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Interactions Mediated through the Sense of Touch - A Design Perspective on Force Feedback

PhD defence, Tuesday 23 February 2021, Anke van Oosterhout

2021.02.23 | Mette Nielsen

Anke van Oosterhout

During her PhD studies, Anke van Oosterhout has explored how designers work with haptic force feedback (feedback mediated through sense of touch). Haptic force feedback is complex to work with, even for experienced designers, and Anke's work has involved exploring how novel software tools can make it more accessible for designers to make use of.

This perspective on tools and support for the force feedback design process was accompanied, and also driven by, a design perspective on the compelling interplay between force feedback and shape-changing interfaces. Anke has studied this interplay by combining analytical work with the design and construction of shape-changing prototypes. Through this work, she has contributed an understanding of the relationship between shape-changing interfaces and people's handling of physical objects, as well as of how force feedback relates to shape change in the specific context of dynamic rotary controls.

The new research findings contribute a design perspective on force feedback that provides insights into the design process, design tools, and the relation between force feedback and shape change. These insights will be able to inform the design of interactions with future interfaces.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday, 23 February 2020 at 20:30
Place: The PhD defence will be held online.
To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Eve Hoggan, eve.hoggan@cs.au.dk.
Title of PhD thesis: A Design Perspective on Force Feedback
Contact information: Anke van Oosterhout, e-mail: a.v.oosterhout@cs.au.dk, tel.: +45 23806036
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Karon MacLean, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Canada
Associate Professor Anne Roudaut, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, England
Professor Susanne Bødker (chair), Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Eve Hoggan, Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English 

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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