• Best Conference Paper Nomination @IEEE ICRA 2015

    Esra Erdem, Volkan Patoglu and Zeynep G. Saribatur have been nominated for the Best Conference Paper Award and the Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2015 for their paper entitled “Integrating Hybrid Diagnostic Reasoning in Plan Execution Monitoring for Cognitive Factories with Multiple Robots”. ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics

  • Young Scientist Award by the Science Academy

    Dr. Patoglu receives Young Scientist Award by the Science Academy. http://bilimakademisi.org/cumhuriyet-bilim-teknikte-yayinlanan-bagep-2015-odulleri-haberi/

  • Best Application Paper Award @ IEEE/RSJ IROS 2013

    Beşir Çelebi, Mustafa Yalçın and Volkan Patoğlu from the Human Machine Interaction Laboratory have received ICROS Best Application Paper Award at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2013 for their paper entitled “AssistOn-Knee: A Self-Aligning Knee Exoskeleton”.

  • IEEE Transactions of Haptics Meritorious Service Award

    Prof. Patoglu has received the 2011 IEEE Transactions of Haptics Meritorious Service Award. http://www.computer.org/portal/web/toh/meritorious  

  • Top 10 most cited papers published in IJRR

    Our paper in one of the top 10 most cited papers published in International Journal of Robotics Research (2010). http://ijr.sagepub.com/cgi/collection/2010impactfactor

About us

The Human Machine Interaction (HMI) Laboratory focuses on the design, control, implementation, and evaluation of mechatronic systems that are capable of haptic interaction — physical interaction with the user through the sense of touch. In particular, we develop and analyse principles and tools to enable physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) with a systems and controls perspective. We aim to achieve optimal performance for such systems, while simultaneously ensuring safety and ergonomic nature of interaction under the coupled dynamics of the human-robot system and the constraints imposed by human biomechanics/sensorimotor control. Our research extends to synthesizing algorithms for simulated physical interaction with virtual environments (haptic rendering) and exploring the control theoretical framework of human sensorimotor system through empirical investigations of skill acquisition.

Applications of our research include robotic devices for physical rehabilitation, active exoskeletons and prostheses for human augmentation, force-feedback devices for robot-assisted surgery, haptic interfaces for manual skill training, teleoperators for exploration of hazardous or remote environments, x-by-wire systems for automotive/aerospace industry, and service robots for collaborative task execution with humans. Our research contributes to the fields of robotics, system and controls, multi-body dynamics, mechanical design, biomechanics, physical medicine, and basic science.

The HMI Lab is directed by Prof. Volkan Patoglu, and is part of the Mechatronics Engineering Program of Sabanci University.