Work Experience

Principal Research Lead | 2013 - present
Think Tank Team, Samsung R&D, San Jose, CA, USA

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist | 2010 - 2013
IDD Group, Disney Research, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
- Conducted research and developed new wearable and mobile tactile feedback technologies
- Designed and developed interactive installations and environments.
- Co-inventor on 6 patent applications and 5 highly cited international academic publications
- Led multi-disciplinary team of experts in industrial design, mechanical and hardware engineering

Visiting Research Associate | 2005 - 2010
Fluid Interfaces Group, MIT Media Lab., Cambridge, USA - Visiting Researcher
ENSCI, Paris, France
Sony CSL, Paris, France
Interaction Lab., Sony CSL, Tokyo, Japan
I3D-GRAVIR Lab., INRIA, Grenoble, France
- Research and development in the areas of mobile devices, interaction with free-form displays,
perception in virtual environments, haptic displays and 3D user interaction
- Co-author on 11 academic publications and a patent application


Ph.D. in Computer Science, In|Situ| team, INRIA, France, 2006 - 2010
Masters degree in Computer Science, Joseph Fourier University, France, 2004 - 2006
Masters degree in Cognitive Sciences, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, 2005 - 2006
Bachelor equivalent degree in Computer Science, Joseph Fourier University, France, 2000 - 2004


Book Chapters

The A20: Interactive Instrument Techniques for Sonic Design Exploration.
A. Tanaka, O. Bau and W. Mackay. 2011. In Sonic Interaction Design. MIT Press. [MIT PRESS]


REVEL: A Tactile Feedback Technology for Augmented Reality.
O. Bau and I. Poupyrev. 2012. In Proc. SIGGRAPH'12. [ACM] [project]
TeslaTouch: Electrovibration for Touch Surfaces.
O. Bau, I. Poupyrev, A. Israr and C. Harrison. 2010. In Proc. of UIST '10. ACM. [ACM] [project]
Scale Detection for a priori Gesture Recognition.
C. Appert and O. Bau. 2010. In Proc. of CHI '10. ACM. [ACM] [project]
G-stalt: a chirocentric, spatiotemporal, and telekinetic gestural interface.
J. Zigelbaum, A. Browning, D. Leithinger, O. Bau and H. Ishii. 2009.
In Proc. of TEI '10. ACM. [ACM] [project]
Representation-Independent In-Place Magnification with Sigma Lenses.
E. Pietriga, O. Bau and C. Appert. 2009. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.[IEEE] [project]
OctoPocus: A Dynamic Guide for Learning Gesture-Based Command Sets.
O. Bau and W. Mackay. 2008. In Proc. of UIST '08. ACM. [ACM] [project]
The A20: Musical Metaphors for Interface Design.
O. Bau, A. Tanaka and W. Mackay. 2008. In Proc. of NIME '08. [project]

Technical Reports and Extended Abstracts

BubbleWrap: A Textile-Based Electromagnetic Haptic Display.
O. Bau, U. Petrevski and W. Mackay. 2009. In CHI '09 EA. ACM. [ACM] [project]
D20: interaction with multifaceted display devices.
I. Poupyrev, H. Newton-Dunn and O. Bau. 2006. In CHI '06 EA. ACM.[ACM] [project]
Arpege: Design and Learning of multi-finger chord gestures.
O. Bau, E. Ghomi and W. Mackay. Report #1533, LRI. February 2010. [project]


Interaction streams: helping users learn, execute and remember expressive interaction grammars.
O. Bau. PhD thesis. Universite Paris-Sud. 2010.
Affordance, ambiguïté et interfaces tangibles dans un contexte de communication appliance.
O. Bau. Rapport de stage de Magistère 3ième année, Université Joseph Fourier, September 2006.
D20 : interaction avec un écran multifacette. [pdf]
Une étude de conflit entre vision et proprioception. [pdf]
O. Bau. Rapports de stages de Magistère 2ième année, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble 1. September 2005.

Exhibitions and Demos

O. Bau, Y. Suzuki, I. Poupyrev. Ars Electronica 2013, Honorary Mention. [Ars] [project]
REVEL: A Tactile Feedback Technology for Augmented Reality.
O. Bau, I. Poupyrev, M. LeGoc, L. Galliot and M. Glisson. 2012.
SIGGRAPH'12 Emerging Technologies. [ACM] [project]
Electrovibrations for Hand Held Devices using TeslaTouch.
A. Israr, O. Bau, I. Poupyrev. 2011. World Haptics Conference 2011. (Best Demo Award) [project]
Tactile Display for the Visually Impaired Using TeslaTouch.
C. Xu, A. Israr, I. Poupyrev, O. Bau and C. Harrison. 2011. CHI '11. [ACM]
TeslaTouch. SID Display Week Exhibition, Los Angeles.
O. Bau, I. Poupyrev and R. Aiello. 2011.
TeslaTouch: Electrovibration for Touch Surfaces.
O. Bau, I. Poupyrev, A. Israr and C. Harrison. 2010. UIST '10. [ACM] [project]
G-stalt V2. St Etienne International Design Biennal.
J. Zigelbaum, A. Browning, D. Leithinger, O. Bau and H. Ishii. 2010.
3D silkscreen performance, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Elshopo Collective, O. Bau. 2006.


Controlling a User’s Tactile Perception in a Dynamic Physical Environment, US9122330 B2.
Interaction Sensing, US20150049034 A1, US20150049056 A1, US20150049055 A1, US20150048846 A1.
Using Tactile Feedback To Provide Spatial Awareness, US20120327006 A1.
Wearable Audio Device, WO2016046810 A3.
Electrovibration for Touch Surfaces, US20110285666 A1, US20110285667 A1.
Information input/output device, information processing method and computer program, US20080088580 A1.

Awards and Grants

Honorary Mention, Ars Electronica 2013, for Ishin-Den-Shin.
100 Outstanding Innovations in 2012 by UNESCO's NetExplo, 2013, Revel.
World Technology Award, 2012, Revel.
Best Demo Award, World Haptics, 2011, TeslaTouch.
INRIA-Microsoft Research, 3 month project grant, 2010.
INRIA Project Grant, 2009.
French government Ph.D. grant, 2006 - 2010.

Selected Press

BBC News. Disney develops 'magical' device to make fingertips sing. September 10, 2013.
BBC Click show. Disney's plan to spread sound by touch. September 13, 2013.
TechCrunch TV Interview about SXSW Keynote. “How Electrical Signals Can Give You Superpowers”. March 8, 2013.
Wired. Can you feel me now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces. February 13, 2013.
Wired. Electrical fields passed through the body generate virtual textures. August 10, 2012.
BBC Focus Magazine. Touchy-feely technology. October 2012.
Engadget. Disney's REVEL could turn the whole world into a tactile touchscreen. August 10, 2012.
Gizmodo. Using Electrical Charge to Make the World Feel Different. August 9, 2012.
Creative Applications. Disney Researchers Augment Touch Sensation with REVEL. August 9, 2012.
MIT Technology Review. Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World. August 9, 2012.
The Creators Project. Just Imagine Feeling Texture On Your Touchscreen. December 15, 2011.
Amusement Magazine. Interforces. June 13, 2012.
CScout Trend Consulting. Five Favorites from CES 2011. January 19, 2011.
PBS MediaShift. 10 Mobile Trends in 2011. January 10, 2011.
Orlando Sentinel. The Daily Disney.January 4, 2011.
MSNBC. Feel the future: Touch screens that touch back. December 30, 2010.
TechNews Daily. Touch Screens That Touch Back: Feeling in the Future. December 29, 2010.
BBC Click. Touchscreen mobile technology developed to aid blind. December 3, 2010.
L'Usine Nouvelle. Des Textures Electroniques. December 2, 2010. N 3216-3217.
Pop City. Pittsburgh's Disney Research puts the touch into touchscreens. October 27, 2010.
MIT Technology Review. A Touch Screen with Texture. October 13, 2010.
CNN Tech. When glass touch screens feel like sandpaper. October 8, 2010.

Academic Services

Program Committee Member ACM UIST 2013, ACM SIGCHI 2015, ACM SIGCHI 2016,
Demo co-chair for UBICOMP 2012,
Reviewer for IEEE 3D User Interfaces 2007, ACM UIST 2007 to 2016, ACM SIGCHI 2008 to 2016,
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, ACM CSCW 2010, UBICOMP 2010, TEI 2010.