Department of Computing Science
University of Glasgow

1st September, 2000

Haptic devices allow users to feel their interfaces and interactions and
have the potential to radically change the way we use computers. We will be
able to use our powerful sense of touch as an alternative mechanism to send
and receive information in computer interfaces. Haptic technology is now
maturing and coming out of research laboratories and into real products and
applications. We can therefore begin to focus on its application and
general principles for its use rather than just the hardware and technology
itself. One important question is what should it be used for?

The aim of the workshop is to concentrate on interaction using haptic
devices. There are other conferences that discuss the hardware but so far
there has been little discussion of how haptics can be effectively used to
improve the usability of human-computer interactions.

What are haptics good for? What kind of information can be successfully
presented via touch? Do haptics actually improve efficiency, effectiveness
and satisfaction? Arbitrary combinations of information presented to
different senses have been shown to be ineffective. How should sight,
hearing and touch be combined in truly multimodal interfaces? We do not
want to end up with haptically-enhanced interfaces that are in fact harder
to use than standard ones - haptics may become just a gimmick for computer
games, rather than the key improvement in interaction technology that it
should be. It is therefore time to think about haptic human computer

The is currently no unified place to present research on general haptic
human-computer interaction and so one aim of this workshop is to provide an
infomation resource for those interested in the area.

Papers are invited on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

* Haptics to improve the usability of human-computer interaction
* The combination of haptics and other senses for information presentation
and interaction
* Evaluation of haptic interaction
* Collaborative haptics and haptics in CSCW systems
* Haptic interfaces for people with disabilities
* Haptics in computer games
* Software architectures to support haptic interaction
* Haptic interaction in training/learning applications
* Haptic interaction in medical applications
* Haptic interaction in virtual reality systems
* Haptic devices and technologies

Attendance will be limited in order to encourage interaction. It will be
possible for people to attend the workshop even though they have not
submitted a paper.

The workshop will take place in Glasgow just before the BCS HCI 2000
conference in Sunderland so that you can reduce the travel and costs by
combining the two.

Extended abstracts (3-5 pages) should be sent to the address given below by
29 May 1999. Submission can be electronic (e-mailed URL reference to a
single HTML page or PDF document; or e-mailed PDF or plain text) or on
paper. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31 July, and final
versions of the papers are due on 15 August. It is our intention to publish
the proceedings of the workshop through a journal route (to be finalised).
For full details see

Stephen Brewster
Department of Computing Science,
University of Glasgow,
Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
e-mail: [log in to unmask]
phone: +44 (0)141 330 4966
fax: +44 (0)141 330 4913

Programme Committee
Stephen Brewster and Roderick Murray-Smith (joint programme chairs),
Department of Computing science, University of Glasgow.
Gunnar Jansson, Dept of Psychology, Uppsala University
Alan Wing, Dept of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Frank Pollick, Dept of Psychology, University of Glasgow
Timothy Miller, Dept of Computer Science, Brown University
Ken Hunt, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glagow
Christine MacKenzie, School of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Helen Petrie, Dept of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire
Shumin Zhai, IBM Almaden Research Center


Dr Stephen Brewster
Lecturer in HCI            Mailto:[log in to unmask]
Dept of Computing Science  Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4966 (voicemail)
University of Glasgow      Fax: +44 (0)141 330 4913
Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK