Call for Papers

IEEE Transactions of Haptics Special Issue: Ambient Haptic Systems

Publication Date: July- September 2009

Guest Editors: Kanav Kahol, Vincent Hayward



Ambient systems employ devices that are seamlessly integrated in a user's 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 behavior.


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 situations.  


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 solicited.


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 October 2008                    Deadline for submission of papers 

 15 December 2008                First Round of Reviews Completed 

 23 December 2008                First Decisions to Authors 

 15 March 2009                      Major Revisions Due 

 23 April 2009                         Second Decision to Authors 

 06 May  2009                        Minor Revisions Due 

 12 May 2009                         Final Decision to Authors 

 19 May 2009                         Publication Materials Due from Author

 July-September 2009            Publication Issue


Submission Process


You may visit http://www.computer.org/toh <http://www.computer.org/toh>  to view the formatting requirements for your submission. Submit your paper at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cs-ieee.  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] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) or Dr Vincent Hayward ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ).


Kanav Kahol
Asst Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
School of Computing and Informatics
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
602 827 2546
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