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FDM3002 Haptics, Tactile and Tangible Interaction 5.0 credits

Haptic feedback (supporting the touch modality) is often taken for granted in real life but it is still not common when interacting with computers. If you interact with an object by using a haptic device that is available today you can feel the qualities of the material of the graphical object, like softness, texture, weight, or viscosity. Magnetism and pulling forces can also be represented and felt physically. Haptic feedback thus makes it possible to feel graphical objects as if they were real physical objects and that makes the objects easier to manipulate. In this course the theoretical framework for haptic perception and cognition is presented. Methods for design and evaluation of different haptic interfaces as well as other tactile interaction methods are described. Application areas that are relevant for haptic technology are reviewed, like for example computer games, computer support for collaboration, scientific visualization, and medical simulation. Students will learn how to design and program their own applications in laboratory assignments and a larger project, with different haptic devices.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

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P4 (5.0 hp)


18 Mar 2024
3 Jun 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDM3002 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Laboratory sessions

Intended learning outcomes

Account for how the tactile sense functions both regarding perception and cognition
Explain how physical manipulation with and without haptic feedback can give an added value in different interactive application fields
Use the specific guidelines that should be followed at design of systems that build on haptic, tactile and physically manipulatable interface
Program simple applications based on haptic and physically manipulatable interactive technology
Use methods in HCI to evaluate haptic, tactual and tangible interaction
Reflect on how multisensory interfaces can increase social sustainability

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

PhD student

Recommended prerequisites

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Offprints describing theory, research and applications in the area of haptic and tactile interaction that are made available via the course web pag

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Written essay, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

 Written essay

Other requirements for final grade

Approval of written essay

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design