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RI | Seminar | November 8

Robotics Institute Seminar, November 8
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Retroactive Gestural Devices: Technology and Applications

Jean-Loup Florens

ICA Laboratory

Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble (INPG)



Time and Place

NSH 1507
Refreshments 9:45am
Talk 10:00 am



Recent technological achievements have resulted in haptic device improvements; however there are still unsolved questions both in the technological and psychophysical areas.   The European project ENACTIVE, a Network of Excellence (NoE) type of project, proposes reliable solutions for the development, spreading, and standardization of a new generation of human-computer interfaces, ENACTIVE interfaces, based on multi-sensory representation.   ENACTIVE addresses the technological questions as well as fundamental knowledge of the three basic sensory-motor loops: action to haptic, action to vision, action to audition, along with the integration of these basic loops in the action to haptic/vision/audition chain.


Within the framework of the ENACTIVE project, collaborative visits to research centers on haptic systems occur.  This seminar will cover a short presentation of the project, the partners' activity as well as European research in haptics.  The represented partners will be:

INPG - Institut National Polytechnique. Grenoble, France

PERCRO-SSA - PERCeptual RObotics laboratory. Pisa, Italy.

DLR –Deutsches zentrum fuer Luft und Raumfahrt – Munchen, Germany.

CEIT- Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Technicas de guipuzcoa – Mechanical  department. San Sebastian, Spain.

UNEXE – UNiversity of EXEter, United Kingdom.



Speaker Biography


Jean-Loup Florens is an electrical engineer from INPG, France and received his PhD in 1978 from INPG. Currently he is a research engineer at ICA laboratory, where his field of activities covers:

  • Mechanical and electronic design of force feedback devices since 1978.
  • Multi-sensorial real-time interactive simulator design including computer architecture, specialized i/o, real time OS and data treatment algorithms.
  • Physical models that are multi-sensory accessible (Sound vision interactive gesture).
  • Physical models for virtual musical instruments in particular sustained oscillation musical instruments (violin like).
  • Instrumental gesture study from experimental instrument simulations



Speaker Appointments

For appointments, please contact Stephanie Matvey.

The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.