2012 Poster Sessions : Computer Haptics (Poster + Demo)

Student Name : Francois Conti
Advisor : Oussama Khatib
Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence
The human sense of touch is an indispensable tool in allowing us to manipulate and interact in our every-day world. This intuitive form of interaction, however, is often absent when working in remote or virtual environments. Haptic systems have demonstrated the capability of re-introducing this lost ability into computer/user interfaces. These force-feedback systems, by simulating the forces caused by the virtual environment, augment the amount of information that can be presented to the user by visual means alone, as well as increase the sense of immersion experienced by the user.

Our research in haptic simulation has focused on the development of new algorithms and control structures to allow the quick and robust tactile display of virtual environments derived from common graphical descriptions. By investigating the ways humans perceive their environment through the sense of touch, we have also defined new control strategies for displaying large virtual environments through small haptic devices. The developments of these new technologies have the potential for enormous benefits in many areas of human activity including medicine, industrial design, aeronautics, robotics, and education.

Francois Conti is a Ph.D. Candidate working with Professor Oussama Khatib in the Robotics research laboratory. The lab is engaged in interdisciplinary research that encompasses methodologies and technologies of autonomous robots, cooperative robots, human-centered robotics, haptic interaction, dynamic simulation, virtual environments, augmented teleoperation, and human-friendly robot design. Francois's primary research focus is haptic interface design and tools for developing real-time interactive dynamic simulations.