Natalie Stepien is a Ph.D. student in the Vision Sciences program at UC Berkeley, also advised by Dr. Orel-Bixler. She has a B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of Chicago. Her current research investigates haptic crowding across fingers.
Daisy Lei is a research intern at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. She has undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Daisy provides crucial support for many projects, but is particularly interested in language cognition and contributes significantly to projects related to hand movements during braille reading.
Bryce Bixler, UC San Diego undergraduate student, intern Summer 2016. Robotic stimulus-delivery table and thermal transport equations.
Renpeng Zhu, UC Berkeley undergraduate student, intern Fall 2015. Statistical modeling of TVIs' technology use.
Current and Recent Funding
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI, NIH) funds research on effective hand/finger movements for braille and tactile graphics reading (grant K99EY026997, PI Morash, 9/30/2016-8/31/2018).
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has provided funds for research on haptic performance and interfaces related to their refreshable tactile graphics display (PI Morash, 1/01/2017-9/30/2017).
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funds research in the lab as part of the Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC). This currently includes three projects: (1) assistive technology to support access to tactile graphics, (2) the "3Ps of 3D: Perception, Pedagogy, and Practice" project on 3D printing for students who have visual impairments, and (3) tactile graphics for people who have low vision (grant 90RE5024-01-00, PI Brabyn, 9/30/2016-10/29/2021).
Oculus awarded an unrestricted gift to the lab in support of haptics research (PI Morash, December 2015).