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INTUITIVE Spring School on Mechanical Aspects of Haptics
 17th - 23rd  April  2023
Malta

Objectives 

This research school will take place April 17-21, 2023 in Malta, in the Grand Hotel Excelsior, https://www.excelsior.com.mt/. PhD students and postdoctoral research associate working on related topics are welcome to apply to participating to this research school by submitting 1/2 page on their motivation to attend it and a maximum 2 pages CV. Sponsoring from the EU H20202 INTUITIVE project (https://www.intuitive-itn.eu/) will cover the costs for the speakers' travel and accommodation and organisation, so that attendees will need to pay only for their travel to Malta and their room+pension in https://www.excelsior.com.mt/

Background
Haptics, the sense of touch, enables humans to interact with their environment and is crucial to manipulation challenges in everyday life. It enables grasping, manipulation, learning, and decision- making based on the information from mechanoreceptors distributed in muscles and over the skin. Humans use haptic exploration to interact with their environment, e.g. to recognise an object's shape and mechanical properties. Haptic sensing is a capability that robotic systems need to acquire for safely and efficiently interacting with their environment and with humans. Haptic sensing is essential to perform a variety of tasks in industrial applications, consumer services, and other highly dynamic environments such as assistance and care for elderly, housekeeping, etc. 

Traditionally, robotics has started to treat haptics like vision, and the dominating aspect of haptics, mechanical interaction, has often been neglected. Mechanical interaction greatly complicates the design of sensing techniques that are fundamentally robust to sensing conditions and resilient to wear and abrasion, and conditions haptic perception. Therefore, this spring school will focus on the neuroscience, material and signal processing aspects of interaction mechanics, as well as on industrial applications of haptics. We have assembled a team of speakers experts in all these fields contributing to cutting edge research in haptics both in humans and for robots. The school will enable exchange of ideas between these experts and the underlying field, to foster fresh ideas through interdisciplinary discussions. This will be completed by mini-projects to learn relevant aspects of psychophysics, machine learning and haptic sensors.
 

Organizers

Invited Speakers

 Aktronika 

 Ásgeir Alexandersson <asalexandersson@ossur.com>Firat Guder

 

Alexander Hars

 

Lilian Hsiao <lilian_hsiao@ncsu.edu>

 

Stephen Redmont

 

Harold Soh <harold@comp.nus.edu.sg>

 

Thorsten Schwartz

 

Andre Seyfarth

 

Patrick Van Der Smagt

Harold Soh <harold@comp.nus.edu.sg>

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