Welcome to the official website of the Haptics Symposium. This conference is a vibrant forum where psychophysicists, engineers and designers of applications and interactions come together to share advances, spark new collaborations and envision a future that benefits from rich physical interactions between computers and human operators, generated through haptic (force and tactile) devices.
History: The Haptics Symposium began as a single track at the ASME Winter Annual Meeting in 1992, organized by Ed Colgate and Dov Adelstein. Until 2008, it was known as the Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems. After 8 years of steady growth, it re-associated with the IEEE Virtual Reality conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society.
Meanwhile, the European haptics community produced the first EuroHaptics conference in 2001. By 2005, the organizers of the two meetings chose to enhance cross-fertilization by meeting jointly in odd-numbered years, as the World Haptics Conference in rotating international sites.
In 2012, the Haptics Symposium separated to operate as an independent IEEE conference, sponsored by the Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH) within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
Haptics Symposium Proceedings and World Haptics Conference Proceedings are published by IEEE, from 2002 onward.