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Dutch Belgian Haptics Meeting

27 March 2015




Haptics and teleoperation research and development is performed by small groups of researchers at many different places in the Netherlands and in Belgium. The purpose of the network is to bring these people together, allow informal yet technical discussions and by doing so strengthen haptics research in our area. After the successful Eurohaptics Conference organized in Amsterdam, this meeting is a good opportunity to further consolidate the status of Dutch and Belgian haptics technology/research.

People from haptics labs outside Netherlands or Belgium are of course also welcome to join this meeting !!

keynote speakers - best demo - timing - program - registration - location - organisation - sponsors

Keynote Speakers



  • Prof. J.Smeets (Human Movement Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam),

  • Prof. V.Hayward (Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique),

Best Demo Award



Also this year Moog Inc. (, will reach out a prize of 500 EUR to the BEST DEMO


  • 7 June: Deadline for abstract submissions (closed)

  • 14 June: Notification of acceptance (notification sent)

  • 14 June: Deadline for demo submissions (will still be accepting demos until 21 June)

  • 14 June: Registration deadline (extended to 17 June) 

  • 25 June: Dutch Belgian Haptics Meeting


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Please find the schedule of the day and the submitted abstracts here.


10.00Coffee and Tea  

10.30Word of Welcome  

10.35Keynote speech : Feeling Weight and SizeProf. Jeroen SmeetsVU Amsterdam

11.10Hardness and Softness Pop Out in Haptic SearchVonne van PolanenVU Amsterdam

11.22Perceptual Grouping by Similarity in Surface RoughnessVanja Van AarsenKU Leuven

11.34Fingertip Behavior during Tangential Sliding MovementsBenoit DelhayeUCL

11.46Learning Dynamics of Teleoperation Tasks: Haptic Transparency Improves Motor LearningJeroen WildenbeestTU Delft

11.58A Robotic Teleoperation and Comanipulation System for Vitreoretinal SurgeryAndy GijbelsKU Leuven

12.10Haptics & Robotics - Motors and ApplicationsKarl LambrechtsMaxon Motors


13.00Exposition of Demos  

14.30A World of Touch IllusionsProf. HaywardISIR, Paris

15.05Natural Palpation through an Encountered-based Kinaesthetic Display SystemSergio PortolesKU Leuven

15.17Frequency-Domain Mapping of Bilateral StabilityA.W. van ZundertTU Eindhoven

15.29Automatic Annotation of Haptic Exploratory ProceduresSander JansenVU Amsterdam

15.41Haptic Integration of Distance and CurvatureVirjanand PandayVU Amsterdam

15.53The Effect of Aging on Haptic 2D Shape RecognitionKrista OvervlietKU Leuven


16.15Overview of Research on Haptics and Telerobotics at the ESA Telerobotics LaboratoryAndre SchieleESA

16.50Experiments with Haptic Obstacle and Collission Avoidance Schemes for Powered Wheelchair NavigationEmmanuel Vander PoortenKU Leuven

17.02Robust Force Sensorless Bilateral Teleoperation under Bounded Time-Varying DynamicsVincent HoltenTU Eindhoven

17.14Affective Touch TechnologyGijs HuismanTU Twente

17.26Consistent Distortions of Haptic Perception of Force Magnitude and DirectionFemke van BeekVU Amsterdam

17.38Integration of Cutaneous and Kinaesthetic Direction PerceptionWouter Bergmann TiestVU Amsterdam

17.50Best Demo Award  

18.00Closure of the Meeting  



As usual, also the 12th version of this bi-annual meeting is free of charge for participants. Registration is closed now.

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  • Zaal De Groote en Zaal Waterkeyn, Celestijnenlaan 300C, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium (map is here).


  • By car from Brussels, Luik (Liège/Luttich) or Aken (Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen) via E40. Leave the E40 highway Brussels-Leuven-Luik at the exit "Leuven-E314" (A2). Leave the E314 immediately, at the exit nr. 15, "Leuven", and turn right at the third traffic lights. You are now in the Celestijnenlaan, and the Department is some 500m ahead, at your right-hand side, just across the bridge over the river Dijle. Our building is easily recognizable by the winch in front of it.

  • By car from Hasselt or Aken (Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen) via E314/A2. Leave the E314/A2 highway at the exit nr. 15. The rest of the travel is explained above.

  • By public transport. Leuven can easily be reached by train. Each hour, two direct trains run between the airport and the railway station in Leuven, in both directions; the journey takes 15 minutes. There are also at least two direct trains between Brussels and Leuven every hour in each direction, taking about 25 minutes. Direct connections also exist with Antwerp, Mechelen, Aarschot, Hasselt, Luik/Liège and Tongeren.

    • From the railway station in Leuven, it's about ten minutes by taxi to reach our Department, and

    • about 25 minutes by bus line 2, direction Campus (departure track 6 from station)

    • about 15 minutes by bus line 616, direction Zaventem and/or Heverlee Wetenschaps Park (from track 3 at station). Get off the bus at "Campus Arenberg II".

  • By air. Brussels National Airport ("Zaventem") lies between Brussels and Leuven, close to the E40 highway. It's about 15 minutes by taxi (cost: about 60 EUR). The airport has a direct train connection to Leuven (twice per hour), which takes about 15 minutes.

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Organising Committee

In case of questions please contact members of the organising committee:

  • David Abbink

  • Gianni Borghesan

  • Pauwel Goethals

  • Krista Overvliet

  • Sergio Portoles

  • Emmanuel Vander Poorten

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