Cutaneous Sensory Lab

Tactile Haptics ● Thermal Sensing

The Cutaneous Sensory Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT is focused on developing tactile, haptic and thermal displays that can be used in a variety of applications. We adopt a systems-level approach to developing and implementing these displays in which we (1) characterize the actuators (mechanical or thermal) used in the display, (2) measure their performance when mounted on the skin, (3) analyze the skin’s properties and how these vary at different locations on the body and across individuals, and (4) conduct a variety of psychophysical studies to determine how users perceive these various forms of stimulation. These technologies can be used in a variety of applications  and so we also do research on how they can be used in different domains.

Lynette Jones is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She has contributed extensively to the area of haptics, tactile and thermal displays, and sensorimotor control of the hand. Her research group at MIT has built a number of tactile and thermal displays that have been used in research conducted by both academic and industrial organizations. Dr. Jones has served on numerous national committees including the Committee on Space Biology and Medicine of the National Research Council. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics and Associate Editor of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

77 Massachusetts Ave.  Room 3-137

Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Email: ljones[at]; cutaneous[at]
Phone: +1 617 253 3973
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