Nov 29th - Dec 1st 2016 @ Kashiwanoha, Japan

Conference Overview

AsiaHaptics is a new type of international conference for the haptics fields, featuring interactive presentations with demos. AsiaHaptics welcomes all attendees related to or interested in haptic hardware, human haptic perception, and other haptic applications, from not only Asia but also all over the world. The second conference, AsiaHaptics 2016, will take place during Nov.29-Dec.1, 2016 at Kashiwanoha Conference Center, Kashiwanoha, Japan.

Kashiwanoha is a recently developed “Smart City” in Tokyo Metropolitan Area, where the new campus of the University of Tokyo is situated, conveniently connected to the center of Tokyo by Tsukuba-Express. AsiaHaptics 2016 will be sponsored by Virtual Reality Society of Japan and supported by other Asian academic societies. AsiaHaptics 2016 will be sponsored by Virtual Reality Society of Japan and supported by other Asian academic societies.

AsiaHaptics offer a new presentation style based on demos in the exhibition area like a poster presentation, but you will have a main show time projected your demonstration on the center screen. All submissions are required to prepare a video proposal and will be reviewed by the program committee and external reviewers. Publication style will be abstract proceedings and videos. A full paper (6 pages) is optional.
--- Different from other conferences, it is dedicated to demos.
--- All presentations are based on demos.
--- Submissions are selected by proposal and video. ( 6-pages paper is optional )
--- The conference is also for experiment; audiences are subjects.


Important Dates

  • Video proposal submission due: July 29th, 2016 Aug 14th, 2016 (extended)
  • Tutorial/Workshop proposals due: August 5th, 2016 Aug 14th, 2016 (extended)
  • Acceptance notification: August 29th, 2016 September 30th, 2016 (revised)
  • Camera Ready submission due: October 24th, 2016


AsiaHaptics Gold Award

  • 82F-1: A novel multimodal tactile module that can provide vibro-thermal feedback
    Masashi Nakatani, Katsunari Sato, Kunio Sato, Yuzuru Kawana, Daisuke Takai, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi

AsiaHaptics Silver Award

  • 51B-1: A novel 3RRS wearable fingertip cutaneous device for virtual interaction
    Francesco Chinello, Claudio Pacchierotti, Monica Malvezzi, Domenico Prattichizzo

AsiaHaptics Bronze Award

  • 9A-1: Substituted Force Feedback using Palm Pressurization for a Handheld Controller
    Taku Nakamura, Shota Nemoto, Takumi Ito, Akio Yamamoto

People's Choice Award

  • 09A-1: Substituted Force Feedback using Palm Pressurization for a Handheld Controller
    Taku Nakamura, Shota Nemoto, Takumi Ito, Akio Yamamoto

... People's Choice Nominations ...

  • 32A-1: 3DOF Multitouch Haptic Interface with Movable Touchscreen (2nd choice)
    Shun Takanaka, Hiroaki Yano, Hiroo Iwata
  • 11A-2: Tactile Treasure Map: Integrating Allocentric and Egocentric Information for Tactile Guidance (3rd choice)
    Mariacarla Memeo, Victor Adriel de Jesus Oliveira, Luciana Nedel, Anderson Maciel, Luca Brayda
  • 49B-2: Proposal and Implementation of Non-Grounded Translational Force and Torque Display Using Two Vibration Speakers (4th choice)
    Takeshi Tanabe, Hiroaki Yano, Hiroo Iwata
  • 65E-3: Sole Tactile Display using Tactile Illusion by Vibration on Toenail (4th choice)
    Kensuke Sakai, Taku Hachisu, Yuki Hashimoto
  • 18A-3: Hapbeat : Tension-based Wearable Vibroacoustic Device (4th choice)
    Yusuke Yamazaki, Hironori Mitake, Minatsu Takekoshi, Yuji Tsukamoto, Tetsuaki Baba, Shoichi Hasegawa
  • 56B-3: Visual Haptic Interface by Using 2-DOF Indirect Haptic Interface (7th choice)
    Takayuki Ishikawa, Hiroaki Yano, Hiroo Iwata
Note: Perople's Choice Nomination order has been corrected on 2016.12.07.

Honorable Mention Awards

  • 72C-3: HapTONE: Haptic Instrument for Enriched Musical Play (II) -System Detail-
    Kenta Tanabe, Akifumi Takahashi, Keisuke Hoshino, Daichi Ogawa, Taku Hachisu, Hiroyuki Kajimoto
  • 78F-3: Tactile Presentation using Mechanical and Electrical Stimulation
    Vibol Yem, Sugarragchaa Khurelbaatar, Erika Oishi, Hiroyuki Kajimoto
  • 69E-2: Synesthesia Suit
    Yukari Konishi, Nobuhisa Hanamitsu, Benjamin Outram, Youichi Kamiyama, Kouta Minamizawa, Ayahiko Sato, Tetsuya Mizuguchi
  • 64E-1: Relax and Tighten - A Haptics-based Approach to Simulate Sphincter Tone Assessment Relax and Tighten
    Alejandro Granados, Luc Maréchal, Alastair Barrow, George Petrou, Christine Norton, Fernando Bello
  • 1A-1: Passive Haptics: Pulsive Damping Brake for Greater Impulse Perception
    Takumu Okada, Shogo Okamoto, Yoji Yamada
  • 30A-3: Encountered-type Visual Haptic Display Using MR Fluid
    Hiroki Ohnari, Satoko Abiko, Teppei Tsujita
  • 19A-2: Hanger Reflex of the Head and Waist with Translational and Rotational Force Perception
    Yuki Kon, Takuto Nakamura, Michi Sato, Takashi Asahi, Hiroyuki Kajimoto

Conference Schedule

08:30 ~

Welcome & Registration

09:30 - 15:00

Special Joint Event: Haptic Tutorial (in Japanese)

Room 6, You need a seperate registration for this joint event. More Information

15:00 - 18:00

Tutorial 1: Perceptual Evaluation Methods for Haptics Research

Room 3, Room 4, More Information, Slides

15:30 - 18:00

Workshop1: Design of Comfortable Weight: How do we feel force, and how can we apply it to product design?

Room 6 (maximum of about 30 participants), More Information

15:30 - 18:00

Workshop2: TECHTILE: Haptic Design Workshop

Room 3, Room 4 (maximum of about 30 participants), More Information

More Information

18:00 - 19:30


Foyer 2

08:30 ~


08:45 - 09:00

Opening Remarks

Room 6, Hiroyuki Shinoda & Masashi Konyo

09:00 - 10:00

Plenary Talk: Exploring haptic perception with psychophysical experiments

Room 6, Astrid M.L. Kappers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Session Chair: Yoshihiro Tanaka

10:00 - 11:30

Live presentation A

Room 6, Session Chair: Yasutoshi Makino, More Information, Downloadable Program Guide

11:30 - 13:15

Demonstration A / Company Exhibition

Zone A (Room 1, 2), Zone B (Room 3, 4), Zone C (Room 5), Zone D (Foyer 1), Zone E (Foyer 2), Zone F (Foyer 3) More Information, Downloadable Program Guide

13:15 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30

Plenary Talk: Manipulating Acoustic Wavefronts for mid-air interactions

Room 6, Sriram Subramanian (University of Sussex), Session Chair: Shoichi Hasegawa

15:30 - 17:00

Live presentation B

Room 6, Session Chair: Takuya Nojima, More Information, Downloadable Program Guide

17:00 - 18:45

Demonstration B / Company Exhibition

Zone A (Room 1, 2), Zone B (Room 3, 4), Zone C (Room 5), Zone D (Foyer 1), Zone E (Foyer 2), Zone F (Foyer 3) More Information, Downloadable Program Guide

19:00 - 21:00


Massage chairs: Masashi Nakatani & Katsunari Sato

08:30 ~


09:15 - 10:45

Industry Talks

Room 6, Session Chair: Satoshi Saga & Yuichi Kurita, More Information

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15

Plenary Talk: Wearable haptics and the robotic sixth finger

Room 6, Domenico Prattichizzo (University of Siena), Session Chair: Hiroyuki Kajimoto

12:15 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Live Presentation C

Room 6, Session Chair: Charith Fernando, More Information, Downloadable Program Guide

15:00 - 16:45

Demonstration C

Zone A (Room 1, 2), Zone B (Room 3, 4), Zone C (Room 5), Zone D (Foyer 1), Zone E (Foyer 2), Zone F (Foyer 3) More Information, Downloadable Program Guide

16:45 - 17:15

Awards, Closing Remarks

Dong-Soo Kwon

Cultural Tour

Dec 2nd, 10:00 ~ 16:00


More Information

This Includes:

  •   Lunch & Transportation
  •   Haptic Related Shopping
  •   Guided Walking Tours
  •   Tokyo Soul Food

Official Sponsors

AsiaHaptics 2016 is sponsored by the Virtual Reality Society of Japan and the Korea Robotics Society with additional technical sponsorship provided by JST ACCEL Embodied Media Project.

The Virtual Reality Society of Japan Korea Robotics Society JST ACCEL Embodied Media Project

In addition, the following organizations have provided generous financial assistance:

Premium Sponsors

Nippon Mektron., Lid. ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. UltraHaptics. UltraHaptics.

Regular Sponsors

Marubeni Information Systems Co., Lid. 3D Incorporated Tactile Labs Inc. Creact International Corp. Panasonic Corporation. FUJITSU. Tec Gihan Co.,Ltd. SOLIDRAY Co.,Ltd. Cornes Technologies Shinko Shoji Co.,Ltd. 日本バイナリー様

Institution Supporter

Chiba Convention Bureauand International Center.

Call for Papers

Asia Haptics calls three types of submissions, demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions.


Your submission must include both a video portion and a short paper. For short paper, standard length is 2 pages and maximum length is 6 pages. After the conference, participants will see their papers published in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering from Springer (, which will be accessible worldwide. Videos from accepted submissions will be uploaded to youtube, and will include a link to the paper (authors may choose not to upload). You can check the AsiaHaptics 2014 Video Archive for the last year's video uploades.

You may also choose not to publish . Accepted videos and papers will be made available to conference attendees via the electronic proceedings. Acceptance will be based on all submitted materials. The selection process includes reports by independent reviewers, followed by a jury selection process that will consider these reports as well as other criteria such as feasibility, and available space at the conference.

Preparing and Submitting Your Work

  1. Video

    The video must be no longer than 5 minutes and all uploaded content (video + PDF(s) + image) must be less than 100 MB . Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers. We recommend that you encode your video as an MP4 using the H.264 codec. Videos from accepted submissions may also appear on web sites previewing AsiaHaptics content.
    (If you are not familiar with video editing, [here] are unofficial tips to use MS powerpoint as a video editor)
  2. Representative Image and Summary

    Please include a 300 word summary of your video, and an image that illustrates an important aspect of your project.
  3. Demo Summary

    Please describe your demo by answering the following questions:
    --- What the audience will experience with your demo?
    --- How many people can participate at one time?
    --- How long is the experience? (It is recommended that the demo experience is less than 3 minutes)
    --- How long will you need for setup?
    --- How many watt is required?
    --- How many people will it take in the booth to explain your demonstration?
  4. Short Paper

    Standard paper length is 2 pages, which can be extended to 6 pages. AsiaHaptics 2016 will use the Springer format. For final publication, Springer will professionally typeset the book and, with XML structuring, will ensure that your content will be available to readers in many formats for many years to come. Therefore, the final layout of your paper available online might be subject to minor modification from your camera ready version.
    • Each paper must include abstract, around five keywords, and references.
    • Width of figures and tables will be set to 117, 78 or 36mm during final typesetting.
    • High resolution figures must be submitted separately when the final version is prepared for publication.
    Further instruction for camera ready version will be shared via email after acceptance.
    • Format (Word) [2003 and 2007 (and newer)] [sample docx file]. Please see sample PDF in the LaTeX Format examples below for detail.
    • Format (LaTeX) [package and example input file] (Springer will ask you to submit LaTeX source files. Please use standard LaTeX 2e and class files and do not use uncommon environments and style files.)
  5. Floor Plan (optional)

    All presentations will be provided with 2 m by 2 m booth space, one table, two chairs, a poster board, and 100V power source. If you need further space or facilities, please submit a floor plan, which includes size, space, and environmental requirements.
  6. Consent form (for final submission)

    Please print the consent form, sign it, and scan to pdf. This consent form is required for publication by Springer after the conference (about 3 months later). [consent form]
  7. Submit all materials

    Asia Haptics uses precision conference solution. Please access the Submission website:

Workshops/Tutorials, Proposal Guideline

For submission, please fill out the workshop/tutorial proposal form and submit by email to the Workshop/Tutorial chair Prof. Yoshihiro Tanaka. tanaka.yoshihiro [at]
  • Workshop/Tutorial Title
  • Type of activity: Workshop / Tutorial
  • Preferred Duration: 9:30-12:00 / 15:30-18:00 / 9:30-15:00
  • Abstract
  • Target Audience
  • A tentative list of speakers and program
  • List of organizers (Name and affiliation)

For any further infomation, please contact Workshop chair.

Company Exhibition

200 haptics professionals from worldwide will gather for AsiaHaptics. In addition, all attendees of the haptics tutorial course (in Japanese) will also come to the exhibition. It will be a good opportunity to exhibit products and projects of your company.
Please read the call below and fill the application form below.If you have any questions, please contact Industry chair, Prof. Satoshi Saga asiahaptics2016-industry [at]

Plenary Talks

Exploring haptic perception with psychophysical experiments

Astrid M.L. Kappers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Understanding human haptic performance is important, both from fundamental and applied points of view. Pyschophysical experiments are the way to investigate this performance, but there is not just one way to do so. Moreover, there are many issues that should be taken into account, such as individual differences, dependence on previous experience, targeted user group, illusory perceptions, etc. In this talk, I would like to share my experience with psychophysical experiments with the audience.

Manipulating acoustic wavefronts for mid-air interactions

Sriram Subramanian

University of Sussex

One of the visions on my research is to deliver visual and tactile experiences to users without instrumenting them with wearable or head-mounted displays. In this talk, I will present our efforts in manipulating pressure waves to realise this vision. For example, we build a phased-array system called Ultrahaptics that can generate tactile forces for mid-air haptics. This feedback is created in mid-air – so users don’t have to touch or hold any device to experience it. I will finally show how our system can also be used to levitate objects for a mid-air display.

Wearable haptics and the robotic sixth finger

Domenico Prattichizzo

University of Siena

Wearable haptics is an emerging research trend that will enable novel forms of communication and cooperation between humans and robots. The literature on wearable haptics has been mainly focused on vibrotactile stimulation and only recently wearable devices conveying richer stimuli, like forces, have been proposed. In this plenary, I will introduce design guidelines for wearable haptics and will review the research in this field. Thanks to wearable haptics the paradigm shift in human-robot cooperation is extraordinary. The robotic sixth finger, a wearable robot designed for rehabilitating the function of the paretic human hand, acts with the paretic limb like the two parts of a gripper working together to stabilize the grasp of objects, like a bottle of water, and let the subject, with upper limb impairments, to use both hands in bimanual tasks. The wearable robotic extra finger works together with a wearable haptic device playing the role of a sensorimotor interface augmenting the level of embodiment of the device. This is an extraordinary case of synergistic use of wearable haptics and wearable robotics to support people with impairments in everyday life.

Industry Talks

Sharing Hands

Emi Tamaki

H2L Inc., Co-Founder/ JST PRESTO Researcher/ Waseda University

Synesthesia Suit - Delivering Full-body Haptic Experience to PlayStation VR

Kouta Minamizawa

Keio University

Haptics Business Strategy: The Main-Stream and Global Platform

Natsuo Koda

Miraisens, Inc., CEO

Haptics Business Strategy: The Main-Stream and Global Platform

Norio Nakamura

Miraisens, Inc., Founder/ AIST

Online Registration

Registration fees

Online Registration site is now open. Please register before november 4th in order to get the Early Bird discount rates.


(On or before November 4th)


(after November 5th)

Workshop/Tutorial Conference Workshop/Tutorial Conference
Member JPY10,000 JPY40,000 JPY10,000 JPY50,000
Student Member JPY5,000 JPY20,000 JPY5,000 JPY25,000
Regular (Non-Member) JPY10,000 JPY50,000 JPY10,000 JPY60,000
Student (Non-Member) JPY5,000 JPY25,000 JPY5,000 JPY30,000

The registration will be managed by JTB corporation. Please visit JTB's online registration form.


Registration Category definitions

  • Member: Any individual who has joined the VRSJ, KROS, SICE, JSME, or/and IEEJ. And the membership is current and has not expired prior to registration for the conference.
  • Non-Member: Any individual who is not a current member of the VRSJ, KROS, SICE, JSME, or IEEJ. Or the membership has expired prior to registration for the conference.

Conference registration includes beverages and foods for breaks (except for lunch), the reception, and the banquet. Alcoholic beverages will be sold during the reception and the banquet. We don't guarantee enough foods and beverages for all attendees. The online registration site for early and standard registrations is opened. In this site, you will be able to reserve your accommodations via registration site.

Special Joint Event: Haptic Tutorial is done in Japanese and it's not included in the conference registration. A seperate registration is required.


Kashiwanoha Conference Center, Kashiwanoha, Japan

Kashiwanoha is a recently developed “Smart City” in Tokyo Metropolitan Area. The town around the conference venue is beautiful, functional, and convenient being close to the center of Tokyo. The conference will be held in Kashiwanoha Conference Center (Mitsui Garden Hotel 2nd Floor), Kashiwanoha. Participants can fully enjoy Tokyo during the stay.


How to get there

By Train

1 min walk from Tsukuba Express “Kashiwanoha Campus Station” West Exit

By Car

5 mins drive from Kashiwa InterChange on the Joban Expressway

By Plane

From Narita International Airport
  • Approximately 60 mins by train.
  • From Narita International Airport take the Keisei SKY ACCESS Line (Access Express) to Higashi-matsudo Station.
  • Transfer to the Musashino Line to Minami-nagareyama Station, then take the Tsukuba Express Line to Kashiwanoha Campus Station.
  • Approximately 75-105 mins by limousine bus to Kashiwanoha Campus Station West Exit.
From Haneda Airport
  • About 75 minutes by highway express bus to “Kashiwa Station” or “Kashiwanoha Campus Station”.

More details check here


Access Map

148-2 Kashiwanoha Campus, 178-4 Wakashiba, Kashiwa-city, Chiba, 277-0871 TEL 04-7134-3131 FAX 04-7135-3181

Organizing Committee

General chair Steering committee
Hiroyuki Shinoda    Univ. of Tokyo, Japan                Hiroo Iwata    Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan
  Dong-Soo Kwon KAIST, Korea
Program chairs Dangxiao Wang Beihang University, China
Masashi Konyo Tohoku University, Japan Hiroyuki Shinoda Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Ki-Uk Kyung ETRI, Korea Kinya Fujita TUAT, Japan
Shoichi Hasegawa Tokyo Tech, Japan Hiroyuki Kajimoto UEC, Japan
  Ki-Uk Kyung ETRI, Korea
Awards chair Jee-Hwan Ryu Korea Tech, Korea
Dong-Soo Kwon KAIST, Korea Yasuyoshi Yokokohji Kobe University, Japan
Industry chairs Advisory Board
Ali Israr Disney Reearch, USA Vincent Hayward Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Satoshi Saga University of Tsukuba, Japan J. Edward Colgate Northwestern University, USA
  Lynette A. Jones MIT, USA
Web chair Susumu Tachi Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Charith Fernando Keio University, Japan Jun Rekimoto Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
    Masahiko Inami Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Publication chairs   Yoshitaka Adachi Shibaura Inst. Tech, Japan
Hiroyuki Kajimoto UEC, Japan Akihito Sano Nagoya Inst. Tech. (NIT), Japan
Takuya Nojima UEC, Japan Takashi Maeno Keio University, Japan
    Makoto Sato Tokyo Tech, Japan
Workshop chairs      
Yoshihiro Tanaka Nagoya Inst. Tech. (NIT), Japan    
Junji Watanabe NTT, Japan    
Demo chairs      
Kouta Minamizawa Keio University, Japan    
Sang Youn Kim Korea Tech, Korea    
Jinah Park KAIST, Korea
Publicity chairs  
Seungmoon Choi POSTECH, Korea
Aiguo Song Southeast University, China
Yuichi Kurita Hiroshima University, Japan
Liaison chairs  
Hong Tan Purdue University, USA
Matthias Harders University of Innsbruck, Austria
Sriram Subramanian University of Sussex, UK
Financial chairs  
Koichi Hirota UEC, Japan
Shogo Okamoto Nagoya University, Japan
Social event chairs  
Yoshihiro Kuroda Osaka University, Japan
Hiromi Mochiyama University of Tsukuba, Japan
Masaya Takasaki Saitama University, Japan
Massage chairs  
Masashi Nakatani Hokkaido University, Japan
Katsunari Sato Nara Women's University, Japan
Local arrangement chairs  
Yasutoshi Makino Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Takayuki Hoshi Univ. of Tokyo, Japan