Congratulations to Claudio Pacchierotti, CNRS Bronze Medal 2022, member of the Rainbow research team
Enabling physical interaction with a virtual or remote object is the challenge of Claudio Pacchierotti's work, which focuses on the use of haptics, the science that explores and exploits touch, for interaction with robotic and virtual reality systems.
After a PhD in engineering at the University of Siena (Italy) in 2014, he joined the CNRS in 2016, as a research fellow at the Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems in Rennes. The originality of his work lies in the exploitation of haptic perception as an interaction modality - like a smartphone that vibrates after touching it - using haptic feedback interfaces to trick our sense of touch (and consequently, the perception of the world around us). He is also working on the development of new low-cost, efficient, wearable haptic interfaces that could be used in everything from video games to surgical and assistive robotics to space exploration.
2014 : PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Siena (Italy); EuroHaptics Best PhD Thesis Award
2016 : Joined the CNRS - Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems
2018-2022: H2020 FET-Open, projet H-Reality: Mixed Haptic Feedback for Mid-Air Interactions in Virtual and Augmented Realities
2021-2025 : Co-coordinator of the Inria DORNELL challenge project: a multimodal, shapeable haptic handle for mobility assistance of disabled people
2022-2026: Coordinator of the Horizon Europe REGO project : Cognitive robotic tools for human-centered small-scale multi-robot operations
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