IRCS Conference Room
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
A longstanding goal of engineering research has been to realize technologies that can reflect the remarkable prehensile, sensory, and behavioral capabilities of biological systems for touch, including the human hand. This objective remains far from reality, due in part to the difficulty of specifying, electronically capturing, and reproducing touch stimuli. These difficulties can be traced to their high dimensionality, to the multiple length and time scales they span, to their dependence on motor behavior and on contact mechanical interactions with the environment. I will describe research aimed at quantifying and overcoming these challenges, and how we are using the results to develop new technologies for haptic display, sensing, and robotics.