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The 16th Symposium on


March 13-14 (Thursday-Friday), 2008

held in conjunction with IEEE Virtual Reality

at the Silver Legacy Hotel (Reno, Nevada)
Reno, Nevada, USA,  Spring 2008

Conference registration is handled through the IEEE VR Website.
Registration information can be found here.
For information on travel and room accomodations see below or IEEE VR site.
The Schedule can be found here.
The Full Program can be found online here (or as PDF).
IEEE VR Program


2008 Haptics Symposium Online Proceedings available on IEEE Xplore


Symposium Sponsors (Awards )
Immersion Corporation

Force Dimension

SensAble Technologies

IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics

Paper and Demo Awards

Important Dates & Information  
Submission opens: September 5, 2007 (see Paper Submission below)
Solicitation for qualified reviewers  Closed September 28, 2007 (see below)
Paper/sketch submission deadline: September 28, 2007
Notification: November 21, 2007
Final papers due: December 21, 2007
Demo submission: January 25, 2008 (see info below)
Exhibitor information: (see below)
Poster Presentations: Poster Formatting and Teaser Presentation (see below)
Registration: (early Reg. by 2/8) Registration now Open (see IEEE VR site)
Room accomodations See info below or IEEE VR site
Program & Schedule: Links to Schedule & Full Program
Pre-conference reception 18:00-20:00 March 12 (in Expo C of Silver Legacy)
Conference dates: March 13-14, 2008

The Haptics Symposium is an annual, single-track conference that brings together researchers in diverse engineering and human science disciplines who are interested in the design, analysis, and evaluation of systems that display haptic (force and touch) information to human operators. High quality, original papers are solicited in all areas of haptics. The papers are peer reviewed, and accepted papers are selected for either oral or poster presentation. Papers have the option of being published in the IEEE proceedings. Industry-sponsored awards are given. Short sketch papers are also sought. Sketches are extended abstracts with significant or new but possibly incomplete ideas and results, and are eligible for poster presentation only. Hands-on demonstrations (with abstract) and company exhibits are also solicited.

This symposium aims to bring together the diverse disciplines that will contribute to advances in the field of haptics, including biomechanics, psychology, neurophysiology, engineering, and computer science. Topics of interest include, and are not limited to:

  • Human factors
  • Psychophysics and perception
  • Biomechanics and motor control
  • Mechanism design
  • Control system design and analysis
  • Dynamics
  • Haptic rendering and modeling algorithms

Areas of application include, but are by no means limited to: Teleoperation (e.g., space exploration, undersea operations, microsurgery and minimally-invasive surgery, hazardous waste clean- up) and Virtual Environments (e.g., critical procedure training, computer-aided design and prototyping, data visualization, human- computer interaction, and rehabilitation).

The Haptics Symposium is sponsored by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC), and is affiliated with the Technical Committee on Haptics (https://www.worldhaptics.org/). It is held in conjunction with the 2008 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference (March 8-12, 2008, https://conferences.computer.org/vr/2008/).

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Paper Submission
Paper submission format: 8-page regular papers and 2-page sketch papers
Paper submission deadline: September 28, midnight, local time (firm)

There are two classes of papers that may be submitted to the Haptics Symposium:
(1) Regular papers that can be up to 8 pages in length and are considered for oral and poster presentations at the conference. (Regular papers should contain high-quality original research.)
(2) Sketches that are up to 2 pages in length and are considered for poster presentations. (In contrast to regular papers, sketches can present fresh but incomplete ideas.)
The submission site is now open for the 2008 Haptics Symposium. Submissions will be uploaded via the Precision Conference System. The site address is:

Please register and follow the prompted instructions to complete your paper submission by September 28, 2007, midnight (12 AM), author's local time. Questions about submission should be directed to Jan Weisenberger () and Allison Okamura ().

The author templates are at https://www.cs.sfu.ca/~vis/Tasks/camera.html. There are Latex and Word templates and formatting guidelines. If any of the authors have questions about formatting, they can contact Meghan Haley () via email. 

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Solicitation for Qualified Reviewers 
The organizing committee of the Haptics Symposium is seeking qualified reviewers and invite people to volunteer as reviewers. People may volunteer as a reviewer using the same website that is used for paper submissions. After registering, simply follow the reviewing link on your user home page.  Follow the instructions to provide information on your expertise, so that the committee can understand your areas of expertise. You will be notified if you are selected to be a reviewer and papers are assigned for you to review. Expert reviews help us maintain the quality of the Haptics Symposium, as well as provide authors with valuable critical feedback.
Prospective reviewers, please note the following dates:

  • Sept. 28  (deadline for registering as a reviewer)
  • Oct. 2     (reviewing phase begins)
  • Nov. 2    (final reviews due)

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Poster Presentation and Poster Teaser Presentations    
The size of the poster board is 4 feet X 8 feet (~122 cm X 243 cm). You can prepare your own poster such that it fits into this space. However, if you use the following MS PowerPoint template, it will produce a poster with the size of 35 X 49 inches (~ 89 X 124 cm) and the poster will easily fit within the provided space for your poster.

In addition to preparing and standing at your poster during designated times during the conference, there will also be short sessions that will preceed each poster session to present a "teaser" related to your poster (see schedule for poster session I and session II teaser presentations). Each poster will be assigned a number for cross-referencing. Poster teasers will be in the format of an oral plus PowerPoint presentation (download template) not to exceed 1 minute. To help expedite the presentation of as many teasers as possible during each 30 minute teaser session, please submit your one teaser slide by February 25, 2008.

To submit the poster teaser, authors should download this template:

  1. modify this 1 page slide template (please limit your teaser to 1 page).
  2. name the file "teaser_<paperNumber>.ppt" (use your assigned paper number)
  3. email it to
Authors must send their teaser before Feb. 25, 2008.

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Demonstration Submission
We invite demonstration submissions to the 16th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems. Demonstrations are one of the best ways to show your work and receive direct feedback from your colleagues. The demonstrations must be free of commercialism.

Demo submission instructions:
Those interested in presenting a demo, please download and fill in the demo form, re-name it (use your name and surname as the name of the return file), and return it to Cagatay Basdogan (Demo and Exhibits chair,) no later than January 25, 2008.

Demo facility information:

Booths: We have assigned you one or two booths to set up your demo, depending on your request and available space. The list of demos with assigned booth numbers is below. Booths are 8'x10' (or two are combined to make 16' x 20'). Each booth includes one 6'x30" table, two chairs, one 500 Watt power source, and wireless Internet access.

Installation: You are allowed into the demo area on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 (12:00 - 18:00) to set up your demo. You can also install during demo hours.

Demo Hours
March 13, 2008, 15:00 - 16:00
March 14, 2008, 10:45 - 12:15

The demonstrations can be dismantled on March 14, 2008, 15: 30 - 17:00 PM (or earlier).
All haptics demos must be completely removed from the demo hall by 17:00 PM.

Advanced shipment:  If you want to ship your equipment in advance, please contact
April L. Coles, CMP
Senior Conference Planner
IEEE Meeting & Conference Management
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, New Jersey, 08854
Tel  US & Canada: (800) 810 4333
Direct Line: (732) 465 6620
Fax: (732) 465 6447

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Exhibitor information
Interested exhibitors should directly contact IEEE VR conference exhibit chairs (https://conferences.computer.org/vr/2008/prelim/committees/conference.html).


Conference Registration
Conference registration is handled through the IEEE VR Website.
Preliminary registration information can be found here.


Room reservations
Room reservations at the Silver Legacy Hotel may be made by calling 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) using group code IEEE08 to get $75 room rate for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This link also provides a map of other local accomodations nearby the Silver Legacy Hotel. More information on travel and room accomodations can be found on the 2008 IEEE VR site.

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Organizing Committee    
Co-Chair Jan Weisenberger
Co-Chair Allison Okamura
Local Arrangements Gunter Niemeyer
Publications Karon MacLean
Demonstrations & Exhibits Cagatay Basodogan
Awards Dinesh Pai
Publicity William Provancher

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