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Astrid Kappers is a full professor of Fundamental and Applied Haptics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She is an expert on human perception, both haptics and vision. Her research has always had a strong fundamental focus, but recently, she has also been involved in more applied research. One important issue is that human perception is often not veridical, whereas that is usually taken for granted when designing man-machine interfaces. Although humans are flexible and well able to learn how to deal with the pecularities of the devices they are working with, making the interaction more intuitive will eventually save time and energy (of the human) and improve safety.

Her research focusses on the following topics:

  • Understanding human interaction with devices with a focus on haptic aspects
  • Quantifying human capabilities of haptic discrimination
  • Relating haptic perception to physical properties of materials
  • Investigate how haptic interaction can be made more intuitive
  • Investigate the usefulness of individual design specifications

Fundamental understanding of touch and haptic perception is of scientific importance, but is also essential for applications such as prosthetic and robotic hands/arms, teleoperation, telesurgery, aids for the visually impaired, man-machine interaction and haptic simulators (such as training devices for operators, surgeons, dentists, etc.). As worldwide interest in haptic technology is increasing rapidly, this field of quantitative research on haptic perception is of eminent importance.

Academic background

Astrid Kappers studied experimental physics at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She received the PhD degree from Eindhoven University of Technology on the topic of temporal decompostion of speech. From 1989 till September 2012, she was with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Utrecht University. From 2008–2012, she was head of the Human Perception Group of the Helmholtz Institute. In September 2012, she moved with her whole group to the Department of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. October 2018, she moved to Eindhoven University of Technology, where she works in three groups: Dynamics and Control, and, Control System Technology of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Human Technology Interaction of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. She was promoted to full professor in 2005. Her research interests include haptic and visual perception. In 2003, she won the prestigious VICI grant. She is/was a member of the editorial boards of Acta Psychologica (2006-present) and Current Psychology Letters (2000-2011) and is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (2007-2011 and 2017 till present). 

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Research Output 1987 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Individual differences in cognitive processing for roughness rating of fine and coarse textures

Natsume, M., Tanaka, Y. & Kappers, A. M. L., 30 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 1, 27 p., e0211407

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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roughness
Vibration
Individuality
Glass
Textures

The influence of visual and haptic material information on early grasping force

Bergmann Tiest, W. M. & Kappers, A., 6 Mar 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 3, 13 p., 181563

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Textures
Friction
Modulation

Thermal perception and thermal devices used on body parts other than hand or face

Kappers, A. & Plaisier, M., 18 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Haptics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Hot Temperature
Computer games
Communication
Conveying
Cooling

A pneumatic tactile ring for instantaneous sensory feedback in laparoscopic tumor localization

Fukuda, T., Tanaka, Y., Kappers, A. M. L., Fujiwara, M. & Sano, A., 13 Dec 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Haptics. 11, 4, p. 485-497

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Sensory feedback
Pneumatics
Tumors
Feedback
Pneumatic drives

Empowering persons with deafblindness: designing an intelligent assistive wearable in the SUITCEYES project

Korn, O., Holt, R., Kontopoulos, E., Kappers, A. M. L., Persson, N. K. & Olson, N., 26 Jun 2018, PETRA 2018 : the 11th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments : June 26-29, 2018, Corfu, Greece. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 545-551 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Communication
Object recognition
Face recognition
Learning systems
Textiles

Courses

Haptics

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Press / Media

The mystery of touch and how we feel about it

Astrid Kappers

29/03/19

1 item of media coverage

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