Dr. Mohamad EID

Bringing Touch to Human Computer Interaction

Haptics technology has changed the way humans interact with computers and each other via computers. Incorporating the sense of touch into human computer interaction has opened a new era of interactive applications ranging from medical simulations and rehabilitation to entertainment and social interaction. This presentation will give an overview of the latest developments at the Applied Interactive Multimedia Research Laboratory (AIMLab) of New York University Abu Dhabi. Several projects will be introduced such as the Haptogram system (a contact-less 3D tactile display technology), Affective Haptics system (a system to communicate emotions via touch), Haptic Learning tool (haptics for teaching Arabic language handwriting), and Haptic dental simulation for teaching periodontal procedures.


Bio: Dr. Mohamad Eid is the co-author of the book Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia (Springers 2011); co-chair of the 3rd International IEEE Workshop on Multimedia Services and Technologies for E-health (MUST-EH 2013); and has been a local organizing chair for Haptic-Audio-Visual Environment and Gaming (HAVE) for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. His current research interests include Haptics and multi-modal human computer interaction, serious gaming and tangible interfaces, and biofeedback technologies. Eid served as a teaching and research associate at the University of Ottawa from June 2008 until April 2012. He has won several awards for academic and research distinction including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award of Excellence, University of Ottawa Excellence scholarship, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) scholarship. Dr. Eid received his B.E. from Beirut Arab University; M.E. from the American University of Beirut; and his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa.