Jose James is currently working as Senior Research Associate at AMMACHI Labs. He is pursuing his PhD in Haptics at Amrita University. He has 8 more years of experience in research & development of games interfaces, virtual reality (VR) simulations and haptics. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Chair of Media Technology at the Technische Universitat München (Germany) as an Erasmus Mundus Heritage scholarship holder. His current research interests are multi point haptic rendering, audio-visuo-haptic VR simulations and Human-Robot Interfaces.


Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Conference Proceedings K. Gokulnath, Jose, J., and Bhavani, R. R., “Human-In-The-Loop Industrial Robot Control by 3DOF Haptic Device”, International conference on Advancements in Automation robotics & sensing. (ICAARs 16) . Springer, 2016.
2016 Conference Proceedings J. Jose, Unnikrishnan, R., Marshall, D., and Bhavani, R. R., “Haptics enhanced multi-tool virtual interfaces for training carpentry skills”, International conference on Robotics & Automation For Humanitarian applications (RAHA 2016). Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India, 2016.
Publication Type: Conference Paper
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2014 Conference Paper J. Jose, Akshay, N., and Bhavani, R. R., “Learning Elementary Physics Though Haptic Simulations”, in Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Applied Computing, New York, NY, USA, 2014.[Abstract]

Because many concepts in physics are non-engaging and difficult to understand, instructors in physics are challenged to fully engage students in the study of physics. For even the best students, current practices are not fully engaging and do not provide a deep understanding of fundamental principles. While traditional laboratory exercises are a good way to support and reinforce learning, haptic simulations can be more effective. Haptic feedback can increase understanding within a virtual environment in certain instances and can provide an additional modality for imparting tangible principles. In this paper, we discuss the design of an educational simulation tool using audio, visual and haptic feedback for learning basic concepts in physics at the elementary school student level. More »»
2014 Conference Paper J. Jose, Unnikrishnan, R., Marshall, D., and Bhavani, R. R., “Haptic simulations for training plumbing skills”, in Haptic, Audio and Visual Environments and Games (HAVE), 2014 IEEE International Symposium on, 2014.[Abstract]

The objective of this work is to augment actual hands-on conventional vocational training workshop with simulated training using virtual haptic simulations as part of computer-based vocational education and training. We have developed a system to simulate various common tool exercises and procedures in virtual environments for vocational training programs targeted towards illiterate and semi-literate populations. In our previous work, we designed a cost-effective multi-tool haptic simulator that can train the use of 19 hand-held and powered tools. This simulator is designed to replace traditional training tools and materials in the primary stage of vocational skill training. This paper discusses the design and computational modelling of the virtual training interface that allow this simulator to be used for training in multiple vocational trades - with a special focus on plumbing-that bring the experience of a vocational workshop training environment to the end user. This approach of a virtual, computer-based vocational training environment holds the potential to offer vocational training to a diverse audience with varying skill sets. More »»
2013 Conference Paper J. Jose, Ramesh, S., Akshay, N., and Bhavani, R. R., “TryStrokes: Learning on a digital canvas to paint in the real world”, in Global Humanitarian Technology Conference: South Asia Satellite (GHTC-SAS), 2013 IEEE, 2013, pp. 68-73.[Abstract]

In rural and tribal communities, producing handicrafts act as a source of supplementary income and a means to preserve the uniqueness of their arts and craft forms. Developing skills requires practise and knowledge of native techniques. In activities such as painting, skill in application of pressure and tilt of the brush are very important parameters that contribute to creating beautiful artwork. Technology can play a vital role in aiding to preserve traditional techniques and skills. In this paper we discuss the design of a software application that contains a skill database that stores expert brush stroke techniques and help the novice learn to apply the brush strokes by providing feedback based on the expert stroke. This computerised training solution is scalable, portable and cost effective.

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2013 Conference Paper N. Akshay, Deepu, S., Rahul, E. S., Ranjith, R., Jose, J., Unnikrishnan, R., and Bhavani, R. R., “Design and evaluation of a Haptic simulator for vocational skill Training and Assessment”, in Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2013 - 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE, 2013.[Abstract]

While mainstream haptics has been focusing on training elite skills, the haptic simulator described in this paper addresses a problem with a phenomenal social impact that addresses teaching of vocational skills to the growing unskilled and impoverished populations in India. This is an unconventional attempt at designing a multi-tool haptic trainer that could potentially replace traditional training tools and materials in the primary stages of vocational skill training. After an exhaustive analysis of all the tools used in the various vocational trades of the construction industry, we categorized and sorted the tools based on their properties and functions. Using this information, we designed Amrita Progressive Training Assistance using Haptic simulation (APTAH), a cost effective haptic simulator that can train the use of over nineteen hand-held and powered tools used in several vocations. The simulator provides audio, visual and haptic cues that can help the novice master the use of the tools in the absence of a human trainer. This paper also discusses the preliminary trials conducted to study training effectiveness of the haptic simulator proposed. More »»
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