Following the proposal, which was submitted to the Festival organisers in January 2016, the PROTOTOUCH project was selected to be a part of the Family Weekend. This is a two-day event following the core festival,which aims to promote science and encourage curiosity in general public, and especially children.
The MINT team was selected to represent INRIA at the large "Futur en Seine" technology fair in Paris with the E-VITA device developed within Prototouch! Two fellows from he project presented the demo to an audience that ranged from the general public to the French president.
The 7th and 8th of September, after three years of involvment in the project, two Prototouch fellows David Gueorguiev and Athanasia Moungou succesfully defended their PhD thesis. This was the perfect occasion to gather an excellent panel of lecturers and organise a two-days international symposium
Most partners from the Prototouch project were selected to present their work at the international conference Eurohaptics 2016. This was the perfect occasion to also hold a permanenent stand where the novel tactile devices developed by the project were displayed as interactive demos for the audience of the conerence, which also served as a career hub since the fellows were able to interact and handle their CV’s to key persons from the field of Haptics iether academic or industrial.
The Marie-Curie FP7-Prototouch project is now running for more than 3 years and has achieved significant results thanks to the excellent collaboration that it fostered. We are happy to organise a mini-symposium on Haptics and tactile perception to share these results to the scientific community and complement them with talks from renown specialists in the field on their most innovative work.
During, the project, the Prototouch fellows implemented many outreach activities to spread the project and the new developed technologies to a large audience. The fellows participated in various activities ranging from explaining the neuroscience o ftouch to the business tech shows presentations of the new devices
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