Oliver Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Waterloo in the Faculty of Engineering (Department of Management Sciences). Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Hasso Plattner Institute working with Patrick Baudisch. He completed my PhD in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, where he worked with Karon MacLean. During his PhD, he worked with Disney Research, first as an intern and then as a consultant.
I research Human-Computer Interaction, specifically, what I call Haptic Computing. Haptic technology engages the sense of touch by providing physical feedback to users. I argue that the limiting factor for haptic technology is the lack of computing tools – systems that enable the large-scale creation, deployment, and study of haptic feedback. Without these tools, haptic technology will be limited to small, in-lab studies and slow deployment into commercial applications. My long-term goal is a suite of haptic computing tools to assist the creation, deployment, and study of haptic technology.