About Me

Volkan PatogluVolkan Patoğlu

Associate Professor

Mechatronics Program
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Sabanci University
Istanbul, Turkey

Education

Apr.’05 Doctor of Philosophy Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Major Systems and Control
Minors Dynamics, Design, and Heat Transfer
Thesis Title Guaranteed Stability for Collision Detection and Simulation of Hybrid Dynamical Systems
Committee Prof. R. Brent Gillespie (chair), Prof. Jessy W. Grizzle, Prof. Bogdan Epureanu, Prof. Jonathan E. Luntz
Contributions
Contributed a novel method for finding and tracking the closest points between two parametric surfaces based on the formulation of a control problem and design of a stabilizing controller. Invented and implemented a dynamics simulator framework with constraint embedding approach. Derived hybrid parameter estimation methods for automated modeling and verification in haptic display of virtual and teleoperated environments, especially ones with changing kinematic constraints.
Dec.’02 Master of Science Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Major Systems and Control
Minor Signal Processing
Advisor Prof. R. Brent Gillespie
GPA 4.00/4.00
Dec.’00 Master of Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Major Systems and Control
Minor Robotics
Advisor Prof. R. Brent Gillespie
GPA 4.00/4.00
June’99 Bachelor of Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
GPA 3.99/4.00
Rank 1st out of 243 graduates in Department of Mechanical Engineering
2nd out of 2714 graduates in College of Engineering

Honors

2015 Science Academy, Young Scientist Award
2015 Best Conference Paper and Best Cognitive Robotics Paper finalist at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
2013 Best Application Paper at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
2012 Associate Professorship by Turkish Higher-Education Institution
2011-2012 Graduate Class Teaching Award, Sabancı University
2011 Meritorious Service Award, IEEE Transactions of Haptics
2008 Career Award, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)
May 2005 Summa Cum Laude, Distinctive Grade Point Average, University of Michigan
June 2003 Poster/demonstration in symposium to highlight federally funded research projects to the House and Senate members and their staffers (representing the University of Michigan)
2001 – present Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Summer 2000 Rackham Graduate Studies Summer Research Fellowship, University of Michigan
1999 – 2000 Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship, University of Michigan
1999 NATO A-1 Science Fellowship (only recipient in division nationwide for year 1999)
1999 Ranked second in Middle East Technical University graduating class of 1999
1999 Ranked first in the Department of Mechanical Engineering graduating class of 1999
1996 – 1999 Excellent Academic Achievement Award, Middle East Technical University (one per each year)
1996 – 1999 Undergraduate Fellowship, Haci Omer Sabanci Vakfi (VAKSA)
1995 Ranked top 0.01% in national university entrance examination (among over 1.25M students)

Professional Memberships

2001 – present Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
2004 – present Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2006 – present Member of the EuroHaptics Society
2009 – present Member of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
2007 – present Member of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Haptics
2011 – present Member of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics
2008 – present Member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
2009 – present Member of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Research Experience

Sep’06 — present Mechatronics Program
Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey
Associate Professor
Research Subjects: Nano-telemanipulation, motor skill training and rehabilitation with haptic feedback, shared control interaction paradigms for haptic assistance, control-based algorithms for stable real-time implementation of haptic rendering, and control and simulation of hybrid dynamical systems
July’05–Sep’06 Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Laboratory
Rice University, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, Houston, TX
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Research Subjects: Motor skill training and rehabilitation with haptic feedback, shared control interaction paradigms for haptic assistance, and nano-telemanipulation
Jan’05–July’05 Haptix Laboratory
The University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Research Subjects: State and parameter estimators for hybrid dynamical systems, impedance characterization of systems with changing kinematic constraints, and automatic generation of virtual environments for haptic rendering
May’00–Jan’05 Haptix and Mechatronics in Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory
The University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Research Subjects: Control-based algorithms for stable real-time implementation of haptic rendering: collision detectors for parametric surfaces, and symbolic/numerical simulators for hybrid dynamical systems
Jan’98–July’98 Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Middle East Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
Undergraduate Researcher
Research Subjects: Combustion efficiency in gas fluidized beds

Leadership and Activities

2004 – 2005 Vice president of Turkish Student Association, University of Michigan
2003 – 2004 Vice president of Michigan Engineering Consulting Club, University of Michigan
2003 – 2004 Founding member and vice president of Rotaract Club of University of Michigan
2000 – 2005 Member of European Student Association, University of Michigan
1999 – 2005 Founding member of Golcuk Leo Club
1999/98/97/96 Leader of four Voluntary Work Camps in Germany and Turkey
Summer 1998 Interrail
Winter 1997 Member of Turkish delegation in International Cultural Camp of der Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO)
Summer 1997 Representative of Turkey in Rotary International Youth Camp
Summer 1996 Representative of Turkey in Lions International Youth Camp
1994 – present Licensed boy scout of Kocaeli Municipality
1993 – present Licensed skydiver of Turkish Aeronautical Association, amateur glider pilot