Antoine Weill-Duflos

Antoine Weill-Duflos

Director of Research and Product Integration

Haply Robotics

Biography

I am currently working at Haply Robotics, building awesome robots for haptic interaction and more !

Previously, I was working in the SRL group at McGill as a Postdoctoral Fellow. My work there involved many aspects of research in haptic.

After obtaining my diploma of engineer from the school of Arts and Metiers, I chose to pursue doctoral studies in haptics and micro-robotics.

This PhD was an opportunity for me to discover specific issues related to teleoperation at the micro and nanoscopic scales. It was also an opportunity to enhance my knowledge in mechatronics and haptics.

Interests
  • Haptic perception
  • Haptic devices
  • Robotics
Education
  • PhD in Robotics, 2017

    Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris)

  • MSc in Robotics and Advanced Systems, 2013

    Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris)

  • Engineering degree, 2013

    Arts et Métiers ParisTech (Lille & Paris)

Projects

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Haply 2diy

Haply 2diy

The Haply 2diy is an affordable plannar haptic device with great force feedback performances.

Broadcasting Haptic

I investigate solutions to facilitate the authoring and demonstration of haptic effect in remote situations.

3D printed haptic illusions

3D printed haptic illusions

We propose a series of haptic illusions and demonstrations that can be fabricated using any FDM 3D printer. Once printed, they can be fully assembled by hand.

Haptic for OR/ICU

Haptic for OR/ICU

At present, the operating room (OR) and intensive care unit (ICU) are noisy environments, exacerbated by frequent alarms. Regardless of whether the alarms are valid or false, all command attention, raise stress, and are often irrelevant to the responsibilities of individual clinicians. To cope with these problems, we are investigating the possibility of using audio only for those alarms that should be announced to the entire team, but delivering other alarm cues individually, through haptics vibrations.

Haptic device for sensory reeducation

Haptic device for sensory reeducation

Nerve damage, frequently caused by injury, can result in the loss of sensorimotor functions in certain parts of the hand. After suturing the nerve, unpleasant sensations on contact, including tingling and electric shocks are often felt. Following nerve regrowth, it is necessary to re-train the brain to interpret the signals from these nerves correctly. This project involves the design of haptic devices to help in this process of sensory reeducation, which can involve two phases, depending on the severity of the loss of sensitivity: relearning how to localize sensations, and differentiation of shapes and textures in the identification of objects.

HapticPhonemes

HapticPhonemes

The tactile sense can be used as a channel for general communication, especially in contexts where the visual and auditory modalities are occupied with other tasks or compromised. We propose a new method for communicating generic words through the sense of touch that relies on delivering vibration patterns, representing the phonemes composing the words, to the user’s skin through two vibrotactile transducers worn on the forearm. The novelty of this technique is that vibration patterns are created from the audio of the corresponding English phoneme, resulting in vibration patterns that resemble physical characteristics when uttering the phoneme during normal speech.

BarryWhaptics

BarryWhaptics

Biased perceptions of others are known to negatively influence the outcomes of social and professional interactions in many regards. This project explores how haptic effects, generated from speech, could attenuate listeners' perceived voice-related biases.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Director of Research and Product Integration

Haply

Feb 2021 – Present Montréal, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

Post Doctoral Fellow

McGill Univerity

Feb 2018 – Jan 2021 Montréal, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

PhD student

University Pierre et Marie Curie

Oct 2013 – Jul 2017 Paris, France
 
 
 
 
 

Design of a fishtank type virtual reality system

University Pierre et Marie Curie

Jan 2013 – Jul 2013 Paris, France
 
 
 
 
 

IT systems manager

Union des Élèves Arts et Métiers

Sep 2012 – Sep 2013 Paris, France
 
 
 
 
 

Design of an online jewelry sales platform

Twiy

Jun 2012 – Aug 2012 Paris, France
 
 
 
 
 

Network administrator

Résidence des Arts et Métiers

Sep 2011 – Sep 2012 Lille, France
 
 
 
 
 

Interface design for portable terminals

9h37

Feb 2011 – Mar 2011 Lille, France

Recent Publications

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(2021). CanHap 501: Learning Haptic UX Design in Remote Teams. 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC).

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(2021). Active Sampling for Efficient Subjective Evaluation of Tactons at Scale. 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC).

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(2021). Context-Aware Automatic Haptic Effect Generation Algorithm for Improved Content Viewing Experiences. 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC).

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(2021). Conversing Using WhatsHap: A Phoneme Based Vibrotactile Messaging Platform. 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC).

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(2021). Speaking Haptically: From Phonemes to Phrases with a Mobile Haptic Communication System. IEEE Transactions on Haptics.

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