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Queen's University


Recent Awards, Fellowships and Vistorships

Queen's University Research Chair, Queen's University, 2008/09-2012/2013
Queen's University Research Chair, Queen's University, 2003/04-2007/2008
Fellow, The Royal Society of Canada, 2002.
Visiting Research Scholar, Harvard University, Division of  Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2001-2.
Visiting Research Scholar, MIT, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2001-2002.
Killam Research Fellow (Canada Council), July 1/01-June 30/03.

Research Interests

My research program has spanned a wide range of topics that pertain to sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and sensory-guided motor processing. More specifically, my research and publications have focused on the tactile psychophysics of texture (real and virtual), haptic and multisensory processing of objects and their properties, haptic space perception, and the sensory-guided control of grasping and manipulation. Most recently I have been investigating haptic face processing. Collectively, my research has employed both behavioural (psychophysical; cognitive; developmental) and neuroscience (e.g., fMRI; behavioural studies with neurologically intact and impaired populations) paradigms. I have also applied the results of my scientific research toward the solution of a variety of real-world problems, such as the design of a raised tactile feature and code that allows blind individuals to denominate Canadian banknotes by hand, and the design of haptic and multisensory interfaces for virtual environments and teleoperation.

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