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Virtual Touch: Smart Materials for Human-Machine Interaction

Professor Darren Lipomi

The sense of touch can trigger our strongest emotions instantly. While human culture is replete with artifacts that interface with the senses of sight, hearing, taste, and smell, objects designed to convey information or trigger emotion by interfacing with the sense of touch represent an open area for investigation. This lecture will discuss the development of soft materials that can simulate different tactile sensations: rough or smooth, hot or cold, soft or hard, or even slimy. These sensations can then be translated to virtual reality for applications in robotic surgery and surgical training, education, and simulated environments.

Instructor: Darren Lipomi is Associate Professor of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. He earned his PhD at Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. His research areas are soft electronic materials for solar cells, wearable sensors, and human-machine interfaces. He has received awards from the NSF, the U.S.Air Force, and NIH.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70034   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
05/03/2017 In-class 123371 $0.00  

Day and Time: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla