Yasemin Vardar received the best PhD thesis award from EuroHaptics Society

Yasemin receiving her award.

Our PhD student Yasemin Vardar (thesis advised by Prof. Burak Guclu from Bogazici University and Prof. Cagatay Basdogan from Koc University) received the best PhD thesis award from EuroHaptics Society during the IEEE World Haptics Conference in Tokyo, July 9-12, 2019. Yasemin is currently  a post-doctoral fellow in Max Planck Institute for Ingelligent Systems in Stuttgard. Every year the EuroHaptics Society awards a prize for the best Ph.D. thesis of the year. The EuroHaptics Society Ph.D. Award competition is open to all candidates from different continents, who in the broad sense disserted on a topic of relevance to the science and/or technology of haptics. The award winning thesis is published as a hardcover book by Springer-Verlag.

Istanbul Technical University Robot Olympics (ITURO, http://www.ituro.org/en/) has chosen RML as the best R&D Laboratory in Robotics in 2018. We would like to thank all the jury members involved in the selection process and the people in organization of ITURO.

Prof. Basdogan gave an invited talk on the role of haptics in physical human-robot interaction at TORK 2018 (Turkish Robotics Science Conference, http://tork2018.boun.edu.tr) held at Bogazici University, April 12-14, 2018. In the picture, Prof. Basdogan and his Ph.D. student Yusuf Aydın (Yusuf’s eyes and ears are closed and he imitates a robot) are making a demonstration on the challenges in communicating through the haptic channel.

Graduation of Yasemin Vardar

Congratulations to Yasemin Vardar for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis on Jan 11, 2018 (on the left). The lab says farewell to her and wishes the best in her new post (on the right). Yasemin joins to Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems as a post-doctoral fellow.

Ayse Kucukyimaz joins the University of Lincoln

Congratulations to our alumni Ayse Kucukyimaz for joining to the University of Lincoln, UK as a lecturer
(equivalent to assistant professor). Ayse received her Ph.D. degree in Computational Science and
Engineering program from Koc University in 2013. After a post-doctoral training in Imperial College
for two years, she joined the Computer Science department of Yeditepe University as an assistant
professor in 2015.


Mehmet Ayyildiz (2015, PhD) joins Bilgi University as a faculty member

Congragulations to our alumni Mehmet Ayyildiz, who  has accepted a faculty position at Mechatronics Department of Bilgi University. Mehmet has received his MS and PhD degrees from Koc University. His MS thesis, entitled as “A novel opto-electro-mechanical tactile sensor for breast cancer imaging” was supervised by Prof. Cagatay Basdogan and Prof. Burak Guclu from Bogazici University. His PhD thesis, entitled as “Effect of preservation solution and period on the mechanical  and histological properties of liver” was supervised by Prof. Basdogan.



Conguragulations to the PhD students Yasemin Vardar and Ahmet Guzererler for successfully presenting their works (acceptance rate for oral presentation was 22% !) at the Eurohaptics Conference, London, July 4-7.


RML’s IEEE World Haptics Conference Demo success

Our hardware demonstration (Localized Multi-finger Electrostatic Haptic Display, Emgin, S.E, Ege, E.S., Birer, Ö., Basdogan, C.) was selected as one of the four finalists (out of 48 demonstrations) for the best demonstration award in IEEE World Haptics Conference, June, 2015, Chicago.

First Patent Day at Koc University (June 08, 2015)

rmlsupriseProf. Basdogan received a recognition plate for the patent applications filed by our lab during the “First Patent Day” organized at Koc University. President Prof. Umran İnan presented the plates to the inventors of the 48 patent applications filed until the end of 2014.

Graduation of Mehmet Ayyildiz

rmlsupriseThe RML celebrated the graduation of Mehmet Ayyildiz, who successfully defended his thesis and received a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (March 2015).

From left to right: Senem Ezgi Emgin (Ph.D. student), Prof. Dr. Cagatay Basdogan, Mehmet Ayyildiz (Ph.D.), Yusuf Aydin (Ph.D. student), Mohammad Ansarin (M.S. student), Yasemin Vardar (Ph.D. student), Fatma Virdil Ayyildiz (M.S.), Ipek Toker (Ph.D. student), Ozan Caldiran (Ph.D. student).

Our laboratory was featured in CNN Turk (2014)


“Yeni Ufuklar”, the Turkish version of BBC World’s widely acclaimed “Horizons” documentary series on science and innovation, is now aired on CNN Türk to meet with the Turkish auidience.  The program, which is scheduled to take place as a series of 8 episodes, will be highlighting a new scientific or technological innovation in a specific field in Turkey. The very first episode, where Koç University Engineering Professor Çağatay Başdoğan was featured with his research on Haptics and Robotics, was broadcasted on Saturday, September 20th.  To have a look at this recent episode, please follow the  link.

Prof. Dr. Basdogan was appointed as a full professor.

rmlsupriseRML has reached to its largest size ever.Bottom row (from left to right): Yusuf Aydın (Ph.D. student), Ozan Caldıran (Ph.D. student), Cigil Ece Madan (M.Sc. Student), Ezgi Senem Emgin (Ph.D. student), Buket Baylan (M.Sc. student); Middle row: Mehmet Ayyildiz (Ph.D. student), Soner Cinoglu (M.Sc. student), Yasemin Vardar (Ph.D. student), Prof. Cagatay Basdogan, Nasser Arghavani (Ph.D. student), Enes Selman Ege (Ph.D. student); Top row: Omer Sirin (Ph.D. student), Ehsan Sadraei (Ph.D. student), Mohammad Ansarin (M.Sc. student), Khurram Saleem (Ph.D. student).

The haptic stylus developed by graduate student Atakan Arasan

haptic_stylusThe haptic stylus developed by graduate student Atakan Arasan (on the right), Prof. Metin Sezgin (on the left), and Prof. Cagatay Basdogan (in the middle) is under consideration for international patent (handled by http://www.inventram.com/). The related technical work is presented at IEEE World Haptics Conference, Daejeon, S. Korea (Arasan, A., Basdogan, C., Sezgin, T.M., 2013, “Haptic Stylus with Inertial and Vibrotactile Feedback”, Proceedings of IEEE World Haptics Conference, April 14-18, Daejeon, pp. 425-430).

Academic Excellence Award

academic_exCongragulations to our member Ayse Kucukyilmaz (PhD) for receiving the Academic Excellence Award, given to one graduate student only at Koc university every year for her/his academic achievements and thesis work. Ayse received her award from the director of the graduate programs for College of Engineering and Sciences during the graduation ceremony (2013).

Graduation Ceremony


RML celebrates the graduation of (from left to right) Yusuf Aydın (MS), Ayse Kucukyilmaz (PhD), Buket Baylan (MS),
Atakan Arasan (MS) and Cıgıl Madan (MS).

Two recognition plaques from Turk Telekom


“Vibrotactile Haptics” group of Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (RML) presented the world’s first haptic kiosk at Turk Telekom R&D Workshop, Sapanca, September 2012. From left to right: Buket Baylan (MS student), Ugur Aridogan (PhD student), Enes Ege Selman (PhD student), Ezgi Senem Emgin (PhD student), Prof. Cagatay Basdogan.


Our group received two recognition plaques from Turk Telekom during the Turk Telekom R&D Workshop held in Sapanca, September 2012: one is for the patent application filed on “Vibrotactile Haptics for Touch Screens” and the other is for making steps towards the commercialization of our technology on the same subject.

“Vibrating Steering Wheel” project won the first prize in “R&D Project Market and Design Competation for Automative Sector”, May 17, 2012.

Prof. Cagatay Basdogan and his students (Enes Selman Ege and Furkan Cetin) won the first prize for their “Vibrating Steering Wheel” project in “R&D Project Market and Design Competation for Automative Sector”, organized by the Automative Industry Exporters’ Union and supported by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy and Turkish Exporters Assembly. The system, which became news in popular New Scientist magazine aims to reduce the navigation errors by displaying the GPS-based navigation commands through vibration motors embedded into the steering wheel of a car.


Enes Selman Ege (Ph.D. student in Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory) received the award from Turkish Minister of Economy, Zafar Caglayan, at a ceremony on May 17, 2012.

Our research project was selected to participate “Success Stories Sharing Days” event organized by TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)


TÜBITAK invited the owners of 150 projects to share their success stories on April 20, 2011 in Ankara and on April 22, 2011 in Istanbul. These projects were selected among 6000 projects funded by TÜBİTAK and started and completed between the years 2005-2010. The events were honored by Prof. Dr. Mehmet Aydin, state minister for Science and Technology. Our research project, entitled as “Characterization of Soft tissue Material Properties Using a Robotic Indenter and Their Integration into Surgical Simulators”, was selected by TÜBİTAK to participate to the event.

WorldHaptics 2011

Our alumni, Evren Samur (M.S., 2005, Koc Univ.), received the best Ph.D. thesis award from EuroHaptics Society at the IEEE World Haptics 2011 conference (June 24, 2011). From left to right: Evren Samur (received the best Ph.D. thesis award from …

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Meritorious Service Award

Cagatay Basdogan received the meritorious service award from IEEE Transactions on Haptics. Each year, the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (ToH) cites one Associate Editor for meritorious service.  

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