[robotics-worldwide] Robotics Conference Call for Submissions: 2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium

Peter Berkelman peterb at hawaii.edu
Wed Aug 21 06:10:32 PDT 2013

C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S
2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium

The Haptics Symposium showcases cutting-edge research on many topics in
robotics, including teleoperation, motor control, haptic device design and
dynamics, haptic rendering and modeling, dynamic control system design and
analysis, systems and networks involving haptic interaction, physical
human-robot interactions involving touch, and robotic touch sensing.  This
conference is under the technical and financial sponsorship of the IEEE
Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the IEEE RAS Technical Committee
on Haptics.

Call for Participation:

The IEEE Haptics Symposium, founded in 1992, is a vibrant forum where
roboticists, engineers, and scientists come together to share advances,
spark new collaborations, and envision a future that benefits from rich
physical interactions between machines, computers, and human operators,
generated through robotic haptic (force and tactile) devices.

In 2014, the Haptics Symposium will take place February 23-26 at the
Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston, Texas, USA. The Haptics Symposium is
a standalone conference featuring a full day of tutorials and workshops
(February 23), followed by two and a half days for the main conference in a
single track (February 24-26).  Papers should be four to six pages long,
with charges for up to two additional pages, and extended abstracts should
be two to three pages.

Important Dates:

Conference Dates:  February 23-26, 2014
Papers and Extended Abstracts due:  September 30, 2013: no extensions!
Tutorial / Workshop Proposals due:  October 20, 2013
Demos and Exhibits due:  December 15, 2013


As the fourth-largest city in the United States, Houston is home to a
respected and energetic arts community, celebrated restaurants,
world-renowned theater groups, and a significant international community
boasting vivid cultural scenes. Such offerings have landed Houston at the
top of Forbes' 2012 list of the "Coolest cities in America" and seventh on
the New York Times' list of "46 places to go in 2013," ranking higher than
all other U.S. cities. Everything is "bigger in Texas," and Houston is no
exception. The Bayou City is known as the energy capital of the world, and
is home to the world's largest medical center.


The Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) is a premier forum for innovations in
technology and applications related to physical human-robot interaction and
advances in our understanding of haptic (touch) perception. HAPTICS brings
together roboticists, psychophysicists, engineers, and designers, crossing
boundaries between the disciplines of robotic control and device design,
psychology, human-computer interaction and the emerging areas of touch and
mobile computing. Its single track format and comfortable but vibrant
surroundings make this symposium an ideal opportunity to network and learn.
We solicit high-quality, original submissions in all areas of haptics
including, but not limited to:

- Haptic interactions and their design
- Haptic device design and dynamics
- Haptic rendering and modeling
- Control system design and analysis
- Low-cost, embedded / situated / ubiquitous haptic devices and applications
- Systems and networks involving haptic interactions
- Human-robot interactions involving touch
- Robotic touch sensing
- Psychophysics and perception
- Biomechanics and motor control
- Application of the above, including areas such as education,
entertainment and games, rehabilitation and health, art and music,
collaboration, computer-aided design and prototyping, skills training,
guidance, simulation and data visualization

Organizing Committee:

General Chairs:  Seungmoon Choi, Pohang University of Science and
Technology, South Korea, & Marcia O'Malley, Rice University, USA
Publications:  Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Publicity:  Peter Berkelman, University of Hawaii, USA
Finance:  Manuel Cruz, Immersion Corp., USA
Sponsorship:  Daniela Constantinescu, University of Victoria, Canada
Registration:  Mike Zinn, University of Wisconsin, USA
Webmaster:  Dane Powell, Rice University, USA
Awards:  Cagatay Basdogan, Koc University, Turkey
Workshops & Tutorials:  Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Posters, Demos & Exhibits:  Mark Colton, Brigham Young University, USA, &
Greg Gerling, University of Virginia, USA
Student Volunteers:  Mounia Ziat, Northern Michigan University, USA, &
Ozkan Celik, San Francisco State University, USA
Local Arrangements:  Fabrizio Sergi, Rice University, USA

Peter Berkelman
2014 Haptics Symposium Publicity Chair

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