Hosted by the National Engineering Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (NELVRAR) of Beihang University, the 2019 Haptic Technology Seminar and Preparatory Meeting of AsiaHaptics 2020 was held at the International Convention Center of New Main Building on April 20, 2019.
A number of famous experts from universities and institutes, who are engaged in haptic interaction, were invited to attend the meeting. They discussed about the cutting-edge technologies in the field concerned, as well as preparatory work plans of AsiaHaptics 2020.
Supported by the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics, the 4th Asia Haptics 2020 will be held in Beijing, China. It is co-hosted by Beihang University, IEEE Technical Committee on Hapticsand China Society of Image and Graphics; undertaken by NELVRAR and the School of Mechanical Engineering & Automation of Beihang University; co-organized by the Human Computer Interaction Committee of China Computer Federation and the Virtual Reality and Visualization Technology Committee.
Dr. Liu Guanyang from the NELVRAR chaired the meeting, which began with a welcome address from Professor Li Deyu, director of Global Beihang. Professor Li spoke highly of the event which is of positive significance to enhance international communication and talent cultivation of Beihang University.
Professor Hu Shimin, director of NELVRAR, delivered a speech to introduce the significant changes that the technology of virtual reality is making in people’s life, as well as the role that haptic interaction plays in promoting the immersion of virtual reality.
Professor Wang Dangxiao, General Chair of AsiaHaptics 2020, introduced the history of development and the goal of the meeting. Associate Professor Liu Qian from Dalian University of Technology, Associate Professor from Xiamen University, and Guo Zeyong from Beihang University introduced in detail the budget, website construction and the logo design about the preparation for AsiaHaptics 2020.
The second part of the haptic technology seminar was hosted by Professor Sun Xiaoying, Dean of College of Communication Engineering of Jilin University. Three talks were given in this part by Professor Xu Weiliang from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Professor Xu Yingqing from Tsinghua University, and Professor Song Aiguo from Southeast University respectively. They introduced the deformable multimodal haptic sensor array of soft-bodied robots, the research on haptic cognition and interactive experience design for the blind people, and the force sense measurement and the ergonomic evaluation of dexterous manipulation of space station.
At the end of the meeting, Editor Qi Yuan introduced the Virtual Reality & Intelligent Hardware (VRIH), a journal sponsored by Beihang University. She invited more scholars to contribute their works to VRIH. The Chinese Academy of Sciences is in charge of the journal.
AsiaHaptics is a new type of international conference for the haptics fields, featuring interactive presentations with demos. It is held biannually to alternate the World Haptics Conference, each attracting 200 to 300 attendees related to haptic hardware, human haptic perception, and other haptic applications around the world.
Reported by Song Wanheng
Reviewed by Cong Baoqiang
Edited by Jia Aiping and Li Siying
Translated by Li Siying