Hand-exos (SSSA)
Hand-exos from SSSA

The goals of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH) are to strengthen the worldwide haptics research community and to improve communication among the different disciplines that come together in this field of study. It serves to coordinate the scheduling of major haptics conferences, facilitate special conference sessions and journal issues on haptics, support workshops and tutorials related to haptics, and contribute to the management of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics.


Haptics research has permeated many disciplines and application areas.

Early efforts in haptics focused on sensory substitution: stimulating the sense of touch to convey imagery or speech for individuals with visual and/or auditory impairments. With the advent of force-feedback devices, there has been renewed interest in using haptic interfaces in teleoperator systems and virtual environments. Most recently, touchscreen displays and wearable devices have been capturing the attention of haptics researchers.

The successful deployment of haptic interfaces requires continuing advances in hardware design, control, software algorithms, as well as our understanding of the human somatosensory system. Priority areas include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Devices and technology
  2. Tactile display and tactile sensing
  3. Haptic rendering
  4. Perception and psychophysics
  5. Neuroscience
  6. Haptic cognition
  7. Multimodal perception
  8. Sensory guided motor control
  9. Haptic Communication

Haptic feedback has exciting applications in entertainment, gaming, medicine, rehabilitation, education, data perceptualization, art, rapid prototyping, remote collaboration, and many other areas.

Ultrasound haptic feedback (Ultrahaptics)
Ultrasound haptic feedback (credit Ultrahaptics)