PhD Student, Researcher, and Roboteer

Zane Zook

I am passionate about robotics, haptics and education. Download a copy of my Resume.

My Works

  • Skin Deformation Device by Zane Zook

    Timing Effects on Skin Deformation Haptic Rendering

    This project was done in association with the Stanford Collaborative Haptics in Robotics and Medicine (CHARM) Lab. In telerobotic system with haptic feedback, time delays can cause major system instability. Providing haptic feedback through skin deformation is one proposed solution to this instability. This study used a skin deformation device developed by Sony researcher Yasuhisa […]
  • Miniature-Skin-Deformation-Actuator-Array-Zane-Zook

    Miniature Skin Deformation Actuator Array

    This project was done in association with the Stanford Collaborative Haptics in Robotics and Medicine (CHARM) Lab. In an effort to create compelling touch cues an array of miniature skin deformation actuators was developed. Each tactor in this array was developed with 3 degrees of freedom to allow it to independently make and break contact […]
  • eeg-guided-virtual-reality-experience-zane-zook1

    EEG-Guided Virtual Reality Experience

    In association with daisy* inc in Tokyo, Japan, we developed and created a VR experience that would use EEG feedback from a user to help guide a user to a state of relaxation. This project investigated the relationship between visual stimuli and human reactions recorded with EEG. These studies were extended to create a an […]

Experience

8/2018 - present
Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab
RESEARCH FELLOW

Building and leading experiments to investigate the psychophysics and mechanical properties of wearable multi-sensory haptic devices

5/2017 - 6/2018
Stanford Collaborative Haptics and Robotics In Medicine Lab
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Designed, executed and led experiments on skin deformation devices

8/2016 - 6/2018
Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program
KYOTO STUDENT AMBASSADOR

Drove student interest to record numbers by re-imagining the marketing campaign and pioneering measures to include disadvantaged students

Summer '16
daisy*
SUMMER X HEAD RESEARCHER AND DESIGNER

Researched and designed Summer X VR Brain Feedback System

Summer '13-’15, ‘18
University of Washington, Robinson Center
INSTRUCTOR AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPER

Designed and taught new robotics curriculum

Publications and Presentations

  • Timing Effects on Skin Deformation Haptic Rendering

    This project was done in association with the Stanford Collaborative Haptics in Robotics and Medicine (CHARM) Lab. In telerobotic system with haptic feedback, time delays can cause major system instability. Providing haptic feedback through skin deformation is one proposed solution to this instability. This study used a skin deformation device developed by Sony researcher Yasuhisa […]
  • Miniature Skin Deformation Actuator Array

    This project was done in association with the Stanford Collaborative Haptics in Robotics and Medicine (CHARM) Lab. In an effort to create compelling touch cues an array of miniature skin deformation actuators was developed. Each tactor in this array was developed with 3 degrees of freedom to allow it to independently make and break contact […]
  • EEG-Guided Virtual Reality Experience

    In association with daisy* inc in Tokyo, Japan, we developed and created a VR experience that would use EEG feedback from a user to help guide a user to a state of relaxation. This project investigated the relationship between visual stimuli and human reactions recorded with EEG. These studies were extended to create a an […]

My Awards

8/2018 - present
NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOW

Recognized for scientific promise with 3-year financial support from the National Science Foundation

5/2018
STANFORD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Honors commitment to the university through involvement, leadership and extraordinary Stanford spirit

8/2013-6/2017
QUESTBRIDGE COLLEGE MATCH SCHOLAR

Chosen as deserving of a 4-year full-ride scholarship by Questbridge Program

8/2013-present
GATES MILLENIUM SCHOLAR

Chosen as deserving of a 4-year full-ride scholarship by Questbridge Program

My Story

Growing up I always wanted to be an astronaut, a professional scientist who works in the most inhospitable of environments. I went through stages, wanting to be a space architect, a space doctor and the like and in the process I did everything in my power to become the “ideal astronaut candidate.” In the process, I have found a love for research and a desire to stand at the forefront of rehabilitation robotics and haptics. Today, I find myself fascinated by the prospect of designing robotics to better suit, complement and aid people in their everyday lives. To that end I strive to become a scientist like the astronauts that inspire me and to contribute to the larger engineering community that has supported me to this point.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors
Minor in East Asian Studies, Subplan Japanese

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Graduate PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering

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