Best Paper Award at HCII 2017

Ian Hattwick, Ivan Franco and Marcelo Wanderley win Best Paper Award at 2017 HCI Conference

HCI International Conference recently announced that the paper “The Vibropixels: a Scalable Wireless Tactile Display System” has received the Best Paper Award of the Human Interface and the Management of Information Thematic Area of the 2017 Human-Computer International Conference in Vancouver, BC. The paper presents a brief overview of the VibroPixel tactile display system and discusses ways in which the system was created to facilitate its use in the artistic creation process.

HCII 2017 Best Paper Award Certificate

Ian at HCII 2017, Vancouver, BC

· 2017/07/20 05:20

Call for Abstracts - CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL), McGill University, will organize a 2-day workshop on December 9-10, 2016, to discuss the state-of-the-art and the possible future directions of research on force-feedback and music (FF&M).

We would like to invite submissions of research reports (abstracts) to be presented during the event.

Summary of Important Information:

  • CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music
  • When: December 9 – 10, 2016
  • Where: CIRMMT, McGill University, Montreal, Qc, Canada (
  • Deadline for abstract submission: Monday November 14 16 2016
  • Acceptance notification: Thursday November 17 2016

Context: Though haptics research in music is a very active research field, it seems presently dominated by tactile interfaces, due in part to the widespread availability of vibrotactile feedback in portable devices. Though not recent—with some of the its early contributions dating back to the end of the 70s—research on force-feedback in musical applications has traditionally suffered from issues such as hardware cost, as well as the lack of community-wide accessibility to software and hardware platforms for prototyping musical applications. In spite of this situation, in recent years, several works have addressed this topic proposing software platforms and simulation models.

We believe that it is then time to probe the current state of research on Force-feedback and music (FF&M).

Topics: We invite the submission of abstracts summarizing innovative work addressing force-feedback applications to music and media, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Music and media applications of force-feedback systems
  2. FF models of musical actions
  3. Audio and mapping systems adapted to force-feedback applications
  4. Open-hardware and open-source solutions for developing and sharing force-feedback/musical projects
  5. Evaluation of system quality vs cost in musical applications
  6. The pros/cons of existing hardware and software systems
  7. The obsolescence of hardware and software systems and ways to deal with it
  8. Perceptual issues in FF&M

Abstract submission: To propose a contribution, please send a one page summary of your proposal detailing:

  1. the research you carry out
  2. its current results
  3. its future perspectives

Deadlines and how to submit: The deadline for abstract submission is Monday November 14 2016. Selection results will be announced on Thursday Nov 17.

Please send your one-page abstract to, with the email subject: [FF&M 2016] Contribution by “XXX”

Support: The CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music is sponsored by the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory, McGill University, the Inria-FRQNT MIDWAY “équipes de recherche associées” project, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology and McGill University.

Tech showcase at SERI Montreal

SERI Montreal will take place on Monday 1st of May, 2016. This year theme is “La mobilité, du véhicule à la molécule” (Mobility, from vehicle to molecule”). The purpose of this event is to give a visibility to the researchers from all Montreal universities. Approximatively 250 companies will participate, and it is the opportunity to present what IDMIL lab is doing in Mobility field (in the large sense). One third of the companies are related to Big data, virtual reality, medical devices, etc (see a video on their youtube channel).

IDMIL researchers Ian Hattwick and Baptiste Caramiaux will attend the event and demonstrate some of the latest movement and music technologies: from realtime movement analysis to hardware controllers.

· 2016/04/28 17:09

IDMIL researchers at CNMAT, University of California Berkeley

Prof. Marcelo Wanderley and Dr Baptiste Caramiaux will be at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), University of California, Berkeley, on May 6th, 2016. In the morning, Baptiste will give a talk jointly with Frédéric Bevilacqua from IRCAM on Movement and Sound Interaction, a research overview from music performance to motor cognition. In the afternoon, Marcelo will give a lecture on research conducted at CIRMMT.

Details are available on the CNMAT website:

IDMIL to present haptics research at EuroHaptics 2016 Conference, 4-7 July, Imperial College London, UK

IDMIL PhD researcher John Sullivan will present recent haptics research at the EuroHaptics 2016 Workshop “Musical Haptics: use and relevance of haptic feedback in musical practice”. The workshop will take place at July 4, 2016 from 9:15 - 13:15 at Imperial College London, UK.

The workshop, organized by Stefano Papetti (Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland) and Ercan Altinsoy (Institute of Acoustics and Speech Communication, Dresden University of Technology, Germany), will include presentations by Vincent Hayward, Gareth Young, Nicolas Castagné, and Edgar Berdahl.

Abstract: Tactile Augmented Wearables for Delivery of Complex Musical Score Information
John Sullivan, Deborah Egloff, Marcello Giordano, Marcelo Wanderley

Tactile augmented wearables have been object of much research in recent years, both in academia and industry, and have been used to convey information such as navigational cues or system notifications. In the music domain, tactile wearables have been used to convey simple musical information to performers, in the form of, for instance, tempo cues or instantaneous feedback about the interaction with a live-electronics system. More complex tactile cues can also be designed. “Musicking the body electric” is a multidisciplinary project aiming at developing a set of tactile augmented garments for professional musicians, and a vocabulary of complex tactile icons (“tactons”) to be used by composers to deliver score information. What are the perceptual limitations of delivering complex, whole-body patterns of vibrations to performing musicians? Can musicians learn to reliably recognize icons and associate them to score elements? What are the best strategies for actuator choice and placement? These research questions are at the core of the “Musicking the body electric” project, and offer a cause for a more general reflection on the many issues to be addressed to evaluate abstract languages of tactile icons delivered by specialized wearable devices.

See the full workshop program here.