Since the first International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems (Haptics Symposium) in 1992, the international haptics research community has enjoyed a healthy and steady growth.
There are now three major international conferences dedicated to haptics research: Haptics Symposium, EuroHaptics, and World Haptics Conference, as well as many other regularly-held small-scale meetings. The number of presentations has grown from 9 papers presented at the first Haptics Symposium in 1992 to 69 oral presentations, 143 posters and 35 hands-on demonstrations with a total attendance of 378 people at the First World Haptics Conference in 2005. In the meanwhile, the number of publications worldwide that mention "haptics" in the title has grown from less than a 100 in 1992 to over 1,600 in 2005.

The time is ripe to bring the multidisciplinary international haptics research community together to debate challenges and opportunities in haptics research, and to make concerted efforts towards experimental, theoretical, and algorithmic breakthroughs in this growing field. In October 2006, a proposal for a new Technical Committee (TC) on Haptics was approved by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. In November 2007, a proposal for a Task Force (TF) on Haptics was approved by the IEEE Computer Society. Then, in 2009, the TF was converted in TC in Computer Science, but, in 2011, the TC under CS was closed.