Welcome to the Haptic Computing Lab

The Haptic Computing Lab at the University of Waterloo is group of researchers combining the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Haptics. Haptic technology engages the sense of touch by providing physical feedback to users.

Our lab focuses on what we call Haptic Computing. We argue that the limiting factor for haptic technology is the lack of computing tools – systems that enable the large-scale creation, deployment, and study of haptic feedback. Without these tools, haptic technology will be limited to small, in-lab studies and slow deployment into commercial applications. Our long-term goal is a suite of haptic computing tools to assist the creation, deployment, and study of haptic technology, which we will use to conduct cutting-edge research into haptics.

We are highly interdisciplinary spanning different Faculties across the university, from Engineering to Arts.

  1. Jan. 27, 2021Two Papers accepted for CHI 2021

    We would like to congratulate all the authors who have been successful with CHI 2021! Two of the papers accepted from our own lab are: 

    Scrappy: Using Scrap Material as Infill To Make Fabrication More Sustainable
    Ludwig Wilhelm Wall, Alec Jacobson, Daniel Vogel, Oliver Schneider

    Juicy Haptic Design: Vibrotactile Embellishments Can Improve Player Experience in Games
    Tanay Singhal, Oliver Schneider

    Stay tuned for more information.

  2. May 18, 2020WatCHI livestream happening tomorrow!

    Tomorrow we will join the other HCI@Waterloo labs in a livestream! Watch for our two papers:

    9:00 AM - 9:55 AM Nicole Dillen and Marko Ilievski will present Keep Calm and Ride Along: Passenger Comfort and Anxiety as Physiological Responses to Autonomous Driving Styles

  3. Jan. 30, 2020Haptic Computing Lab website is live!

    The Haptic Computing Lab now has a website! Come back anytime to check out lab news and our latest projects.

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