Announcing Professor J. Edward Colgate as the Editor-in-Chief for the
new IEEE Transactions on Haptics

The new IEEE Transactions on Haptics will address the science,
technology and applications associated with information acquisition and
object manipulation through touch.  Haptic interactions relevant to this
journal include all aspects of manual exploration and manipulation by
humans, machines and interactions between the two, performed in real,
virtual, teleoperated or networked environments.  Research areas of
relevance to this publication will include, but not be limited to, the
following topics:

    • Human haptic and multi-sensory perception and action
    • Haptic interactions via passive or active tools and machines
    • Devices that sense, enable, or create haptic interactions locally or at a distance
    • Haptic rendering and its association with graphic and auditory rendering in virtual reality
    • Algorithms, controls, and dynamics of haptic devices, users, and interactions between the two
    • Human-machine performance and safety with haptic feedback
    • Haptics in the context of human-computer interactions
    • Systems and networks using haptic devices and interactions, including multi-modal feedback
    • Application of the above, for example in areas such as education, rehabilitation, medicine, computer-aided design, skills training, computer games, driver controls, simulation and visualization

    Professor J. Edward Colgate of
    Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA was just named to be the
    Founding Editor-in-Chief.  Prof. Colgate has worked extensively in the
    areas of haptic interface and telemanipulation.  He is known for his
    work on passivity and collaborative robots (cobots), and has recently
    developed a strong interest in variable friction haptic displays.

    The Transactions will be published quarterly, with the first issue to premier in the second half of 2008.  The journal web site is, and paper submission will be done through Manuscript Central (

    The Transactions is financially co-sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Computer Society, and Consumer Electronics Society, and is also technically co-sponsored by IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

    For inquiries please contact:

        Professor Ed Colgate
        Northwestern University
        Department of Mechanical Engineering
        2145 Sheridan Road
        Evanston, IL  60208-3111, USA,
        Phone: 847-491-4264
        fax: 847-491-3915