School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Interaction methods for virtual reality and robotics involving sense of motion and touch

Supervisor: Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov

Research group(s): Robotics Engineering, Cognitive Science

Conventional virtual reality systems are based on generating realistic visual sensory modality, which is also the case for variety of telerobotics applications in which a user controls a robot or virtual avatar from a remote location. In this project novel methods of integration of sense of motion and touch in virtual reality and robotics applications will be investigated. You will develop novel robotics interfaces for generating simultaneous vestibular (sense of motion) and haptic (touch) illusions for improving immersiveness and enhance user engagement in VR and telerobotics applications. During the project you will learn how to build, programme and evaluate interactive robotic and computing systems and the results of this study will potentially induce the deployment of such systems into real life applications changing the ways we interact with machines. The project is led by Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov, e-mail:, in co-operation with the robotics group led by Professor Kaspar Althoefer.