Doctoral Research Seminar on "Haptic interactions altering the control of body balance: human individuals, human pairs and human-robot interactions" by Dr. Leif Johannsen, Institute of Psychology, RWTH Aachen
Our skin is a complex sensory organ and touch is our window to the physical world. A specific context, in which the versatility of touch is expressed, is augmented sensorimotor control of body balance and posture during light contact with some external reference.
On the other hand, keeping light touch also imposes constraints on the individual specific to the postural context. It may be possible, however, to exploit these constraints therapeutically, for example when deliberately light interpersonal touch between a therapist and her patient is used during balance and gait exercises. Finally, robotic systems can be one solution to the growing demand in individualized
care. Providing robotic light touch to humans will be one of many technological, therapeutic and social challenges.
February 8th, 11 am via zoom. More details here on the course website.