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Daniela Faas
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PhD, Spring 2010

Home Dept: Mechanical Engineering

PhD Dissertation title: A hybrid method for haptic feedback to support manual virtual product assembly

PhD Advisor: Judy Vance

Area of PhD research: The purpose of this research is to develop methods to support manual virtual assembly using haptic (force) feedback in a virtual environment. The results of this research will be used in an engineering framework for assembly simulation, training, and maintenance. The key research challenge is to advance the ability of users to assemble complex, low clearance CAD parts as they exist digitally without the need to create expensive physical prototypes. The proposed method consists of a Virtual Reality (VR) system that combines voxel collision detection and boundary representation methods into a hybrid algorithm containing the necessary information for both force feedback and constraint recognition.

Employment upon graduating:
academicShapiro Post-Doctoral Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Current activity: I have teaching and research responsibilities.

HCI issues that interest me: Virtual Reality, Finite Element Analysis, Biomechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Computer Aided Design, Human Computer Interaction, Optimization, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Education.

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