Dr. Troy L. McDaniel

Troy McDaniel, Assistant Professor, CUbiC

Dr. Troy L. McDaniel


Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School; Director, HAPT-X Laboratory; Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC); 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.


An Interactive Wearable Assistive Device for Individuals who are Blind for Color Perception
T. McDaniel, K. Kahol, S. Panchanathan,
Perceptual surface roughness classification of 3D textures using support vector machines
T. McDaniel, K. Kahol, S. Panchanathan,
A Methodology to Establish Ground Truth for Computer Vision Algorithms to Estimate Haptic Features from Visual Images
T. McDaniel, K. Kahol, P. Tripathi, D.P. Smith, L. Bratton, R. Atreya, S. Panchanathan,
Using a Haptic Belt to convey Non-Verbal communication cues during Social Interactions to Individuals who are Blind.
T. McDaniel, Krishna S, V. Balasubramanian, D. Colbry, S. Panchanathan,
Modeling Context in Haptic Perception, Rendering, and Visualization
K. Kahol, P. Tripathi, T. McDaniel, S. Panchanathan,


People who are blind have the inherent tendency of exploring their interaction partner’s face to know them better and feel closer. This becomes a necessity when partners become engaged in a conversation and want to be aware of the different facial expressions. Current…

The goal of this project is to build a moble-based simple TBI repository system that consists of top down classification of players where leaf nodes represent individual players and the parent nodes represent the relationship (Club/ Team/ Sport) that binds the child…

People with auditory disabilities are at a disadvantage due to their inability to access the details of their surroundings conveyed through sound. Though a cochlear implant can empower a person to interact socially, it lacks an adequate resolution to provide the rich…

For paralyzed persons who still retain high-level mental function, patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as locked-in syndrome or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or patients recovering from a stroke or just out of surgery, communication becomes an extremely…

Recently, much research in the area of haptic technologies has focused on the development of waist-worn haptic belts, also known as vibrotactile or vibration belts, as a substitution or augmentation modality for audio-visual information. Vibrotactile belts have been used…