Summary

An roboticist with a passion for AI. Acquired a BSc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Bahçeşehir University, joining the first class of alumni from its Robotics group. Acquired an MSc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabancı University while part of the Cognitive Robotics Lab. Currently a researcher and engineer at Polonom Robotics.

Experience

Oct '19 - Current
Research and Development Specialist
Polonom Robotics
  • Develop and implement algorithms to attack the localization, mapping, SLAM, path planning, and path tracking problems for single and multi-robot applications.
  • Develop the simulation testbed for all robotic solutions.
  • Design the security guidelines of the software development and robot deployment processes.
  • Design the test workflow of the software development and robot deployment processes.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of the robot solution API.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of the continuous development pipeline.
  • Produce research reviews of SOTA mobile robot solutions.
Feb '17 - Aug '19
Research Assistant
CogRobo Lab (Sabancı University)
  • Developed and implemented a novel SOTA algorithm to attack the Placement Generation and Rearrangement Planning problems.
  • Created several ROS modules for the Baxter robot, including object recognition, visual servoing, pick-and-place, and real-time Bullet physics simulation integration.
  • Implemented SLAM on Lego MindStorms EV3.
  • Prepared and executed demos to encourage high-school students towards robotics and AI.
Feb '17 - Jun '19
Teaching Assistant
FENS (Sabancı University)
Teaching assistant for MATH203 (Introduction to Probability) and MATH306 (Statistical Modelling):
  • Held recitation sessions to assist teaching.
  • Held office hours for after-class help for students.
  • Invigilated and corrected exams.
Oct '16 - Feb '17
Customer Experience Specialist
MCAN Health
  • Headed hair transplant operations management.
  • Developed system for the acceptance of new patients.
  • Coordinated personally between patients and all company departments to create the best possible customer experience.
Jul '16 - Oct '16
Real Estate Broker
Istanbulline Investment
  • Developed part of the company identity.
  • Generated leads using directed advertisements on social networking platforms.
  • Matched international customers with suitable market offers.
Jul '15 - Aug '15
Intern Engineer
Asal İklimlendirme
  • Analyzed feasibility of HVAC system installations.
  • Created manuals for field maintenance technicians.
Jun '15 - Jul '15
Intern Engineer
Alkarmel Kağıt ve Hijyenik Ürünleri
  • Supervised production lines for sanitary pads and toilet paper.
Feb '15 - Jun '15
Student Assistant
International Office (Bahçeşehir University)
  • Assisted in the application and registration of international students.
  • Supported staff in receiving important figures to the university.
  • Aided collaboration between several departments of the university and International Office.
Feb '14 - Dec '14
Writer
Yabangee
  • Contributed bi-weekly original content relative to student life in Istanbul.
  • Took part in developing the identity of the student sub-publication.

Education

Feb '17 - Jul '19
MSc, Mechatronics Engineering
Sabancı University
  • Conducted research focused on the Placement Generation and Rearrangement Planning problems as part of the Cognitive Robotics group.
  • Developed and implemented novel algorithms in the context of mechatronics and robotics.
GPA: 3.65
Thesis: Placement generation and hybrid planning for robotic rearrangement on cluttered surfaces.
Main Topics: Local Search, Hybrid Planning, Robotics.
Sep '12 - Jan '16
BSc, Mechatronics Engineering
Bahçeşehir University
  • Graduated with honors
  • Represented the university in TÜBİTAK's electric car design-and-implementaion competition.
  • Co-founded the international club in its first iteration, representing and advocating for the international and Palestinian communities within the university.
GPA: 3.35
Capstone Project: Robotic Hand Control with a Generic Glove.
Main Topics: Embedded Systems, Mechanical Design, Robotics.
Sep '11 - Jun '12
GCE A-level
The Westminster School
  • Gave lectures to younger classes.
  • Co-wrote a theatrical play and performed in two.
  • Hosted the mathemagic competition.
  • Took part and won various writing competitions.
Main Topics: Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology.

Publications

MSc. Thesis
Placement generation and hybrid planning for \newline robotic rearrangement on cluttered surfaces
AR Dabbour
In this thesis, we propose a general solution to the rearrangement of multiple arbitrarily-shaped objects on a cluttered flat surface with multiple movable objects and obstacles. In particular, we introduce a novel method to solve the object placement problem, utilizing nested local searches guided by intelligent heuristics to efficiently perform multi-objective optimizations. The solutions computed by our method satisfy the collision-freeness constraint, and involves minimal movements of the clutter. Based on such a solution, we introduce a hybrid method to generate an optimal feasible rearrangement plan, by integrating ASP-based high-level task planning with low-level feasibility checks. Our hybrid planner is capable of solving challenging non-monotone rearrangement planning instances that cannot be solved by the existing geometric rearrangement approaches.
IAT 2018
PID-Controlled Laparoscopic Appendectomy Device
AR Dabbour, A Şabanoviç, M Elitaş
A novel multifunctional laparoscopy tool intended for robotic-assisted surgery is motorized and a control architecture using a set of simple PID controllers is developed.

Projects

May '20
omplpg
A mobile robot path planner powered by OMPL.
Mar '20
protobot
simple mobile robot with a 6 DOF manipulator for quick ROS prototyping.
Jul '19
rearrangement
Placement and planning for robotic rearrangement problems.
Jan '19
amca
A Backgammon AI agent and environment for benchmarking reinforcement learning.
Nov '18
easy-baxter
Several tools to operate theBaxterrobot using its cameras to identify, localize and provide visual servoing for pick-and-place operations. Also allows communication with the Bullet physics engine via ROS to generate the environment it sees in live simulation.
Aug '18
Robotic Tic-Tac-Toe
An unbeatable AI agent, using the minimax algorithm, integrated with the Baxter robot and its cameras that enables playing Tic-Tac-Toe.
Jun '17
Hand Gesture Recognition
Software that quickly and robustly recognizes hand gestures using a novel architecture centered around the KCF tracking filter.
Dec '15
Robotic Rock-Paper-Scissors
Computer Vision algorithm that recognizes hand gestures integrated with the Allegro Hand robot that enables playing Rock-Paper-Scissors.
Aug '14
ARABAU
A lightweight, aerodynamic chassis and outer design for an electric car.
Nov '13
3D-Printable Drone
A light multicopter that can be completely built using a limited home 3D printer.

Honors

Feb '17
Full Scholarship
Sabancı University
Awarded for academic excellence in support of my graduate studies.
Jun '14, Jan '15, Jan '16
High Honor Roll (x3)
Bahçeşehir University
A per-semester full tuition waiver awarded for very high academic excellence.
Jan '13, Jun '13, Jan '14, Jun '15
Honor Roll (x4)
Bahçeşehir University
Awarded for academic excellence on a per-semester basis.
Jun '15
BISC Participation
Bahçeşehir University
Awarded for active leadership in the International Student Community.