Award Talks

TCH Early Career Award 2019

Time: Day 4: Friday, July 12th 16:15 ~ 16:45
Session chair: Claudio Pacchierotti

IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH) presents TCH Early Career Award biannually. The aim of the award is, as announced by TCH, to recognize outstanding contributions to the area of haptics by members of our community who are in the earlier stages of their career. Eligible members are those who are within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree by 1/1/2019 and are in an untenured position.

Vincent Lévesque

Assistant Professor
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)


Vincent Lévesque is an Assistant Professor in the software and IT engineering department at École de technologie supérieure (Montréal, Canada) and the director of the Haptic User Experience (HUX) research group. He is also an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). He was a research scientist with Immersion Corp. (Montréal, Canada) from 2011 to 2016. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) from 2009 to 2011. He received a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering (2000), and a M.Eng. (2003) and PhD (2009) in Electrical Engineering from McGill University (Montréal, Canada). His research interests are at the intersection of haptic technologies and human-computer interaction, and include mobile and wearable haptics, tactile displays, and surface haptics. He is the recipient of several awards including Best Reviewer Awards at the 2016 ACM ICMI and the 2010 Haptics Symposium, Best Paper Awards at the 2012 Haptics Symposium and the 2011 ACM CHI Conference for his work on touch interaction with programmable friction, the Best Demonstration Award at the 2008 Haptics Symposium for his work on dynamic tactile graphics, and a Best Paper Award at the 2007 IEEE World Haptics Conference for his work on refreshable Braille.

Title of presentation

Creating Compelling User Experiences with Haptics


A common thread in my research is an ambition to demonstrate that haptic feedback can be used to create rich, compelling user experiences. In this talk, I will discuss a range of research that explores how haptics can improve our interactions with the digital world and create user experiences that delight and engage. Some of this work explores how haptics can be leveraged in novel device form factors, such as curved or flexible smartphones. Other work explores how compelling, useful experiences can be created with emerging haptic technologies, such as surface haptics, tactile arrays, shape changing, and squeezing or stroking actuators. In all cases, the aim is to create compelling experiences that bring a smile to the user’s face.

Eurohaptics Best PhD Thesis Award 2018

Time: Day 4: Friday, July 12th 16:45 ~ 17:15
Session chair: Manuel Ferre

Every year the EuroHaptics Society awards a prize for the best PhD thesis of the year. The EuroHaptics Society Ph.D. Award competition is open to all candidates, who in the broad sense disserted on a topic of relevance to the science and/or technology of haptics. The winner of the award will be announced at the conference.

Dr. Yasemin Vardar

“Tactile Perception by Electrovibration”

PhD Advisors:
– Prof. Cagatay Basdogan, Koc University
– Prof. Burak Guclu, Bogazici University

She is currently working in the group of Katherine J. Kuchenbecker at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany.