SAT Symposium IX

This year I’ve been invited to give a presentation at the Symposium IX of la Société des arts technologiques in Montreal. I’ll be discussing the Vibropixels and the use of tactile displays for the creation of social interactions.

Visuals, Sounds, and Haptics

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 — 10:30am and 2:30pm

Tactile displays are active electronic systems which allow for the dynamic creation of touch sensations, typically through the use of wearable vibrotactile actuators. In this workshop we will discuss the basic of working with tactile displays and present several systems suitable for arts and entertainment applications.


Marcelo M. Wanderley: Marcelo M. Wanderley is a Full Professor of Music Technology and director of the Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab at McGill University, Canada, and the International Chair at Inria Lille, France. His research interests include the design and evaluation of digital musical instruments and the analysis of performer movements. Wanderley holds a PhD in acoustics, signal processing and computer science applied to music from Université Paris 6.

Ian Hattwick: Ian Hattwick is an artist, researcher, and technology developer whose work focuses on the creation and use of digital systems for professional artistic performances. With a background in music composition and performance, Ian is particularly interested in use of multimodal hardware systems to explore and facilitate social and embodied interaction. His work includes the creation of prosthetic musical instruments worn by dancers, wearable tactile display systems enabling the creation of social touch experiences with 20-100 participants, and digital musical instruments whose embedded visual and tactile displays reify hidden digital processes and subtle gestural interactions. His work has been seen in festivals and concert halls all over the world, including the Berliner Festspiele, Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), and the Concertgebouw Bruges.

Patrick Ignoto: Patrick Ignoto is a student at McGill University and researcher in the Input Devices for Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and is working on a Master’s degree in Music Technology. His academic interests lie in human-computer interaction and the applications of haptic technologies in music and beyond.  His research focuses on haptic alternatives for the click track for live performers using the Vibropixels.

Jan Anlauff: Jan Anlauff is an interdisciplinary researcher on wearable haptics with a background in embedded hardware development, ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction design. Always aiming to build systems that work in the real world, he is particularly interested in creating building blocks to facilitate collaborative prototyping with state-of-the art wearable sensor and actuator technologies. Currently finishing his Ph.D. at the Shared Reality Lab at McGill, Jan investigates applications of these for multimodal biofeedback systems for balance rehabilitation and in virtual and augmented reality environments.