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Yon Visell

Assistant Professor

Yon Visell
Office: Bossone 602
Phone: 215-571-4507
Personal site:

ReTouch Lab


B.A., Physics, Wesleyan University
M.A., Physics, University of Texas-Austin
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University (2011)

Research Interests

haptic display engineering, material and biomechanical contact physics, neuroscientific and physical basis of human tactile sensation/perception, haptic human-machine interaction, sensorimotor learning, interaction in virtual reality


Currently Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Drexel University. Dr. Visell's research involves haptics, the science and engineering of touch, contact physics, multisensory contributions to the perception and manipulation of objects and the perception of self-motion, and interaction in VR. Post-Doctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2012 at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 06. PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University in 2011. He collaborated on several international initiatives in the domains of haptics and VR, including projects NIW: Natural Interactive Walking, CLOSED, and the European Science Foundation COST Action: Sonic Interaction Design. He spent more than 5 years in industrial R&D at a number of high technology firms, including Loquendo (now Nuance Inc), Applied Research Labs, and Ableton, and was visiting researcher at Zurich University of the Arts, FoAM vzw (Belgium) and at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (Italy). Author of more than 40 peer reviewed articles, and editor of two books on interaction in virtual reality, including (with F. Steinicke, A. Lécuyer, and J. Campos) "Human Walking in Virtual Environments: Perception, Technology, and Applications", Springer Verlag, Series in Engineering, 2013. His work has been featured in popular media including New Scientist, Technology Review (MIT), and Fast Company, and has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies, Ircam/Centre Pompidou, Design Biennale St. Etienne, Ars Electronica and elsewhere.