Prof. Marcia O'Malley is the new Chair of the
IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH)
Dear Members of the Technical Committee on Haptics:
We are happy to announce that Prof. Marcia O'Malley has been elected as the next Chair of TCH. Our hearty congratulations to Marcia!
Thank you all for participating in our second worldwide web-based election process.
We look forward to your continued support!
Mandayam A. Srinivasan
TCH Election Committee
Download the biosketch of Marcia O'Malley from here [pdf].
I am seeking your support and vote of confidence to serve as the next Chair of the Technical Committee on Haptics.
Currently I serve as one of the two TCH Co-Chairs.
Later this year I will be stepping down as Chair of the Robotics Technical Committee for the ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Division. In my four years as co-chair and subsequently as chair of this TC, I have worked to broaden participation and increase membership.
Within the haptics community, I am a member of the founding editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics, where I serve as an Associate Editor. Additionally, I have served on the Haptics Symposium Program Committee (2003-2008) where I have participated on the awards committee, handled demonstration session arrangements, and solicited support from industrial sponsors.
I feel that these experiences both as a member of the haptics community and in leadership roles have adequately prepared me to step into the role of Chair of the TCH. I look forward to the opportunity to serve.
My interests lie in non-visual interaction with a focus on usability and design for all, also in mobile settings. I feel it is an important mission to make more researchers, developers and designers more aware of haptics and how it can be used to improve the user experience.
A particular challenge lies in mobile haptics - although all phones can vibrate the use of haptic feedback is still quite limited and I think effort should be put into strengthening the role of haptics in the mobile communities.
As a chair of TCH I would try to establish more links with the usability and mobile communities - although it is important to have specialized haptics groups and events I think it is also important to make the rest of the community more aware of the benefits of haptics.
On the more administrative side I have been in charge of several national projects, and have been responsible for the department participation in the EU projects MICOLE, ENABLED and ENACTIVE. I am currently coordinating the large scale integrating EU project HaptiMap (http://www.haptimap.org).
Finally I am interested in how the internet can be used, both for the spreading of information but also for community building. Since I work with design for all and accessibility, I find it important to maintain ways of reaching and interacting not only with other researchers but also with the general public.
Acknowledgements for nomination web support to Prof. Antonio Frisoli (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy), Technical Committee on Haptics Vice Chair for Information Dissemination.