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CHI 2016 Workshop on Mid-Air Haptics and Displays: Systems for Un-instrumented Mid-Air Interactions

A fundamental shift is underway in how we interact with our computers and devices. Touchless sensing products are being launched across consumer electronics, home, automotive and healthcare industries. Recent advances in haptics and display technologies has meant that interaction designers can also provide users with tactile feedback in mid-air AND display visual elements wherever the user needs them without in anyway instrumenting the user. The overarching goal of this workshop is to bring together a group of researchers spanning across multiple facets of exploring interactions with mid-air systems to discuss, explore, and outline research challenges for this novel area. We are especially interested in exploring how novel display and haptic technology provide users with more compelling and immersive experiences without instrumenting them in anyway.This workshop will provide a forum to explore the four primary themes of research in this area: design, implementation, interaction, and evaluation. It will bring together a cross-disciplinary group of experts in haptics, display technologies, and other modalities for mid-air interactions.


  1. Sriram Subramanian is a Professor at Sussex University with a focus on designing interactive systems for novel touch, tactile and visual elements.
  2. Hiroyuki Shinoda is a Professor at the University of Tokyo with an interest in mid-air haptics and displays. His team demonstrated the world’s first midair ultrasonic haptic display in SIGGRAPH 2008 and touchable aerial image in SIGGRAPH 2009.
  3. Sue Ann Seah is currently the lead researcher of the team that designs haptic effects at Ultrahaptics. She has several publications in HCI conferences including CHI, UIST and Interact.
  4. Eva Hoggan is a researcher at Aalto University in Finland. Her current research focuses on haptic feedback, multimodal interaction, and smart materials, in particular, flexible shape-changing displays.
  5. Loïc Corenthy is a member of the team that designs haptic effects at Ultrahaptics. He previously worked on the design of haptic rendering algorithms for volumetric datasets with application in neuroscience.

Position Paper
We invite you to submit a 2-page expression of interest, in the ACM Extended Abstracts format, that describes current work, future directions, and/or significant challenges on the topic of the workshop. Ensure your paper describes a scenario that drives your vision for the area and try and capture specific theme you think the workshop should be discussing.

Position papers do not need to have the CHI copyright statement on the first page, as they won’t be published in the CHI proceedings.
But please indicate which of the position paper authors will attend the workshop. Places are limited and we may need to cap the number of attendees per accepted paper. At least one author from each accepted paper must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference.

2 pages in ACM Extended Abstracts Format (

Email a pdf to Sriram Subramanian (

Important Dates

  • Early Deadline for Submitting: 21-December 2015
  • Early Notification: 5th January 2016
  • Main Submission Deadline: 15th January 2016
  • Main Notification: 29th January 2016
  • Workshop Date: 7th or 8th May 2016