Dr Hannes Saal

Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Floor G, Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield
S1 2LT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 6504
Email: h.saal@sheffield.ac.uk

Other profiles: ORCID, Google Scholar


BSc Cognitive Science (Osnabrueck, Germany), MSc Neuroinformatics (Edinburgh), PhD Neuroinformatics (Edinburgh)

Research Interests

I work on mathematical models of sensory coding and perception; my main research area is the sense of touch, where I use human psychophysics, computational modeling, and applied machine learning in order to elucidate the fundamental computations allowing us to make sense of our environment through touch.

I am a member of Sheffield Robotics and co-director of the Active Touch Laboratory.

Lab members

  • Laura Edmondson (MSc/PhD student)
  • Renjie Ning (MSc student, Dept. Automatic Control and Systems Engineering)
  • Giulia Tomassoni (SURE scheme BSc student)


  • PSY6309: Mathematical Modelling and Research skills (module organizer)
  • PSY6308: Computational Neuroscience 2 - Theoretical Models
  • PSY101: Discovering Psychology
  • PSY103: Psychology at Sheffield
  • PSY159: Critical Skills for Psychologists
  • PSY331: Extended essay in Psychology
  • PSY346: Research project in Psychology


A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles