Biographies

Dan Shor


Dan Shor is a Berlin-based designer, researcher, and mechanical engineer working on both the academic/research and consumer/product development sides of the haptics. He works at the intersection between tangible products and emotionally driven experiences. At his consultancy Contaxtual Labs, an independent haptics research lab, he blends contact and context to build the future of haptic technology. He focuses on the development of wearable devices that stimulate human entrainment behaviours through vibrotactile feedback. At LoveHoneyGroup, he works as a product research and development engineer, creating sexual happiness by developing and integrating wideband haptic actuators into the Womanizer brand.

He is also co-director of the VibeResearch Lab at Delft University of Technology’s School of Industrial Design Engineering exploring affect “vibes” through vibrational entrainment. He also lectures at FH Salzburg and the Parsons New School of Design.

Laura A Dima


Laura A Dima is a multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Laura A Dima graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015, Department of Inter-Architecture. Since then, she has been working as a cross-disciplinary artist who combines performances, installations, technology, and academic research. Dima’s oeuvre results in multimedia art installations that explore cultural norms around touch, intimacy, and privacy: a catalyst for introspection and questions of our own behavior and attitudes.

Dima is curated at well-known events, guest lecturers, and workshops that are at the crossroad of art, technology, and design, including Dutch Design Week, TU Delft, Artez, NHL Stenden, and the University of British Columbia, along with exhibitions and experiments in public and semi-public spaces such as churches and stations. The artist and her team are active in academic research where they have published research papers based on their projects, including two papers for WorldHaptics Conference 2021, Montreal, Canada (held virtually).

Besides all this Dima directs a multidisciplinary team: her projects bring together engineers, craftspeople, and design specialists whose input, channeled through Dima’s creative vision, transforms the viewer from passive spectator to vital symbiont.

Sasha Pas




Sasha Pas is an artist and founder of Playtronica, creative technology studio that uses the conductive properties of objects to detect human touch and transform it into sound.


Playtronica has developed TouchMe (20,000 units sold since 2019), a MIDI controller used in music, education, artistic practice, therapy, and human cognition research, which won the International Sound Award for Best Music Product (2020) and an honorable mention at DNA Paris Design (2019).


Playtronica collaborates with renowned international institutions, such as Centre Pompidou, Tretyakov Gallery and Royal College of Art. Playtronica artistic research focuses on haptics and biofeedback in conjunction with interactive sound and music environments.


Aglaya Demidenko




Aglaya is a Berlin based artist, and co-founders of Playtronica studio. They work with interdisciplinary practices exploring new types of interaction between man and technology with the help of sound as a medium.


Playtronica has developed TouchMe (20,000 units sold since 2019), a MIDI controller used in music, education, artistic practice, therapy, and human cognition research, which won the International Sound Award for Best Music Product (2020) and an honorable mention at DNA Paris Design (2019).


Playtronica collaborates with renowned international institutions, such as Centre Pompidou, Tretyakov Gallery and Royal College of Art. Playtronica artistic research focuses on haptics and biofeedback in conjunction with interactive sound and music environments.


Stefan Heijboer

Currently, Stefan is employed as Designer and Concept Engineer at BMW Group – with a focus on predevelopment user experiences in the automotive interior, working on various topics such as VR/AR/Metaverse, Haptics, Speech UI, Materials. Additionally, he is pursuing a PhD at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, on the topic of digital-analogue in physical interaction in transportation interiors. On a side track, Stefan is working with a Senegalese Start-up mobility project that aims to transform current mobility platforms into a smart and electrified fleet.


Stefan has a background in industrial design engineering, with an automotive specialization. After his master, he worked at Aito, developing, designing, and engineering many haptic concepts in the mobile, computing and automotive industry.


He is passionate for sketching, prototyping, and people who can actually do the work. In his free time, Stefan enjoys playing various instruments and styles of music, amongst others gipsy jazz, jazz, Balkan folklore music, classical and mariachi.