Haptics and Robotics

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This research activity is focused on

1) Investigate physiological correlates of haptic elicitation through advances biomedical signal processing methods

2) Investigate affective properties of touch and affective haptics devices

3) Exploit physiological correlates characterizing haptic devices

4) Develop novel haptic interfaces accounting for spontaneous physiological dynamics


This activity is carried out in strict collaboration with Prof. Matteo Bianchi (University of Pisa, Italy), and Prof. Antonio Bicchi (University of Pisa, and Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)


Common haptic devices are designed to effectively provide kinaesthetic and/or cutaneous discriminative inputs to the users by modulating some physical parameters. However, in addition to this behavior, haptic stimuli were proven to convey also affective inputs to the brain. Nevertheless, such affective properties of touch are often disregarded in the design (and consequent validation) of haptic displays.






Computational Physiology & Biomedical Instruments Group, University of Pisa


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