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Dr Ebubekir Avci B.Sc., MS, PhD

Lecturer in Mechatronics and Robotics

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

Ebubekir Avci received his BSc degree in Mechatronics from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2008, MSc and PhD degrees in Robotics from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Between 2013 and 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan. Then, between 2014 and 2015, he was a Research Associate with the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London, London, UK. He is currently a Lecturer in Mechatronics  at Massey University. His current research interests include micro/nano robotics, micro/nano manufacturing, cell manipulation.


Contact details

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


  • B.Sc. in Mechatronics - Sabanci University (2008)
  • MS in Robotics - Osaka University (2010)
  • PhD in Robotics - Osaka University (2013)

Research Expertise

Research Interests


Mechanism Design,

Cell Manipulation.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biomedical Engineering (090300): Biomedical Instrumentation (090303): Engineering (090000): Mechanical Engineering (091300):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Medical Devices (090304):
Medical Microbiology (110800):
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) (091306)


Robotics, Microrobotics, Mechanism Design, Kinematics, Cell manipulation

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


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., 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., 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.

Consultancy and 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

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0


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

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

(282.371) Mechanical Engineering - Solid Dynamics, (60%, 2016), (60%, 2017);

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

(228.798) Individual Research Project (2 students, 2016), (3 students, 2017). 



  1. Harry Allom, 2017, 4th year individual project: "Development of a Cell Crushing Device".
  2. Daniel Crimp, 2017, 4th year individual project: "Development of a Micro-Manipulation Platform with Active Release Strategy for Single-Cell Separation".
  3. Matthew Lofroth, 2017, 4th year individual project: "Development of an Autofocusing Algorithm for Motile Micro Organisms".
  4. Salem Al-Sallal, 2016, 4th year individual project: "Non-Destructive Measurement of Soft Body Armour Condition", collaboration with NZDF.
  5. 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.

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

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