Makoto Sato,

Tokyo Institute of Technology


This talk presents the history and evolution of the haptic interface system SPIDAR. Since its first version in 1989, SPIDAR system was adopted and customized to various kinds of virtual environments to meet user and task’s requirements. Ranging from a simple pick and place task to more complicated physical based interactions, SPIDAR has emerged as a distinguished haptic interface capable of displaying various aspects of force feedback while having the following advantages: 1) scalable system, with simple modification it can fits to most of the required working space in virtual environment. Desktop, workbench, human-scale, and networked versions have been developed to accommodate different demand of VR applications. 2) String based, its usage of string based technology to track user hands or fingers position as well as displaying back force feedback. 3) Transparent system, It keeps the working space transparent and do not obscure the visual display system.


Makoto Sato was born on February 26, 1951. He received his B.E., M.E. and Dr. Degrees in 1973, 1975 and 1978, respectively, from Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 1978 to 1986, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1986 and Professor in 1996 at Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology. .He is now a professor emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology , Japan. He has worked on pattern recognition, computer vision, human interface and virtual reality. He has invented and developed a string-based haptic device SPIDAR. He is a member of IEICE, ITE, IPSJ, VRSJ and IEEE


Date: 2017-Feb-23     Time: 11:30:00     Room: room 1.38 @ INESC-ID TagusPark

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