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Computational Theory of Haptic Perception

We perceive our environment through mechanical interaction since we perceive it using acoustics and optics. Some progress has been made towards the discovery of the mechanisms that lead to conscious sensations resulting from contact with mechanical objects. This progress is due in part to the availability of new tools that can precisely control the stimulation of ascending sensory pathways and descending motor pathways.

The research program includes the design of new mechanical stimulation devices capable of generating haptic signals at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The goal is to produce well controlled stimuli with the ease and precision that is now possible when studying the vision or hearing. The purpose of this equipment is to segregate and recombine the perceptual cues used by the brain to lead to the identification of the calculations necessary for a perceptual outcome. Vision and hearing, the calculations made by the central and peripheral systems are relatively well known, but because of a lack of adequate technical capabilities, the equivalent knowledge of the somatosensory system is largely absent.


We aim to develop a theory of haptic perception based on the observation that these calculations are distributed in the physics of contact mechanics, in biomechanics, in the innervation of the extremities, as well as in the central neural processes. This research program is rich in applications ranging from improved diagnosis of diseases, rehabilitation devices, the development of haptic interfaces now part of consumer products, and virtual reality systems.


Vincent Hayward also won a ERC "Proof of Concept" grant, which gives the opportunity to develop research applications for industrial and commercial use. Read the full article on the INS2I CNRS site. Read the full article on the CNRS INS2I siteNouvelle fenêtre.


Some research results:

- Dupin, L. Hayward, V. Wexler, M. 2014. Direct Coupling of Haptic Signals Between Hands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, in press.

- Mohand-Ousaid A., Millet G., Haliyo S., Regnier S., Hayward, V. 2014. Feeling What An Insect Feels. PloS ONE, 9 (10): e108895.

Jörntell H., Bengtsson F., Geborek P., Spanne A., Terekhov AV., Hayward V. 2014. Segregation of Touch Input Features Neurons in Nucleus of the Cuneate. Neuron. 83: 1444-1452.

- Adams M., Johnson S., Lefevre Ph., Lévesque V. Hayward V., Andrew T., Thonnard JL. 2013. Finger pad friction and its role in grip and touch. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10 (80): 20,120,467.

- Klöcker A., Wiertlewski M., Théate V., Hayward V., Thonnard JL. 2013. Physical factoring influencing pleasant touch during tactile exploration. PloS ONE, 8 (11): e79085.

- Wiertlewski M., Hayward V. 2012. Mechanical Behavior of the Fingertip in the Range of Frequencies and Displacements Reporting to Touch. Journal of Biomechanics, 45 (11): 1869-1874.

- Mohand-Ousaid A., Millet G., Regnier S., Haliyo S., Hayward V. 2012. Haptic Interface Transparency Achieved Through Viscous Coupling. International Journal of Robotics Research. 31 (3): 319-329.

- Delhaye B., Hayward V., Lefevre Ph., Thonnard JL. 2012. Texture-induced vibrations in the forearm during tactile exploration, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 6 (7): 1-10.

- Hayward, V. 2011. Is There a `Plenhaptic 'Function? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366: 3115-3122

- Wiertlewski M., Lozada J., Hayward V. 2011. The Spatial Spectrum of Skin Tangential Displacement Can Encode Tactual Texture. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 27 (3): 461 to -472.


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