The Smith-Kettlewell Haptics Symposium

Cover of blue printed book entitled "Haptics Symposium on Blindness & Low Vision" from Smith-Kettlewell

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Location: The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, 2318 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

The goal of this event is to honor and remember Dr. Val Morash and her research. The symposium focused on aspects of haptics that Val was researching. These aspects include: Fundamentals in Haptic Perception, Haptic Applications to Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments, and Haptic Applications to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Visual Impairments. The aim of this symposium was also to spur greater interest in these aspects of haptics in the research community.

Symposium book: pdf link

All video recordings: Youtube playlist link

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM: Opening Remarks (video link)

Section I: Fundamentals in Haptic Perception

9:40 AM: Keynote presentation by Nicholas Giudice, Ph.D. (video link)

10:05 AM: Panel discussion with Nicholas Giudice, Ph.D. (Moderator); Gordon Legge, Ph.D.; Lora Likova, Ph.D.; Santani Teng, Ph.D.


10:35 AM: Lightning Talks * (video link)

Gordon Legge, Ph.D.

Lora Likova, Ph.D.

Santani Teng, Ph.D.


11:10 AM: Coffee Break


Section II: Haptic Applications to Education for the Visually-Impaired


11:25 AM: Keynote presentation by Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D., T.V.I. (video link)


11:50 AM: Panel discussion with Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D., T.V.I. (Moderator); Lucia Hasty; Amanda Lueck, Ph.D.; Paul Bulakowski, Ph.D.


12:20 PM: Lunch


1:15 PM: Lightning Talks (video link)

Sean Follmer, Ph.D.

Alexa Siu

Paul Bulakowski, Ph.D.


Section III: Haptic Applications to Assistive Technology for the Visually-Impaired


1:50 PM: Keynote presentation by Sile O’Modhrain, Ph.D. (video link)


2:15 PM: Panel discussion with Sile O’Modhrain, Ph.D. (Moderator); Steve Landau; Ken Perry; Josh Miele, Ph.D.


2:45 PM: Coffee Break


3:00 PM: Lightning Talks (video link)

Alex Russomanno, Ph.D.

Ken Perry

Roberto Manduchi, Ph.D.

Steve Landau


3:45 PM: Closing remarks, lab tours, demos, and wine and cheese reception


* Lightning talks are eight-minute talks with two additional minutes for questions



We would like to acknowledge the funding support for this event from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant 90RE5024-01-00).