability of haptic systems enables novel forms of communication, cooperation, and integration between humans and machines.
Wearable haptic interfaces are capable of communicating with the human wearers during their interaction with the environment they share, in a natural and yet private way. In this talk, Dr. Pacchierotti will present and discuss the role of cutaneous and kinesthetic technologies in developing (wearable) haptic interfaces, as well as their use in applications of robotic teleoperation and immersive VR/AR environments. A special attention will be given to the design of wearable devices for the fingertips and to the development of haptic rendering techniques.
Claudio Pacchierotti is a tenured researcher of the CNRS at IRISA and Inria Rennes Bretagne Atlantique, Rennes, France. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher of the Dept. Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy. Pacchierotti earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Siena in 2014. He visited the Penn Haptics Group at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, the Dept. Innovation in Mechanics and Management of the University of Padua in 2013, and the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA) of the University of Twente in 2014. Pacchierotti received the 2014 EuroHaptics Best PhD Thesis Award for the best doctoral thesis in the field of haptics, and the 2015 Meritorious Service Award for his work as a Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. He has also been an Associate Editor for various haptic conferences as well as the Publicity Chair for the 2017 IEEE World Haptics and 2018 Asia Haptics conferences. He is Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics and Secretary of the Eurohaptics Society.
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