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Interfaces Symposium

Seeing and Feeling Air: Exploring Mid-air Displays and Haptics

"Interfaces", Aquitaine scientific symposium for digital sciences. This serie of talks will host several times a year, scientists from entire world, recognized for the quality of their work and the results they produce. Topics will treat about computer sciences and applied mathematics but mostly about their intersections with others sciences and fields. Medicine, Social sciences and humanities, art, etc. are such topics that are addressed.

  • Date : 10/12/2015
  • Place : Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique (LaBRI) at 11:00
  • Guest(s) : Sriram Subramanian, Professor of Informatics, School of Engineering & Informatics, University of Sussex, UK.
  • Organiser(s) : Centre de Recherche Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest

For its second edition, Interfaces •  Aquitaine scientific symposium for digital sciences , welcomes : 

Sriram Subramanian

Professor of HCI, University of Sussex, UK

After a short introduction in french, the talk will held in english and will be followed by a drink.

Seeing and Feeling Air: Exploring Mid-air Displays and Haptics

One of the visions on my research is to deliver visual and tactile experiences to users without instrumenting them with wearable or head-mounted displays. My team has been exploring various technical solutions to create displays that use air as the diffuser surface to project visual content and haptic systems that use air pressure to create tactile feedback. For example, we generate fog-filled bubbles that can be tracked and projected on to provide ambient notifications through visual and olfactory modalities. Similarly, we create a curtain of mist to act as a reach-through personal space between the user and an interactive tabletop.  In this talk, I will present some of our recent projects on this topic and conclude with UltraHaptics. Ultrahaptics is our haptic feedback system that uses acoustic radiation forces to create tactile stimulations in multiple locations of the hand. This feedback is created in mid-air – so users don’t have to touch or hold any device to experience it. I will also touch on Ultrahaptics journey from a research project to a spin-out and how this has been facilitated by funding for blue-sky research.

Sriram Subramanian

Professor of Informatics, School of Engineering & Informatics, University of Sussex, UK.

Sriram Subramanian

Sriram Subramanian is a Professor of Informatics at the University of Sussex where he leads a research group on novel interactive systems. Before joining Sussex, he was a Professor of Human-computer Interaction at the University of Bristol and prior to this a senior scientist at Philips Research Netherlands.  He holds an ERC Starting Grant and has received funding from the EU FET-open call. In 2014 he was one of 30 young scientists invited by the WEF to attend their Summer Davos. Subramanian is also the co-founder of Ultrahaptics a spin-out company that aims to commercialise the mid-air haptics enabled by his ERC grant. Ultrahaptics recently raised £10 million to further exploit the commercial potential of the technology. Prof. Subramanian's research has been featured in several news media outlets around the world including CNN, BBC and Fox-News.


Keywords: Symposium Computer Workshop Conference Digital sciences Mathematics Interfaces Research centre Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest Human-computer interaction (HCI) Sriram Subramanian