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Dear All,


please find attached the new call for papers for IEEE Transactions on
Haptics Special Issue on Ambient Haptic Systems. Please note the new due
date for manuscripts which is November 15th 2008. This allows an extra
month for submission and removes the conflict with due dates for
WorldHaptics Symposium. 


Call for Papers


IEEE Transactions of Haptics Special Issue: Ambient Haptic Systems


Publication Date: July- September 2009


Guest Editors: Kanav Kahol, Vincent Hayward, Stephen Brewster






Ambient systems employ devices that are seamlessly integrated in a users
environment, providing unobtrusive and interactive access to digital
media. These devices, when networked in systems of sensors, actuators,
and computational units, can support intelligent, adaptive machine




Haptics as a modality has an important and indispensible role to play in
the evolution of user-centered ambient interfaces. The haptic modality
is largely untapped, while the vision and auditory modalities are often
saturated. The advent of sophisticated haptic interfaces and tangible
interfaces makes it possible to employ haptics in ubiquitous and
veridical interactions between people and technology, providing
supplementary and/or complementary information from a separate
information channel.  As a result, we see an explosion of applications
of haptics in vehicle cockpits with clear benefits for safety; more
effective portable information and communication devices; re-thought and
re-tooled sensory substitution systems for adaptive technologies and
accessibility; games in homes and in public places; home automation
(domotics) with benefits for energy conservation; improved public
furniture with better user interfaces; office equipment and engineering
workstations; ambient interfaces to virtual worlds; medical devices
evolving towards greater safety and accuracy; interactive museums; home
appliances; emerging technologies for home assisted living; advanced
prosthetics; etc.  




This special issue is about the art and science of haptics in such




1. Haptic psychophysics, perception and cognition.




Sensory interfaces in ambient systems need to adapt to the haptic
modality to deliver information accurately in a fast and an efficient
manner. The development of smart and effective haptic interfaces and
devices requires extensive studies that link perceptual phenomena with
measurable parameters and incorporate such domain knowledge in the
engineering process. Papers that explore psychophysical and behavioral
aspects of the haptic modality as applied to ambient interfaces are




2. Sensor actuator design, development and evaluation.




Haptic sensing and actuation technology is maturing rapidly. Case
studies of haptic devices and touch based interfaces can provide
valuable insight in integration of such sensors and actuators in ambient
systems. Papers are solicited on sensors and actuators designed to
promote usage of haptics in ambient systems.




3. Tangible user interfaces.




Ambient interfaces can be greatly enhanced by physical representations
that are coupled with actively mediated digital representations.
Multitouch interface and tangible user interface research is
increasingly gaining traction and these interfaces are increasingly
permeating through into commercial applications. Papers encompassing
design, development and evaluation of tangible user interfaces are
solicited for this special issue.




4. Applications of Haptic User Interfaces.




Case studies on efforts to include haptic interfaces in the areas of
haptically enhanced GUIs, vehicle cockpits, portable information and
communication devices, sensory substitution systems for adaptive
technologies and accessibility, games in homes and in public places,
home automation (domotics), public furniture with haptic user
interfaces, office equipment and engineering workstations with haptic
user interfaces, home appliances, ambient interfaces to virtual worlds,
medical devices, interactive museums, etc., are solicited.  We also
welcome papers on theoretical foundations and design of effective
integration of haptics in various domains or across domains.




5. Usability Evaluation of Haptic user interfaces.




Papers that cover fundamentals of learnability, efficiency,
memorability, and productivity of haptic user interfaces as pertaining
to ambient systems are solicited. 








15 November 2008                         Deadline for submission of


15 December 2008                          First Round of Reviews


2nd January  2009                           First Decisions to Authors 


15 March 2009                                  Major Revisions Due 


23 April 2009                                      Second Decision to


06 May  2009                                     Minor Revisions Due 


12 May 2009                                      Final Decision to


19 May 2009                                      Publication Materials
Due from 



July-September 2009                    Publication Issue




Submission Process




You may visit to view the formatting
requirements for your submission. Submit your paper at  

When uploading your paper, please select the appropriate special issue
title under the category "Manuscript Type." If you have any questions
about this process, please contact the journal administrator, Hilary
Price ([log in to unmask]).




For more information about this special issue contact Dr Kanav Kahol
([log in to unmask]), Dr Vincent Hayward ([log in to unmask]) or Dr
Stephen Brewster

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