Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications
Haptics is a rapidly emerging area concerned with computation, cognition, and communication underlying touch interactions in humans and machines. In this lecture, Prof. Srinivasan will present the scientific and technological underpinnings of Haptics. In addition, he will cover exciting applications of Haptics such as virtual reality based simulators for training surgeons, real-time touch interactions between people across the internet and direct control of machines from brain neural signals. The results of this research are also beneficial to hand rehabilitation, intelligent prosthesis design, and the development of autonomous robot hands.
We look forward to see you at the event.
The lecture will be followed by demonstration videos of Shadow Dexterous Robotic Hand, by Mr. Gavin Cassidy, Head of Operations, Shadow Robot Company, London
About the speaker
Dr. Mandayam A. Srinivasan is the director of MIT Touch Lab and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. In addition, he holds the Professorial Chair of Haptics at the Department of Computer Science, University College London, UK. He received the Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University, the Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, USA. Following post-doctoral research at the Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, he moved to MIT and founded the Laboratory for Human and Machine Haptics, known worldwide as the MIT Touch Lab.
Dr. Srinivasan’s research over the past 3 decades on the science and technology underlying information acquisition and object manipulation through touch has played a pivotal role in establishing the multidisciplinary field of modern Haptics. He has been recognized worldwide as an authority on haptic computation, cognition, and communication in humans and modern machines such as computers and robots. His pioneering scientific investigations of human haptics involving biomechanics, neuroscience and psychophysics has led to significant advances in our understanding of how nerve endings in the skin enable the brain to perceive the shape, texture and softness of objects through the sense of touch. His work on the technology of machine haptics involving design and development of novel robotic devices, mathematical algorithms and real-time control software has enabled touching, feeling and manipulating objects that exist only virtually as programs in the computer. He has also demonstrated novel haptic applications such as virtual reality based simulators for training surgeons, real-time touch interactions between people across continents and direct control of robots from brain neural signals. More recently, he has been working on developing haptic aids for blind people, novel robotic sensors, and teleoperation systems for micro/nano manipulation capable of performing surgery on a single cell with micron precision.