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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


Dr. Visell was a post-doctoral fellow from 2011 to 2012 at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris after receiving his 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
  • 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.