Benoit Delhaye, PhD
F.R.S.-FNRS Post-Doctoral Researcher
Université catholique de Louvain

About me


My research aims at understanding how tactile receptors and their associated nerve fibers encode information about contacted objects, and how the brain uses these signals to guide dexterous manipulation. Approaches include precise measurements of the skin response during object interactions, analysis and modeling of tactile afferent responses, and quantification of sensory outcomes. An important component of my work is the application of these insights towards the development of algorithms to electrically stimulate the nerve to restore somatosensory feedback in bionic hands.

Since October 1st, 2019, I am a FRS-F.N.R.S. Postdoctoral Fellow (chargé de recherche) at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), working with Phillipe Lefèvre.

I graduated as a Electro-mechanical engineer from Université catholique de Louvain (BS 2007, MS 2009) and I received a PhD in applied science (2014) from the same university for my work entitled "Skin mechanics involved in dynamic touch", this work was co-supervised by Jean-Louis Thonnard and Phillipe Lefèvre. During 2015-2018, I was a Post-Doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, working with Sliman Bensmaia. During Sept 2018-Sept 2019, I was a FSR Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLouvain

During my free time, I like running (see Running section).

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  1. Delhaye BP, Schiltz F, Barrea A, Thonnard J-L, & Lefevre P (in preparation)
    Measuring fingerpad deformation during active object manipulation. .

  2. Schiltz F, Delhaye BP, Crevecoeur F, Thonnard J-L, & Lefevre P (in preparation)
    Fast grip force adaptation to friction relies on localized fingerpad strains. .

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TouchSim is a Matlab package that simulates spiking responses from thousands of tactile afferents terminating on the palmar surface of the hand to arbitrary indentation of the skin (see Saal, Delhaye et al., PNAS, 2017 for details). The package is freely available for download.

Matlab tools

I run most of my analyses on Matlab. I developed many utilities to make my life easier everyday.

You can find some of those script on my GitHub repository.

My PR's

Marathons I ran:

  • Indianapolis (2015): 3:21:11 [link]
  • Grand rapids (2016): 3:08:52 [link]
  • Chicago (2017): 3:19:50 [link]

Some interesting reads about running

  • What is running power anyway ? [link]
  • Interesting article about strenght training and running [link]

ICTEAM - INMA (primary address)

Avenue Georges Lemaitre 4/L4.05.01
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

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IONS - COSY (secondary address)

Avenue Mounier 53/B1.53.02
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