World Haptics Conference 2009 Submission

There are two categories of submissions:

  • Regular papers are limited to six pages. This year, there will be no category of 2-page sketches. In addition, authors will be able to submit a video accompanyment. Finally, authors will have an option of including a hands-on demonstration as part of their paper.

    • Submissions deadline: October 15, 2008, midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Please note that the deadline is firm, and there will be no extensions.
    • Notification of acceptance by: November 28, 2008.
    • Final contributions due: December 23, 2008.

  • Demonstration papers are limited to two pages, and describe a hands-on demo.

    • Submissions deadline: November 15, 2008, midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
    • Notification of acceptance by: November 28, 2008.
    • Final contributions due: December 23, 2008.

In addition, exhibitors are invited to submit demonstrations of products or developments.

Papers and videos will appear both in the conference DVD and printed proceedings, and will be posted on IEEE Xplore. If authors choose to retain the copyright, their papers and videos will appear only in the conference DVD and will not be posted to Xplore. Such papers will not be eligible for awards.

As the World Haptics Conference grows, the only way to keep to a 3-day, single-track schedule is to rely more on poster presentations. The designation of podium versus poster presentations is considered to be one of style, not weight. Consequently, in the proceedings there will be no distinction made as to how a paper was presented. Special emphasis will be given to the poster sessions. Assignment of a paper to be a poster versus podium presentation will take into account achieving a spectrum of topics, and where possible authors' wishes as to the presentation style. When a paper is accompanied by a hands-on demo, it will be assigned to poster presentation.

Submission of Regular Papers

Please visit the IEEE Robotics and Automation Paperplaza web site to submit your paper by the October 15, 2008 deadline.

  • Papers must be in English, and not exceed six (6) pages in length.
  • We are using the IEEE Computer Society templates to format papers. Please use one of the following two templates:
    • Latex format
    • MS Word format
    More information about these templates can be found at:

Videos should not use special codecs (coders/decoders) in order to provide as much portability across platforms as possible. We strongly recommend the most common media formats (mpeg 1 or mpeg 4). Only freely available players (e.g., QuickTime, RealPlayer, Microsoft Windows Media Player, MPlayer) should be required for viewing the video. Although the paper has to be self-contained (i.e., fully readable and understandable independently from the video), an explicit reference to the accompanying video should be present in the text of the paper.

Submission of Demonstration Papers

Demonstrations are an effective way to convey progress in haptics. For demonstrations not associated with a regular paper submission, proposals consist of a two-page paper and optional video due November 15, 2008. The two-page paper should describe the demo purpose, organization, and equipment, possibly including pictures and other explanatory material.

The conference will provide basic infrastructure for the accepted demos, which by default will consist of a posterboard, table, two chairs, and electrical connections. Please add a third page describing any special needs beyond the basic setup.

Please use the paper templates for regular papers, and submit at the IEEE Robotics and Automation Paperplaza web site.

Submission of Exhibitions

World Haptics is the best chance to present your organization's products or developments related to haptic interfaces, simulation environments, robotics, components, and ancilliary systems. Proposals for exhibitions should be submitted by December 15, 2008 to the General Chair (jmhATcsDOTutahDOTedu). In your proposal, please describe any needs besides the standard booth setup.