Call for Cross-Cutting Challenges

The goal of the Cross-Cutting Challenges (CCC) event is to come together to focus on specific interdisciplinary challenges (“themes”) calling for united solutions from the haptics community. The CCC was introduced at the 2018 Haptics Symposium and was successful by the caliber of keynote speakers and a variety of topics during the interactive sessions. The 2019 World Haptics Conference will also have a CCC session and seeks further issues to contribute to our community. Themes of the CCC are opened publicly and a single theme will be selected.


focused on a single theme
Afternoon on Day 1: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.

  • Plenary talks (3 to 4, presented sequentially)
  • Short talks and/or Panel Discussion

Financial support will be available.

Important Dates

Theme proposal due:
December 21, 2018
Theme announced:
January 18, 2019
Program finalized:
March 29, 2019

Instructions for Organizers

The organizers can arrange each talk and panel discussion flexibly. The final structure will be arranged appropriately by the organizers and Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs.

Plenary Talks
Each talk should synthesize research performed by the presenter, and it should include recent related works and forward-looking, emerging directions that the presenter sees as opportunities within the sub-domain. The plenary session should cover multi-research fields through plenary talks with different disciplines. One or two of organizers are expected to give a plenary talk. It is recommended to invite two researchers active outside the haptic community to the plenary talk.

Short Talks and/or Panel Discussion
To promote synergistic discussion for the selected theme, short talks and panel discussion by researchers, industries, and other stakeholders with different background are encouraged.

Selection Committee
The selection committee consists of three academic members, three industrial members, the Cross-Cutting Challenges (CCC) Chairs, one conference chair, and the theme’s organizers. The three academic will be chosen by the CCC Chairs to represent haptic science, applications, and technology. The industrial members are also chosen by the CCC Chairs.

Submission Materials
Email your submission to cccws[at]
Theme Proposal (Call for Organizers): Short description (as a single-page PDF document) will be required. Specify the relevant theme, and then give a title, a description that is up to 500 words.
Short Talks (Call for Individual Submission): open after the selection of the theme.

Points of Contact

Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs:
Masashi Konyo, Tohoku University
Yoshihiro Tanaka, Nagoya Institute of Technology
Domenico Prattichizzo, University of Siena
Manuel Cruz, Immersion Corporation