People

Ali Israr

Research Scientist

I am a research scientist with Facebook Reality Labs, investigating haptic sciences and technologies for AR/VR use cases. Previously I was leading haptic efforts in Facebook’s Building 8 and Disney Research Pittsburgh. I have received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Interests

Haptic displays and systems, social touch, and multimodal user interactions

Latest Publications

IEEE WHC - July 7, 2021

Learning Vibes: Communication Bandwidth of a Single Wrist-Worn Vibrotactile Actuator

Elyse D. Z. Chase, Ali Israr, Pornthep Preechayasomboon, Sarah Sykes, Aakar Gupta, Jessica Hartcher-O’Brien

Presentation on Late-Breaking Work at CHI - May 9, 2021

A Multichannel Pneumatic Analog Control System for Haptic Displays

Benjamin Stephens-Fripp, Ali Israr, Carine Rognon

arXiv - April 16, 2021

An Online Survey on the Perception of Mediated Social Touch Interaction and Device Design

Carine Rognon, Taylor Bunge, Meiyuzi Gao, Chip Conor, Benjamin Stephens-Fripp, Casey Brown, Ali Israr

Advanced Material Technologies - July 22, 2020

A Flexible Spiraling-Metasurface as a Versatile Haptic Interface

Osama R. Bilal, Vincenzo Costanza, Ali Israr, Antonio Palermo, Paolo Celli, Frances Lau, Chiara Daraio

CHI - April 25, 2020

Explorations of Wrist Haptic Feedback for AR/VR Interactions with Tasbi

Evan Pezent, Marcia K. O’Malley, Ali Israr, Majed Samad, Shea Robinson, Priyanshu Agarwal, Hrvoje Benko, Nicholas Colonnese

ACM CHI - April 25, 2020

Crossing the Chasm: Linking with the Virtual World through a Compact Haptic Actuator

Pornthep Preechayasomboon, Ali Israr

ACM CHI - April 24, 2020

Chasm: A Screw Based Expressive Compact Haptic Actuator

Pornthep Preechayasomboon, Ali Israr, Majed Samad

IEEE Haptics Symposium - March 28, 2020

Communicating Socio-Emotional Sentiment Through Haptic Messages

Xi Laura Cang, Ali Israr

ACM IMWUT - December 15, 2019

VPS Tactile Display: Tactile Information Transfer of Vibration, Pressure, and Shear

Lawrence H. Kim, Pablo Castillo, Sean Follmer, Ali Israr

IEEE Transactions on Haptics - December 15, 2019

Multi-Sensory Stimuli Improve Distinguishability of Cutaneous Haptic Cues

Jennifer L. Sullivan, Nathan Dunkelberger, Joshua Bradley, Joseph Young, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Keith Klumb, Freddy Abnousi, Marcia K. O’Malley

World Haptics - July 12, 2019

Tasbi: Multisensory Squeeze and Vibrotactile Wrist Haptics for Augmented and Virtual Reality

Evan Pezent, Ali Israr, Majed Samad, Shea Robinson, Priyanshu Agarwal, Hrvoje Benko, Nick Colonnese

World Haptics - July 7, 2019

Affective touch communication in close adult relationships

Sarah McIntyre, Athanasia Moungou, Rebecca Boehme, Peder M. Isager, Frances Lau, Ali Israr, Ellen A. Lumpkin, Freddy Abnousi, Håkan Olausson

World Haptics - July 7, 2019

Uncovering Human-to-Human Physical Interactions that Underlie Emotional and Affective Touch Communication

Steven C. Hauser, Sarah McIntyre, Ali Israr, Håkan Olausson, Gregory J. Gerling

World Haptics - July 7, 2019

From Human-to-Human Touch to Peripheral Nerve Responses

Steven C. Hauser, Saad S. Nagi, Sarah McIntyre, Ali Israr, Håkan Olausson, Gregory J. Gerling

World Haptics - July 7, 2019

A Compact Skin-Shear Device using a Lead-Screw Mechanism

Pratheev Sreetharan, Ali Israr, Priyanshu Agarwal

ISWC 2018 - October 12, 2018

Conveying Language through Haptics: A Multi-sensory Approach

Nathan Dunkelberger, Jenny Sullivan, Joshua Bradley, Nickolas P Walling, Indu Manickam, Gautam Dasarathy, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Keith Klumb, Brian Knott, Freddy Abnousi, Richard Baraniuk, Marcia K. O’Malley

ACM SAP 2018 - August 10, 2018

Learning to Feel Words: A Comparison of Learning Approaches to Acquire Haptic Words

Jennifer Chen, Robert Turcott, Pablo Castillo, Wahyudinata Setiawan, Frances Lau, Ali Israr

IEEE Transactions on Haptics 2018 - July 30, 2018

A Phonemic-Based Tactile Display for Speech Communication

Charlotte M. Reed, Hong Z Tan, Zachary D Perez, E. Courtenay Wilson, Frederico M. Severgnini, Jaehong Jung, Juan S. Martinez, Yang Jiao, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Keith Klumb, Robert Turcott, Freddy Abnousi

Eurohaptics 2018 - June 13, 2018

A Comparative Study of Phoneme- and Word-Based Learning of English Words Presented to the Skin

Yang Jiao, Frederico M. Severgnini, Juan S. Martinez, Jaehong Jung, Hong Z Tan, Charlotte M. Reed, E. Courtenay Wilson, Frances Lau, Ali Israr, Robert Turcott, Keith Klumb, Freddy Abnousi

Eurohaptics 2018 - June 13, 2018

Improving Perception Accuracy with Multi-sensory Haptic Cue Delivery

Nathan Dunkelberger, Joshua Bradley, Jennifer L. Sullivan, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Keith Klumb, Freddy Abnousi, Marcia K. O’Malley

Eurohaptics 2018 - June 13, 2018

Efficient Evaluation of Coding Strategies for Transcutaneous Language Communication

Robert Turcott, Jennifer Chen, Pablo Castillo, Brian Knott, Wahyudinata Setiawan, Forrest Briggs, Keith Klumb, Freddy Abnousi, Prasad Chakka, Frances Lau, Ali Israr

CHI 2018 - April 21, 2018

Coding Tactile Symbols for Phonemic Communication

Siyan Zhao, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Freddy Abnousi

CHI 2018 - April 21, 2018

Speech Communication through the Skin: Design of Learning Protocols and Initial Findings

Jaehong Jung, Yang Jiao, Frederico M. Severgnini, Hong Z Tan, Charlotte M. Reed, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Freddy Abnousi

CHI 2018 - April 21, 2018

Feeling Speech on the Arm

Jennifer Chen, Pablo Castillo, Robert Turcott, Ali Israr, Frances Lau

CHI 2018 - April 21, 2018

Towards Pleasant Touch: Vibrotactile Grids for Social Touch Interactions

Ali Israr, Freddy Abnousi

HAPTICS 2018 - March 25, 2018

A Social Haptic Device to Create Continuous Lateral Motion Using Sequential Normal Indentation

Heather Culbertson, Cara M. Nunez, Ali Israr, Frances Lau, Freddy Abnousi, Allison M. Okamura