Cross-Cutting Challenges

New this year at the 2018 Haptics Symposium is a submission category called Cross-Cutting Challenges.  The goal of this set of sessions is to come together to focus on interdisciplinary challenges (“themes”) calling for united solutions from the haptics community. Drawn from an open solicitation, two themes will feature keynote talks and interactive discussions delivered by experts from science, engineering, and design. Theme Proposals are due by September 29, 2017, while Keynote and Interactive Discussion Proposals are due by December 11, 2017, after the two selected themes have been announced.  The organizers whose theme proposals are selected will champion their theme and work closely with the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs in organizing the session.  The theme organizer will also automatically be a keynote speaker, unless he or she chooses otherwise.  Each theme organizer will be invited to generate, after the conference, a peer-reviewed position paper for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics.

The Concept

Structure: AM and PM sessions, each focused on a single theme

  • Keynote talks (4 to 5 per session, presented sequentially)
  • Parallel interactive discussions (about 10 in parallel per session) where presenters stand with a poster and/or a laptop and spark new ideas, projects, and teams through personal conversations
  • Ample unstructured discussion time to follow up and expand

Scope: So that participants may develop a holistic understanding of the theme topic, the set of presentations is expected to cover:

  • Recent prior work: synthesize developments in the theme area over a period of years, multiple research teams, and multiple technical disciplines
  • Current work: relate ongoing work to the arc of research in the theme area
  • Future ideas: envision forward-looking, emerging directions requiring interdisciplinary teams 

Participation:

  • Principal Investigators propose themes, organize sessions with the aid of the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs, deliver keynote presentations, host interactive discussions, and/or attend
  • Students and Postdocs attend sessions and actively participate!

Points of contact

Manuel Cruz and Gregory Gerling (ccc@hapticssymposium.org)

Timeline

  • Open conference calls with Cross-Cutting Challenge Chairs to discuss theme ideas
    • September 6, 2017 at 9:00 East Coast/New York (or 13:00 UTC); likely preferred for Americas and Europe.
    • September 14, 2007 at 21:00 East Coast/New York (or September 15 at 1:00 UTC); likely preferred for Asia.
  • Submit theme proposals (by September 29, 2017)
  • Two themes announced (November 8, 2017)
  • Submit individual keynote and interactive discussion proposals (by December 11, 2017)
  • Notifications for individual submissions (January 12, 2018)

Open conference calls

As noted above, two open conference calls will be held prior to the due date for Themes Proposals. We will meet using Vidyo, a video conferencing system. You will join the meeting as a guest by clicking this link: http://portal.vidyo.tuebingen.mpg.de/flex.html?roomdirect.html&key=gfDyg...

The first time, your web browser will ask you to download and install a web plugin, which will take a few minutes.  Please try to do this installation and test that you can join the Vidyo room before the actual time of the meeting. Ignore any warnings that Vidyo is incompatible with your OS; it should work for all modern computers. You may also need to adjust which microphone and speakers the program uses. If you cannot get the web plugin to work, or if you need to join without internet, you can also join in voice-only mode from a telephone or an Internet phone service like Skype by calling one of the following toll-free numbers: +1 (855) 792-2329 x3510 or +49 892 109 3236 x3510

Theme Submission Instructions

A theme is an interdisciplinary challenge calling for united solutions from the haptics community. The themes are solicited from the community of researchers in the field of haptics and beyond.  While the traditional three areas covered in haptics relate to science, technology and applications, the themes for the Cross-Cutting Challenges session will be selected such that researchers from each of the aforementioned areas can present in the same session. For example, a theme might relate to a next generation of mobile user interfaces, and include elements from those working on surface haptics and shape and surface conformable displays, those working on the measurement of finger pad skin properties to surface interaction, those working on new dielectric polymer technologies, and those working on human computer interaction concepts detailing how a consumer would utilize such capability.  Other themes might relate to soft and flexible touch interfaces, ubiquitous computing, medical user interfaces, gaming, and mixed, virtual, and/or augmented reality.

Submission materials

Specify (as a single PDF document) the theme title, the organizer(s) (from one to three), and up to 500 words regarding the details mentioned below of how that topic is important to society and involves multiple disciplines. Email your submission to ccc@hapticssymposium.org

Themes

Two themes will be selected by a committee drawn from both academia and industry. Proposals should thus be written to have a broad reach. In addition, a non-disciplinary title should be selected. The text should describe:

  • Recent prior work: synthesize developments in the theme area over a period of years, multiple research teams, and multiple technical disciplines
  • Current work: relate ongoing work to the arc of research in the theme area
  • Future ideas: envision forward-looking, emerging directions requiring interdisciplinary teams 

There is no need to form a team. That said, the proposal should provide the names of possible presenters, though it is not certain that these will be the final presenters, and you may not have even spoken to them about presenting. The idea is to show that people exist who could contribute to the proposed theme. It is also highly desired that topics span countries and even continents.

Furthermore, each theme session will ultimately involve about ten presentations, several of which are expected to be given by engineers.  That said, two required presenter roles – outside the typical expertise of engineers – should be clearly delineated.

  • Role 1 (Human interface): A human computer interaction, human factors, or similar type of designer who is focused on the experience to be created for real end user. (Required)
  • Role 2 (Real end user): A person who is a domain expert and a real end user, such as a physician, nuclear reactor operator, physiologist, graphic designer, or video gamer. (Required)

Two other roles are highly recommended:

  • Role 3 (Contextual history): An experienced expert from within the field who in the capacity of this theme would provide overview of the history of technologies and efforts related to the theme.  This person’s presentation will also avoid the presentation of overlapping background by multiple presenters coming after him or her.  (Suggested but not required)
  • Role 4 (Industry): An industry person who is interested and currently engaged in activities that are in some way related to the theme topic.  (Suggested but not required)

Selection Committee

The selection committee for Themes Proposals consists of three academic members, the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs, one conference chair, and three representatives from industry. The three academic members will be chosen by the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs to represent haptic science, applications, and technology. Company representatives will be invited to the committee by the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs; industry participants hold an important role in the planning stages to ensure that selected grand challenges have the prospect for commercial and social benefit.

Keynote and Interactive Discussion Submission Instructions

Once the themes are selected and announced, individual keynote and interactive discussion proposals will be accepted in each of the two chosen theme areas.  The theme organizer will automatically be a keynote speaker, unless he or she for some reason chooses otherwise.

Investigators apply to deliver keynote talks (4 to 5 per theme session) and interactive discussions (about 10 per theme session).  Those submitting must be a faculty member and/or independent researcher, i.e., holding a Ph.D. degree or equivalent.  Note that while theme organizers may want to encourage particular individuals to submit, the selection of individuals within a theme will ultimately be based on finding a representative and coherent cohort of presenters that together create a powerful narrative and inspiring call to action.

Keynote talks

Each keynote talk should synthesize research performed by the presenter (perhaps 3 journal articles and 2 conference papers published over the past few years), and it should be framed in light of the on-going grand challenge as well as the work of others in the field.  Specifically, talks should cover the following three components oriented around the cross-cutting challenge theme: 1) related prior work of this investigator done in the last 4-5 years, 2) present work that is in the process of being published in conferences and journals, and 3) forward-looking, emerging directions that the presenter sees as opportunities within this sub-domain.  Adequate time should be devoted to each.  Each talk will be sequenced appropriately by the organizers and Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs, and the chosen presenters are expected to coordinate somewhat to craft a coherent message.  Speakers should not assume a lay audience, but should dive into the details in presenting work done in their lab.

Interactive discussions

These contributions center around a poster and/or videos and may be led by an independent researcher with support from one or more other researchers from their team.  Interactive discussions should cover some of the same type of content as a keynote talk.  Proposers should aim to talk a large number of conference participants, so that personal and one-on-one discussions, idea generation and future team formation might be sparked during this session.

Selection Committee

The selection committee for Keynote Talks and Interactive Discussions consists of three academic members, the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs, one conference chair, and that theme’s organizers.  The three academic members will be chosen by the Cross-Cutting Challenges Chairs to represent haptic science, applications, and technology.

Submission materials

Specify (as a single PDF document) the relevant theme, and then give a title, a description that is up to 500 words, and a list of recent publications that will be discussed in the presentation.

Email your submission to ccc@hapticssymposium.org