As a third-year graduate student in the Surface Haptics Research Group at Northwestern University, Joe Mullenbach works to not just expand the capabilities of surface haptic devices but also to design engaging interactions with them.
Mullenbach's research spans both mechanical design and human-centered design. The mechanical design aspect includes the development of surface haptic devices that make it possible to feel forces on a flat screen. The human-centered design involves programming those forces in such a way as to give users the impression that they are interacting with virtual objects.
With surface haptics, he strives to design touchscreen interactions that are more useful, more usable, and create closer connection.
Specific research projects Mullenbach has worked on or is currently working on include the ActivePaD device, automotive interaction design, and the TPaD Tablet.
BS, Mechanical Engineering with Distinction, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Segal Design Cluster Fellowship: A design centered cross-disciplinary research fellowship from the Segal Design Institute
Best Poster Award Haptics Symposium 2012 "ActivePaD Surface Haptic Device," Joe Mullenbach, Dan Johnson, J. Edward Colgate, Michael A. Peshkin
Nominated Best Paper Award Haptics Symposium 2012 "ActivePaD Surface Haptic Device," Joe Mullenbach, Dan Johnson, J. Edward Colgate, Michael A. Peshkin