Department Kuchenbecker

Haptic Intelligence (Katherine J. Kuchenbecker)

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.

Research Areas

    • 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.

Can you feel me now? The Science of Digitizing Touch

July 28, 2017

Scientists are developing tools that allow you to digitally feel textures like wood and cotton.
Listen to this twelve-minute radio show to learn about Katherine J. Kuchenbecker's research - incorporating the sense of touch into robotic and computer systems.
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Producer: Alexa Lim, Science Friday
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Katherine J. Kuchenbecker joins the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems as a new director

April 20, 2017

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.