Dr. Tan was previously a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. Her research focuses on haptic human-machine interfaces and haptic perception. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles in haptics research. She is known internationally as a leading expert on haptics psychophysics, taking a perception-based approach to solving engineering problems. She is frequently invited to give keynote speeches at international conferences and research institutions, educating a broad audience on haptics and its emerging applications in human computer interaction, robotics, medicine and education.
Dr. Tan received her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was a Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab before joining the faculty at Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998. She has held a McDonnell Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University, a visiting associate professorship in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, a guest researcher position in the Institute of Life Science and Technology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a visiting researcher position at Microsoft Research Asia.