About Delft Haptics Lab
"The future of control is partnership, co-control; the creator must share control with his creations."
Who are we?
The Delft Haptics Lab consists of several researchers affiliated with the Department of Cognitive Robotics, Faculty of 3mE, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The lab is also part of the Delft Robotics Institute.
Our vision, mission and goals
We envision a future where humans and machines interact in an intuitive and efficient way, to help solve the many challenges in transport, energy and cure&care that we currently face. We believe that man’s ability to physically interact with his/her environment has been neglected in many human-machine interfaces, and we aim to engineer novel haptic interaction to keep humans comfortably in the direct control loop of sometimes complex machines. Sharing control through haptics (physical interaction) is our approach to engineer such interfaces.
Our mission is to understand how humans use forces when performing dynamic control tasks, and use that knowledge to help improve physical interaction with machines. Our goal toward this mission, is to conduct research and provide education in the area of human-machine interaction, on fundamental topics as well as over a wide range of practical applications (driving, flying, remote nuclear maintenance, sub-sea mining, robotic surgery, lifting aids). Through close collaboration with companies we strive to accelerate the development of our fundamental research to market applications. Additionally, with our many media and outreach activities we aim to stimulate societal discussion about human-machine interaction and robotics – and show the importance of research and education in these topics.
To enable its activities, the Delft Haptics Lab has generated its own funding through collaborations with (inter)national companies such as Nissan, Boeing and Renault, as well as through highly competitive research grants from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO-TTW). The lab is headed by full professor David A. Abbink, and its members have received multiple awards for education and research.