Development of a multi-species miniaturized tactile display



Develop a miniaturized device able to stimulate the skin at multiple length and time scales. This device will be based on an established technique aimed at creating sub-surface stain fields targeted at the cutaneous mechanoreceptors by modifying boundary condition of finger pads or of robotic tactile sensors in the tangential direction. The current system based on piezoelectric actuators has unique capabilities but is expensive, complex to commission and has intrinsic limitation on terms of spatial and temporal resolution. The project will also explore, with ESR1, the development of a 2-stage electromagnet device making it possible to adjust the spatial and temporal resolution to various targets.

Expected Results

A miniaturized device able to stimulate the skin at multiple length and time scales.

Planned secondments

UoG: training on miniaturization and micro/nanofabrication

ULUND: to learn about the use of miniaturized display for haptic input features

BMW: training on haptics in automation


Host institution: Actonika

Enrolments (in Doctoral degree): University of Glasgow


Vincent Hayward, Henrik Jörntell

Presentation of ESR3

My namne is Yerkebulan Massalim. I received the B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering degree in 2017 and M.Sc in Roboitcs degree in 2020 from Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. I worked as a hardware engineer from 2017 to 2018 on several embedded systems projects. I’m currently a PhD student at Sorbonne University and works in the R&D department of Actronika, Paris. My research interests are haptics, tactile sensing, embedded systems, and machine learning.