Huseyin Atakan Varol, PhD

Department Chair

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  • 1365 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
20042021
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Dr. Varol is the department chair and full professor of robotics at Nazarbayev University’s School of Engineering and Digital Sciences. He received his BS degree in mechatronics engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005. He received the MS and PhD degrees both in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. From August 2009 to August 2011, he was first a postdoctoral research associate and then a research assistant professor with the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.

In 2011, he joined the faculty of Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, as a founding associate professor of robotics, where he currently chairs the department and directs the Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics Systems (ARMS) Laboratory. His research interests include biomechatronics, soft robotics, machine learning, intelligent systems and tensegrity. He has published more than 60 technical papers on these topics in reputable international journals and conferences. He holds multiple international patents in the area of bionics. He has attracted multiple competitively-funded research grants from Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, World Bank and Nazarbayev University Research Fund.

Dr. Varol was a finalist for the KUKA Innovation Award in 2014. He was also the recipient of the IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics Best Paper Award in 2009 and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Outstanding Paper Award in 2013. Dr. Varol, a senior member of IEEE, is a technical editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and serves as a reviewer for various journals, conferences and funding agencies.

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Projects 2018 2021

Stiffness
Robots
Hardware
Sensors

Hardware and Software Based Methods for Safe Human-Robot Interaction with Variable Impedance Robots

Varol, H. A., Rubagotti, M., Zhakatayev, A., Saudabayev, A., Massalin, Y., Adiyatov, O. & Moldagaliyeva, A.

3/20/1812/31/20

Project: Research project

Human robot interaction
Robots
Hardware
Wheels
Robotics

Research Output 2004 2019

  • 1365 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
  • 36 Conference contribution
  • 21 Article
  • 1 Comment/debate

Color-coded fiber-optic tactile sensor for an elastomeric robot skin

Kappassov, Z., Baimukashev, D., Kuanyshuly, Z., Massalin, Y., Urazbayev, A. & Varol, H. A., May 1 2019, 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 2146-2152 7 p. 8793262. (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; vol. 2019-May).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fiber optics
Skin
Robots
Color
Sensors

Computer Vision-Based Pose Estimation of Tensegrity Robots Using Fiducial Markers

Moldagalieva, A., Fadeyev, D., Kuzdeuov, A., Khan, V., Alimzhanov, B. & Varol, H. A., Apr 25 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 478-483 6 p. 8700452. (Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

computer vision
robots
markers
Computer vision
Robots

Deformable Object Recognition Using Proprioceptive and Exteroceptive Tactile Sensing

Mazhitov, A., Adilkhanov, A., Massalim, Y., Kappassov, Z. & Varol, H. A., Apr 25 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 734-739 6 p. 8700392. (Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Object recognition
Robots
robot arms
sensors
Sensors

Energy-Aware Optimal Control of Variable Stiffness Actuated Robots

Zhakatayev, A., Rubagotti, M. & Varol, H. A., Apr 1 2019, In : IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 4, 2, p. 330-337 8 p., 8598982.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motion planning
Stiffness
Optimal Control
Motion Planning
Robot

Generalized Dynamics of Stacked Tensegrity Manipulators

Fadeyev, D., Zhakatayev, A., Kuzdeuov, A. & Varol, H. A., Jan 1 2019, In : IEEE Access. 7, p. 63472-63484 13 p., 8713969.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Manipulators
Kinematics
Actuators
Damping
Topology

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Fourteenth International Conference on Computability, Complexity and Randomness

Manat Mustafa (Organizer), Huseyin Atakan Varol (Organizer)
Jun 23 2019Jun 25 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course