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CHI 2018 Workshop on Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces

Ultrahaptics are heading to CHI 2018, to run a one-day workshop on ‘Mid-air haptics for control interfaces’. Taking place in Montréal, Canada from 21st-26th April 2018, CHI is one of the leading events in the field of current human-computer interaction and future technologies. The conference attracts some of the world’s leading researchers in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.

Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces

Both industry and academia are currently developing and evaluating different interfaces based on touchless gesture-tracking devices. These types of interfaces are ideal for applications where direct contact with a physical controller is not desirable.

However, one limitation they have is that there is typically no feedback informing users that gestures have been recognised and accepted. Mid-air haptic interfaces, such as those using focused ultrasound waves, can close the feedback loop and improve user experiences.

Connected car interface, examples for CHI 2018

CHI 2018 | Ultrahaptics Workshop

The one-day workshop will feature demonstrations, brain-storming sessions and define use-case scenarios. Primarily focusing on the challenges and design issues related to multi-modal touchless control interfaces of the future, participants can discuss and explore new ways to design more compelling haptic feedback applications.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together a group of experts in the growing mid-air haptics and HCI research community, to foster discussion around the design and implementation of feedback using mid-air haptic interfaces in applications, related to AR/VR, automotive, music, robotics, and teleoperation and the future challenges we face.

Workshop schedule (April 21st, 2018):

  • 09:00 – Demo setup
  • 09:30 – Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:00 – 2-Minute Madness (2 minute presentations by all participants)
  • 10:30 – Coffee break
  • 10:45 – Mini-keynotes from selected participants (4 mini-keynotes, 10-15mins + questions)
  1. Daniel Leithinger – ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder – Haptic Aura: Augmenting Physical Objects Through Mid-Air Haptics
  2. Joanna Roczniak – AGH University of Science and Technology – Development of intuitive haptic interfaces for blind people
  3. Sandeep Zechariah – University of Calgary – Improving Edge and Texture Rendering in Mid-Air Haptic Systems
  4. Ali Shtarbanov – MIT Media Lab – Free-Space Haptic Feedback for 3D Displays via Air-Vortex Rings
  • 12:00 – Lunch break and Demos
  • 13:00 – Mini-keynotes from selected participants (2 mini-keynotes, 10-15mins + questions)
  1. David Geerts and David Cheyns – Meaningful Interactions Lab KU Leuven and Imec – User Experience Challenges of Virtual Buttons with Mid-Air Haptics
  2. Sunjun Kim – Buttons
  • 13:30 – First Brainstorming session – Perception of Haptics – Moderated by  Seokhee Jeon and Euan Freeman
  • 14:30 – Second Brainstorming session – Automotive applications – Moderated by Gesa Wiegand and Graham Wilson
  • 15:30 – Coffee break and Demos
  • 16:00 – Third Brainstorming session – Multi-modal interfaces – Moderated by Viktorija Paneva and Aditya Tirumala Bukkapatnam
  • 17:00 – Roundtable Open discussion and Demos
  • 18:00 – Workshop close and thanks – (Optional) Dinner


CHI 2018 logo


UPDATE February 12, 2018: Submissions now closed

Participants must submit a short expression of interest (750 words) abstract by February 4, 2018 (submissions now closed). The abstract (in the format of an ACM Extended Abstract) should show how your work fits into the topics of Ultrahaptics’ workshop, ‘Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces’. Include a theme that you feel is important to the field and would generate valuable discussions during the workshop. In the case of a multi-authored abstract, it should be made clear which authors will be attending the workshop. 

For each accepted application, at least one author will have to register for both the workshop and at least one day of the conference.

To apply, simply use the ‘Submit Abstract’ button to the right, or send us an email by February 4, 2018 (submissions now closed). Authors will be chosen on February 20, 2018, and all applicants will be notified. 

All submissions will go through a light touch review from the organizers to bring together a team of attendees who have the best potential to engender good discussion and positively foster a diverse community.

Workshop Date: April 21, 2018.

On the day, we will aim to have four mini-keynote talks on the workshop topics, twenty 2-minute presentations, as well as four thematic brainstorming sessions to foster discussion, channel research directions, and promote new collaboration opportunities.

CHI 2018 Workshop organisers

  • Marcello Giordano is a Haptics Engineer at Ultrahaptics. He holds a PhD in Music Technology and his research is focused on haptics and Human-Computer Interaction.
  • Orestis Georgiou leads the advanced research cluster (ARC) at Ultrahaptics and is also the main link between Ultrahaptics and its academic partners.
  • Brygida Dzidek holds a PhD in Haptic Interface Contact Mechanics and is interested in new generation tactile interfaces to be introduced in VR/AR electronic applications.
  • Loic Corenthy is the team leader of the applications team at Ultrahaptics, responsible for the design of mid-air haptic effects and their integration in user interfaces.
  • Jin Ryong Kim is a Senior Researcher at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea with focus on designing and creating novel interaction with haptics technology to amplify human satisfaction through enriched user experiences.
  • Sriram Subramanian is a Professor at the University of Sussex with a focus on designing interactive systems for novel touch, tactile and visual elements. 
  • Stephen Brewster is Professor of HCI in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, specialising in Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction, sound and haptics and gestures.


Endorsed by the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics

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