Dr. Oliver Schneider, GI faculty member and Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, was awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help establish his Haptic Computing Lab.
Schneider's research looks at human-computer interaction involving haptics and creativity-support systems. The infrastructure of the Haptic Computing Lab will be housed mainly at the Games Institute and will allow Schneider's interdisciplinary lab to advance research in creating haptic experiences:
The main barrier facing haptics right now is the ability to create and manipulate experiences involving the stunning variety of haptic devices being created. The Haptic Computing Lab develops hardware, software, and conceptual tools to help anyone - from researchers to storytellers - work with haptic technology.
-Dr. Oliver Schneider
Schneider sees potential for a haptics support tools to motivate the use of haptics in a number of different burgeoning fields and industries.