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2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference
July 6-9 Virtual (previously Montreal)

The IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC) is the premier international
conference covering various aspects of haptics including scientific
findings, technological developments, and applications. WHC is a joint
gathering of the IEEE Haptics Symposium, the Eurohaptics conference and the
AsiaHaptics conference, which takes place in alternate years and rotates
among North America, Europe and Asia. The conference is a vibrant
environment for sharing the most up-to-date research advancements in the
field of haptics, leading to new collaborations, fruitful scientific
discussions, engagement of young researchers, and charting the future role
of haptic technology in enhancing human life.

WHC 2021 will be held as a virtual conference from July 6 to 9, 2021. The
conference will use various virtualization tools to offer an exciting
interactive program, including cross-cutting challenge sessions, technical
papers in oral and poster sessions, work-in-progress sessions,
demonstrations, industrial exhibits, workshops and tutorials, student
innovation challenge and other technical and social activities.

We seek original contributions on all topics in haptics and call for your
active participation. New for 2021, the conference includes a track for
papers to be presented at WHC and simultaneously published in the IEEE
Transactions on Haptics.

Type of Contributions:

Conference Technical Papers – Due February 12, 2021
Accepted papers will be presented and published in IEEE Xplore. The maximum
paper length is 6 pages including references. Detailed instructions for
authors are available at

Student Innovation Challenge – Due February 26, 2021
The Student Innovation Challenge (SIC) invites teams of undergraduate
and/or graduate students to use haptic technology in new, creative ways to
solve real-world problems. Detailed instructions are available at

Work-in-Progress Papers (WIP) – Due April 16, 2021
Highlighting late-breaking results and presented as posters, accepted WIP
short papers will be published only in the electronic proceedings
distributed to attendees. Authors retain the copyright for future
publication of extended work. Detailed instructions will soon be available

Hands-On Demonstrations – Due April 16, 2021
Interactive research demonstrations are highly valued at the IEEE World
Haptics Conference. Presentation entails a brief proposal that will be
reviewed to ensure relevance and novelty. Detailed instructions will soon
be available at

Industry Exhibits
Companies are invited to engage with our community by displaying products
and services that relate to the field of haptics. Detailed instructions
will soon be available at

IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH) Short Papers – (Deadline passed)
Accepted ToH short papers will be presented at the conference and published
also in the journal. Papers not accepted by ToH will be referred to the
Conference Editorial Board for their evaluation as technical papers to be
presented at the conference. More details are available at

Cross-Cutting Challenges (CCC) – (Deadline passed)
CCC sessions focus on interdisciplinary challenges (“themes”) calling for
united solutions from the haptics community. The selected themes will
feature keynote talks and interactive discussions delivered by experts from
science, engineering, and design. More details are available at

Workshops and Tutorials – (Deadline passed)
Workshops and tutorials provide a forum for participants to discuss
emerging and active research areas. More details are available at

Important dates:
February 12, 2021: Technical paper submission
February 26, 2021: SIC submission
Late March, 2021: IEEE ToH short paper final acceptance notification
April 9, 2021: Technical paper acceptance notification
April 16, 2021: WIP and Demo submission
May 14, 2021: Camera-ready paper submission
July 6-9, 2021: Conference (Virtual)

Topics of Interest
Haptic Interface Design & Control
Tactile Displays
Haptic Sensors and Actuators
Human-Computer Interaction Involving Haptics
Multi-Modal Systems Involving Haptics
Tele-operation and Virtual Environments
Haptic Rendering and Modeling
Shared Haptic Control and Collaboration
Human Haptic Perception
Haptic Psychophysics
Neuroscience of Touch
Human-Robot Haptic Interaction
Haptics in Industrial and Commercial Applications
Embedded/Ubiquitous Haptics
Biomechanics and Motor Control
Other Innovative Uses of Haptics

We seek to create an inclusive conference for all  participants. We are
working on several new initiatives for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at
WHC2021 this year. Please visit Inclusion@WHC at to see the latest updates and
provide your input.

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General Chairs ([log in to unmask])
Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad, Queen’s University, Canada
Vincent Levesque, École de technologie supérieure, Canada

Conference Editorial Board ([log in to unmask])
Jee-Hwan Ryu (Chair), KAIST, Korea
Fernando Bello, Imperial College London, UK
Marcia O’Malley, Rice University, USA
Seungmoon Choi, POSTECH, Korea

Program Chair ([log in to unmask])
Astrid Kappers, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

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