DIKU Bits: From Simple Vibrations to Touch-perceiving Robots

Portrait of Hasti


Hasti ​Seifi​, assistant professor, tenure track in the Human-Centered Computing Section at the Department of Computer Science.


Haptics is the science and technology of programmable touch experiences. With haptics, people can feel virtual content and robots can safely and intelligibly interact with humans. In this talk, I introduce touch technology and present an online collection of haptic hardware. Then, I talk about tools that allow people to personalize vibration patterns on their smart devices. Finally, I share our recent work on creating a touch-perceiving companion robot for children with autism.

Zooming in on Hasti Seifi

Which courses do you teach? (BSc and MSc)
I will be teaching “KOMIT Project in human-centered computing” in the Spring.

Which technology/research/projects/startup are you excited to see the evolution of?
I guess it is no surprise that I am most excited about haptics. Several large companies and startups have started working in this area. I will show a map of haptics companies in my talk!

What is your favorite sketch from the DIKUrevy?
I recently joined KU. So, I had to search for it. I could not understand what was being said but it looked fun!