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Ian Oakley
Research Associate
Palpable Machines group

Ian graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first class joint honours degree in Computing Science and Psychology, and was awarded the class prize in Computing Science. In 1998 he began his PhD, focusing on the use of haptics as a modality for interaction. During the next three years he brought his psychology skills to bear on the issues involved in a diverse set of haptic domains. These ranged from the development of guidelines for the design of usable haptic displays of complex information, to evaluating the affect that communication through touch exerts on subjective feelings of presence and connectedness among users of distributed collaborative systems. He joined the Palpable Machines group at MIT Media Lab Europe as a research associate in November 2001.