Seminar by Onur Özcan on 21 October 12.30
Onur Özcan from Bilkent University will be the next guest on ROMER Talks on Friday, October 21st @12:30. The seminar will be held at Sevim Tan Auditorium (D231), Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, METU. Please feel free to share and join us at the seminar.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Onur Özcan, Bilkent University Mechanical Engineering Department
Title: Miniature Bio-Inspired Robots: Rigid to Compliant
Abstract: As robotics researchers, we try to build highly mobile, efficient, and robust robots, similar to living organisms in terms of locomotion performance. Achieving high-performance locomotion becomes more of a challenge as the size scale of the robot decreases. We observe miniature robots' biological counterparts, i.e., insects and small animals, having extraordinary locomotion capabilities such as running, jumping, and climbing robustly over various terrains. Despite the recent advances in the field of miniature robotics, the design and capabilities of miniature robots are still limited due to the unavailability of fabrication methods, the rigidity of our mechanical structures, and our poor grasp of the physics behind miniature robot locomotion. This talk addresses these challenges, focusing on the mechanical design and fabrication of Bilkent miniature robots, the effects of their structural compliance on robot locomotion, and the modeling efforts conducted to understand locomotion at the miniature scale.
Bio: Dr. Onur Özcan creates bio-inspired miniature robots through research at the interface of mechanical engineering and robotics. He received his B.S. (2007) in Mechatronics Engineering at Sabancı University and his M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, where he worked on the control and automation of tip-directed nanoscale fabrication. As a postdoctoral fellow, he conducted research on the fabrication and control of miniature crawling robots at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering from April 2012 to January 2015. Following his postdoctoral position, he joined Bilkent University Mechanical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2015. He leads the Bilkent Miniature Robotics Lab, and he is active in research in
miniature robotics and soft robotics fields. He runs several Tübitak-funded projects on miniature and soft robots, he has more than 35 publications in related conferences and journals, and he serves as an associate editor for the soft robotics field in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.