Speaker: Asst. Prof. Onur Özcan, Bilkent University

Topic: "Design, Manufacturing, And Locomotion Of Miniature Robots"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: Biological research over the past several decades has elucidated some of the mechanisms behind highly mobile, efficient, and robust locomotion in insects and small animals. Roboticists try to use this information to create biologically inspired miniature machines capable of running, jumping, and climbing robustly over a variety of terrains. However, despite the recent advances in the field of miniature robotics, the design and capabilities of these robots are still very limited due to unavailablity of fabrication methods and our poor grasp of physics behind miniature robot locomotion. This talk addresses these challenges, focusing on the mechanical design and fabrication of Bilkent miniature robots and the static and dynamic modeling efforts conducted. Miniature robots have the potential for use in hazardous environments, as well as being ideal tools to investigate locomotion at small scales.

Bio: Dr. Onur Özcan creates bio-inspired miniature ambulatory 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 control and automation of tip-directed nanoscale fabrication. As a postdoctoral fellow, he conducted research on 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.

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Asst. Prof. Onur Ozcan


Design, Manufacturing, And Locomotion Of Miniature Robots