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Haptic Intelligence Department rocks EuroHaptics 2020!

  • 08 October 2020

Experiences with a hybrid conference during the COVID-19 pandemic

Director Katherine J. Kuchenbecker and fourteen other members of the MPI-IS Haptic Intelligence (HI) Department presented twelve of their current research projects at the first-ever hybrid EuroHaptics conference. This meeting took place both physically and virtually from September 6 to 9, 2020, in Leiden, Netherlands. EuroHaptics is the primary European meeting for researchers working on haptic perception and technology. Together, the HI team presented nine work-in-progress (WIP) posters and three hands-on demonstrations, winning one award and being a finalist for another.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Rachael Burns Farimah Fazlollahi Maria Paola Forte Ravali Gourishetti Behnam Khojasteh Hojin Lee Hyosang Lee Saekwang Nam Cara Nunez Hasti Seifi Gokhan Serhat Neha Thomas Yasemin Vardar Eric Young


Three scientists from MPI-IS Stuttgart accept appointments at top universities across Europe

  • 27 August 2020

The researchers from Katherine Kuchenbecker's Haptic Intelligence Department see their time at the MPI-IS as a valuable springboard for the next step in their academic careers.

Hasti Seifi, Ad Spiers, and Yasemin Vardar are set to take up their new positions in the coming month.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Hasti Seifi Adam Spiers Yasemin Vardar Valerie Callaghan


Debates on the future of robotics at ICRA: Katherine J. Kuchenbecker makes a case for virtual conferences

  • 06 June 2020

The virtual debate was held at the 2020 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

During a 90-minute debate, leading scientists in the field of robotics discussed the pros and cons of large international conferences.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Valerie Callaghan


Vibrant research environment creates pulling force

  • 29 October 2019

Many students from around the world choose the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems for research stays abroad. The Haptic Intelligence Department is currently hosting several promising young researchers.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Yasemin Vardar wins the 2018 EuroHaptics Society Best Ph.D. Thesis Award

  • 12 July 2019

She received the prize at the IEEE World Haptics Conference in Tokyo, Japan, on July 12, 2019

Yasemin Vardar Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Alexis Block is teaching robots to give good hugs

  • 04 June 2019

Scientist working in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems receives great media feedback on her research

Alexis Block Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Hasti Seifi wins EuroHaptics Society prize for best Ph.D. thesis

  • 15 June 2018

Dr. Hasti Seifi is the winner of the 2017 EuroHaptics Society award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the field of haptics. While Ms. Seifi is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart, the award honors research she conducted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, where she completed her doctorate in Computer Science under the supervision of Professor Karon E. MacLean.

Hasti Seifi Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Brent Gillespie receives Humboldt Research Award

  • 23 May 2018

The award will allow the visiting professor in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart to extend his stay in Germany.

Brent Gillespie Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Hyosang Lee receives fellowship from South Korean Government

  • 16 April 2018

Another prestigious fellowship for one of the Postdocs of the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Hyosang Lee Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Katherine J. Kuchenbecker at the IEEE Haptics Symposium 2018

  • 27 March 2018

The Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems leads the team that is organizing this vibrant forum for haptics researchers.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer