I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Human-Computer Interaction with Prof. Jürgen Steimle at Saarland University. He has an amazing team here exploring the future of wearable interfaces. My focus at present is on actuating textiles and designing technologies for connection.
In January 2022, I completed my award-winning PhD thesis "In Touch: Affective haptics for embodied communication and connection" at the University of Bristol, UK, exploring the intersection of touch, robotics and well-being. The thesis presents some of my early investigations into how technology can facilitate human interactions, both with others and ourselves. I worked within the Soft Robotics group at the Bristol Robotics Lab, which is led by my PhD supervisor Professor Jonathan Rossiter. Below you can find out more about the fields of soft robotics and affective haptics as well as some of the publications and projects I have been involved in.
I believe in research being open to the public and strive to find opportunities to share our work. We have showcased our research to the public at Research Without Borders and FUTURES @ We the Curious as well as at an inspire talk at the KWMC: The Factory (see community page for more info).
Relating to my PhD thesis:
2022: A calming touch: Design and validation of a tactile aid to ease anxiety. Published in PLOS ONE. Authors: Alice Haynes, Annie Lywood, Emily Crowe, Jessica Fielding, Jonathan Rossiter and Chris Kent.
2020: In Contact: Pinching, Squeezing and Twisting for Mediated Social Touch. Published in Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Authors: Melanie Simons, Alice Haynes, Yan Gao, Yihua Zhu and Jonathan Rossiter.
2019: A Wearable Skin-Stretching Tactile Interface for Human–Robot and Human–Human Communication. Published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Authors: Alice Haynes, Melanie Simons, Tim Helps, Yuichi Nakamura, Jonathan Rossiter.
Relating to my Master's thesis:
2021: FeelMusic: Enriching Our Emotive Experience of Music through Audio-Tactile Mappings. Published in Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. Authors: Alice Haynes, Jonathan Lawry, Christopher Kent and Jonathan Rossiter.
2019: RUBIC: An Untethered Soft Robot With Discrete Path Following. Published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Authors: Hsing-Yu Chen, Richard Suphapol Diteesawat, Alice Haynes, Alixander Partridge, Melanie Simons, Enrico Werner, Martin Garrad, Jonathan Rossiter and Andrew Conn.
2015: I co-conducted the "Bristol Experiment" with Brett Adey for the following paper: A computational model of human-robot spatial interactions based on a qualitative trajectory calculus. Published in MDPI Robotics. Authors: Christian Dondrup, Nicola Bellotto, Marc Hanheide, Kerstin Eder and Ute Leonards.