Robert Volcic

Affiliated Researcher

Center

CNCS@UniTn Trento

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About

My interests span different fields and, like many things, tend to change somewhat over time. In the last years I've focused my research on haptic and visuo-haptic cross-modal perception, psychophysical methods, eye, arm and hand movements, 3D shape perception and so forth. The final goal is to study human perception in a completely full cue environment in which the observer is free to move and interact like in everyday life.

Currently, I'm working as a senior post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems@UniTn, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Rovereto (Italy).

Previously, I spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in Markus Lappe's lab at the Institute for Psychology at University of Muenster (Germany). The research was performed within the frame of the EU-grant Eyeshots project that investigated the interplay existing between vision and motion control, and studied how to exploit this interaction to achieve a knowledge of the surrounding environment that allows humans and robots to act properly.

In 2008 I've obtained my Ph.D. under the supervision of Astrid Kappers and Jan Koenderink in the Physics of Man: Human Perception group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Utrecht University (The Netherlands). The Ph.D. program was carried out within the research school of the Helmholtz Institute.

I did my undergraduate at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Trieste (Italy) under the supervision of Walter Gerbino and spent some time at the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information (NICI), now Donders Institute at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in collaboration with Rob van Lier.

Selected Publications

Published articles:

[1] Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J. J. (2007). Haptic parallelity perception on the frontoparallel plane: An involvement of reference frames. Perception and Psychophysics, 69, 276-286.

[2] Volcic, R., & Kappers, A.M.L. (2008). Allocentric and egocentric reference frames in the processing of three-dimensional haptic space. Experimental Brain Research, 188, 199-213.

[3] Volcic, R., van Rheede, J.J., Postma, A., & Kappers, A.M.L. (2008). Differential effects of non-informative vision and visual interference on haptic spatial processing. Experimental Brain Research, 190, 31-41.

[4] Wijntjes, M.W.A., Volcic, R., Pont, S.C., Koenderink, J.J., & Kappers, A.M.L. (2009). Haptics disambiguates visual perception of 3D shape. Experimental Brain Research, 193, 639-644. Supplementary Material.

[5] Volcic, R., Wijntjes, M.W.A., & Kappers, A.M.L. (2009). Haptic mental rotation revisited: multiple reference frame dependence. Acta Psychologica, 130, 251-259.

[6] Wijntjes, M.W.A., Volcic, R., Pont, S.C., Koenderink, J.J., & Kappers, A.M.L. (2009). Haptic perception disambiguates visual perception of pictorial relief. In: Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV, Rogowitz, B.E. & Pappas, T.N. (eds.), Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE Vol. 7240-75, 72400L.

[7] Volcic, R., Wijntjes, M.W.A., Kool, E.C., & Kappers, A.M.L. (2010). Cross-modal visuo-haptic mental rotation: comparing objects between senses. Experimental Brain Research, 203, 621-627.

[8] Havermann, K., Volcic, R., & Lappe, M. (2012). Saccadic adaptation to moving targets. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39708.

[9] Volcic, R., Fantoni, C., Caudek, C., Assad, J.A., & Domini, F. (2013). Visuomotor adaptation changes stereoscopic depth perception and tactile discrimination. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 17081-17088.

[10] Gerbino, W., Fantoni, C., Nicolini, C., Volcic, R., & Domini, F. (2013). Active Multisensory Perception tool: BUS experience and action comfort. In: Human Factors: sustainable life and mobility, De Waard, D., Brookhuis, K., Wiczorek, R., Di Nocera, F., Barham, P., Weikert, C., Kluge, A., Gerbino, W. and Toffetti, A. (eds.), Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter 2013 Annual Conference.

[11] Nicolini, C., Fantoni, C., Mancuso, G., Volcic, R., & Domini, F. (2014). A framework for the study of vision in active observers. In: Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIX, Rogowitz, B.E., Pappas, T.N. and de Ridder, H. (eds.), Proceedings of SPIE, 9014.

[12] Volcic, R., Vishwanath, D., & Domini, F. (2014). Reaching into pictorial spaces. In: Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIX, Rogowitz, B.E., Pappas, T.N. and de Ridder, H. (eds.), Proceedings of SPIE, 9014.

[13] Volcic, R. & Domini, F. (2014). The visibility of contact points influences grasping movements. Experimental Brain Research, 232, 2997-3005.

[14] Bozzacchi, C., Volcic, R. & Domini, F. (2014). The effect of visual and haptic feedback on grasping movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 112, 3189-3196.

Monograph:

Volcic, R. (2008). Multiple reference frames in haptic spatial processing. Utrecht, The Netherlands: Ponsen & Looijen b.v., pp. 121, ISBN 978-90-6464-275-3.

Conference presentations/Invited talks:

15-20 May 2015 St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Sequential dependencies in grasping movements

15-20 May 2015 St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Bozzacchi, C., Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Grasping lacks depth constancy in both virtual and real environments

2-3 December 2014 Rovereto, Italy
Science of Experiential and Qualitative Spaces Workshop (SEQS): Surfaces
Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Direct and carry-over effects in grasping actions

2-3 December 2014 Rovereto, Italy
Science of Experiential and Qualitative Spaces Workshop (SEQS): Surfaces
Bozzacchi, C., Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Grasping movements: from virtual to real

16-21 May 2014 St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Visual on-line control of grasping movements

16-21 May 2014 St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Bozzacchi, C., Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
The role of egocentric and allocentric feedback in calibrating goal-oriented actions

30 April 2014 New York University, New York, USA
Volcic, R.
The active and multi-modal nature of human perception

22-26 April 2014 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
24th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement
Bozzacchi, C., Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
On grasping action in absence of feedback

14 April 2014 Rovereto (Italy)
Hand Symposium
Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Visual on-line control of grasping movements

9 April 2014 New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Volcic, R.
The active and multi-modal nature of human perception

2-6 February 2014 San Francisco, California, USA
IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging
Volcic, R., Vishwanath, D., & Domini, F.
Reaching into pictorial spaces

2-6 February 2014 San Francisco, California, USA
IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging
Nicolini, C., Fantoni, C., Mancuso, G., Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
A framework for the study of vision in active observers

28-29 November 2013, Trieste, Italy
Perception and Action Symposium
Volcic, R.
Perception, action and body morphology

10-15 May 2013 Naples, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
Adaptation of reach-to-point movements changes reach-to-grasp actions

30 May - 1 June 2012 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
16th International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems (ICCNS)
Havermann, K., Volcic, R., & Lappe, M.
Saccadic learning signals during pursuit

11-16 May 2012 Naples, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R., Fantoni, C., Caudek, C., & Domini, F.
Compression of motor space expands perceptual spaces

11-16 May 2012 Naples, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Campagnoli, C., Volcic, R., & Domini, F.
The same object and at least three different grip apertures

19-22 February 2012 Rovereto, Italy
Science of Experiential and Qualitative Spaces Workshop (SEQS):
From points and lines to surfaces and volumes
Volcic, R., Fantoni, C., Caudek, C., & Domini, F.
A new visuo-motor contingency affects the 3D appearance of objects

21-25 August 2011 Marseille, France
European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM)
Havermann, K., Volcic, R., & Lappe, M.
Saccadic adaptation to moving stimuli

6-11 May 2011 Naples, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R., Fantoni, C., Caudek, C., & Domini, F. 
Visuo-motor recalibration alters depth perception

13-16 March 2011 Halle/Saale, Germany
53. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP)
Stenzel, A., Lappe, M., Volcic, R., & Liepelt, R.
Kein sozialer Simon Effekt fuer Augenbewegungen?

7 July 2010 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
EuroHaptics Special Symposium: Hidden Histories of Haptics
Volcic, R.
Haptics in psychophysics: Life and work of Emil von Skramlik

7-12 May 2010 Naples, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R. & Lappe, M.
Sudden hand movements enhance gaze cueing

14-18 September 2009 Benicassim, Spain
International UJI Robotics School on Visuomotor Interaction
Volcic, R. & Lappe, M.
Keeping an eye on each other: gaze behavior in joint action

24-28 August 2009 Regensburg, Germany
ECVP (European Conference on Visual Perception)
Volcic, R. & Lappe, M.
Keeping an eye on each other: gaze behavior in joint action

8-13 May 2009 Naples, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Volcic, R. & Lappe, M.
Predictive eye movements in gaze and action observation

19-22 January 2009 San Jose, California, USA
IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging
Wijntjes, M.W.A., Volcic, R., Pont, S.C., Koenderink, J.J., & Kappers, A.M.L.
Haptic perception disambiguates visual perception of pictorial relief

24-29 August 2008 Utrecht, The Netherlands
ECVP (European Conference on Visual Perception)
Volcic, R., Wijntjes, M.W.A., Kool, E.C., & Kappers, A.M.L.
The eyes touch what the hand sees: amalgamating modality-specific reference frames

24-29 August 2008 Utrecht, The Netherlands
ECVP (European Conference on Visual Perception)
Wijntjes, M.W.A., Volcic, R., Koenderink, J.J., & Kappers, A.M.L.
The influence of haptic perception on pictorial relief

11 February 2008 Muenster, Germany
University of Muenster
Volcic, R.
Haptic spatial processing: an interplay of reference frames

22-23 November 2007 Trieste, Italy
Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition
Volcic, R., Wijntjes, M.W.A., & Kappers, A.M.L.
Phase shifts in haptic mental rotation reveal the role of reference frames

6-11 October 2007 Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
ESF-EMBO Symposium - Three Dimensional Sensory and Motor Space: Perceptual Consequences of Motor Action
Volcic, R., Wijntjes, M.W.A., & Kappers, A.M.L.
Phase shifts in haptic mental rotation reveal the role of reference frames

27-31 August 2007 Arezzo, Italy
ECVP (European Conference on Visual Perception)
Volcic, R., van Rheede, J.J., Postma, A., & Kappers, A.M.L.
Visual interference modulation on haptic parallelity matching

13-15 June 2007 Bergen, The Netherlands
4th Helmholtz Retreat
Volcic, R., Wijntjes, M.W.A., & Kappers, A.M.L.
Haptic mental rotation: a window into the coding of object orientation

26-27 October 2006 Trieste, Italy
Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
Intermediate frames of reference in the 3-D haptic perception of space

13-15 October 2006 Doorwerth, The Netherlands
NWO Cognition Summer School
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
Intermediate frames of reference in the 3-D haptic perception of space

10-12 April 2006 Birmingham, UK
Joint Experimental Psychology Society (EPS-UK) and Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP-NL) Conference
Volcic, R., & Kappers, A.M.L.
Intermediate frames of reference in the 3-D haptic perception of space

16-17 December 2005 Egmond an Zee, The Netherlands
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP) Winter congress
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
Haptic reproduction of orientations on the frontoparallel plane

1-2 December 2005 Nijmegen, The Netherlands
International Workshop "Object manipulation in a Perception-Action perspective"
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
The role of reference frames in the haptic spatial perception

18-20 March 2005 Pisa, Italy
World Haptics Conference 2005
First Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on haptic interfaces for virtual environment and teleoperator systems
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
Bimanual parallelity task on the frontoparallel plane

10 December 2004 Trieste, Italy
Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
Haptic perception on a frontoparallel plane

18-20 October 2004 Doorwerth, The Netherlands
NWO Cognition Summer School
Volcic, R., Kappers, A.M.L., & Koenderink, J.J.
Haptic perception on a frontoparallel plane

9-14 May 2003 Sarasota, Florida, USA
Vision Science Society Meeting (VSS)
Gerbino, W., & Volcic, R.
Revisiting Ebenbreite