Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications

Dr Mandayam SrinivasanThe Helping Hands Club presents a lecture by Dr Mandayam Srinivasan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), an expert in human/machine interaction.

Date: Thursday 29 September
Time: 2-2.45pm
Venue: Lecture Room 407, Boyd Orr Building 

Haptics is the science of using touch to control and interact with technology. It's a rapidly emerging area with exciting possibilities like virtual reality simulators for training surgeons, real-time touch interactions between people across the internet and direct control of machines from brain signals. Research into haptics also benefits hand rehabilitation, intelligent prosthesis design, and the development of autonomous robot hands.

In this lecture, Dr Mandayam Srinivasan  will present the scientific and technological underpinnings of Haptics. Dr Srinivasan, Director of MIT's Touch Lab, is a worldwide authority on haptic computation, cognition, and communication. His pioneering research - involving biomechanics, neuroscience and psychophysics - has led to the development of novel robotic devices and software which let humans touch, feel and manipulate virtual objects.

More recently, he has been working on developing haptic aids for blind people, robotic sensors, and teleoperation systems for micro/nano manipulation capable of performing surgery on a single cell with micron precision.

Helping Hands

This lecture is presented by UofG's Helping Hands Club, who work with 3D printing techniques and advanced elecronics to make customizable smart prosthetic limbs.

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First published: 27 September 2016