„Materials Science and Haptics“

21. Februar 2019 - 22. Februar 2019, INM

The workshop will convene researchers who are active in the field of tactile perception of materials. Materials properties such as viscoelastic moduli, surface energy, thermal effusivity, or uptake of humidity are known to influence the haptic perception of materials. Furthermore, shape and surface structure influence perception of materials by touch.

Topics for the workshop include:

  • Fundamental understanding of tactile perception from experiments using manufactured or 3D-printed samples with controlled roughness and shape.
  • Tactile perception of natural and technological materials with everyday tactile interaction, including wood, metals, plastics, and textiles.
  • Perceived changes of materials properties upon vibro-tactile stimulation.
  • Modeling skin mechanics and perception processes.
  • Cross-modal perception of materials, including representation of the touched samples in a virtual reality.

The workshop is a forum for presentation of the recent developments in research on tactile perception of materials and for discussion of future directions and open questions. Invited talks will be given by:

  • Knut Drewing (Giessen)
  • Astrid Kappers (Eindhoven)
  • Mark Rutland (Stockholm)
  • Jean-Louis Thonnard (Louvain)
  • Yasemin Vardar and David Gueorguiev (Stuttgart)
  • Michael Wiertlewski (Marseille)

The work shop will be held at the INM ( www.leibniz-inm.de/en/ ), organized by Roland Bennewitz, René Hensel, and Eduard Arzt. Saarbrücken can be reached in less than two hour train ride from either Paris or Frankfurt. The workshop will start on Thursday noon and end Friday in the early afternoon. If you want to attend the workshop, please register by email to christine.hartmann@leibniz-inm.de. The workshop fee for attendees will be 70€, including snacks at lunch time and during coffee breaks as well as dinner on Thursday night. If you are interested to present a poster, please also send an abstract of maximal 100 words.


Prof. Dr. Karl Kadler – The University of Manchester, GBR
29. Jan 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 UHR: Leibniz-Saal
30. Jan 2019 - 01. Feb 2019, Tokyo
Prof. Dr. Jesús Merayo-LLoves – University of Oviedo, ESP
05. Feb 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 UHR: Leibniz-Saal