Allison Okamura, born in Fontana, California, is an extremely influential figure in the diverse field of haptics. She was one of the guest speakers at the 2017 SAILORS banquet, where she talked about how haptics incorporated in robotics could help improve current surgical procedures and benefit the medical field. She received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, her master's and PhD degrees from Stanford in mechanical engineering, and is now the head of the CHARM Lab at Stanford. Professor Okamura has won countless IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) awards, and is working on developing new haptic technology such as the vinebot.
"The science and technology of haptics is about creating an interface where you can really interact in a profound way with [haptic] devices"
"All the research we do in technology has served to me to impress upon the amazing emotion and personality of the human sense of touch"