Gijs Huisman

Researcher at the Human Media Interaction Group of the University of Twente, working on Social Touch Techology.

Category: News

PhD Defense

It has been a while since the last update but I have a rather good excuse: last Friday, on the 24th of Februari, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation! My dissertation, which is titled “Social Touch Technology – Extending the reach of social touch through haptic technology“, is the culmination of five years of work on haptic […]

Workshops at EuroHaptics’16 and ICMI’16

In other workshop-related news: I’m co-organizer of two workshops that were accepted at EuroHaptics’16 and ICMI’16. The workshop at EuroHaptics will focus on the use of social touch in human-robot interaction. We are actually planning to design a small experiment during the workshop which we will then run during the conference. Should be exciting! The ICMI’16 […]

March 30, 2016

ThingsCon Salon Internet of Touch workshop

This Friday, the 1st of April, I’m co-organizing a hands-on ThingsCon Salon workshop about the Internet of Touch. In the workshop we’ll be talking about how we can use insights from research into social touch for the design of haptic wearables and connected products. We will look into the role that haptic will play in a […]

January 25, 2016

January 28th: Tasty Bits & Bytes/Media Technology exhibition at Fooddock Deventer

Every year at HMI we organize the Media Technology course in which students build installations that focus on unusual uses of technology. This year the theme of the course was related to our very own Tasty Bits & Bytes project: Future Foods. We are very happy to announce that we are collaborating with Fooddock in […]

December 23, 2015

TEDx talk: Social Touch Technology

  My TEDx talk about Social Touch Technology and the importance of social touch is now online! Check it out here! Also, please feel free to share the video with as many people as possible! More views means a higher chance of it ending up on TED.com, which would be awesome!

December 16, 2015

Registration for the 2nd Dutch Touch meeting

On the 3rd of July of this year we organized the first Dutch meeting on the study of social and affective touch (see here for a report). I am happy to announce that our second meeting will be held on the 20th of January 2016, from 13:00 until 17:00 and is again sponsored by the […]

November 19, 2015

TEDx: happy about Pursuit of Happiness

There I was. On THE red dot in front of a 1000+ audience. And what an audience! It was an immensely pleasurable experience to be a speaker at TEDxSaxionUniversity The Pursuit of Happiness, last week. After a great introduction by host Brahma, I stepped onto the stage, obviously nervous, but it all came together in what […]

November 10, 2015

Tomorrow: TEDx Talk!

Big day tomorrow! I’ll be giving a TEDx talk at the TEDxSaxionUniversity Pursuit of Happiness conference. The conference is completely sold out meaning a big, really big audience. I’m looking forward to it! Talks will be available later online, so if you missed the conference be sure to check back here later for a video […]

November 10, 2015

ThingsCon Amsterdam workshop

December 4th will be the second ThingsCon organized in Amsterdam. ThingsCon is a one-day conference about the future of hardware, and the Internet of Things. For this edition in Amsterdam I was invited to organize a workshop on haptic interactions. I’m still working on the exact program, but the workshop will focus on the affective […]

November 10, 2015

Design by Fire Cafe talk

On the 23rd of November I’ll be giving a talk at the Design by Fire Cafe in Utrecht. The talk is titled “Caress to Impress: Social Touch Technology”, and will be about the design of wearables for social touch interactions. The event is currently fully booked but you can still be put in the waiting list. […]