Katherine Kuchenbecker Presents at TEDYouth 2012
Katherine Kuchenbecker, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, presented "Touch Technology," a description of research in haptics, at the 2012 TEDYouth conference in November.
The TEDYouth conference is a day-long event that features speakers and hands-on activities for high school students. Presenters range from scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists and performers. Kuchenbecker’s talk can be seen in the video below and on TED.com.
Kuchenbecker's research is in haptics, or the design, control, and performance of robotic systems that enable a user to touch virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach. These haptic interfaces combine electromechanical sensors and actuators with high-speed computer control to fool the human sense of touch. By studying applications such as robot-assisted surgery, smart prosthetics, educational computer games, and driver assistance, Kuchenbecker seeks to improve our understanding of haptic feedback and uncover new opportunities for its use in interactions between humans, computers, and machines.