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. Apr. 28, 2022Haptic Computing Lab at CHI 2022 Workshop !

    Prof. Oliver Schneider and PhD Student Bibhushan Joshi from Haptics Computing Lab along with Donald Degraen (Saarland University), Prof. Georg Freitag (University of Applied Sciences Dresden), Paul Strohmeier (Sensorimotor Interaction Group MPI for Informatics), Bruno Fruchard (Inria - Lille) and Dennis Wittchen (University of Applied Sciences Dresden) were successfully able to organize CHI 2022 workshop on "Sustainable Haptic Design: Improving Collaboration, Sharing, and Reuse in Haptic Design Research".

    We would like to express our gratitude towards our Speakers Eric Vezzoli (CEO and Co-Founder - Go Touch VR), Prof. Vincent Levesque (Assistant Professor - ETS) and Prof. Hasti Seifi (Assistant Professor - University of Copenhagen) for sharing their knowledge, and Thank all the participants for their active involvement and making the workshop fun and interactive.

  2. July 9, 2021Haptic Computing Lab at World Haptics 2021!

    The Haptic Computing Lab is attending World Haptics 2021! We have one technical paper and several WIPs

    Suji Sathiyamurthy will presenting her work on measuring HX:

    Sathiyamurthy, S., Liu, M., Kim, E. and Schneider, O. 2021. Measuring Haptic Experience : Elaborating the HX model with scale development. To Appear in World Haptics ’21. (2021), 6.

  3. May 7, 2021Ready for CHI 2021 Presentation
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