Smart Material Actuators

Morning Workshop (Concerto, 9:00-12:30)

This workshop is sponsored by the Transparent Transducer and UX Creative Research Center at ETRI.

Recently, with the emergence of flexible displays and wearable devices allowing them to be mechanically robust against deformation, actuators for haptic interfaces are required to be soft to be embedded into flexible devices. In the area of material science, various types of electro-active materials have been investigated for a longtime. For example, electroactive polymers (EAPs) have been proposed as one of powerful materials for the flexible actuators. Owing to attractive benefits from light-weight, flexibility, non-geometric constraints, cost effectiveness, and miniaturization, the soft actuators configured to a thin film are capable of enlarging their potentials to haptic interfaces for flexible touchscreen, Braille devices, and wearable tactile devices. The soft actuators contribute to opening up many opportunities in artificial muscles, biomimetic robots, MEMS devices as well as haptic interfaces. However, many issues like power consumption, and scalability are still open research topics than need to be tackled in order to see this type of actuators move into the main stream commercial devices.

Global leading materials scientists, who have not attended Haptic conference before, will participate in this workshop sharing their approach and experience. This workshop will introduce the area of soft/flexible actuators, discuss current developments in the area, and an open discussion will take place on the future of these type of actuators in the area of haptics.


The workshop is open to any student, researcher as well as end user interested in designing innovative tactile displays and applications based on flexible actuators.

Tentative Program

9:00 Perspectives on haptic actuators
Ki-Uk Kyung, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea
9:20 Soft actuator materials
Qibing Pei, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
9:55 Enabling haptic devices with electroactive smart elastomers
Federico Carpi, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK
10:30 Transparent and flexible visuo-haptic display
Sungryul Yun, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea
11:05 Break
11:15 Enhancement of the actuation performance of polymer gels and copolymers
Toshihiro Hirai, Shinshu University, Japan
11:50 Flexible haptic actuators for consumer electronic devices
Sang-Youn Kim, Korea University of Technology and Education (KOREATECH), Korea
12:25 Closing Remark
Manuel Cruz, Immersion Corp., Canada
Ki-Uk Kyung, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea
12:30 Lunch with discussion


Ki-Uk Kyung   Director, Transparent Transducer and UX Creative Research Center, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Center (ETRI), Korea

Ki-Uk Kyung received the B.S degree and the Ph.D in mechanical engineering from the KAIST, Korea, in 1999 and 2006, respectively. Since 2006, he has been a senior research scientist at ETRI. His works include haptic interface interacting with electronic devices such as a haptic stylus, a thin film tactile sensor and application of transparent and flexible actuators.

Manuel Cruz   Immersion Corp., Canada

Juan Manuel Cruz Hernández is the head of the research department at Immersion Corp. He received the Ph.D. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University in 1998 and 1995 respectively. In 1999 he was a Post-doctoral fellow at McGill University where he co-designed and implemented lateral tactile displays using piezoelectric actuators. Since 2000 he has worked for Haptics Technologies Inc. now Immersion where he has held positions as Control Systems Scientist, Research Scientist, and Sr. Research Scientist working mainly on haptics and HCI for consumer electronics. His current interests are multimodal interfaces, HCI, actuator design and control, haptic rendering, signal processing, and human factors.