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Touching Spatio-Temporal Data Through Haptic Robots. Adding More ‘Sense’ to GIS

April 06, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina
Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Associate Professor


This presentation will introduce the use of haptic robots to ‘touch’ spatially distributed data of complex mulit-variate systems. The technology to dive into these systems has been developed by the Haptic group at the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory (SGL), who will present two case studies diving in shale gas reservoir properties, and the identification of spatial mechanistic features found in varying material scenarios subjected to varying initial and boundary conditions.

The objective of the use of haptic robots to sense spatially varying data is to provide additional senses to visualization, where processes present multi-dimensional vectors, as a way to expedite the learning assimilation process of complex systems, both in terms of efficiency and depth.

This presentation will allow attendees to interact with the haptic robots to sense the data discussed in the proposed case studies. Multiple robots will be available for attendees to try different data configurations.


Dr. Medina-Cetina is Director of the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory at TAMU (SGL). His research and consulting interests include Risk, Reliability and Sensibility Analysis; Probabilistic Site Characterization for Integrated Studies (Geology, Geophysics, Geotechnical and Geomatics); and Uncertainty Quantification of Multi-Physics Geomechanical Processes. Dr. Medina-Cetina is member and two times elected Chair of the Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics Committee (OSIG) of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT). He is also the current President of SUT and founding faculty advisor of the SUT-TAMU Student Chapter.


Dr. Michael Bishop: michael.bishop@tamu.edu


April 6, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807