Welcome to the Haptic Experience Lab

The Haptic Experience (HX) 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 HX Research. We study the design, study, and evaluation of complete haptic systems, with a drive towards studying these systems in-depth and at scale. As part of this work, we build software and conceptual tools for HX design and research to enable anyone, anywhere to be able to work with haptic technology just like it's other media. Without these tools, haptic technology will be limited to small, in-lab studies and slow deployment into commercial applications, and haptics will provide benefits for a select few. 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. Mar. 23, 2023Visit Ludwig Wilhelm Wall's Interactive Art Installation at Ontario Place

    PhD candidate Ludwig Wilhelm Wall collaborated with an interdisciplinary group of Waterloo students to create "The Light Within," an interactive art installation featured in Lumière: The Art of Light. The exhibit is currently on display at Ontario Place until May 7.


  2. Dec. 15, 2022Opportunity: Post-doctoral Researcher

    The Haptic Experience (HX) Lab is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to assist with a variety of projects involving haptics, physical interactive technology, and human-computer interaction. There is a great deal of flexibility in the topic, as the post-doc will be able to manage existing projects while having the opportunity to further their own research agenda. There will be ample opportunity for student mentorship, grant writing, and lab management experience in addition to core research activities.

  3. Dec. 6, 2022Congrats Karthikan Theivendran and Ahmed Anwar on completing your masters thesis

    This is a huge moment for Haptic Experience Lab as two of our graduate students - Karthikan Theivendran and Ahmed Anwar have successfully completed their masters thesis. Best wishes on this spectacular achievement! We wish both of you all the best for your future endeavours !!

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