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Active touch sensing

Event

Starts:

January
312011

09:00

Ends:

February
022011

17:00

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

 

Organised by Professor Tony Prescott, Professor Alan Wing, Professor Mathew Diamond and Professor John Nicholls FRS

Active touch is finding out about the world by reaching out and exploring—sensing by ‘touching’ as opposed to ‘being touched’. This meeting is about the behavioural, physiological and neuronal underpinnings of active touch in a range of species, including man, and about building robots with biomimetic tactile sensing systems that can help us understand our own sense of touch.

Biographies and audio recordings are available below.

The papers from this meeting have now been published in an issue of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions B.

Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Vibrissal behaviour in rodents and marsupials

Professor Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield, UK

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Flow sensing by pinniped whiskers

Professor Guido Dehnhardt, University of Rostock, Germany

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Haptic exploration and its role in object perception

Professor Roberta Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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Poster Spotlights I, Chair – Professor Mathew Diamond

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Embodied learning of scale- and modality invariant concepts in honeybees

Samir Mujagic

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Flow-induced vibrations in pinniped vibrissae

Christin Murphy

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Roughness perception spans the hands

Roberta Roberts

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The neurobiology of Etruscan shrew prey capture

Professor Michael Brecht, Humboldt University, Germany

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Active tactile exploration for adaptive locomotion in insects

Professor Volker Dürr, University of Bielefeld, Germany

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Biomechanics of vibrissal touch

Professor Mitra Hartmann, Northwestern University, USA

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Session 3

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Specializing on touch – mechanosensation and brain organization in the star-nosed

Kenneth Catania, Vanderbilt University, USA

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Touch as a balancing act

Professor Alan Wing, University of Birmingham, UK

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Motor-sensory convergence on object location

Professor Ehud Ahissar, Weizmann Institute, Israel

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Proprio-, extero-, and exproprioperception by dynamic touch

Professor Michael Turvey, Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut & Haskins Laboratories, USA

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Poster Spotlights II, Chair – Professor Tony Prescott

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Vibrations in the forearm during active touch of rough textures

Benoit Delhaye

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Roughness discrimination of surfaces in artificial active touch

Lucia Beccai

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Vision of the body modulates somatosensory intracortical inhibition

Flavia Cardini

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Session 5

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Whisking to acquire texture

Shape from touch

Professor Astrid Kappers Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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The role of active touch in somatosensory and body representation disorders after stroke

Dr Chris Dijkerman, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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Panel Discussion I – What does being active do for touch?

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Panellist, What does being active do for touch?

Professor Claudia Carello, University of Connecticut, USA

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Panellist, What does being active do for touch?

Professor Francis McGlone, Liverpool JM University, UK

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Panellist, What does being active do for touch?

Dr Jason Ritt, Boston University, USA

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Panellist, What does being active do for touch?

Dr Blythe Towal, Northwestern University, USA

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Session 6

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The geometry of haptic synergies in artificial manipulation and sensing

Professor Antonio Bicchi, Università di Pisa, Italy

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Active touch in orthopteroid insects: behaviours, multisensory substrates, evolution

Professor Christopher Comer, The University of Montana, USA

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Touch and the interaction with the other senses: teaching perception

Dr Marc Ernst, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany

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Session 7

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Professor Tony Pipe, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK

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Mechanisms of haptic interaction and their application to the design of tactile interfaces

Professor Vincent Hayward, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

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Part I and Part II

Panel discussion

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Active touch sensing Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ