Dr. Troy L. McDaniel

Troy McDaniel, Research Assistant Professor, CUbiC

Dr. Troy L. McDaniel


Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School; Director, HAPT-X Laboratory; Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC); Co-PI, NSF-NRT grant program, Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living


Computer Science and Engineering

Joined CUbiC




Former ASU student.

Research Profile

My research interests span the areas of haptics, human-computer interaction and assistive/rehabilitative technology. In particular, I explore the sense of touch as a receptive channel in the context of information delivery via electronic devices and displays. My research focus targets both (1) applied and (2) core research contributions within haptics: (1) Assistive haptics technologies for individuals who are blind such as social interaction assistants, and rehabilitative haptics technologies for individuals with motor impairments such as stroke; and (2) Psychophysics, multimodal displays, and device design. I completed my dissertation, "Somatic ABC's: A Theoretical Framework for Designing, Developing and Evaluating the Building Blocks of Touch-Based Information Delivery", in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan.


Modeling Context in Haptic Perception, Rendering and Visualization
K. Kahol, P. Tripathi, T. McDaniel, L. Bratton, S. Panchanathan,
Methodology for efficient perception in exclusively Haptic environments
K. Kahol, T. McDaniel, S. Panchanathan,
Using tactile rhythm to convey interpersonal distances to individuals who are blind
T. McDaniel, Krishna S, D. Colbry, S. Panchanathan,
Enriched human-centered multimedia computing through inspirations from disabilities and deficit centered computing solutions
S. Panchanathan, N.C. Krishnan, Krishna S, T. McDaniel, V. Balasubramanian,
Integration of RFID and Computer Vision for Remote Object Perception for Individuals Who Are Blind
McDaniel T, Kahol K, Villanueva D, Panchanathan S,


Effective communication requires a shared context. In face-to-face interactions, parts of this shared context are the number and location of people, their facial expression, head pose, eye contact, and movements of each person engaged in a conversation. Faces serve an…

In literature, such as novels, an elaborate account of a scene, in terms of the location, ambience, and presence of characters, is presented prior or during the conversation of those characters in the scene. In movies, similar information is portrayed, but through the…