Erol Sahin
Associate Professor
KOVAN Research Lab.
Computer Engineering Dept.
Middle East Technical University
Dumlupinar Bulvari, 06800
Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 312 2105539


I am interested in developing autonomous robot systems. I am the founding director of METU-ROMER (Center for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) since 2021. I have also founded the KOVAN Research Lab. in 2002 which is now embodied in the METU-ROMER. My research focused on the development and control of swarm robotic systems and on the learning of affordances and concepts in language in robots. In 2009 I was awarded a free 53-DOF iCub humanoid robot platform by the RobotCub project to support my research in cognitive robotics.
I received my PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University in 2000, after getting my BSc and MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, and Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1991 and 1995 respectively. Before assuming my current position, I worked as a Chief Scientist at the  Starlab Research Laboratories, Belgium, and as a post-doc at IRIDIA of Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, for the Swarm-bots project coordinated by Prof. Marco Dorigo. I visited the Personal Robotics Lab., and Manipulation Lab. of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University between 2013-2015 as a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow through the project ITHRUI (Towards Better Robotic Manipulation: Improvement through Interaction).

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  • Previous News
  • I am included in the top 2% of researchers in the fields of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", "Industrial Engineering and Automation" and "Information and Communication Technologies" Ioannidis JPA, Boyack KW, Baas J (2020) Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PLoS Biol 18(10): e3000918 with the data shared here.

  • METU-Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Research Center Designing Social Cues for Collaborative Robots Bilgisayar Muhendisleri Ne Yapar?
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    Edited books and special issues
    Swarm Intelligence LNCS6234 Epirob2010 Swarm Intelligence LNCS4433 LNCS3342 Autonomous Robots

    Acknowledgement: Funding for my research has been provided by:

    Marie Curie
    FP7 robotcub TUBITAK