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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Dec. 13, 2019Two papers accepted to CHI 2020!

    Erin Kim, Nicole Dillen, and Marko Ilievski will head to the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020) in Hawaii to present their work on defining haptic experience (Kim) and studying passenger comfort and anxiety in Autonomous Vehicles (Dillen and Ilievski).

    Stay tuned for pre-prints and project descriptions of both papers.

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