[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium - First Call for Papers

Khurshid, Rebecca Pierce khurshid at bu.edu
Mon Jul 29 04:20:21 PDT 2019

C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S
2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium
March 28-31 in Washington, D.C., USA

Held since 1992, the IEEE Haptics Symposium is a vibrant interdisciplinary forum of research in neuroscience, perception, engineering, and design, focused on sharing new advances in our understanding of the sense of touch, sparking new collaborations, and envisioning a future in which physical interactions are enriched through haptic technologies.   

Sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics, the Haptics Symposium is the central venue for reporting research results and demonstrating novel capabilities in the field. In 2020, this four-day conference will be held in Washington D.C. and will showcase an array of exciting contributions.


- IEEE Transactions on Haptics Short Papers (6 pages): Accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference and published simultaneously in IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
- Technical Papers (6 pages): Accepted papers will be presented orally and published in IEEE Xplore. 
- Cross-Cutting Challenges Themes: This session, first introduced in 2018, will bring the community together around emerging grand challenges that require interdisciplinary research. Based on an open solicitation, two themes will feature keynote talks and interactive discussions delivered by experts from academia and industry.  
- Work-in-Progress Papers (2 pages): Highlighting late-breaking results and presented as posters, accepted WIP papers will be published only in electronic proceedings distributed to attendees. Authors retain copyright for future publication of extended work.
- Hands-On Demonstrations (1 booth): Interactive research demonstrations are highly valued at the IEEE Haptics Symposium. Presentation entails a brief proposal that will be reviewed to ensure relevance and novelty.
- Exhibits (1 or 2 booths for a fee): Companies are invited to engage with our community by displaying products and services that relate to the field of haptics. 


- Cross-Cutting Challenges Theme Proposals: September 6, 2019
- Conference Journal Paper Submission: September 27, 2019
- Conference Paper Submission: October 20, 2019
- Cross-Cutting Challenges Individual Submission: November 1, 2019
- Work-in-Progress Paper Submission: January 31, 2020
- Demonstration Submission: January 31, 2020
- Exhibit Application: February 10, 2020


The 2020 conference has added a new, early submission option (deadline: September 27) for technical papers that authors wish to be considered for presentation at Haptics Symposium and simultaneous publication in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, as short papers. For more information, please see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__2020.hapticssymposium.org_presenting_transactions-2Don-2Dhaptics-2Dearly-2Dsubmission_&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=RCfPo-YkdgrUkgqJ2odGiD_fZ_ogYF41gqV_e1tiXhA&s=NYCEUeq3bfhbnzpoQ0ifvLmMWRG87f97aZSys8wjIAk&e= 


Haptic interface design and control, tactile displays, sensors and actuators, human-computer interaction, multi-modal systems, virtual and augmented reality, haptic rendering and modeling, embedded haptics, teleoperation, shared control and collaboration, robotic manipulation, physical human-robot interaction, human haptic perception, neuroscience of touch, social touch, haptics in industrial and commercial applications, design, haptics in health and wellness, and other innovative applications of haptics.


Washington D.C. is the capital and fifth largest city of the United States and one of the most visited cities in the world.  It is home to iconic museums and performing arts venues, including the Smithsonian Museums, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center.  Many venues offer admission at no charge.  Additionally, the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival will be nearing peak season in late March.  The conference venue is the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington (Crystal City), a four-star hotel, which is 3 miles (4.5 km) from the Washington Monument on the National Mall. The conference will be held in the rapidly emerging Crystal City neighborhood, home to the new Amazon headquarters, HQ2, with many other high-tech companies nearby. Major attractions are just a short metro ride from the conference.  It is a four minute walk to the nearest metro station.  Washington D.C.’s two airports of Dulles (IAD) and Reagan (DCA), the latter just five minutes from the conference venue, offer direct flights to a broad range of international and domestic locations, and the city has an extensive subway (Metro) and other excellent public transportation options.


In addition to presenting an exhibit, vendors and corporations are encouraged to help sponsor the 2020 Haptics Symposium to support the haptics community and maintain visibility within it.  For more information, please contact sponsorship at hapticssymposium.org


If you would like to receive further announcements relating to Haptics Symposium 2020, please sign up for our mailing list by following the directions posted here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__2020.hapticssymposium.org_organization_email-2Dlist_&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=RCfPo-YkdgrUkgqJ2odGiD_fZ_ogYF41gqV_e1tiXhA&s=JWqHi_84iFygb_nerqi5SoEwTNSPS4TKpVDbsWD9FFw&e= 


- General Chairs: Gregory Gerling (U. Virginia) and Yon Visell (UC Santa Barbara)
- Conference Editorial Board: Veronica Santos (UCLA; Editor in Chief), Ingvars Birznieks (UNSW), Fernando Bello (Imperial)
- Program Chair: Vincent Levesque (ETS)
- Publications Chair: Veronica Santos (UCLA)
- Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs: Manuel Cruz (Immersion) and Çatagay Basdogan (Koç)
- Work-in-Progress Chair: Heather Culbertson (USC)
- Demos and Exhibits Chairs: Claudio Pacchierotti (CNRS) and Adam Spiers (MPI Stuttgart)
- Transactions on Haptics Posters Chair: Ilana Nisky (Ben Gurion)
- Awards Chair: Katherine J. Kuchenbecker (MPI Stuttgart)
- Finance Chair: Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad (Queens)
- Registration Chair: Caroline Cao (Wright State)
- Publicity Chairs: Rebecca Khurshid (Boston U.), Naomi Fitter (Oregon State U.)
- Social Media Chair: Pedro Lopes (U. Chicago)
- Sponsorship Chairs: Hong Z. Tan (Purdue), Nick Colonnese (Facebook), Tania Morimoto (UCSD)
- Social Activities Chairs: Jeremy Brown (Johns Hopkins), Jenna Gorlewicz (St. Louis)
- Student Volunteers Chairs: Fabrizio Sergi (Delaware) and Deborah Egloff (McGill)
- Video Chair: Ildar Farkhatdinov (QMUL)
- Webmaster: Oliver Schneider (Waterloo)

Further details are available at www.hapticssymposium.org and by emailing chairs at hapticssymposium.org

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