Smith-Kettlewell Haptics Symposium: 3/29/18

Smith-Kettlewell is organizing a one-day haptics symposium in honor of Val Morash, to take place at Smith-Kettlewell on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

The symposium will consist of presentations by invited speakers focusing on three different aspects of haptics that Val was researching: fundamentals of haptic perception, haptic applications to education for the visually-impaired, and haptic applications to assistive technology for the visually-impaired. During the symposium, there will be three 20-minute talks, one for each of the three topics, followed by panel discussions and a series of "Lightning Talks", or 8-minute talks that discuss a past or current research project that is related to the topic. The schedule of events is listed below:

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM: Continental breakfast

9:30 AM: Opening Remarks

Section I: Fundamentals in Haptics

9:40 AM: Talk given by Dr. Nicholas Giudice: Touch and haptic interactions: Current progress and future research

10:05 AM: Panel discussion with Dr. Nick Giudice, Dr. Santani Teng, Dr. Lora Likova, Dr. Morton Heller, and Dr. Gordon Legge

10:35 AM: Round 1 of Lightning Talks: 

  • Dr. Gordon Legge
  • Dr. Lora Likova
  • Dr. Santani Teng
11:10 AM: Coffee Break

Section II: Haptic applications to education for visual impairment

11:25 AM: Talk by Dr. Ting Siu: Haptics Applications to the K-12 Education of Blind and Visually Impaired Students

11:50 AM: Panel discussion with Dr. Ting Siu, Lucia Hasty, Dr. Amanda Lueck, and Dr. Paul Bulakowski

12:20 PM: Wrap-up and lunch

1:15 PM: Round 2 of Lightning Talks

  • Dr. Sean Follmer
  • Alexa Siu
  • Dr. Paul Bulakowski

Section III: Haptic applications to assistive technology for visual impairment

1:50 PM: Talk by Dr. Sile O'Modhrain: Applications to Assistive Technology for the Visually-Impaired

2:15 PM: Panel discussion with Dr. Sile O'Modhrain, Steve Landau, Dr. Josh Miele, and Ken Perry

2:45 PM: Coffee Break

3:00 PM: Round 3 of Lightning Talks

  • Dr. Alex Russomanno
  • Ken Perry
  • Dr. Roberto Manduchi
  • Steve Landau
3:45 PM: Closing remarks, lab tours, demos, and wine/cheese reception


Speaker Information

Nicholas Giudice, Ph.D.

Nick is an Associate Professor of Spatial Informatics in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine. He is the Director of the Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction Laboratory and affiliated with the University of Maine National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis.

Ting Siu, Ph.D.

Ting is a TVI and assistant professor in the Program for Visual Impairments in the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University. Her primary teaching responsibilities include method courses in visual impairment. Ting’s research prioritizes connections between research and practice.

Sile O’Modhrain, Ph.D.

Sile is a professor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, especially interfaces including haptic and auditory feedback.

Panelists and Lightning Talk Speakers:

Gordon Legge, Ph.D.: Professor, Psychology, University of Minnesota

Lora Likova, Ph.D.: Lab Director, Smith-Kettlewell

Santani Teng, Ph.D.: Postdoctoral Fellow, Smith-Kettlewell

Morton Heller, Ph.D.: Professor, Psychology, Eastern Illlinois University

Lucia Hasty, C.T.V.I.: Independent consltant and trainer at Rocky Mountain Braille Associates

Amanda Lueck, Ph.D.: Professor of Special Education, San Francisco State University

Sean Follmer, Ph.D.: Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford

Alexa Siu, M.M.E.: Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford 

Paul Bulakowski, Ph.D.: Co-Founder of Mind My Education

Joshua Miele, Ph.D.: Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell

Alex Russomanno, Ph.D.: Postdoctoral scholar, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan 

Ken Perry: Software Engineer, Project Lead, A.P.H.

Roberto Manduchi, Ph.D.: Professor, Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

Steve Landau: Adjunct Professor at MICA, President at Touch Graphics, Inc.


Other information

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is located at 2318 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA. 

Hotels: use or to receive good discounts at hotels in San Francisco! The nearest hotel to Smith-Kettlewell is the Kabuki hotel, but guests have also stayed at Union Square, Nob Hill, or on Van Ness. 

Traveling to Smith-Kettlewell from the East Bay: Take the BART to Embarcadero and walk to Sacramento Street and Davis Street to take the California 1 Bus to Sacramento Street and Fillmore Street. This stop is a 2 minute walk from the Institute. Alternatively, you could atake an Uber/Left from the BART station to the Institute. 


We hope you will join us! For questions, please contact Natalie Stepien-Bernabe at