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Gursel Alici



Current Positions:

* Professor
University of Wollongong
School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering

* Head of School (February 2011 -- )
University of Wollongong
School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering

* Member of Mechatronics National Panel, Institution of Engineers Australia (2007 -- )

* Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2008-2012)
* Technical Editor of IEEE Access (March 2013 -- )

Biography:

Academic Qualifications
* PhD, Department of Engineering Science -- Robotics, Oxford University, UK, (1994)
* MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey, (1990)
* BSc. (High Honours), Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, (1988)


Positions Held and Work Experience
* Professor, December 2009 -- present
University of Wollongong
School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering

* Associate Professor, January 2007 --December 2009
University of Wollongong
School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering

* Senior Lecturer, April 2004 -- January 2007
University of Wollongong
School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering

* Discipline Adviser/Leader for Mechatronic Engineering, 2004 -- 2011
University of Wollongong
School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering

* Senior Research Fellow, September 2001--April 2004
Monash University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Robotics & Mechatronics Research Laboratory
3800 VIC, Australia

* Associate Professor, October 1996 -- September 2001
Gaziantep University,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gaziantep, Turkey

* Deputy Dean, August 1994 -- September 1997
Faculty of Engineering
Gaziantep University


* Assistant Professor, June 1994 -- October 1996
Gaziantep University
Department of Mechanical Engineering

* Research Assistant, December 1988 -- October 1990
Gaziantep University,
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests:

*Soft robotics,
*Intelligent mechatronics,
*System dynamics and control,
*Robotic drug delivery systems,
*Novel actuation concepts for biomechatronic applications,
*Robotic mechanisms and manipulation systems,
*Soft and smart actuators and sensors
*Medical robotics

Publication Summary
Researches in the areas of interests have generated more than 240 fully-refereed international journal and conference papers with h-index of 26 (Scopus) and total citations of 1825. He has successfully supervised more than 70 final year, Master and PhD theses.

Professional Activities:

A. Reviewing for Scientific Journals
ASME Journal of Dynamic systems, Measurement and Control
ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
Mechatronics - an International Journal
International Journal of Robotics and Automation
IEEE Transactions on Robotics (and Automation)
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Sensors and Actuators: A&B
Mechanism and Machine Theory
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Nature Materials

B. Committee Memberships
Member of the International Program Committees of
* IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, since 2005
*IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2008) October 12 - 15, 2008, Singapore.
*IEEE International Electro/Information Technology Conference, May 6-10 2006, USA.
*ASME/IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, July 2005, USA.
*8th International Conference on Manufacturing and Management, December 2004, Gold Coast, Australia.
*13th, 14th, 15th and 16th International Conference on CAD / CAM, Robotics and Factories of the Future (CARS & FOF97, 98, 99, 00)

Awards:

A. Awards
* 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Excellence Award
*Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) award from the University of Wollongong in 2010
* Higher Education Council of Turkey scholarship for Ph. D. (1990)
* Top student in B. Sc. (High Honours) in the Faculty of Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU) (1988)
* Fulbright M.Sc. scholarship (1988) to study in USA, (One of 12 candidates won the scholarship in Turkey)


B. Competitive Grant Funding, 2002- Present
(Funding received for equipment and infrastructure after 2008 are not listed here for the sake of brevity)

* Micromanipulation system
(Project ID: DP0450944, ARC Discovery Project)

* Anatomical organ modelling and surgical procedure simulation for thoracoscopic surgery
(Project ID: DP0343946, ARC Discovery Project)

*Research facility for micromanipulation
(Project ID: LE0347024, ARC Linkage Project)

* Haptic research facility
(Project ID: LE0347673, ARC Linkage Project)

*Integrated Combustion Research Facility for Biomass Derived Fuels
(Project ID: LE0453629, ARC Linkage Project)

*Conducting Polymer Based Gripping for Micro/Nano Manipulation (2005 URC S. Grant)

*Laser-based dynamic measurements, model identification and error compensation for multi-arm robotic pre-fabrication of structural components
(Project ID: LP0455753, ARC Linkage Project)

*Micro/Nano Fabrication Based on Electron Beam Lithography (2007 URC S. Grant)

*Pushing the limits: fabricating micro and nano actuators
(Project ID: DP0878931, ARC Discovery Project) --Completed

*ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (Project ID: CE0561616) --Continuing

*ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (Project ID: CE140100012), July 2014--July2021
(Theme Leader for Soft Robotics for Prosthetic Devices)

Future Research Topics:

1. Smart micro/nano actuators and sensors and their characterisation for real applications

2. Magnetic actuation mechanisms for micro/nano manipulation and for medical applications

3. Overly miniaturized robotic devices for in vitro and in vivo drug delivery and other medical applications

4. MEMS and NEMS for Mechatronics

5. Micro/nano fabrication of Biodegradable 2D and 3D structures for drug delivery and other medical applications

6. Micro/Nano Cantilevered Structures for Biosensing

7. Modelling, Analysis, Control, Characterization and Fabrication of High-speed Smart Actuators as Propulsion Elements for Swimming Biomimetic Devices, and other Innovative Devices

8. Modelling, Analysis, Control and Characterization of Sensorised Polymer Actuators

9. Fabrication and Performance Characterisation of Encapsulated Polymer Actuators

10. Energy harvesting for nano/micro/macro systems,

11. Cooperative and asymmetrical parallel manipulators with multi-degree of freedom active joints

12. Motion Design based on Input Shaping for Dynamic Systems

13. Design, Mechanics, and Control of Robotic Mechanisms

Research Students

  • Ryan Drury : Establishment of Novel Soft Pneumatic Actuators for Robotic Prosthetic Hands
  • Lirong Yao : Energy storage systems for vehicle technology
  • Weiping Hu : Flexible Fluidic Actuators for hand rehabilitation Applications
  • Dan Yuan : Particle manipulation in viscoelastic fluid
  • Xin Tang : Advanced Suspension System Using Magnetorheological Technology for Vehicle Vibration Control