I am a Professor in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, with courtesy appointments in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. My group's research interests are in general related to the fields of haptics, computational neuroscience, human factors and ergonomics, biomechanics, and human–machine interaction. We employ computational models, statistical analysis, data science, and imaging techniques, design and build unique mechanical and electrical devices, and perform psychophysical experiments with human participants. Our research is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary and primarily lies in the domain surrounding human heath. I also teach courses tied to human-machine interaction and user experience design. I served as co-chair of the IEEE Haptics Symposium in 2018 and 2020. I currently serve as chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
Subtle contact changes underlying different emotional percepts
A tactile illusion for softness perception
Observing skin deformation over time
Using digital image correlation to quantify the skin deformation associated with von Frey monofilaments
Computational models of skin and neural output
The Journal of Physiology
Li, B. and Gerling, G.J.
PLOS Computational Biology
Xu, C., Wang, Y., and Gerling, G.J.