Dr. Heather Culbertson

Please visit my new lab website: HaRVI Lab.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. My research focuses on the design and control of haptic devices and rendering systems, human-robot interaction, and virtual reality. Particularly I am interested in creating haptic interactions that are natural and realistically mimic the touch sensations experienced during interactions with the physical world. 


Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. I completed my PhD in 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania where I worked on data-driven modeling and rendering highly realistic haptic virtual surfaces.

Please contact me if you are interested in PhD student or visiting researcher positions.


My research has recently been featured in a New Yorker article on the sense of touch titled "Feel me: what the new science of touch says about ourselves".