Sara Hamdan Research Assistant
(Ph.D. Candidate)
Office: Eng-259
Phone: +90 212 338 – 2637
• Ph.D. student, Computational Science and Engineering, Koç University, Türkiye (Spring 2021 – present)
• Research and Teaching Assistant, Computer Science and Robotics, Özyeğin University, Türkiye (2017-2020)
• M.Sc. Robotic Engineering and Programming, Damascus University, Syria (2015)
• B.Sc. Computer and Automation Engineering, Damascus University, Syria (2010)

Research Interests:
Robot Learning, Human-Robot Interaction, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Admittance Control.

Hardware and Software Skills:
Python: Advanced, C++, Java: Intermediate. MATLAB/Simulink: Advanced.
Arduino: Advanced. Raspberry Pi: Intermediate. ROS: Intermediate.
SQL: Intermediate. PHP: Novice, HTML/CSS: Novice.

Work & Research Experience
• Intern at ETH Robotic Summer School, Switzerland (Jul. 2019).
• Technician & Researcher, ‘Wearable and Collaborative Robotics’ project, EU Erasmus+, Özyeğin University, Türkiye (Oct 2019 – Oct. 2020).
• Intern at Eastern European Machine Learning Summer School, Romania (Jul. 2019).
• Robotic Researcher, ‘CoMRAde’ Project, MARIE-CURIE ACTIONS, Özyeğin University, Türkiye (Jan. – Mar. 2019)
• Robotic Trainer, ‘Al Sankari’ company and ‘Innovast Technology’ company. Gaziantep, Türkiye (Sep 2015 – Jun. 2016)
• Teaching Assistant, “FESTO Robotic Lab”, Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering – Damascus University, Syria (2013 – 2015).
• Computer Engineer, IT Department, Ministry of Finance, Syria. (Sep 2011 – Sep 2015)
• Editor-in-Chief: “Arab Robotics Magazine, 1st issue”, Jordan (Mat. 2015)
• Head of Robotic Club in Yarmouk University, Syria (Apr. 2015)
• Supervisor & Trainer for “Scientific Discovery Centre” Robot Teams, WRO 2014, Oman (Oct. 2014)
• Co. Organizer “Robotic Championship WRO2014”, Syria (Sep. 2014).
• Robotic Trainer at “Children Rights Organization”, Syria (2010)
• Coach and Referee in Robotic Competitions: FLL 2010, 2011 (Syria). FLL 2014 (Lebanon). WRO 2012 (Syria). OARC 2015 (Jordan). OARC 2016 (Lebanon). WRO 2016 (Syria).
Publication & workshops
• Webinar presentation: “Human -Robot interaction, UR5 robot polishing” Arçelik, Atölye 4.0, Türkiye (Sept 2020)
• Conference Presentation: “Force Reference Extraction via Human Interaction for a Robotic Polishing Task: Force-Induced Motion”. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC). Italy. 2019
• Conference Presentation: “Is UR5 Robot Arm Really Suitable for Physical Human Robot Interaction Applications?”, ToRK. Türkiye. 2019
• Summer School Poster: “Robot Learning: A Collaborative Robot Arm that can Learn Impedance Critical Tasks from Humans”, EEML. Romania. 2019.
• Conference Presentation: “Shoulder Glenohumeral Elevation Estimation based on Upper Arm Orientation”. 40th international conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC. USA. 2018
• Conference Presentation: “Estimating Humerus Head Elevation in Human Shoulder Joints via Gaussian Process Regression”, ToRK. Türkiye. 2018
• Workshop Poster: “CoMRAde: A Collaborative Mobile Robot Arm that can Learn Impedance Critical Tasks from Humans”. DLR, Germany. 2017
• Conference Presentation: “Heterogeneous Swarm Robots”. 4th Arab Robotics conference (1st Rank Award). Qatar. 2016
• Journal: “Analysis and Design a Software System For LEGO-NXT Robot Based on JAVA Language”. Damascus University Journal of Engineering Sciences, ISSN.1999-7302. Syria. 2014
• Conference Presentation: NXT Robot Advanced Programming using Java. 2nd Arab Robotics Conference. Jordan. 2013.