Sile O'Modhrain leads the Palpable Machines group at Media Lab Europe. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, especially interfaces incorporating haptic and auditory feedback. Her work acknowledges the complementary nature of different sensory modalities and aims to carefully match tasks to the sensory feedback most relevant to their successful completion.
Dr. O'Modhrain earned her masters degree in Music Technology from the University of York and her Ph.D.from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA.) Her dissertation investigated the potential role for haptic feedback in interfaces for computer-based musical instruments.
Before embarking on her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a sound engineer and producer for BBC Network Radio. In 1994, she received a Fulbright Scholarship and went to Stanford to develop a prototype haptic interface augmenting graphical user interfaces for blind computer users. Dr. O'Modhrain has also worked for Immersion Corporation, a Silicon Valley company who develop and license haptic technologies. In 1998, she received a Stanford Centennial Teaching Award in acknowledgment of outstanding performance in teaching.