Keynote Speakers


Title: Art and Technology in Interface Devices
Speaker: Hiroo Iwata

Art and Technology in Interface Devices

Hiroo Iwata
University of Tsukuba


This talk presents work carried out for a project to develop interface devices for haptics that includes finger/hand manipulation and locomotion. It is well known that sense of touch is inevitable for understanding the real world. The last decade has seen significant advance in development of haptic interface. However, methods for implementation of haptic devices are still in try-and-error. Compared to visual and auditory displays, haptic display has not been used in everyday life. In order to overcome this limitation, we have been exhibiting the interface devices as art work. This paper introduces issues and solutions in haptic device through 18-years history of our research activities.


Hiroo Iwata is a professor in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering of the University of Tsukuba, where he is teaching human interface and leading research projects on virtual reality. His research interests include haptic interface, locomotion interface and spatially immersive display. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1981, 1983 and 1986, respectively. He is a board member of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan.

He exhibited his work at the Emerging Technologies venue of the SIGGRAPH 94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004 and 2005, as well as Ars Electronica Festival 96,97,99, and 2001. He won honorary mentions in Prix Ars Electronica 96 and 2001. He created long-term exhibitions at the Japan Science Museum in 1997, as well as at the Ars Electronica Center in 1999.




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