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    This new, not-for-profit Society brings together researchers
    interested in haptics. This field encompasses all aspects of
    the sense of touch, including basic research in perception
    and action, and the development of interfaces and applications
    to allow human-machine interaction and communication through
    touch. Intended to promote and exchange knowledge about all
    aspects of the field, the Society currently offers the following
    benefits to members:

    1. A series of virtual lectures on haptics. The lectures are
    available to members through the World Wide Web, and offer the
    following unique advantages:

    a. The opportunity for faculty, graduate students and
    postdoctoral fellows to present their work to a professional,
    worldwide community on a regular basis.

    b. The opportunity for real-time interaction with a community
    of professionals, regardless of actual geographical location.

    c. Off-line access to previous virtual lectures.

    2. An electronic chat service. Always available, the chat service
    provides a venue for informal exchange of ideas. It is also the
    main forum for discussion of the virtual lectures in real-time,
    question/answer sessions with the speakers.

    3. An electronic journal club. The purpose of the Society journal
    club is to discuss interesting papers on any aspect of haptics.
    The journal club is held online, through the Society chat service.
    The journal club consists of an hour-and-a-half discussion of a
    paper. Whenever possible, the author(s) of the paper are invited
    to attend the journal club. Invited author(s) would not have to
    prepare a full presentation about their papers, but only be
    available to answer questions. Invited authors may or may not be
    Society members.

    4. Industrial contacts. The Society is collaborating with
    Immersion Corporation ( to help provide
    development support and tools to researchers. As part of this
    collaboration, there are limited stocks of free haptic mice
    available to researchers on a per-project basis. The Society also
    collaborates with Global Haptics, Inc. (
    in an equivalent effort. Please contact us for details.

    Please note that Society services are not intended to replace or
    compete with the leading haptics conferences such as Eurohaptics
    or the Haptics Symposium. Published, or accepted-for-publication,
    material is particularly suitable for a Society lecture.


    All professionals whose work is related to haptics are invited
    to join the Society. Areas of interest include, but are not
    restricted to:

    Control systems
    Data visualization and display
    Experimental psychology: perception, action, cognition in humans
    and other organisms
    Haptic rendering
    Haptic interfaces
    Industrial applications
    Mechanical engineering
    Medical applications
    Virtual environments

    Members of the business community are welcome to join the Society,
    and give research-oriented lectures that present the technical
    features of their haptics-related products, as well as case
    studies or applications.

    For more information, including membership requirements, please
    consult the Society's website at

    The Society thanks Immersion Corporation and Global Haptics, Inc.
    for their collaboration, and welcomes new contacts with industry
    in all areas that are relevant to haptics research.

    (apologies for cross-postings)

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