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Personalizing Haptics

From Individuals' Sense-Making Schemas to End-User Haptic Tools


  • Includes the first and most comprehensive research on haptic personalization to date

  • Introduces three mechanisms for haptic personalization tools

  • Characterizes how end-users think and talk about haptic sensations through a series of quantitative experiments

  • Explains how to run large-scale user studies via in-lab and online experiments


Part of the Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems book series (SSTHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Hasti Seifi
    Pages 1-19
  3. Hasti Seifi
    Pages 111-133
  4. Hasti Seifi
    Pages 135-161
  5. Hasti Seifi
    Pages 163-170
  6. Hasti Seifi
    Pages 171-184
  7. Hasti Seifi
    Pages 185-190

About this book


This monograph presents a vision for haptic personalization tools and lays the foundations for achieving it. Effective haptic personalization requires a suite of tools unified by one underlying conceptual model that can easily be incorporated into users’ workflows with various applications. Toward this vision, the book introduces three mechanisms for haptic personalization and details development of two of them into: 1) an efficient interface for choosing from a large haptic library, and 2) three emotion controls for adjusting haptic signals. A series of quantitative experiments identifies five schemas (engineering, sensation, emotion, metaphor, and usage examples) for how end-users think and talk about haptic sensations and characterizes them as the underlying model for the personalization tools.

Personalizing Haptics highlights the need for scalable haptic evaluation methodologies and presents two methodologies for large-scale in-lab evaluation and online crowdsourcing of haptics. While the work focuses on vibrotactile signals as the most mature and accessible type of haptic feedback for end-users, the concepts and findings extend to other categories of haptics.

Taking haptics to the crowds will require haptic design practices to go beyond the current one-size-fits-all approach to satisfy users’ diverse perceptual, functional, and hedonic needs reported in the literature. This book provides a starting point for students, researchers, and practitioners in academia or industry who aim to adapt their haptic and multisensory designs to the needs and preferences of a wide audience.


Personalization Tools Haptic Design Haptic Technology Haptic Signals Personalization Mechanisms Haptic Data Collection

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouver, British ColumbiaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Personalizing Haptics
  • Book Subtitle From Individuals' Sense-Making Schemas to End-User Haptic Tools
  • Authors Hasti Seifi
  • Series Title Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Ser. Touch Haptic Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-11378-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-11379-7
  • Series ISSN 2192-2977
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-2985
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 26 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour
  • Topics User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
    Robotics and Automation
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