RE Touch Lab - Director and Principal Investigator
Dr. Visell's directs the RE Touch Lab, leading fundamental and applied research on the future of interactive technologies. Our research involves haptic device engineering, robotics, and haptic (touch) perception, motivated by emerging opportunities in human-computer interaction, sensorimotor augmentation, soft robotics, and interaction in virtual reality.
Dr. Visell is a faculty member at UC Santa Barbara, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Media Arts & Technology Program, and Mechanical Engineering Department (by courtesy). Trained in engineering and physics, he received the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, and MA and BA degrees in Physics from The University of Texas, Austin and Wesleyan University.
Dr. Visell spent more than five years in industrial research and development at leading technology companies. He was the lead DSP developer at Ableton, where he contributed iconic audio processing algorithms to award-winning music software that is used worldwide. He also undertook speech recognition research at Vocal Point Inc., now part of Nuance (makers of the Siri voice assistant). He undertook sonar R&D at ARL Austin, and worked in interactive art and design R&D at FoAM, Belgium, at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, and at the art-architecture-technology non profit Zero-Th, Croatia, which he co-founded in 2005. His artistic works have exhibited at some of the most prominent cultural venues in the world.