ALİ N. AKANSUNew Jersey Institute of Technology
BIO:Ali N. Akansu received the B.S. degree from the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey, the
M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, all in Electrical
Engineering. Since 1987, he has been with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he is a
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a Founding Director of the New Jersey
Center for Multimedia Research (NJCMR), and NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center
(IUCRC) for Digital Video & New Media. Dr. Akansu has been an active member of the professional circles over the last two decades, and is a
Fellow of the IEEE. He has been a well-published author, gave numerous invited talks, guided theses
on the theory of signals & transforms, applications in Internet multimedia and information security,
digital communications, and computational finance.
Mehmet ÇELEBİLERTurknet A.S.
BIO: Mehmet Izzi Çelebiler has worked on solving problems in telecommunications, in the USA
and in various countries of Europe, and founded two companies in Turkey. For half a century he has
contributed to the development of telecommunication networks and services by taking part in the
development of digital communications, and in the liberalization of the telecommunication sector.
He holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, the MSc. degree from the Technical
University of Istanbul and the highschool diploma from Galatasaray Lisesi.
Ethem EldemTurkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.
BIO: Ethem Eldem has started his career in local counseling firms in 1993. Later, he worked with
more than a hundred of firms in organizational planning and change management issues at the
Human Resources Counseling Department of Profil International and Pricewaterhouse Coopes. At the
end of 2003, he started working with Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. as Organizational Development
Department Head, and currently he is working as a department head responsible of Product
Marketing and Partnership Management.
Daniel FOTYGilgamesh Associates LLC
Sarissa Radio, Inc.
BIO: Daniel Foty has some two decades of engineering and management experience
in the mainstream of the technology industry
specifically in integrated circuits
and wireless communications. He is the President
his own consulting and research firm, Gilgamesh
Associates, LLC, which works in very demanding areas of design and
development such as signal processing, wired/wireless communications, and
ultra-low-power design. A serial entrepreneur, he is currently beginning to
co-organize a new start-up company (Sarissa
Radio, Inc., where he presently serves
as Chief Technical Officer (CTO)) for the development of new technologies for
ubiquitous ultra-high-speed, low-power, low-cost wireless interconnectivity.
Dr. Foty is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia
Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”), and has
served as an external graduate thesis
examiner/advisor with the Tallinn University of
Technology (Estonia), the University of
Pretoria (South Africa), and the Tshwane
University of Technology (South Africa). He is
the author of the best selling book, MOSFET
Modeling with SPICE: Principles and Practice,
which was published in 1997 by Prentice-Hall and
is now in its third printing; a
Vietnamese language edition was published in early 2006. In addition, he has
authored or co-authored some 100 journal articles and conference presentations,
and is a frequent plenary/keynote speaker at major international conferences
throughout the world.
Dr. Foty holds the B.S. degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Bates College,
the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from
the University of Illinois, and the
Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Vermont.
Toshio FUKUDANagoya Üniversitesi
BIO: Toshio Fukuda graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1971 and received the
Master of Engineering degree and the Doctor of Engineering degree both from the University of
Tokyo, in 1973 and 1977, respectively. He joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in
Japan in 1977, the Science University of Tokyo in 1981, and then joined Department of Mechanical
Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan in 1989.
Oussama KhatibStanford Üniversitesi
BIO: Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His current research, which focuses on human-centered robotics, is concerned with human motion synthesis, humanoid robotics, haptic teleoperation, medical robotics, and human-friendly robot design. He served as the Director of the Stanford Computer Forum, a corporate affiliate program. He is Co-Editor of the STAR series, the Springer Handbook of Robotics, and has served on the Advisory and Editorial Boards of several journals, as well as Chair or Co-Chair for numerous international conferences. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served RAS as a Distinguished Lecturer and as a member of the Administrative Committee. Professor Khatib is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award.
TITLE: An Open Source Extensible Software Package to Create Whole-Body Compliant Skills in Personal Mobile Manipulators
Whole-body operational space control is a powerful compliant control approach for robots that physically interact with their environment. The underlying mathematical and algorithmic principles have been laid in a large body of published work, and novel research keeps advancing its formulation and variations. However the lack of a reusable and robust shared implementation has hindered its widespread adoption. To fill this gap, we present an open-source implementation of whole-body operational space control that provides runtime configurability, ease of reuse and extension, and independence from specific middlewares or operating systems. Our libraries are highly portable, and the application code contains a thin adaptation layer for specific development and runtime environments such as ROS. In this paper, we briefly survey the foundations of whole-body control for mobile manipulation and describe the structure of our software. We performed experiments on two quite different robots to demonstrate that the software is mature enough for building a community of users and developers who can work on extensions and applications.
José del R. MillánEPFL
BIO:José del R. Millán is the Defitech Professor at Center for Neuroprosthetics of the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he explores the use of brain signals for
multimodal interaction and, in particular, the development of non-invasive brain-controlled robots
and neuroprostheses. In this multidisciplinary research effort, Dr. Millán is bringing together his
pioneering work on the two fields of brain-machine interfaces and adaptive intelligent robotics.
He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona,
Spain) in 1992, where he was an assistant professor for three years. He was also a research
scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy), a senior
researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny (Switzerland), and a visiting scholar at the
Universities of Stanford and Berkeley as well as at the International Computer Science Institute in
His research on brain-machine interfaces (BMI) was nominated finalist of the European
Descartes Prize 2001 and he has been named Research Leader 2004 by the journal Scientific
American for his work on brain-controlled robots. The journal Science has reviewed his work as
one of the world’s key researchers in the field of BMI. Dr. Millán is the coordinator of a number of
European projects on BMI and also is a frequent keynote speaker at international events. His
work on BMI has received wide media coverage around the world.
ROB REILLYIEEE Education Society
BIO: Rob Reilly received his B. S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherts; Masters of Education degree from Springfield College, Springfield and Doctor of Education Degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherts. Currently he is the president of the IEEE Education society, Vice Chair, Member and in the Geographic Activity Board of the IEEE Computer Society, as well as other various award committees within. Dr. Reilly has been granted with many awards including IEEE William E. Sayle II Award for Achievement in Education (given by the IEEE Education Society in 2010) and IEEE Leadership Award (by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activity Board in 2009). His recent keynote/invited presentations focus on titles such as “Leadership and Educators” (Thailand, 2012), “Engineering and Emerging Technologies” (Saudi Arabia, 2011) and “Educational Pedagogy and Engineering” (Egypt, 2011).
BIO: Başar Yücel has a BSc Honours in EE (UK) and an MBA (Turkey), and has 27
years of professional experience - 5 years as SEVP in Banking, 6 years as
Partner in Management Consulting and 12 years as Group CEO for major
industrial conglomerates. Since 1989 he has been managing multi billion USD
turnover and 1,000+ workforce.He has significant performance in industry,
recognised for his high profile turnaround achievements in complicated
As a leader/CEO he has always focused in the use of latest technology/I.T.
to improve productivity and overall efficiency. To name a few:
Ekinciler Group: Promoted Environmental Management Systems, applied
just-in-time technology, focused in process control to increase productivity
(Iron and Steel Production); Applied GPS technology for fleet tracking of
the logistics company vehicles; Introduced supply chain management in
construction company to minimize losses; Implemented Total Quality
Management in all the Group Companies.