Haptic dancing: Human performance at haptic decoding with a vocabulary

Sommer Gentry, Roderick Murray-Smith

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The inspiration for this study is the observation that swing dancing involves coordination of actions between two humans that can be accomplished by pure haptic signaling. This study implements a leader-follower dance to be executed between a human and a PHANToM haptic device. The data demonstrate that the participants' understanding of the motion as a random sequence of known moves informs their following, making this vocabulary-based interaction fundamentally different from closed loop pursuit tracking. This robot leader does not respond to the follower's movement other than to display error from a nominal path. This work is the first step in an investigation of the successful haptic coordination between dancers, which will inform a subsequent design of a truly interactive robot leader.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3432-3437
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - Nov 24 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventSystem Security and Assurance - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2003Oct 8 2003


  • Control
  • Coordination
  • Haptic communication
  • Haptic interaction
  • Haptics
  • Motion primitives
  • Precognitive tracking
  • Pursuit tracking
  • Rhythmic interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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