I have supported and actively participated to the creation and establishment of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics since its born. The need of a Technical Committee was perceived after the first edition of the WorldHaptics conference, that was held in Pisa for the first time in 2005, where the two major conferences of haptics, Eurohaptics and the Haptic Symposium were joined together, as a mean to increase the connection between the different geographical haptic communities and to support the creation of a new journal, the IEEE Transaction on Haptics. Several years later, we are still proceeding on the track that was originally opened and on which I would like to continue the TCH mission.
Haptics is a large interdisciplinary field of research that requires to scientists and researchers, approaching to it, to be competent and have knowledge not only in one specific domain, but in several ones, such as technology (from engineering to computer science), experimental psychology and psychophysics, human- computer interaction and human factors, and last but not least neuroscience of perception. This makes tremendously important the existence of a vibrant and alive community that can support this effort of cross-integration of knowledge and design the new challenges for future haptic research. I think that TCH may act a key role in this process of cross-integration of knowledge, becoming home for the Haptics community.
As far as me, my education is in the technological domain as an engineer, but with a strong interest in neuroscience, human factors and perception. I have hold since the beginning the position in the TCH as Vice Chair for Dissemination and I am currently the present Vice Chair for Education. As a TCH chair, there are 3 main priorities that I would like to support:
- 1) To make the TCH an alive place for the reinforcement and preservation of our identity of Haptic Community. A research community is made of persons, their ideas and thoughts, their initiatives and connections, so my first goal would be in the direction to strengthen it by:
a. Supporting the continuation of the exchange program sponsored by the TCH that would allow both students and senior researchers to spend part of their research in other laboratories;
b. Using at best available on-line tools on our THC web-site to make more visible members of our community (who is who and what is doing) and to increase connections among us (content management systems for on-line editing of contents, user accounts for update of individual profile sections, continuous support of mailing lists)
- 2) To increase visibility of TCH activities, both in terms of impact on society and scientific achievements, from the executive levels (IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and IEEE Computer Science boards, political representatives) to the large audience (new incoming researchers and students, potentially interested stakeholders, large public) by:
a. Making our web-site alive and an updated source of information for haptic researchers, by exploiting content management systems that might allow each member to actively contribute to individual sections of it.
b. Promoting initiatives and events, like tutorials, jointly organized sessions and workshops in major conferences, special issues publications, joint repository of software and useful information
c. Promoting the generation of new ideas, through awards to career, theses and new innovating ideas.
- 3) To increase links with sponsors and IEEE societies, and evaluating new opportunities for fund raising by:
a. Defining a strategy to attract funding for the TCH in order to support new activities
b. Increasing link with conferences and societies by increasing attractiveness and visibility of our research.
Antonio Frisoli is the Head of the scientific research area of Human Robot Interaction (HRI) of PERCRO Laboratory at the TeCIP Institute (Institute for Communication, Information and Perception Technologies) of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa- Italy. He received in 1998 both the Master of Science Summa cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pisa and the Diploma in Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and in 2002 the PhD summa cum laude in Industrial and Computer Science Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where he held the position as Assistant Professor (2003-2009) and in 2010 won a selection as Associate Professor.
The research activity of Antonio Frisoli has been mainly developed at the Perceptual Robotics laboratory of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His research interests dealt since the beginning with haptics and haptic interfaces design and control, with the development of new concepts (desktop haptic interfaces, upper limb exoskeletons, fingertip haptics ) and new applications for haptics (training, fruition of digital contents in cultural heritage and medicine, rehabilitation). He has also investigated issues on the sense of presence and multisensory interaction in virtual environments and the design and control of high performance robotic systems. He is currently interested to the study and development of new advanced human-machine interfaces, including exoskeletons connected with Brain-Computer interfaces, design and development of novel haptic systems for stroke neuro-motor rehabilitation in virtual environments and motor learning, design of wearable fingertip haptic devices, for assistance to blinds and new paradigms of interaction with digital contents.
Antonio Frisoli authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, international conferences and books. He is actively involved in the scientific community of haptics and robotics , with involvement in several international scientific cooperation projects and editorial activities. He is currently Associate Editor of MIT Press Presence, Teloperators and Virtual Environments (2007-now), former Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Haptics (2007-2010). He has been always actively involved in haptic conferences, with roles as Publicity Chair of the conference Worldhaptics (2007-2009 editions), Awards Committee Member for IEEE Haptic Symposium 2012, Associate Editor in IEEE Worldhaptics (2009-2011) and Eurohaptics (2010) conferences, Member of the Programme Committee of the IEEE Haptic Symposium (2011-now). He is also actively involved in robotic community, as member of the IEEE Conference Editorial Board since 2009, and Associate Editor in major international conferences of robotics and VR, such as IEEE IROS, IEEE ICRA; IEEE VR; Eurohaptics, IEEE Ro-MAN.