Ali Israr



Bio-Sketch: [CV]
I am a haptics researcher and engineer. I focus on understanding the science of touch, incorporating it in new technologies, interfaces and applications, and work with business units to produce new and exciting products and experiences.
Haptics encompasses a broad range of research areas. These include, but not limited to, perception and psychology of touch, neuroscience and cognitive science, stability and controls theory, visualization and rendering techniques, novel and smart actuation technologies, human motor control and adaptation, HCI and more. My research focus rely on a common domain of these research topics and includes: touch perception, psychophysics, mechanical design, mechatronics and human-computer-interaction. This allows me to cover significant portion of haptics research and apply my knowledge for novel interaction and device designs.
I am interested in understanding the perception of touch. I use psychophysics and user studies to model human perception, behavior,emotions and preferences. In this way, I artificially re-create sensations and interactions with real objects using new technologies we invent in our labs. I have modeled and used user's experience in virtual environments; entertainment; therapies; medical procedures; mobile and gaming consumer products; training; auto industry and many more.

I am a Research Engineer in Disney Research, The Walt Disney Company. 
I look for new opportunities to continue my research on understanding the science behind the sense of touch and use new and existing haptic technologies for consumer products, communication, entertainment and education. Please refer to my resume.

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2007
    Thesis: Tactual Transmission of Phonetic Features [pdf] 
 Work Experience
  • Jan 2001 – Dec 2006  Teaching Assistant 
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, USA
    ME 352 Machine Design (Lead TA; best TA award) 
    ME 586 Microprocessors in Electromechanical Systems
    ME 375 System Modeling and Analysis
  • Jul 1999 – Jul 2000  Junior Engineer
    Echo West (pvt) Ltd., Pakistan



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