Jeremy Fishel

California State University, Long Beach – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, USC – M.S. Biomedical Engineering, USC – M.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

My long-term objectives are to obtain cutting edge knowledge of the underlying physics and functions of biological touch and use this knowledge to pioneer the development of next generation products that mimic or integrate with human haptic capabilities.

The early period of my doctorate studies focused on the development of the BioTac a device that mimics the sensing modalities of human cutaneous touch. I am one of the original founders of SynTouch LLC a spin-off company that develops the BioTac for commercial and research purposes and am currently conducting my thesis research with this company.

My current focus is on understanding the role and function of microvibrations in touch, which are essential for slip detection, texture discrimination and tool usage. My thesis seeks to identify control stragetiges that make use of biologically inspired sensory capabilities to acheive human-like dexterity and perception within the realm of using sensed microvibrations for grip control and texture perception. I am also the principle investigator on a Phase II SBIR awarded to SynTouch to integrate the BioTac sensors into prosthetic hands to develop autonomous grip reflexes similar to biological ones as well as deliver feedback for conscious perception of touch.