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Lynette Jones

Contact Info

room 3-137

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1976

    University of Auckland

  • 1978

    University of Auckland

  • 1983

    McGill University


Research Interests

Wearable tactile displays

​Thermal sensing and perception

Cutaneous communication systems

Human-machine interfaces



Online Data


Honors + Awards

Fellow of the IEEE



American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member                   

IEEE, Fellow

Society for Neuroscience, Member


Professional Service

2014-present   Editor-in-chief, IEEE Transactions on Haptics

2010-2013       Associate editor-in-chief, IEEE Transactions on Haptics

2008-2011       Editor-in-chief, World Haptics Conference Editorial Board

2008-2010       Associate editor, IEEE Transactions on Haptics

2006-present   Associate editor, Presence, teleoperators and virtual environments

1992-2006       Editorial Board, Presence, teleoperators and virtual environments

1998-2002       Committee on Space Biology and Medicine, Space Studies Board, National Research Council

2001-2002       Task Group on the International Space Station, National Research Council                    


MIT Service



Jones, L.A. (2018). Haptics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Singhal, A. & Jones, L.A. (2018). Creating thermal icons – A model-based approach. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 15, Article 14 (22 pages).

Rizzo, R., Musolino, A., & Jones, L.A. (2018). Shape recognition and localization using a magnetorheological-fluid haptic display. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 11, 317-321.

Jones, L.A. & Singhal, A. (2018). Vibrotactile pattern identification in a multisensory display. In D. Prattichizzo, H. Shinoda, H.Z. Tan, E. Ruffaldi, & A. Frisoli (Eds.), LNCS10893, Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications, 401-412.

Jones, L.A. & Singhal, A. (2018). Perceptual dimensions of vibrotactile actuators. IEEE Haptics Symposium, 307-312.

Parker, M., Jones, L.A., Hunter, I., Taberner, A., Nash, M. & Nielsen, P. (2017). Multidirectional in vivo characterization of skin using Wiener nonlinear stochastic system identification techniques. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 139, 011004-1-011004-11.

Jones, L. A. (2016). Perspectives on the evolution of tactile, haptic and thermal displays. Presence, 25, 247-252.

Hogan, N.C., Taberner, A.J., Jones, L.A. and Hunter, I.W. (2015). Needle-free delivery of macromolecules through the skin using controllable jet injectors. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, 12 (10).

Jones, L.A. & Smith, A.M. (2014). Tactile sensory system: Encoding from the periphery to the cortex. WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine, 6, 279-287.

Azadi, M. & Jones, L.A. (2014). Evaluating vibrotactile dimensions for the design of tactons. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 7, 14-23.

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., 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 haptic 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.

Yang, G., Kwon, D., & Jones, L.A. (2009). Spatial acuity and summation on the hand: The role of thermal cues in material discrimination. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71, 156-163.

Jones, L.A., Kunkel, J. & Piateski, E. (2009). Vibrotactile pattern recognition 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 Sciences in Engineering, 8, 044501-1 - 044501-5.

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

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 - 21005-8.

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

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

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 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 hand 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.



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

Hunter, I.W., Chen, Y., Jones, L.A. & Hogan, N.C. “Identification techniques and device for testing the efficacy of beauty care products and cosmetics” Patent number: 9,265,461 Issued 2/23/2016