Volkan Sezer

Istanbul Technical University

Dr. Volkan Sezer received his BSc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2005, MSc in Mechatronics Engineering and PhD in Control and Automation Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2008 and 2012 respectively. His research area covers mostly robotics and automotive technology. During his BSc. he founded and managed alternative energy vehicles student team of his university. They developed a solar car and fuel cell car and were awarded in Turkey’s national competitions. During his MSC., he worked in a hybrid electric vehicle development project. He designed and applied a new energy management strategy to a real hybrid electric vehicle. In his PhD., he continued his research on hybrid and electric vehicles together with autonomous robots. He founded and managed the first autonomous vehicle Project team and developed the first fully autonomous vehicle of Turkey with his 3 students. Dr. Sezer developed and applied several new methods about obstacle avoidance, speed planning and low level control of the vehicle. After his PhD. he researched the subject in Singapore at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as a researcher in Future Urban Mobility (FM) group. His fields of interest are autonomous/semi-autonomous ground vehicles, mobile robots, control of hybrid electric vehicles, trajectory planning, obstacle/collision avoidance, active safety in road vehicles, machine learning, control of hybrid electric vehicles and energy efficiency.