EuroHaptics 2012
June 12-15, 2012
Hotel Rosendahl
Tampere, Finland

February 19, 2012:
    All submissions due
April 2, 2012:
    Notifications for acceptance
April 16, 2012:
    Camera-ready papers due
April 20, 2012:
    Early registration deadline

June 12, 2012:
June 13-15, 2012:
    The main conference

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Tampere lake view from Pyynikki
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Invited speakers

OPENING KEYNOTE: Tactile feedback in mobile devices (abstract)
Piers Andrew
Picture Piers Andrew joined Nokia Research Center (NRC) in 2007 and since 2008 has led a team in NRC's Cambridge, UK laboratory researching nanomaterials, nanostructures and their potential applications in mobile devices. This work encompasses flexible and stretchable electronics, energy storage and multifunctional nanostructured materials and aims to enable new device form factors, functionalities and user interactions. Before joining NRC, Piers was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge, studying the phase separation and self-assembly of functional polymeric materials, and previously at the School of Physics of the University of Exeter, where his interests ranged from studies of the emission and propagation of light in microstructured materials, the control of radiative and non-radiative energy transfer between dye molecules, and the operation of distributed feedback lasers.

Piers holds B.Sc and Ph.D degrees from the University of Exeter, UK.

INVITED KEYNOTE: Social-haptic communication (abstract)
Riitta Lahtinen, PhD
Picture Riitta is a communication researcher at the Finnish Deafblind Association. Her PhD theses "Haptices and haptemes" was accepted at the Behavioural Science Faculty at the Helsinki University in 2008. She was given the innovative award prize for her work in the same year. She has 30 years experience working as a qualified Teacher, Sign Language Interpreter and Mobility & Low Vision Teacher, Audio Describer and writer. She is involved in running international courses on communication methods for deafblind people, couples, interpreters and professionals in Europe focusing on the needs of deafblind people, and training interpreters, planning University academic courses and publications. Currently she is doing her postdoctoral research on haptices and haptemes.
Russ Palmer, SRAT(M), Music Therapist
Picture Russ is an International Music Therapist, songwriter, musician and writer. In 1993 he was involved in the development of a portable music floor known as the Tac-Tile Sounds SystemTM with Sheffield University. His first academic publication with Manchester University titled "Using Music with Sensory Impaired People including those with Profound Learning Disabilities (PLD)" was published in 2000. He released his first CD title Warm Summer Days in 2009 and a DVD titled Pulse, a joint collaboration project with the Finnish Deaf Association. Through musical expression and therapy he applies a concept and understanding of how people who are losing their hearing and sight can develop other senses in their bodies and how to interpret rhythm and vibrations. He gives international presentations as a hearing and visually impaired music therapist with two cochlear implants with his partner Dr. Riitta Lahtinen. Currently he is researching musical haptices with Turku University.

The Design of Everyday Computational Things: Why Industrial Design is the New Interaction Design (abstract)
Dr. Roel Vertegaal
Picture Dr. Roel Vertegaal is Associate Professor in Human-Computer IRoel Vertegaal is one of Canada's top designers of interactive technologies, a scientist and musician. He is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the prestigious Queen’s University in Canada, where he directs the Karim Rashid-designed Human Media Lab ( Roel is also President and CEO of Xuuk, Inc, a startup that founded the digital signage metrics industry, and directs the Computing and the Creative Arts Program at Queen's. Roel studied Electronic Music at Utrecht Conservatory in The Netherlands, and holds an MPhil in Computer Science and PhD in Human Factors. Amongst others Roel founded the alt.chi sessions at the annual ACM CHI conference and co-founded the Eye Tracking Research and Applications conference. Prof. Vertegaal pioneered the use of 2D spatial input for sound synthesis, eye tracking in user interfaces, Attentive User Interfaces for notification management, and NUI-style input via body, head and eyes. He also designed PaperWindows and PaperPhone, the world's first flexible paper computers, as well as the first non-flat UIs. His scientific contributions range from studies of the effect of eye contact on turn taking in group conversations to modelling the effects of streptococcal pathogens on collagen autoimmunity. He is currently working on Organic User Interfaces: flexible and multi shaped display interfaces that allow industrial designers to embedded multitouch user interfaces into products of any shape.