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Dianne T.V. Pawluk, Ph.D.

D. Pawluk

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Phone: (804) 828-9491
Fax: (804) 828-4454
Lab Website:

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
East Hall, Room E2240
401 West Main Street
P.O. Box 843067
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3067


  • B.S., computer engineering, University of Alberta, 1989
  • M.S., computing and information science, Queen’s University, 1991
  • Ph.D., engineering sciences, Harvard University, 1997

Research topics

  • Devices and algorithms for assistive technology for individuals who are blind and visually impaired
    • Accessing graphical information
    • Navigation and orientation
    • Mobility aids
  • Rehabilitation technology
    • Hand prostheses sensors and control
    • Traumatic Brain Injury therapy
  • Human haptic perceptual organization
  • The use of multi-modal feedback in teaching  K-12 students

Classes taught

  • Computational methods in biomedical engineering I (EGRB 215)
  • Computational methods in biomedical engineering II (EGRB 315)
  • Rehabilitation engineering (assistive technology) (EGRB 420,691)
  • Design of Assistive Technology (EGRB 491,691 to become 515)
  • Design of Rehabilitation Technology (EGRB 491,691 to become 516)
    • co-taught with Dr. Peter Pidcoe
  • Senior design (EGRB 401/402)

Selected publications

  • Rastogi, R. and Pawluk, D.  (2013). Tactile Diagram Simplification on Refreshable Displays. Assistive Technology, 25 (1), 31-38.
  • Rastogi, R. and Pawluk, D.  (2013). Intuitive Tactile Zooming for Graphics Accessed by Individuals who are Blind and Visually Impaired.  IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 21 (4), 655-663.
  • Klatkzy, R.L., Pawluk, D.T.V., Peer, A.  (2013).  Haptic Perception of Material Properties and Implications for Applications.  Proceedings of the IEEE, 101 (9), 2081-2092.
  • Burch, D., and Pawluk, D.  (2011).  Using Multiple Contacts with Texture-Enhanced Graphics.  World Haptics 2011 Conference Proceedings. June 21-24, Istanbul Turkey.
  • Headley, P.C., and Pawluk D.T.V. (2011).  Roughness Perception of Textures on a Haptic Matrix Display.  World Haptics 2011 Conference Proceedings. June 21-24, Istanbul, Turkey.

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