Haptics, Stretchable Electronics, and Soft Robotics: Augmenting the Human Body

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Yon Visell, Ph.D.
Yon Visell, Ph.D.


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Yon Visell Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara


I will describe recent research in my lab on haptics, robotics, and soft electronics. Our research addresses the remarkable capabilities of the human body, including haptic (touch) perception and interaction, and how they are supported by biomechanics.  Informed by this knowledge, and by emerging research in functional materials, we are engineering new electronic and robotic technologies. Our research yields haptic interfaces that address the sense of touch, highly functional soft robots, and wearable electronic and robotic systems.  I will describe several recent research projects that elucidate important synergies between materials, mechanics, and capabilities of biological and engineered systems, and how this research is yielding new technologies for haptics and robotics. 


Yon Visell is Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the Media Arts & Technology Program, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy). His academic interests include haptics, soft robotics, and soft electronics.  He received the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, and was a postdoctoral scholar at Sorbonne University, Paris. He received MA and BA degrees in physics from The University of Texas, Austin and Wesleyan University, respectively. Prior to his PhD studies, Visell spent several years in industry positions, including a role developing DSP algorithms for Ableton Live.  Dr. Visell has published more than 75 scientific works.  His lab has received for awards and more than a dozen honorable mentions for work presented at prominent academic conferences.  Visell received a Google Faculty Research Award in 2016, a Hellman Family Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 2017, and a US National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2018.  Dr. Visell is General Co-Chair of the IEEE Haptics Symposium, which will be held in Santa Barbara during Spring 2022.