School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Soft haptics - embedding interactive sense of touch in soft materials

Supervisor: Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov

Research group(s): Robotics Engineering, Cognitive Science

Haptic technologies can provide artificial computer controlled sense of touch to humans in robotics and virtual reality for various application sectors. In this project you will investigate and develop new technologies for providing sense of touch through integrating conventional haptic actuators with soft materials and pneumatic actuation. This will require design of novel mechatronic systems, their manufacturing and validation. Potential application and case studies will include wearable robotics and medical simulation. The project is led by Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov, e-mail:, in co-operation with the robotics group led by Professor Kaspar Althoefer.