Title: Data-driven Methods for Realistic Haptic Feedback
Abstract: Haptic technology generates the sense of touch that enables us to interact with virtual or real environments through haptic interfaces. Recent research on haptics brought this technology into computer games, mobile phones, surgical simulators, medical robotics etc. In this talk, I will discuss data-driven haptics applied to two different areas: (1) tactile feedback on touch screens and (2) sensory feedback for robotic prosthetic hands. Two recent research projects of my laboratory will be reviewed. First, I will present our data-driven haptic rendering method applied to a tactile display based on electrostatic attraction. Second, I will talk about our haptic interface conveying contact sensory feedback to users of upper-limb robotic prosthesis. Finally, future research directions in haptics & medical robotics will be highlighted.
Bio: Evren Samur, who heads the Haptics & Robotics Lab at Bogazici University, is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the same university. Before joining to Bogazici University in 2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), which is an academic affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School. In 2010, he received his PhD degree in robotics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne where he specialized on haptic interface development and evaluation. His PhD thesis was awarded the Best PhD thesis in 2010 by the EuroHaptics Society. He holds an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Koc University, Istanbul where he worked on soft tissue modeling and characterization. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. His research interests include medical robotics, surgical simulation, haptics and human-machine interaction.