The CeTI Summer School takes place once a year at the Dresden location for a period of one week. It includes current lectures from the cluster including cooperating faculties and Principal Investigators. In addition, outstanding scientists from other universities and research institutions are invited to speak on CeTI research topics. CeTI wants to focus the Summer School on improving interdisciplinary thinking and cooperation. For this reason, the Summer School will increasingly offer workshops in which participants can apply their knowledge and, through practical exercises, apply their skills in an interdisciplinary context. CeTI teams up with the Chair of Acoustics and Haptics for this year’s Summer School. We invite you to participate at the International Summer School on Haptics and Cognitive Robotics, which will be held in Dresden, Germany, from September 5 to 9, 2022. The event mainly targets experts, PhD students, researchers and skilled practitioners.

At a Glance

Technical systems and products are becoming more and more complex and efficient and increasingly penetrate all areas of life and work. Digitization with its diverse facets plays a central role in this. Applications of haptics and robotics are an important part in the service sector, for people in general and in digitized industry. The central subjects of this summer school are the people confronted with this technology and the interface between technology and user (human in the loop).

With the objective of satisfying needs from multiple perspectives, several disciplines collaborate, aiming for major key aspects such as:

  • Novel haptic interfaces

  • Haptic perception and psychophysics

  • Affective haptics

  • Robotic surgery

  • Robot assistance systems
  • Humanoid robots,
  • Cognitive robotics, robot learning, statistical robotics

  • Using novel smart technologies including mobile devices and Augmented or Mixed Reality experiences

The whole program of the HAPCOR Summer School can be found here:

Before we come together on 9 September for our CeTI day, we will meet the night before (8th September, 6pm) to have a great social event together. We won’t reveal exactly what we have in store for you, but we invite you to join us on this special journey on the water.

The 9th September will be the CeTI Day of the HAPCOR Summer School. CeTI’s vision is to democratize access to skills and expertise in an interdisciplinary manner.

In the last months, we hired five junior professors to strengthen our team and our collaborative spirit. Together with these junior professors we will give five different workshops on their topics to identify specific collaborations projects. Our host Lisa Küssel will lead through the workshops:

Junior Professors and their Topics

Professor Merle Fairhurst is a cognitive neuroscientist with strong interdisciplinary ties that facilitate cross-talk with philosophers and engineers. She studies the interaction between sensory signals that allow us to make sense of the world around us and to successfully interact with human and virtual agents. Her projects range from trying to understand what makes touch help us trust others to identifying factors that make interacting in a group different to interacting in pairs. As a classical singer, she is passionate about the special cases of sensory perception in music and art. And, as a mother of five, she strongly believes in promoting women in academia.

Riccardo Bassoli is a Juniorprofessur (US Assistant Professor, UK Lecturer) at the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks and Head of the Quantum Communication Networks Research Group, at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Technische Universität Dresden. He is also member of the Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-loop (CeTI), Cluster of Excellence, Dresden. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Next, he received his Ph.D. degree from 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey (UK), in 2016. He was also a Marie Curie ESR at Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal) and visiting researcher at Airbus Defence and Space (France). Between 2016 and 2019, he was postdoctoral researcher at Università di Trento (Italy).
He is IEEE and ComSoc member. He is also member of Glue Technologies for Space Systems Technical Panel of IEEE AESS.
His research interests include: quantum communication networks and their integration with 6G and the Tactile Internet, 6G three-dimensional networking, network virtualization, and low-latency resilient communications.

Anindya Nag has completed B. Tech. Degree from West Bengal University of Technology, India in 2013, M.S. degree at Massey University, New Zealand in 2015 and Ph.D. degree from Macquarie University, Australia, in 2018. He has obtained postdoctoral fellowship experiences from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and Shandong University, Jinan, China. He is currently employed as a junior profressor in Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany. His research interests are in the area of MEMS, flexible sensors, printing technology and nanotechnology-based smart sensors for health, environmental and industrial monitoring applications. His paper, “Wearable Flexible Sensors,” has been one of the top 25 downloaded papers in the IEEE Sensor Journal from June 2017- September 2018. Dr. Nag has authored and co-authored over 70 research articles, including books, journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters.

Yitian Shao works as a junior professor at the CeTI and TU Dresden since July 2022. Before joining CeTI, He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. His research focuses on wearable technologies, haptic interfaces, augmented/virtual reality, and artificial tactile sensing. His long-term research goal is to create haptic feedback technologies that provide immersive experiences for users to touch and feel objects in a virtual environment. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), US, in 2020. He also earned an M.S. degree from UCSB in 2019. He worked as a research intern at Microsoft Applied Sciences Group in 2019. He received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering and automation from Tianjin University, China, in 2013.

Giang T. Nguyen has been, since July 2021, an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Haptic Communication Systems research group. He is a principal investigator in interdisciplinary research projects, such as CeTI (Center of Excellence for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop) and 6G-life. Previously, he co-founded and worked at Wandelbots, a robotic startup, programming industrial robots via demonstration. Between 2016 and 2019, Giang Nguyen was a postdoc researcher at the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks (ComNets), leading the NFV/SDN research group. Simultaneously, he is working on the Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing (HAEC) path of cfaed, coordinating the Architecture group of projects.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST, Vietnam) in 2001, Master’s degree also in Telecommunications at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand) in 2005. He was a Ph.D. student of Professor Thorsten Strufe at the Peer-to-Peer Networks group (TU Darmstadt, Germany) and then the Chair for Privacy and Data Security (TU Dresden, Germany). In March 2016, he successfully defended his dissertation titled “Contributions to the resilience of Peer-to-Peer video streaming against Denial-of-Service attacks.


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Past events

Timetable agenda of the Summer School

CeTI Summer School 21. to 23. September 2021

The motto of last year’s CeTI Summer School was “Smart Textiles & Wearables”. International experts gave participants exciting insights into their research in scientific lectures. The topics included wearable robots, the processing of sensitive personal data and the application of wearables in the medical field. In addition to scientific lectures, the participants also had the opportunity to strengthen important soft skills together in workshops (e.g. interdisciplinary work, 3D printing). The Summer School took place in a hybrid format.