Smart Haptics Advisory Board

Smart Haptics Consulting Experts

  • Alicia Berry

    Social VR Technical Program Manager Facebook

    Alicia Berry is the Social VR Technical Program Manager for Facebook. Her team recently launched Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s first Social VR platform. Before Facebook, she was the Senior Producer on DomiNations, an international real time strategy mobile game and shipped The Elder Scrolls Online as a Senior Producer at Bethesda Softworks. Before gaming, she was a Director on Digital River’s adtech platform, DirectTrack and the Director of Operations for DVD Empire.

  • David Birnbaum

    Head of Design Strategy and Outreach Immersion Corp.

    David Birnbaum is a designer, inventor, and public speaker on the topics of emotional design, embodied communication, and immersive entertainment. Currently Head of Design Strategy and Outreach at Immersion Corporation, he’s spent the last 15 years designing apps, games, phones, wearables, musical instruments, automotive interfaces, medical devices, ads, and XR with haptic technology. Since feeling haptics for the first time in 2005, David has believed the power of touch technology, becoming more and more pervasive, is poised to change our society and our world. He wants to help make that happen.

  • Stella Clarke

    Research Engineer, Future User Interaction Concepts BMW Group

    Since 2007, Stella has been working as a development engineer at BMW, with a focus on haptics and future interior concepts.

  • J. Edward Colgate

    Breed University Design Professor at Northwestern University Tanvas

    J. Edward Colgate is the Breed University Design Professor and a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Colgate’s principal research interest is haptic interface.  He is the co-inventor of a class of collaborative robots known as “cobots” and a suite of technologies for bringing programmable haptic feedback to touch surfaces. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors.

  • Nick Colonnese

    Research Scientist Facebook Reality Labs

    Nick Colonnese is a research scientist at Facebook Reality Labs where he conducts research focusing on haptic interaction in augmented and virtual reality. His interests span augmented and virtual reality, sensor fusion and optimization, haptic design and control, and novel input devices and paradigms. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

  • Hong Z. Tan

    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University tangerineX

    Hong Z. Tan has conducted haptic research for about 30 years. Her MIT doctoral dissertation was the first study to demonstrate an information rate of 12 bits/s with a multi-finger haptic display that was developed as a tactile aid for the hearing impaired. Tan received her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China. She earned her Master and Doctorate degrees, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. Tan was a recipient of the prestigious US National Science Foundation's Early Faculty Development (CAREER) Award, and she was a Chinese National Natural Science Funds’ Distinguished (Overseas) Young Scholar. She has served on numerous program committees, was a co-organizer of Haptics Symposium from 2003 to 2005, Founding Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics in 2006, Editor-in-Chief of the World Haptics Conference Editorial Board from 2012 to 2015, and co-chair of the World Haptics Conference in 2015. Tan has served on many journal editorial boards and received a Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in 2012. From 2011-2015, Tan was a Visiting Researcher, then a Senior Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. She is keen on applying research to real-world problems and serves as a consultant for companies interested in developing novel haptic systems for consumer products. Tan is founder and CEO of tangerineX, a startup that creates interfaces that touch us back. Tan is a Fellow of the IEEE.