Mounia Ziat

  • Associate Professor, Information Design and Corporate Communication
  • Master Universite de Technologie de Compiegne
  • Ph.D. Universite de Technologie de Compiegne
  • Electronics Engineering Universite de Sciences et Technologie

Teaching Interests

Quantitative UX, Usability, Multimodal Experience Design, Human Factors, Research Methods

Research Interests

Haptics and Tactile Perception, Accessibility, Multimodal Perception

Bio

Relying on her multidisciplinary background, Dr. Ziat's approach to science is holistic; her goals are to better understand perception and human interaction with the natural and artificial environment. For the last eighteen years, she have been studying haptic perception by combining engineering, cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction (HCI), and neuroscience to understand all aspects of human touch. From the moment fingers contact a surface to the time information reaches the brain, her research focusses on making sense of sensations that lead to a stable perception of the world. Dr. Ziat holds an Electronic Engineering degree and a Master and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Psychonomic Society Meeting 2009 - Present
  • Association for Computing Machinery 2005 - Present
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2020 - 2021
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2018, Recipient of the 2018-2019 NMU Technology Innovation Award, Northern Michigan University
  • 2016, Recipient of the 2016-2017 NMU Technology Innovation Award, Northern Michigan University
  • 2015, Recipient of the 2015-2016 NMU Excellence in Scholarship Award, Northern Michigan University
  • 2007, Enactive Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University
  • 2002, Compiegne University of Technology, Scholarship from CIES (France) to support teaching, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne
  • 2002, French Research Ministry: fellowship for graduate study, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Middleton, J., Hakulinen, J., Tiitinen, K., Hella, J., Keskinen, T., Huuskonen, P., Culver, J., Linna, J., Turunen, M., Ziat, M., Raisamo, R. (2022). Data-to-Music Sonification and User Engagement. Available at SSRN 3996057.
  • Ziat, M., Park, M. K., Kakas, B., Rosenbaum, D. (2018). Potters Make Shorter Pots Under Conditions of Reduced Sensory Input. Perception, (47) 8 860-872.
  • Reed, C. L., Ziat, M. (2018). Haptic Perception: From the Skin to the Brain. Elsevier The Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology.
  • Tsalamlal, M. Y., Rizer, W., Martin, J., Ammi, M., Ziat, M. (2018). Affective communication through air jet stimulation: Evidence from event-related potentials. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, (34) 12 1157--1168.
  • Huggins, J. E., Guger, C., Ziat, M., Zander, T. O., Taylor, D., Tangermann, M., Soria-Frisch, A., Simeral, J., Scherer, R., Rupp, R\"udiger, ., others, . (2017). Workshops of the Sixth International Brain--Computer Interface Meeting: brain--computer interfaces past, present, and future. Brain-Computer Interfaces, (4) 1-2 3--36.
  • Piggott, L., Wagner, S., Ziat, M. (2016). Haptic neurorehabilitation and virtual reality for upper limb paralysis: a review. Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, (44) 1-2
  • Savord, A., Wisuri, E., Pless, P., Frissen, I., Ziat, M. (2016). Movement Alteration in Flute Players: Can It Help Us Understand Focal Dystonia?. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, (28) 3
  • Ziat, M., Au, C., Abolhassani, A. H., Clark, J. J. (2012). Enhancing visuospatial map learning through action on cellphones. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP), (9) 1 1--15.
  • Frissen, I., Ziat, M., Campion, G., Hayward, V., Guastavino, C. (2012). The effects of voluntary movements on auditory--haptic and haptic--haptic temporal order judgments. Acta Psychologica, (141) 2 140--148.
  • Ziat, M., Hayward, V., Chapman, C. E., Ernst, M. O., Lenay, C. (2010). Tactile suppression of displacement. Experimental brain research, (206) 3 299--310.
  • Ziat, M., Gapenne, O., Stewart, J., Lenay, C. (2007). Haptic recognition of shapes at different scales: A comparison of two methods of interaction. Interacting with Computers, (19) 1 121--132.
  • Ziat, M., Gapenne, O., Lenay, C., Lecolinet, E., Mouret, G\'erard, ., Stewart, J. (2007). Espace de perception et seuils de confort pour un zoom haptique en 2D. Revue d'Interaction Homme-Machine, (7) 1
  • Ziat, M. (2004). Scaling form or sensor: A question for the design of a pseudo-haptic zoom dedicated to PDA. Doctoral Consortium, Designing Interactive Systems (DIS'04).

    Book Chapters


  • Ziat, M., Snell, K., Johannessen, C., Raisamo, R. (2018). How Visual Images and Tactile Durations Affect the Emotional Ratings of the Cutaneous-Rabbit Illusion In , (Eds.) Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications. 58--68.
  • Ziat, M., Balcer, Carrie Anne, Shirtz, Andrew, ., Rolison, T. (2016). A Century Later, The Hue-Heat Hypothesis: Does Color Truly Affect Temperature Perception? In , (Eds.) . 273--280. Haptics: Perception, Devices, Control, and Applications
  • Ziat, M., Wagner, Samantha, Frissen, Ilja, . (2016). Haptic Feedback to Compensate for the Absence of Horizon Cues during Landing In , (Eds.) . 47--54. Haptics: Perception, Devices, Control, and Applications
  • Ziat, M., Bensmaia, S. (2015). Neuroprosthetics In James Wright, (Eds.) . Elsevier International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Ziat, M., Lecolinet, E., Gapenne, O., Mouret, G., Lenay, C. (2014). Perceptual strategies under constrained movements on a zoomable haptic mobile device In , (Eds.) Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications. 224--231.
  • Ziat, M., Frissen, I., Campion, G., Hayward, V., Guastavino, C. (2013). Plucked string stiffness affects loudness perception In , (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer
  • Ziat, M. (2007). Zoomable Interfaces, Zoomable experience In , (Eds.) Enaction and Enactive Interfaces, a Handbook of Terms.
  • Ziat, M., Lenay, C., Gapenne, O., Stewart, J., Ammar, A. A., Aubert, D. (2007). Perceptive supplementation for an access to graphical interfaces In , (Eds.) Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. 841--850.

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Coe, P.Evreinov, G. E.Ziat, M.Raisamo, R. (2021). Generating Localized Haptic Feedback over a Spherical Surface. VISIGRAPP (2: HUCAPP). 15--24.
  • Chin, K.Thompson, M.Ziat, M. (2021). The Effect of Multimodal Virtual Reality Experience on the Emotional Responses Related to Injections. VISIGRAPP (2: HUCAPP). 128--134.
  • A. Thompson, M.Tan, L.Soto, C.Dixit, J.Ziat, M. (2021). Tomato Dice: A Multimodal Device to Encourage Breaks During Work Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. Acceptance rate 38%. 628--635.
  • Ziat, M.Chin, K.Raisamo, R. (2020). Effects of Visual Locomotion and Tactile Stimuli Duration on the Emotional Dimensions of the Cutaneous Rabbit Illusion Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. Accepatnce rate 38%. 117--124.
  • de Grosbois, J.Di Luca, M.King, R.Ziat, M. (2020). The Predictive Perception of Dynamic Vibrotactile Stimuli Applied to the Fingertip 2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS). 848--853.
  • de Grosbois, J.Di Luca, M.King, R.Parise, C.Ziat, M. (2019). Exogenous cueing of visual attention using small, directional, tactile cues applied to the fingertip 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). 455--460.
  • de Grosbois, J.King, R.Di Luca, M.Parise, C.Bazen, R.Ziat, M. (2019). The frequency of tactile adaptation systematically biases subsequent frequency identification 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). 295--300.
  • Morrow, K. A.Ziat, M. (2018). Tactile spatial acuity of the neck using a two-point orientation discrimination task IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS). 296--300.
  • Middleton, J.Hakulinen, J.Tiitinen, K.Hella, J.Keskinen, T.Huuskonen, P.Linna, J.Turunen, M.Ziat, M.Raisamo, R. (2018). Sonification with musical characteristics: a path guided by user engagement n proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2018).
  • Ziat, M.Raisamo, R. (2017). The cutaneous-rabbit illusion: What if it is not a Rabbit? 2017 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). 540--545.
  • Ziat, M.Yao, H.Schmitt, R.Hayward, V. (2016). Frontpanel: Tangible user interface for touch-screens dedicated to elderly Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 3808--3811.
  • Morrow, K.Wilbern, D.Taghavi, R.Ziat, M. (2016). The effects of duration and frequency on the perception of vibrotactile stimulation on the neck 2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS). 41--46.
  • Ziat, M.Savord, A.Frissen, I. (2015). The effect of visual, haptic, and auditory signals perceived from rumble strips during inclement weather 2015 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). 351--355.
  • Ziat, M.Konieczny, C.Kakas, B. (2014). Throwing of a ceramic cylindrical vessel: How height is affected by sensory deprivation 2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS). 529--530.
  • Ziat, M.Fridstrom, J.Kilpela, K.Fancher, J.Clark, J. J. (2014). Ingrid: Interactive grid table CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 559--562.
  • Ziat, M.Smith, E.Brown, C.DeWolfe, C.Hayward, V. (2014). Ebbinghaus illusion in the tactile modality 2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS). 581--585.
  • Ziat, M.Rolison, T.Shirtz, A.Wilbern, D.Balcer, C. A. (2014). Enhancing virtual immersion through tactile feedback Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 27th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology. 65--66.
  • Ziat, M.Fancher, J.Kilpela, K.Fridstrom, J.Clark, J. J. (2013). InGrid: Rethinking the Embodied Space CHI'13 workshop "Blended Interaction: Envisioning Future Collaborative Interactive Spaces". 6--pp.
  • Ziat, M.Saoud, W. (2013). The Progress Bar as a Metaphor for Time Continuity and Discontinuity CHI'13 workshop "Changing Perspectives of Time in HCI". 4--pp.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Lenay, C.Stewart, J. (2007). Perception limits of a sensory substitution device by using an acuity test HUMAN'07.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Lenay, C.Stewart, J. (2007). Zooming experience in the haptic modality Enactive'07.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Stewart, J.Lenay, C. (2007). Manipulation d'un zoom haptique continu via un dispositif de substitution sensorielle Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Association Francophone d'Interaction Homme-Machine. 63--70.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Stewart, J.Lenay, C.Bausse, J. (2007). Design of a Haptic Zoom: levels and steps Worldhaptics 2007. 102--108.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Stewart, J.Lenay, C.El Yacoubi, M.Mohamed, M. O. (2006). Checking the two-third power law for shapes explored via a sensory substitution device ENACTIVE 2006. 95.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Rouze, M.Delwarde, A. (2006). Recognition of different scales using a haptic sensory substitution device EuroHaptics'06.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Lenay, C.Stewart, J. (2006). Zoomable user interfaces: Ecological and Enactive ENACTIVE'06. 239.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Stewart, J.Lenay, C. (2005). A comparison of two methods of scaling on form perception via a haptic interface Proceedings of the 7th international conference on Multimodal interfaces. 236--243.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O. (2005). Etude preliminaire visant la determination de seuils de confort pour un zoom haptique Proceedings of the 17th international conference on Francophone sur l'Interaction Homme-Machine. 3--10.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Delwarde, A.Rouze, M. (2005). Haptic Differentiation between Different Scales Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, DPPI.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Lenay, C.Stewart, J. (2005). Perception in numerical and corporeal spaces in a 2D haptic virtual world 1st International Conference on Enactive Interfaces ENACTIVE05.
  • Ziat, M.Gapenne, O.Lenay, C.Stewart, J. (2004). Acuite perceptive via une interface pseudo-haptique Proceedings of the 16th Conference on l'Interaction Homme-Machine. 263--266.

  • Other(s)


  • Ziat, M. (2022). Haptics for Human-Computer Interaction. From the Skin to the Brain. Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction. 191. Forthcoming.
  • Ziat, M. (2006). Conception et implementation d'une fonction zoom haptique sur PDAs: Experimentations et usages.
  • Presentations

  • Ziat, M., Li, Z., hunjhunwala, R., Carbon, C. (2021). “Touching a Renoir: Understanding the Association between Visual and Tactile Characteristics” Presented at theECVP21
  • Ziat, M., Chin, K., Raisamo, R. (2020). “Emotional Ratings of the Cutaneous Rabbit Illusion: Effects of Visual Locomotion and Tactile Duration” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2020 Virtual
  • Murray, C., Gaboury, H., Angel, M., Ziat, M. (2019). “Investigation of Fabric Texture Aversion in Haptodysphoric Individuals” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2019 New Orleans
  • Ziat, M., Bazen, R., de Grosbois, J., Misse, D. A., Cabe, P. (2019). “String-mediated Force-based Haptic Perception of Shape from Motion” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2019 New Orleans
  • Ziat, M. (2019). “The Affective Dimensions of the Cutaneous Rabbit Effect” Presented at the IEEE Worldhaptics 2019 Tokyo, Japan
  • Wilbern, D., Savord, A., Morrow, K., Ziat, M. (2015). “Visual-Haptic Hallucinations” Presented at the IEEE Worldhaptics 2015 Evanston
  • Schirtz, A., Morrow, K., Savord, A., Ziat, M. (2015). “Virtual Mirror Box for Lower Limbs using EMG” Presented at the IEEE Worldhaptics 2015 Evanston
  • Haara, M., Stark, V., Johnson, D., Horn, J., Ziat, M. (2015). “Virtual Exosuit with Haptic Feedback” Presented at the IEEE Worldhaptics 2015 Evanston
  • Ziat, M., Konieczky, C., Park, M., Kakas, B., Rosenbaum, D. (2015). “Potters Make Shorter Clay Pots at the Wheel When Their Vision, Touch, or Hearing Is Reduced” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2015
  • Schramski, K., Newell, F., Ziat, M. (2015). “Good Gestalt: Orderliness Perception Through Touch” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2015
  • Brewster, P., Hock, C., Flint, L., Lanthier, A., Ziat, M., Dow, D., Hartman, M. (2014). “BCI-Tactile Cursor Task” Presented at theHaptics Symposium 2014
  • Rolison, T., Ziat, M. (2014). “Do you feel the music?” Presented at theHaptics Symposium 2014
  • Balcer, C., Schirtz, A., Rolison, T., Ziat, M. (2014). “Is seeing warm, feeling warm?” Presented at theHaptics Symposium 2014
  • Balcer, C., Schirtz, A., Rolison, T., Ziat, M. (2014). “Visual Cues Effects on Temperature Perception” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2014
  • Fancher, J., Smith, E., Ziat, M. (2013). “Haptic Hallucination Sleeve” Presented at the IEEE Worldhaptics 2013 Daejeon, Korea
  • Ziat, M., Hayward, V., Servos, P., Ernst, M. (2011). “Visuomotor Coordination Under Two Types of Reflections” Presented at thePsychonomic Society Meeting 2011
  • Frissen, I., Ziat, M., Campion, G., Hayward, V., Guastavino, C. (2009). “Auditory-tactile temporal order judgments during active exploration” Presented at theInternational Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF)
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Chair for Faculty Search Committee 2022 - Present
  • Committee Member for PhD Curriculum 2020 - Present
  • Contribution to the language and terminology. for AOL goals and objectives - 2021
  • Present at the Graduate Open house for Graduate Hybrid Open House - 2021
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Faculty Evaluation and Procedures Committee 2021 - Present
  • University Senate for Senate 2021 - Present
  • Professional Service


  • Chairperson for HUCAPP 2023 2022 - Present
  • Chairperson for HUCAPP 2022 2021 - 2022
  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for Worldhaptics Organization Committee 2020 - 2021
  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for Worldhaptics 2021 2019 - 2021
  • Editor, Journal for Frontiers Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology 2020 - 2021
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Worldhaptics 2021 2021 - 2021
  • Committee Member for Thesis Committee - 2021
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Immersion Corporation 2021 - 2021
  • Editor (Associate), Conference for Worldhaptics 2021 2021 - 2021
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for HUCAPP 2021 2020 - 2021
  • Editor (Associate), Conference for Eurohaptics 2020 2020 - 2020
  • Editor (Associate), Conference for Worldhaptics 2019 2019 - 2019