Multimodal Interaction Group
Haptic Human-Computer Interaction
31st August to 1st September, 2000
University of Glasgow
The workshop has now taken place. We had around 75 participants from 10 different countries with attendees from both academia and industry. It was a great success - it brought together a really wide range of people from artists to psychologists and engineers to textiles specialists.
The follow-on ot this workshop will be the Europhaptics conference in Birmingham, July 2001.
Aims and objectives of the workshop
Haptic devices allow users to feel their interfaces and interactions and have the potential to radically change the way we use computers. We will be able to use our powerful sense of touch as an alternative mechanism to send and receive information in computer interfaces. Haptic technology is now maturing and coming out of research laboratories and into real products and applications. We can therefore begin to focus on its application and general principles for its use rather than just the hardware and technology itself. One important question is what should it be used for?
The aim of the workshop is to concentrate on interaction using haptic devices. Haptic interaction is interaction related to the sense of touch - this could be based on force-feedback or tactile devices. We want to be as flexible as possible so we will accept work on any aspects of haptic HCI. There are other conferences that discuss the hardware but so far there has been little discussion of how haptics can be effectively used to improve the usability of human-computer interactions.
What are haptics good for? What kind of information can be successfully presented via touch? Do haptics actually improve efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction? Arbitrary combinations of information presented to different senses have been shown to be ineffective. How should sight, hearing and touch be combined in truly multimodal interfaces? We do not want to end up with haptically-enhanced interfaces that are in fact harder to use than standard ones - haptics may become just a gimmick for computer games, rather than the key improvement in interaction technology that it should be. It is therefore time to think about haptic human computer interaction.
The is currently no unified place to present research on general haptic human-computer interaction and so one aim of this workshop is to provide an infomation resource for those interested in the area.
Here is the final programme of the workshop - you can download the full text of all of the papers and posters from here. The workshop took place in the Senate Room at the University of Glasgow just before BCS HCI 2000 in Sunderland. Here is a map to show you the location of the Senate Room.
Here is a full list of those who attended the workshop. This is more up to date than the attendee list in the proceedings as several people registered at the last minute.
Here are some photographs of the workshop and social events.
A mail list for those who attended the workshop has now been set up. If you wish to be added to it then please email Steve Brewster.
We need to decide whether or not there should be another workshop (and if so, who should organise it). One alternative is the Eurohaptics conference that might take on the role.
Registration and accommodation
Stephen Brewster and
Roderick Murray-Smith (joint
programme chairs), Department of Computing science, University of Glasgow
Organisation: Marilyn McGee, Ian Oakley, Andrew Crossan, Ray Wai Yu, Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.
Dr Stephen Brewster
Department of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4966
Fax: +44 (0)141 330 4913
Last Modified: July 12, 2001