Workshops and Tutorials

The 2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium solicits proposals for workshops and tutorials, to be held on Friday, April 8, 2016, preceding the full conference.  See the Workshops and Tutorials page for a schedule of the accepted sessions.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2015: Deadline for proposals for open workshops
  • December 15, 2015: Deadline for proposals for panel workshops and tutorials
  • January 6, 2016: Organizers notified regarding acceptance
  • February 6, 2016: Deadline for final schedule, speaker list, and website
  • April 8, 2016: Workshops and tutorials held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We welcome proposals for open workshops, panel workshops, and tutorials. The text below explains the differences between these three categories. Both workshops and tutorials can have either half-day or full-day duration, according to the proposed plan and covered topics.

Workshop and Tutorial Proposals should use the template available here and should be submitted by email to the HAPTICS 2016 Workshop and Tutorial Chair at


The goal of a workshop is to stimulate or highlight new research topics relevant to haptics. Workshops should allow members of the community to present and discuss new approaches to research, new methods, new concepts, or emerging research areas. This forum should also nurture interaction between presenters and attendees to obtain feedback from the attending community. Workshop presentations should not largely repeat oral presentations at the main conference, but could, for example, highlight or collect relevant work that has been seen in non-haptics venues. Interested workshop organizers can choose between two different workshop formats: open and panel.

Open Workshops: The organizer proposes a topic, which (after approval) is disseminated openly; interested speakers apply to the organizer to participate. This style of workshop is ideal for exploring the degree of interest and activity in a new area. The organizer should submit a proposal describing the topic, workshop structure, and mechanism for choosing speakers to the Workshop Chair by November 15, 2015. Once reviewed and accepted, the topic will be publicized. The organizers must supply a final program and list of speakers to the Workshop Chair by December 15, 2015.

Panel Workshops: The organizer proposes a topic, a list of speakers who have agreed to participate, and a tentative schedule. The proposal should be submitted to the Workshop Chair by December 15, 2015.


Tutorials are self-contained seminars on established research areas that should provide training within and perhaps on the periphery of traditional haptics-related topics. They should be focused on the proposed topic and should be presented by two or three experts in the field. Interested tutorial organizers should submit a tutorial proposal by December 15, 2015.


Appropriate topics for tutorials and workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • New trends and emerging haptic technologies
  • New design of haptic systems
  • Neuroscience of touch
  • Biomechanics and motor control
  • Haptics HCI and multimodal interaction
  • Rehabilitation robotics and haptics
  • Affective haptics
  • Haptic rendering (from textures to deformable bodies)
  • Surface haptics and fingertip contact, wearable haptics
  • Tactile perception and displays
  • Dynamic modeling and control for haptic systems
  • Teleoperation for remote interaction
  • Applications of haptic systems