AsiaHaptics 2018

A New Haptics Conference Featuring Demos
2018. 11. 14 - 16, Songdo, Korea

Plenary Speeches

Titles and abstracts of the speeches will be announced later.

Speech I: Day 2 (Nov. 15) 9:00-10:00

  • Mandayam Srinivasan
  • Research Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, USA
Abstract & Biography

(To be announced.)

Speech II: Day 2 (Nov. 15) 13:30-14:30

  • Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
  • Director, Haptic Intelligence Department, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Title: Telerobotic Touch
Abstract & Biography


I define a haptic interface as a mechatronic system that modulates the physical interaction between a human and his or her tangible surroundings. After describing three archetypal haptic interface designs and explaining how such systems typically function, this talk will trace the trajectory of my research on telerobotic touch from 2002 to the present. Motivated by applications from robot-assisted surgery to household robotics, my co-authors and I have looked for clever ways to enable a human to feel what a teleoperated robot is touching. The haptic interfaces we have created tend to focus on providing naturalistic tactile cues, such as high-frequency vibrations and fingertip contact, rather than more commonly studied kinesthetic cues like force and torque. We have repeatedly found that well-designed tactile cues enhance system usability and increase operator performance because they convey rich manipulation-relevant information without compromising the teleoperator’s closed-loop stability.


Katherine J. Kuchenbecker directs the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2006, did postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University, and was an engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania before she moved to Max Planck in 2017. Her research centers on haptic interfaces, which enable a user to touch virtual and distant objects as though they were real and within reach, as well as haptic sensing systems, which allow robots to physically interact with objects and people. She delivered a TEDYouth talk on haptics in 2012 and has been honored with a 2009 NSF CAREER Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award, a 2014 Penn Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and various best paper and best demonstration awards. She co-chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics from 2015 to 2017 and co-chaired the IEEE Haptics Symposium in 2016 and 2018.

Speech III: Day 3 (Nov. 16) 9:00-10:00

  • Dong-Soo Kwon
  • Director, Human-Robot Interaction Research Center and Center for Future Medical Robotics, KAIST, Korea
Abstract & Biography

(To be announced.)