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How the mechanics of the fingertip impact the tactile and gripping function of the hand

Speaker: Dr. Vincent Hayward,, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Date: Thu, Feb 12 @ 11:00am
Location: MEM Seminar Room


Abstract
In recent years there have been a number of new studies pertaining to the detailed mechanics of the human fingertip, which will be surveyed. It is believed that the rather counterintuitive mechanical and tribological properties of this organ play a major role in the hand extremities' prehensile, sensory, and behavioral capabilities. Several examples will be described in this seminar.

Speaker Bio
Vincent Hayward (Dr.-Ing., 1981 Univ. de Paris XI) was Postdoctoral Fellow then Visiting Assistant Professor (1982) at Purdue University, and joined CNRS, France, as Charge de Recherches in 1983. In 1987, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University as assistant, associate and then full professor (2006). He was the Director of the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines from 2001 to 2004 and held the "Chaire internationale d'haptique" at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie from 2008 to 2010. He is now Professor at UPMC.

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