Glad to see that the research work of my team is very much in line with Meta‘s push on haptics. Haptics is finally getting the attention it deserves.
Our team recently presented the following work: Filippo Sanfilippo, Tomas Blažauskas, Gionata Salvietti, Isabel Ramos, Silviu Vert, Jaziar Radianti, and Tim A. Majchrzak. Integrating VR/AR with Haptics into STEM Education. In Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies and Applications (INTAP 2021), Grimstad, Norway. 2021.
Our team also developed a novel haptic-enabled framework for hands-on e-Learning. The framework enables a fully-immersive tactile, auditory, and visual experience. This is achieved by combining virtual reality (VR) tools, with a novel wearable haptic device, which is designed by augmenting a low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) controller with vibrotactile actuators.
This work was published: Filippo Sanfilippo, Tomas Blazauskas, Martynas Girdžiūna, Airidas Janonis, Eligijus Kiudys and Gionata Salvietti. A Multi-Modal Auditory-Visual-Tactile e-Learning Framework. In Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies and Applications (INTAP 2021), Grimstad, Norway. 2021.
This work was awarded the Best Conference Paper at INTAP 2021.
This work is part of our European project titled Integrating virtual and AUGMENTED reality with WEARable technology into engineering EDUcation (AugmentedWearEdu), funded through the Call 2020 Round 1 KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Erasmus+. Partners: Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania; University of Siena (UNISI), Italy; Universida de do Minho (UMinho), Portugal; University Politehnica Timișoara (UPT), Romania. https://augmentedwearedu.uia.no/
Today, I delivered an invited talk at the 1st Conference on Policing in Smart Cities. Title: Snake Robots – State-of-the-art. Abstract: Snake robots could enable applications in demanding real-life operations, such as explorations of earthquake-hit areas, pipe inspections, fire-fighting and search-and-rescue (SAR) activities. This talk explores challenges and possibilities.
In general, bio-inspired robotics are often regarded as mere biomimicry. However, just as airplanes do not flap their wings like birds and automobiles do not walk like horses, it is not always best to imitate the forms and movements of living creatures in the field of engineering. In other words, Bio-inspired Robotics and Biomimetic Robotics are not the same things. Similar problems exist in snake-like robots, where the initial inspiration may come from living organisms, but the final application may differ from the biological principles.
This Special Issue aims to present not only research on understanding animal snakes for biomimetic robots, but also research on new snake-like robots that are not limited to mere biomimicry while considering the real application. This Special Issue will provide an opportunity to introduce and share state-of-the-art research on snake robots by collecting cutting-edge research results of various bio-inspired robots. We look forward to the participation of researchers who are researching this field.
Prof. Dr. Shugen Ma
Dr. Atsushi Kakogawa
Dr. Chao Ren
Dr. Filippo Sanfilippo
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