Biology to Technology in Active Touch Sensing - Introduction to the Special Section

Yon Visell, Nathan Lepora, Mitra J Z Hartmann, Vincent Hayward

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The six papers included in this special section address the diverse challenges of active touch sensing in robots, humans, or other animals. Of these, two papers address tactile sensing in non-human animals, two papers concern tactile behavior for artificial human hands those of robots or of upper limb prostheses, one paper provides a comparative examination of three paradigms for active touch with biomimetic whiskers and fingertips, and one paper focuses on active touch sensing of surface texture in humans. Together, these papers highlight the breadth of research in the field, and the extent of cross-disciplinary inquiry that is frequently involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7493742
Pages (from-to)155-157
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Haptics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Active touch
  • active perception
  • animals
  • haptics
  • robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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