July 25, 2023 Zinn and Dills win best technical paper at World Haptics Conference Written By: Caitlin Scott Departments: Mechanical Engineering Categories: Awards|Graduate|Research|Students A prototype (planar) haptic device developed to demonstrate the high-force, high-stiffness, and free-space rendering capabilities of the newly proposed haptic actuation control approach. The prototype was used to highlight the controller’s capabilities and was exhibited during the World Haptics 2023 conference demonstration session. Congratulations to mechanical engineering graduate student Patrick Dills and Professor Mike Zinn on winning the Best Technical Paper award at the World Haptics Conference in Delft, Netherlands! The IEEE World Haptics Conference is held every other year and is considered the premier conference in Haptics (a sub-field in robotics). Dills and Zinn’s paper, Transparent, High-Force, and High-Stiffness Control of Haptic Actuators with Backlash, was selected as the best out of 147 submissions. The paper was also a finalist in the Best Student Presentation category. Read a pre-print version of the winning paper. Mike Zinn (3rd from left) and Patrick Dills (4th from left), pictured with awards committee members, accept the Best Technical Paper award at the World Haptics Conference in July 2023 in Delft, Netherlands.