Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 4/7/2017 13:304/7/2017 18:30Innovation in hapticsPrince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

This event is now Fully Booked. If you wish to enquire about going onto the waiting list, please contact  Lucy Webb .

This latest in the Academy’s Innovation in… series of events will showcase a selection of the most recent advances in haptic technologies that are bringing virtual reality to life and revolutionising the way we interact with technology. 

Virtual reality is well established in the gaming industry and has made inroads into many other sectors, including transport, manufacturing and healthcare. Haptics, the sense of touch, offers an additional dimension, creating experiences that are more engaging, impactful and ultimately, more real.

This event will feature exciting presentations and live demonstrations from Ultrahaptics, Generic Robotics, Fundamental VR, Kinicho, NeuroCONCISE, Tangi0 and more.  


1.30pm Registration opens

Welcome by the Chair

David Braben OBE FREng, Founder and CEO, Frontier Developments


Keynote address

Tom Carter, CTO and Co-Founder, Ultrahaptics


Session 1: Innovating healthcare


Haptics in healthcare: current and future applications

Dr Alastair Barrow, Co-founder and Director, Generic Robotics


Surgery with a sense of touch: haptic VR surgical training applications

Chris Scattergood, Co-founder, Fundamental VR


VR and physical rehab

Dr Isabel Van De Keere, Founder and CEO, Immersive Rehab

3.00pm Session panel Q and A
3.10pm Demonstrations and refreshment break
  Session 2: Visualising the future

Future cities: a step change in modelling and visualisation

Vladimir Vorotovic, Lead Modelling Specialist, TfL


Challenges ahead: driverless cars

Dr Daniel Paluszczyszyn, De Montfort University


VR and haptics for robotics in challenging environments

Ronan Kelly, Software engineer, RACE

4.10pm Session panel Q and A
  Session 3: Bringing you to your senses

The future of haptics in the music industry

Professor Atau Tanaka, Goldsmiths, University of London


In touch with your surroundings

Christopher Dean, Founder, Touch & Discover Systems

4.40pm Session panel Q and A

Panel discussion: one touch beyond - the future of haptics


  • Rowland Manthorpe, Associate Editor, WIRED
  • Amelia Kallman, Innovation Consultant
  • Yeshwanth Pulijala, Co-Founder, Open Simulation
  • Andre McQueen, Innovation and Design Strategist, The F-T-R
5.25pm Closing remarks by the Chair
5.30pm Drinks reception and demonstrations
6.30pm Close


Tickets for this event cost £10.00 including VAT.

Student registration is free of charge. Please contact  Lucy Webb  to register for student tickets. Proof of student ID will be required on admission. 


All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to the  Events Team . A request for cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to Tuesday 20 June 2017. Royal Academy of Engineering must make commitments to suppliers at that time and making changes will result in additional costs or penalties. If the cancellation request is received after the deadline, we cannot issue a refund.

For more details please contact Lucy Webb

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