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

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 was originally planned to take place in Montreal from July 6 to 9,
2021. Due to the long-term uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic
and to ensure the well-being of the participants, WHC 2021 will be held as
a virtual conference. 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.

We also seek an inclusive conference for all participants. We are working
on several new initiatives for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at WHC2021
this year. Pease visit Inclusion@WHC at

Type of Contributions with Upcoming Deadlines:

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 https://2021.worldhaptics.org/technicalpapers/.

Student Innovation Challenge (SIC) – Proposal due February 26, 2021
The Student Innovation Challenge (SIC) invites students to use haptic
technology in new, creative ways to solve real-world problems. For the
first time this year, the 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC) will be
fully online, so the main challenge for student teams will be to propose a
replicable project. Teams will work on designing and producing vibrotactile
feedback with an open-source and self-contained kit driven by embedded
multi-channel audio signal processing. Detailed instructions for organizers
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.

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.

Companies are invited to engage with our community by displaying products
and services that relate to the field of haptics.

Important dates
February 12, 2021: Technical paper submission
February 26, 2021: Student Innovation Challenge Proposal
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

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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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