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 Orly Lahav, PhD

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Laboratory for Human and Machine Haptics
Visiting Scientist
Tel.: 617-253-0925
Fax: 617-258-7003

Research Interests

Using haptic devices to promote learning

Haptic and audio feedback as a compensating channel, for people who are blind

Disability and the virtual reality environment

K-12 learning through information technology artifacts

Web-based learning and instruction

Recent Publication



Haptic virtual environment support exploration of complex space - Develop and research a Virtual Learning Environment system with haptic (touch and feel) and audio interfaces that can help blind individuals explore and become familiar with unknown environments (e.g., a public building, a university campus) before actually encountering and navigating through them.
This work is a collaborative project between the Touch Lab, MIT and the
Carroll Center for the Blind, a rehabilitation and trainee center for blind and visually impaired persons. The research aims to take advantage of the ongoing engineering revolutions in desktop robotic devices and information technology for training blind people to acquire orientation and mobility skills in navigating through complex real environments, (with Srinivasan M.A. & Cheong J.).
The Touch Lab, MIT, 2004-Present.

HCM - Haptic support of Cognitive Mapping - A multisensory (haptic, auditory) Force-Feedback-based environment for supporting blind people's cognitive mapping of real spaces, and their acquisition of spatial orientation and navigation skills, (with Mioduser D.).
Knowledge Technology Lab, Tel-Aviv University, 2000-2003.

Technology in the Biblical time - An interactive Website aimed at high-school students, that focuses upon ancient technology during the period of King Salomon, (with Mioduser D.; Oren A.; Zisenwine D. & Givon U.).
Knowledge Technology Lab, Tel-Aviv University, 2001-Present.

Robotics - An educational Website focusing on robotics and control concepts for upper elementary school students. The Website includes multimedia content pages and online interactive activitie, (with Mioduser D.; Talis, V., in cooperation with CET).
Knowledge Technology Lab, Tel-Aviv University, 1999.

WBL - a taxonomy of educational websites, research and implementation of Web-Based-Learning, (with Mioduser D.; Nachmias R. & Oren A.).
Knowledge Technology Lab, Tel-Aviv University, 1998-2000.

Knowmagine - A Virtual Park of Science, Technology and Culture
A virtual, 3D, networked learning environment in the Internet for on-line individual and collaborative learning, (with Mioduser D.; Oren, A.; Katzir, S.; & Amit, G.)
Knowledge Technology Lab, Tel-Aviv University, 1996-1998.

Adaptive Interface - A computer software that enables teachers to evaluate the visually impaired users' visual abilities and to recommend interface configurations that fit the users needs. Israeli Ministry of Education, 1996.

Pupil - A diagnostic and practice adaptive-remedial system for the treatment of writing mistakes by visually impaired children, (with Mioduser D.).
Knowledge Technology Lab, Tel-Aviv University, 1995-1997.

The Centre for Care, Rehabilitation and Enrichment - Creation and management of The Centre for Care, Rehabilitation and Enrichment for visually impaired and blind students. Israeli Ministry of Education, 1990-1997.

ICT for Visually Impaired and Blind - Improvement and ongoing development of computers and special equipment for visually impaired and blind students and educators. Israeli Ministry of Education, 1989-1999.


New Gallery (2004-2005)

Old Gallery (1999-2002)


~Last updated February 2005~