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CHI 2018 Workshop on Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces

Touchless gesture controlled interfaces offer a unique interaction immediateness. This makes them ideal for applications where direct contact with a physical controller is not desired. However, these gesture input interfaces lack haptic feedback so cannot inform users about the results of their interaction. Mid-air haptic interfaces, such as those using focused ultrasound waves, can close this feedback loop and provide new tools for the design of touchless, un-instrumented control interactions.

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Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces

Ultrahaptics headed to CHI 2018, in Montréal, Canada, to run a one-day workshop on ‘Mid-air haptics for control interfaces’. Bringing together 25 academic and industry experts in the field of mid-air haptics. Together, we identified and discussed future challenges in control interfaces and their application in AR/VR, automotive, music, robotics and teleoperation.

CHI 2018 | Ultrahaptics Workshop

The one-day workshop featured demonstrations, and brain-storming sessions that defined use-case scenarios. Primarily focusing on the challenges and design issues related to multi-modal touchless control interfaces of the future, participants discussed and explored new ways to design more compelling haptic feedback applications.

CHI 2018 Ultrahaptics sketch

By bringing together a group of experts in the growing mid-air haptics and HCI research community, the discussion revolved around the design and implementation of mid-air haptic interfaces in applications related to AR/VR, automotive, music, robotics, and teleoperation and the future challenges we face.

The workshop featured:

Workshop Brainstorming Sessions:

  • Perception of Haptics – Moderated by  Seokhee Jeon and Euan Freeman
  • Automotive applications – Moderated by Gesa Wiegand and Graham Wilson
  • Multi-modal interfaces – Moderated by Viktorija Paneva and Aditya Tirumala Bukkapatnam

CHI 2018 Ultrahaptics sketch


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 Ultrahaptics sketch

CHI 2018 Workshop organisers

  • Marcello Giordano was 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

CHI 2018 Ultrahaptics sketch

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