Seminar: Haptic Interaction in Immersive Environments by Dr Jin Ryong Kim


Date: 1 June 2022   Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Seminar: Haptic Interaction in Immersive Environments by Dr Jin Ryong Kim, University of Texas at Dallas

Hybrid: online MS Teams and on-campus: QMUL Mile End, Graduate centre GC601 (6th floor)

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Abstract. Haptics is the science and engineering of creating and employing touch sensations. Recently, it has played a significant role in the next generation of interactive computing in immersive environments, such as VR and AR, as it offers an additional sensory cue that enriches the user experiences. However, employing a sense of touch in virtual worlds is not straightforward, as designing haptic feedback to deliver an enhanced user experience is challenging. In this talk, I will discuss several haptics systems that I have investigated in the past few years and how I addressed technical and human factor challenges to amplify user experience in an immersive virtual environment. Specifically, I will discuss how I have designed and engineered interactive haptics systems and how they could impact the user experience by delivering multi-sensory cues in an immersive environment. I will also outline our ongoing research topics, including in-air typing in VR, thermo-tactile feedback in mid-air, and data visualization with mid-air haptics.

Bio. Jin Ryong Kim is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Kim directs the Multimodal Interaction Lab, where they pursue fundamental and applied research on the future of interactive technologies, with emphasis on haptics, virtual reality, and human-computer interaction. Their lab is committed to contributing to the sense of touch's fundamental science and how it can benefit the user experience in immersive environments. He is actively publishing in the field of haptics, HCI, and VR, appearing in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, IEEE Haptics Symposium, ACM CHI, ACM VRST, and Advanced Functional Materials. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Haptics, and a Guest Editor of Frontiers in Virtual Reality. Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2014.

Location:  QMUL Mile End campus, Graduate centre, GC601 and online, link to be published
Contact:  Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov

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