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Dr Ebubekir Avci BSc, PhD, MEng, HEA

Senior Lecturer in Mechatronics

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Food and Advanced Technology

I received my PhD degree in robotics from Osaka University, Japan (2010-2013). I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Toyota Technological Institute, Japan (2013-2014). Then, I was a Research Associate with the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London, UK (2014-2015). I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Mechatronics  at Massey University. My current research interests include micro-nano systems for bio-medical applications (nano-scale robots for molecule analysis, micro-scale robots for cell manipulation, millimeter-scale robots for gut analysis).

Massey Microrobotics Lab

Associate Investigator in The MacDiarmid Institute

Professional

Contact details

  • Location: RC2.120, Riddet Building
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science - Sabanci University (2008)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Osaka University (2013)
  • Master of Engineering - Osaka University (2010)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member, Higher Education Academy (Associate Member/Fellow) (2018)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Prizes and Awards

  • MARSDEN Fast Start Award ($300,000), Optical Nano-Machines to Study Single-Molecules - Royal Society of New Zealand (2018)
  • KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Award 2020 ($20,000) - KiwiNet (2020)
  • College of Sciences 2020 Massey University Research Fund ($10,500), The Wisdom of the Crowd: Swarm Behaviors of Micro Robots - Massey University (2020)
  • Massey University Strategic Research Excellence Fund (SREF) 2019 ($20,000), Development of Micro-Suction System for Single-Cell Manipulation - Massey University (2019)
  • College of Sciences 2019 Massey University Research Fund ($12,000), Magnetic Capsule Robot to Diagnose Abnormalities in Digestive System - Massey University - College of Science (2019)
  • Massey University Research Fund ($12,000), Mobile Micro-Robots for Cell Analysis - Massey University (2018)
  • Massey University Research Fund Early Career Award ($20,000), Development of Micro-manipulation System - Massey University (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Robotics, Micro Robotics, Microtechnology, Nanotechnology, Mechanism Design, Kinematics, Cell Manipulation, Nano Systems, Molecule Analysis, Bioengineering, Instrumentation, MEMS.

Thematics

Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biomedical Engineering (090300): Biomedical Instrumentation (090303): Engineering (090000): Manufacturing Engineering (091000): Mechanical Engineering (091300):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical Microbiology (110800):
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) (091306): Microtechnology (091009): Precision Engineering (091011)

Keywords

Robotics, Micro Robotics, Microtechnology, Nanotechnology, Mechanism Design, Kinematics, Cell manipulation, Nano Systems, Molecule Analysis, MEMS.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 5 5

Current Projects

Project Title: Optical Nano-Machines to study single-molecules

Date Range: 2018 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Andrew, PK., Williams, MAK., & Avci, E. (2020). Optical micromachines for biological studies. Micromachines. 11(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E., Williams, M.
Penny, H., Hayman, DTS., & Avci, E. (2020). Micromanipulation system for isolating a single cryptosporidium oocyst. Micromachines. 11(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E., Hayman, D.
Yousuf, MU., Al-Bahadly, I., & Avci, E. (2019). Current Perspective on the Accuracy of Deterministic Wind Speed and Power Forecasting. IEEE Access. 7, 159547-159564
[Journal article]Authored by: Al-Bahadly, I., Avci, E.
Lofroth, M., & Avci, E. (2019). Development of a novel modular compliant gripper for manipulation of micro objects. Micromachines. 10(5)
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Crimp, D., Suhaimi, S., & Avci, E. (2018). Passive-active hybrid release strategy for micro-object separation task. International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications. 2(4), 436-444
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Lofroth, M., & Avci, E. (2018). Auto-focusing approach on multiple micro objects using the prewitt operator. International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications. 2(4), 413-424
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Grammatikopoulou, M., & Yang, GZ. (2017). Laser-Printing and 3D Optical-Control of Untethered Microrobots. Advanced Optical Materials. 5(19)
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Hattori, T., Kamiyama, K., Kojima, M., Horade, M., Mae, Y., . . . Arai, T. (2015). Piezo-actuated parallel mechanism for biological cell release at high speed. Biomedical Microdevices. 17(5)
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Nguyen, CN., Theeravithayangkura, C., Kojima, M., Tanikawa, T., . . . Arai, T. (2015). High-speed automated manipulation of microobjects using a two-fingered microhand. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 62(2), 1070-1079
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2013). Development of multi-scalable micro hand system with precise motion ability. Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics. 25(1), 183-191
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Nguyen, C-N., Ohara, K., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2013). Analysis and suppression of residual vibration in microhand for high-speed single-cell manipulation. International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation. 3(2), 110-117
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.
Nguyen, CN., Ohara, K., Avci, E., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2012). Real-time precise 3D measurement of micro transparent objects using All-In-Focus imaging system. Journal of Micro-Nano Mechatronics. 7(1-3), 21-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Avci, E.

Thesis

Avci, E. (2013). High-speed automated micromanipulation system with multi-scalability. (Doctoral Thesis, Osaka University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Avci, E.

Conference

Suhaimi, S., & Avci, E. (2020). A Micro-Tweezers System for Cell Isolation Task. Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2020. (pp. 1354 - 1359).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Andrew, P-K., Fan, D., Avci, E., Williams, M., & Staufer, U. (2019). Manufacturing Microrobots to Aid in Optical Tweezer Studies of Single Molecules. , The MinacNed International MicroNano Conference 2019
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Avci, E., Williams, M.
Jaywant, SA., Arif, KM., Potgieter, J., & Avci, E. (2019). Self-assembled optical diffraction patterns for applications in water quality monitoring. Proceedings of the International Conference on Sensing Technology, ICST. Vol. 2019-December
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Arif, K., Avci, E., Potgieter, J.
Suhaimi, S., & Avci, E. (2019). Development of a Micro Robotic Hand for Microorganism Separation Task. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 9th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN9). Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Avci, E.
Alsallal, S., Tunnicliffe, M., & Avci, E. (2018). Non-Destructive Evaluation of Soft Body Armour Condition using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, IRMMW-THz. Vol. 2018-September
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Lofroth, M., & Avci, E. (2018). An auto-focusing approach for micro objects at different focal planes. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM. Vol. 2018-July (pp. 974 - 979).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Crimp, DP., & Avci, E. (2018). Development of a micromanipulation platform with passive-active hybrid release strategy for single-cell separation. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM. Vol. 2018-July (pp. 986 - 990).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., & Yang, GZ. (2016). Development of a microhand using direct laser writing for indirect optical manipulation. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Vol. 2016-November (pp. 5125 - 5130).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., & Yang, GZ. (2016). Development of micromechanisms for handling of biomaterials under laser light. MESA 2016 - 12th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications - Conference Proceedings.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Kurata, T., Avci, E., Kamiyama, K., Kojima, M., Ohara, K., Horade, M., . . . Arai, T.(2014, July). Vibration reduction of microhand used in transporting operations. . Retreived from http://www-dsc.mech.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/ISFA2014/files/ISFA2014_fullProgram_20140630.pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Kenmochi, M., Kawanishi, M., Narikiyo, T., Kawakami, S., & Saitoh, Y. (2014). Vibration control of 3P(S)4 class parallel mechanisms for high speed applications using Quantitative Feedback Design. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. (pp. 1710 - 1715).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Kojima, M., Yabugaki, H., Avci, E., Ohara, K., Sakai, S., Horade, M., . . . Arai, T. (2014). Development of hydrogel coated end effector for stable cell manipulation by two-fingered micro-hand. 2014 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, IEEE ICMA 2014. (pp. 43 - 48).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Kenmochi, M., Avci, E., Kawanishi, M., Narikiyo, T., Kawakami, S., & Saitou, Y. (2014). Robust position control of Delta Parallel mechanisms using dynamic model and QFT. IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics. (pp. 1256 - 1261).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Yabugaki, H., Hattori, T., Kamiyama, K., Kojima, M., Mae, Y., . . . Arai, T. (2014). Dynamic releasing of biological cells at high speed using parallel mechanism to control adhesion forces. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. (pp. 3789 - 3794).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Kurata, T., Avci, E., Kamiyama, K., Ohara, K., Horade, M., Kojima, M., . . . Arai, T.Vibration analysis of a microhand which has a new parallel mechanism. . Tokyo, Japan
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., & Arai, T. (2013). Towards high-speed microassembly using two-fingered microhand. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Workshop: Microassembly: Robotics and Beyond. Karlsruhe, Germany
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Nguyen, CN., Ohara, K., Kojima, M., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2013). Towards high-speed automated micromanipulation. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. (pp. 1718 - 1723).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Kojima, M., Avci, E., Ohara, K., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2012). Development of end effector for cell manipulation with two-fingered micro-hand. 2012 International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science, MHS 2012. (pp. 399 - 401).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Nguyen, CN., Ohara, K., Mae, Y., Arai, T., & Gobel, C. (2012). Vibration analysis of microhand for high speed single cell manipulation. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2012. (pp. 75 - 80).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Nguyen, CN., Ohara, K., Avci, E., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T.High-speed 3D detection and tracking of a two-fingered microhand. . Kyoto, Japan
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Avci, E.
Nguyen, CN., Ohara, K., Avci, E., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2011). Automated micromanipulation for a microhand with all-in-focus imaging system. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. (pp. 427 - 432).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2011). High speed micromanipulation system with multi-scalability. 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2011. (pp. 1212 - 1217).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T.Optimum Design for Multi-Scalable Microhand. . Nagoya
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2010). Workspace optimization for multi-scale micromanipulation system. 2010 International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science: From Micro and Nano Scale Systems to Robotics and Mechatronics Systems, MHS 2010, Micro-Nano GCOE 2010, Bio-Manipulation 2010. (pp. 328 - 333).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T.A new Multi-Scale Micromanipulation System. . Yokohama
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Avci, E.
Avci, E., Ohara, K., Takubo, T., Mae, Y., & Arai, T. (2009). A new multi-scale micromanipulation system with dexterous motion. 20th Anniversary MHS 2009 and Micro-Nano Global COE - 2009 International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science. (pp. 444 - 449).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Avci, E.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Turkish
    Last used: Always
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: Always
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Japanese
    Last used: Always
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

(228.111) Engineering Practice 1: Global Perspectives, (33%, 2016), (50%, 2017), (50%, 2018), (50%, 2019);

(228.115) Engineering and Technology Principles, (30%, 2020);

(228.212) Engineering Practice 4: Materials & Manufacturing, (25%, 2016), (20%, 2017), (20%, 2018), (20%, 2019), (20%, 2020);

(282.260) Manufacturing Engineering and Computer-Aided Design, (50%, 2020);

(282.371) Mechanical Engineering - Solid Dynamics, (60%, 2016), (60%, 2017), (60%, 2018), (100%, 2019), (100%, 2020);

(282.372) Mechanical Engineering - Mechanism and Component Design, (50%, 2016), (50%, 2017), (50%, 2018), (50%, 2019), (50%, 2020);

(228.711) Engineering Practice 6 : Design Capstone Project, (25%, 2019), (25%, 2020).

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Supervision:

  1. Matthew Lofroth, 2019 - present, PhD: "Development of a Micro Manipulation Tool for Single Cell Analysis". 
  2. Muhammad Rehan, 2018 - present, PhD: "Capsule Robots for Medical Applications".  Received the runner up best presentation award during postgraduate day of IEEE (August 26, 2019).
  3. Kate Andrew, 2018 - present, PhD: "Optical Nano Machines for Observation of Molecules".
  4. Nick Carlisle, 2020, 4th year individual project: "Micro-Scale Tissue Stretching Mechanism".
  5. Sid Venkatesh, 2020, 4th year individual project: "Swarm Behavior in Robots".
  6. Andrew Yeo, 2020, 4th year individual project: "Capsule Robot Locomotion in Gut".

Completed:

    1. Hamish Penny, 2019, 4th year individual project: "Micro-Manipulator for Parasite Separation".
    2. Ben Lewis, 2019, 4th year individual project: "Sampling Capsule Robot". Received the Best Researcher Award for his graduation project from School of Food and Advanced Technology, Massey University.
    3. Matthew  Lofroth, 2019, Master of Engineering: "Compliant Micro Grippers". Received the runner up best presentation award during postgraduate day of IEEE (September 5, 2018).
    4. Taimoor Khan, 2019, Master of Engineering Studies: "Development of A Capsule Robot".
    5. Jenn Tung Goh, 2019, Master of Engineering Studies: "Magnetic Control of A Capsule Robot Position".
    6. Syahir Suhaimi, 2018, 4th year individual project: "Development of Microgripper for Cell Separation Task". 
    7. Denver Hayward, 2018, 4th year individual project: "Autofocusing and Tracking of Motile Microorganisms".
    8. Harry Allom, 2017, 4th year individual project: "Development of A Cell Crushing Device".
    9. Daniel Crimp, 2017, 4th year individual project: "Development of a Micro-Manipulation Platform with Active Release Strategy for Single-Cell Separation".
    10. Matthew Lofroth, 2017, 4th year individual project: "Development of an Autofocusing Algorithm for Motile Micro Organisms".
    11. Salem Al-Sallal, 2016, 4th year individual project: "Non-Destructive Measurement of Soft Body Armour Condition", collaboration with NZDF.
    12. Braden Cradock, 2016, 4th year individual project: "Automation of Optical Tweezer and Microfluidics", collaboration with Institute of Fundamental Science, Massey University. Received best presentation award, SEAT Massey.

        Courses Coordinated

        • 282.260 Manufacturing Engineering and Computer Aided Design
        • 282.371 Mechanical Engineering – Solid Dynamics

        Summary of Doctoral Supervision

        Position Current Completed
        Supervisor 2 0
        Co-supervisor 3 0

        Current Doctoral Supervision

        Supervisor of:

        • Matthew Lofroth - Doctor of Philosophy
          Development of a Micro Manipulation Tool for Single Cell Analysis
        • Kate Andrew - Doctor of Philosophy
          Development of Optical Nano Machines for Observation of Molecules

        Co-supervisor of:

        • Muhammad Uzair Yousuf - Doctor of Philosophy
          Enhancing wind energy forecasting models using computational intelligence techniques
        • Muhammad Rehan - Doctor of Philosophy
          Design of Wireless Capsule Robot for Medical Applications
        • Swapna Jaywant - Doctor of Philosophy
          Self-assembled optical diffraction sensor for water quality monitoring

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