Disney Research

Vinay Chawda received his B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, Houston in 2013. After finishing his Ph.D. he joined Apple Inc. as a Human-Interface Device Algorithms Engineer, where he developed algorithms for the “Taptic Engine” which enables haptic feedback in the Force Touch Trackpads on the MacBook and MacBook Pro. He received the Best Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE World Haptics Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Best Robotics Paper Award at the 2013 ASME Dynamic Systems and Controls Conference in Stanford University, CA, USA.
His research interests are in the control of haptic interfaces and bilateral teleoperation systems. As part of his Ph.D. thesis research, he focused on the trade-off between stability and performance in haptic force-reflecting systems and developed passivity-based control techniques that enable accurate and stable physical interactions with users. At Apple, he was responsible for investigating emerging technologies and developing algorithms to create next-generation user interfaces, spearheading the development and integration of technologies from proof of concept phase to production ramp.