Presenting a GuestXR paper at the World Haptics conference

GuestXR - World Haptics conference

Jeanne Hecquard and Claudio Pacchierotti, from project partner Inria, attended the IEEE World Haptics 2023 conference, which took place on July 10th-13th in Delft (the Netherlands).

During the event, Jeanne Hecquard, PhD Student at Inria, presented the work “Fostering social empathy in Virtual Reality through physiologically based affective haptic feedback”, based on research boosted by the GuestXR project.

The article studies the promotion of positive social interactions in virtual reality by fostering empathy with other users present in the virtual scene. For this purpose, the use of affective haptic feedback is proposed to reinforce the connection with another user through the direct perception of their physiological state.

Results are rather contrasted and user-dependent, but they show that sympathetic haptic feedback is globally preferred and can enhance empathy and perceived connection to the presenter. The results promote the use of affective haptics in social VR applications, in which fostering positive relationships plays an important role.

You can download the full paper here.

The IEEE World Haptics Conference is the premier international conference covering all aspects of haptics including the fundamental scientific findings, technological developments, algorithms and applications. It is a central venue for reporting research results and demonstrating novel capabilities in the field of haptics.