3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch

was held on 21 December 2017
4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch

After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.

 

The aim of this third meeting was to explore possible ways to collaborate and to actually try to initiate these collaborations. We agreed it would be useful to get to know each other better, in particular because there were many new faces among the 20 participants. During 4 rounds of one-on-one ‘speed dates’, the touch-enthusiasts had the opportunity to introduce themselves to each other. Moreover, they were encouraged to find out what they could mean for each other in terms of knowledge and skills but also in terms of facilities, equipment, and networks. Because of the many disciplines that were present – research, technology, design, and industry – the speed dates were highly inspiring: this may even turn out to be the point of departure for new initiatives.

 

After the speed dates, the participants teamed up in larger groups to brainstorm about possible collaborations. They could think about joint research proposals, the organization of touch-related events, developing touch devices and applications, or collaborations to bring the Dutch Touch community forward. Wouter Vos (Elitac) demonstrated how the wisdom of the Dutch Touch group could be used by proposing a specific brainstorm topic (a body coordinate system to support application of vibrotactile feedback). After the creative session, brief pitches of the initial ideas were given and proved that the different disciplines that were present really can complement each other. During the well-deserved coffee break it turned out that the sessions so far had indeed provided plenty of inspiration. The initial plan had been to concretize the ideas in a second session but we decided to drop this plan and allow the participants discuss their work and ideas in a more informal setting. These discussions were also supported by some interesting demonstrations of touch-devices and applications, and – later on – a few drinks.

 

Considering the enthusiasm of all people present we can already start planning the fourth Dutch Touch meeting. We may even think about organizing a larger event in the future in order to further mature the field of research. In the meantime, we hope that this meeting has indeed inspired people; for their own work but, of course, also for small-scale spin-off events or other collective initiatives.


3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch

3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch

After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.

 

The aim of this third meeting was to explore possible ways to collaborate and to actually try to initiate these collaborations. We agreed it would be useful to get to know each other better, in particular because there were many new faces among the 20 participants. During 4 rounds of one-on-one ‘speed dates’, the touch-enthusiasts had the opportunity to introduce themselves to each other. Moreover, they were encouraged to find out what they could mean for each other in terms of knowledge and skills but also in terms of facilities, equipment, and networks. Because of the many disciplines that were present – research, technology, design, and industry – the speed dates were highly inspiring: this may even turn out to be the point of departure for new initiatives.

 

After the speed dates, the participants teamed up in larger groups to brainstorm about possible collaborations. They could think about joint research proposals, the organization of touch-related events, developing touch devices and applications, or collaborations to bring the Dutch Touch community forward. Wouter Vos (Elitac) demonstrated how the wisdom of the Dutch Touch group could be used by proposing a specific brainstorm topic (a body coordinate system to support application of vibrotactile feedback). After the creative session, brief pitches of the initial ideas were given and proved that the different disciplines that were present really can complement each other. During the well-deserved coffee break it turned out that the sessions so far had indeed provided plenty of inspiration. The initial plan had been to concretize the ideas in a second session but we decided to drop this plan and allow the participants discuss their work and ideas in a more informal setting. These discussions were also supported by some interesting demonstrations of touch-devices and applications, and – later on – a few drinks.

 

Considering the enthusiasm of all people present we can already start planning the fourth Dutch Touch meeting. We may even think about organizing a larger event in the future in order to further mature the field of research. In the meantime, we hope that this meeting has indeed inspired people; for their own work but, of course, also for small-scale spin-off events or other collective initiatives.