[Tutorial 1] Introduction to Haptics – sensing, feedback, and sensory evaluation

Date&Time :

Sunday, October 7, 9:00 – 12:00


2F R02 (Orchard South)


Taku Hachisu, Yuichi Kurita, Yasutoshi Makino, Masashi Nakatani, Shogo Okamoto, Toshiaki Tsuji, Shunsuke Yoshimoto


This tutorial aims at introducing haptics technology to SMC community and encouraging audience to employ haptic technology in their research. Our tutorial is dedicated to haptics, which is multidisciplinary research field including electrical, mechanical and system engineering and sensory evaluation of human users. We selected five invited speakers who are working on different research methodologies in Haptics. We plan to provide the overview of the state of art in haptics research and possible applications using force feedback and touch devices. Besides, we will provide introductory knowledge on how to evaluate subjective sensory evaluation in humans.

Short Biography:

Taku Hachisu received his PhD degree in engineering from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan in 2015. Since 2015, he is a Researcher of University of Tsukuba. His research interests include augmented/virtual reality, haptics, human-computer interaction, and wearable device.

Yuichi Kurita received the PhD degree in information science from Nara Institute of Technology, Nara, Japan in 2004. Since 2018, he is a Professor of Graduate School of Engineering at Hiroshima University. His interests are human factors in human-machine interface and interaction.

Yasutoshi Makino received his PhD in Information Science and Technology from the Univ. of Tokyo in 2007. He worked as a researcher for two years in the Univ. of Tokyo and an assistant professor in Keio University from 2009 to 2013. From 2013 he moved to the Univ. of Tokyo as a lecture, and he is an associate professor in the Department of Complexity Science and Engineering in the University of Tokyo from 2017. His research interest includes haptic interactive systems. After receiving his PhD from the University of Tokyo, Masashi Nakatani worked for four years in the cosmetic industry and returned to academic research and started neuroscience study of touch at Keio University and at Columbia University Medical Center. He is currently conducting research on haptics science and the human body’s perception of touch, while pursuing to make a connection between haptic research outcomes in academia and industrial applications.

Shogo Okamoto received a PhD in information sciences from Tohoku University in 2010. Since then, he has been with Nagoya University. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering. His research interest includes haptics and assistive robotics.

Toshiaki Tsuji received his Ph. D degree in integrated design engineering from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 2006. He is currently an Associate Professor in Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems, Saitama University. His research interests include motion control, haptics and rehabilitation robots.

Shunsuke Yoshimoto received the PhD degree in engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 2012. Since 2012, he is an Assistant Professor of Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University. His research interests include haptic engineering and biomedical instrumentation.