Engineering Haptic Devices was written by a team of authors with different backgrounds and several research foci. Most of them are or were members of the Haptic System Group of the Institute of Electromechanical Design at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany.
Christian Hatzfeld joined the Institute of Electromechanical Design of Technische Universität Darmstadt as a research and teaching assistant in 2008. He received his doctoral degree in 2013 for a work about the perception of vibrotactile forces. Since then, he is the leader of the “Haptic Systems” group. His research interests include development and design methods for task-specific haptic systems, psychophysics and statistics, and the utilization of human perception properties to alleviate the technical design. He is editor of the second edition of “Engineering Haptic Devices”.
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Sebastian Kassner received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2013. He joined the university’s Institute of Electromechanical Design in 2007 as a research and teaching assistant. His research was focused on haptic
human-machine interfaces for robotic surgical systems in the field of minimally invasive surgery. His special interest is the application of the electromechanical network theory on the design process of haptic devices.
He served as an expert in ISO’s committee “Tactile and Haptic Interactions” (TC159/SC4/WG9). In 2012 he joined SIEMENS AG as a product manager.
Thorsten A. Kern is employed at Continental Automotive GmbH as a director of a department for head-up display development.
Before he was as a group leader responsible for the development and production of actuators for visual and haptic applications, especially tactile devices. Before he was working in the area of medical simulation technology and VR-applications. His research focused on engineering methods to quantify the haptic impression of actuators and devices. He received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering in 2006 at the Technische Universität Darmstadt for the design of a haptic assistive system for cardio-catheterizations. He is editor of the first and second edition of “Engineering Haptic Devices” as well as the German Version “Entwurf haptischer Geräte”.
Carsten Neupert received his diploma in electrical engineering and information technology at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2011. He is currently working as a research and teaching associate at the Institute of Electromechanical Design. His main research topic is the development methodology of task specific haptic user interfaces for telerobotic surgery systems.
Jacqueline Rausch is currently employed at Roche Diagnostics GmbH as a Test Design Engineer. Before she worked in the field of novel strain sensing technologies for adaptronic systems. She received her doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2012. She joined the university’s Institute of Electromechanical Design in 2006 as a teaching and research assistant. Her research was focused on design and application of miniaturized piezoresistive strain sensing elements — among others for robotic surgical systems in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Her special interest is the design of multi-axis force sensors for haptic devices.
Further authors are
- Henry Haus
- Marc Matysek
- Oliver Meckel
- Thomas Opitz
- Alexander Rettig
- Stephanie Sindlinger