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Lynette A. Jones

Lynette A. Jones

Senior Research Scientist

Room 3-137
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-3973  
Fax: 617-253-2218  

Curriculum Vitae

B.A. University of Auckland M.A. University of Auckland Ph.D. McGill University


Research Interests

In my laboratory there are three primary areas of research all of which are focused on understanding how the skin senses the environment and determining how it can be used effectively as a medium of communication. Our work on tactile displays includes research on characterizing the properties of different actuators used in displays, building and testing different types of tactile displays, evaluating the mechanical properties of skin so as to quantify its responses to vibration and perceptual studies with human subjects in which we measure their responses to mechanical stimulation of the skin. Related to this work is our research on thermal displays in which we are developing thermal models that characterize the interaction between the hand and an object, building and testing thermal displays and conducting psychophysical and physiological studies with human subjects to assess the validity of the thermal models implemented in the displays. The final area of research is focused on human hand function and analyses of the neurophysiological mechanisms involved in sensing object properties.


Galiana. H.L., Hunter, I.W., Jones, L.A. & Tangorra, J. "Apparatus and method for measuring vestibular ocular reflex function." Patent number 5,942,954. Issued 8/24/99
Galiana, H.L., Hunter, I.W., Jones, L.A., & Tangorra, J. "Drowsiness/Alertness monitor." Patent number: 6,091,334. Issued: 7/18/00



Publications (representative)
Jones, L.A. & Tan, H.Z. (2013). Application of psychophysical techniques to haptic research. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 6, 268-284.

Sofia, K.O. & Jones, L.A. (2013). Mechanical and psychophysical studies of surface wave propagation during vibrotactile stimulation.  IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 6, 320-329.

Sandford, E., Chen, Y., Hunter, I., Hillebrand, G. & Jones, L. (2013). Capturing skin properties from dynamic mechanical analyses. Skin Research and Technology, 19, e339-e348.

Hemond, B., Wahab, A., Spanbauer, A., Hunter, I.W., Hughey, B.J. & Jones, L.A. (2012). MICA: An innovative approach to remote data acquisition. IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine, 15, 22-27.

Jones, L.A. (2011). Tactile communication systems: Optimizing the display of information. Progress in Brain Research, 192, 113-128.

Lederman, S.J. & Jones, L.A. (2011). Tactile and thermal illusions. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 4, 273-294.

Galie, J. & Jones, L.A. (2010). Thermal cues and the perception of force. Experimental Brain Research, 200, 81-90.

Jones, L.A., Kunkel, J., & Piateski, E.  (2009). Vibrotactile pattern recogniton on the arm and back. Perception, 38, 52-68. 

Jones, L.A. & Held, D.A.  (2008). Characterization of tactors used in vibrotactile displays. Journal of Computing and Information Science  in Engineering, 8, 044501-1- 044501-5.

Jones, L.A. & Ho, H. (2008). Warm or cool, large or small? The challenge of thermal displays. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 1, 53-70.

Jones, L.A. & Sarter, N.B. (2008). Tactile displays: Guidance for their design and application. Human Factors, 50, 90-111.

Yang, G-H., Jones, L.A., & Kwon, D-S. (2008). Use of simulated thermal cues for material discrimination and identification with a mulit-fingered display. Presence, 17, 29-42. 

Ho, H. & Jones, L.A.. (2008). Modeling the thermal responses of the skin surface during hand-object interactions. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 130, 21005-1-8.

Ho, H. & Jones, L.A. (2007). Development and evaluation of a thermal display for material identification and discrimination. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 4, 1-24.

Jones, L.A., Lockyer, B. & Piateski, E. (2006). Tactile display and vibrotactile pattern recognition on the torso. Advanced Robotics, 20, 1359-1374.
Ho, H. & Jones, L.A. (2006). Contribution of thermal cues to material discrimination and localization. Perception & Psychophysics, 68,118-128.
Jones, L.A. & Piateski, E. (2006). Contribution of tactile feedback from the hands to the perception of force. Experimental Brain Research, 168, 298-302.
Jones, L.A. & Lederman, S.J. (2006). Human hand function. New York: Oxford University Press.
Piateski, E. & Jones, L. (2005). Vibrotactile pattern recognition on the arm and torso. Proceedings of the First Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, 90-95.
Tangorra, J.L., Jones,L.A., & Hunter, I.W. (2004). System identification of the human vestibulo-ocular reflex during head-free tracking. Journal of Vestibular Research, 14, 419-441.
Tangorra, J.L., Jones, L.A., & Hunter, I.W. (2003). Dynamics of the human head-neck system in the horizontal plane: Joint properties with respect to a static torque. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 31, 606-620.

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