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John Zelek

John Zelek
Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

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John Zelek is Associate Professor (in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo), with expertise in the area of intelligent Mechatronic control systems that interface with humans; specifically, the areas are (1) wearable sensory substitution and assistive devices; (2) probabilistic visual and tactile perception; (3) wearable haptic devices including their design, synthesis and analysis; and (4) human-robot interaction. Zekek has co-founded 2 start-up companies. He was awarded the best paper award at the international IEEE/IAPRS Computer and Robot Vision conference. He was awarded a 2006 Distinguished Performance Award from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was also awarded the 2004 Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Image Processing & Pattern Recognition society for his work in robotic vision.


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John Zelek (University of Waterloo)
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Sensory substitution is the replacement of one’s sensory input (vision, hearing, touch, taste or smell) by another, while preserving some of the key functions of the original sense. We have developed navigation devices for people with visual and cognitive impairments. The wearable tactile devices convey gps global information as well as local map information sensed by a camera. Read more.
Tactile Sight Inc., a University of Waterloo spinoff company, provides sensory substitution systems that map location and object sensing technologies & per- cepts into haptics (touch)