It is my great honor and pleasure to be part of the launch of this first issue of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. The IEEE Transactions on Haptics will address the science, technology, and applications associated with information acquisition and object manipulation through touch. Haptic interactions relevant to this journal include all aspects of manual exploration and manipulation by humans, machines, and interactions between the two, performed in real, virtual, teleoperated, or networked environments. Haptic technology promises far-reaching applications, including games, robotics, medicine, human-computer interaction, and the arts, to name a few. We have also witnessed the rapid growth of research and development activities in the past several years. I sincerely hope that this publication will become the major vehicle for disseminating research results and galvanize the further development of the science, technology, and application of haptics.
The IEEE Transactions on Haptics is financially sponsored by three IEEE societies: the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (the Administrative Partner), the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. In addition, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is a Technical Cosponsor. This transactions has been the result of the dedicated work of a large number of individuals from these four societies over the past many years. It takes a team of visionary and devoted people to start a significant publication like this, and we owe thanks to those who have done the major groundbreaking work. In particular, the search committee for the Editor-in-Chief has done a fine job. They considered a number of distinguished individuals and eventually settled on Dr. J. Edward Colgate as the founding Editor-in-Chief. He is an internationally recognized leader in this area, and holds the post of Pentair-Nugent Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. His short biosketch follows. His goals are to have a quality, constructive, and timely review process, to promote the journal, and to lead it to be the flagship journal in haptics. It is my pleasure to introduce him to you, and I am sure that this journal is in good hands. Your support as a reader, a reviewer, an author, a subscriber, or as a member of the Editorial Board will be highly appreciated.
Peter B. Luh
Chair, IEEE Transactions on Haptics Management Committee