When you touch objects in your surroundings, you can discern each item’s physical properties from the rich array of haptic cues you experience, including both the tactile sensations arising in your skin and the kinesthetic cues originating in your muscles and joints.
Led by Prof. Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, the newly established "Haptic Intelligence" department focuses on incorporating the sense of touch into robotic systems. Scientists in this group seek to endow robots with astute haptic perception and invent methods for delivering realistic haptic feedback to users of telerobotic and virtual reality systems.
Autonomous robots that combine rich haptic sensory streams with other perceptual and motor information to form mental models that enable fluid physical interaction with everyday objects.
Telerobotic systems that empower human operators to manipulate items at a distance, as in minimally invasive robotic surgery, with better skill and outcomes than direct manipulation.
Haptic interfaces that both vividly reproduce the perceptual experience of touching real objects and provide feedback that helps the user improve his or her motor skills.
The Max Planck Society has appointed Katherine J. Kuchenbecker as a director at the Stuttgart location of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. She will lead the newly established "Haptic Intelligence" department, which focuses on incorporating the sense of touch into robotic systems.