Dance Haptics

Research Project
Developing haptic-based dance technology works for the blind and vision impaired. 

The Deakin Motion.Lab and the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research partnered with Arts Access Victoria to develop a proposal to create a new haptics system to provide access to dance for people who are blind or vision-impaired. This project has been funded by Australia Council’s Digital Research and Development program.

Artists and researchers from Deakin are working with blind and vision-impaired artists to develop a haptics-based dance technology system that uses haptic technology to map and communicate the body’s movement. The project will  provide a new approach to enabling blind and vision impaired audiences to access dance,  as well as opening up new approaches to  haptic art creation, and new techniques for haptic systems used in other applications such as sports, medicine and defence.

The project team includes Deakin Motion.Lab Director, Professor Kim Vincs; Motion.Lab post-doctoral fellow, John McCormick; Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Professor Saeid Nahavandi; Deputy Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Dr Douglas Creighton; CISR Research Fellows Dr Mohammed Hossny and Dr Shady Mohamed; and Dr Sharon Bentley from Deakin Optometry.

Research Team:

Prof. Kim VincsProf. Kim Vincs Director of Deakin Motion.Lab
Dr.John McCormickDr. John McCormick Deputy Director and Research Fellow Deakin Motion.Lab
Prof. Saeid NahavandiProf. Saeid Nahavandi Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Intelligent Syestems Reasearch (CISR)
Dr. Doug CreightonDr. Doug Creighton Deputy Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Intelligent Syestems Reasearch (CISR)

Dr. Mohammed Hossny
Senior Research Fellow in Human Machine Interation at CISR
Dr. Shady Mohamed
Interactive Artist
Senior Research Fellow in Signals and Systems at CISR
Dr. Sharon Bentley
Senior Lecturer in Optometry
Low vision specialist
Consultant for the Bionic Eye.
Veronica Pardo
Executive Director
Arts Access Victoria

Fiona Cook
Arts Development Manager
Arts Access Victoria



Arts Access Victoria

Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria is Australia’s founding and most experienced arts and disability organisation. Arts Access Victoria provides access, support & professional development in arts & cultural life across Victoria for Deaf people and people with disability.