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The Haptic E-Model: A Computational Model of Human Sensory-Motor Performance in Haptic Manipulation

Final Report Summary - HAPTICEMODEL (The Haptic E-Model: A Computational Model of Human Sensory-Motor Performance in Haptic Manipulation)

The purpose of this project was the development of computational models of the human haptic sensory-motor system for quantitatively capturing the user performance in haptic manipulation tasks. The developed computational models are composed of a set of benchmark haptic manipulation tasks, task performance measures, and models for human perception and motor control. The research project aimed to develop these computational models, and experimentally validate them.

As part of this research, several benchmarks tasks and associated quantitative performance measures that will be used in evaluating performance of haptic systems were identified. Models for human arm dynamics and inter-subject variability specific to stylus-based haptic interfaces were developed. The effects of visio-haptic transformations on performance of haptic manipulation tasks were also investigated.

The final outcome of the project is the set of computational models that will facilitate the development of next generation haptic systems. As a result, the broader societal impacts of the proposed research will be through the application areas of haptics. For example, development of advanced medical robotic systems for minimally invasive therapies with higher dexterity and higher fidelity force feedback will help overcome the basic performance limitations of the current generation systems that have limited their adoption into the clinical practice. The results of the proposed research will also facilitate the development of more effective virtual environment-based simulation, for example, for medical training.

The project has been terminated early as the researcher was no longer affiliated with the host institution.

There is no active website for the project.