Department of Mechatronics Marmara University

Istanbul, TURKEY

Tennessee State University

3500 John A Merritt Blvd

Nashville, TN 37209

Office : McCord Hall (Main Campus)




2011                Postdoc Department of Mechanical Engineering 

   Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


2006                Ph.D.   Computer- Control Engineering

 Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey


2000                M.S.    Computer-Control Education Department

                                    Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey


1996                  B.S.    Electrical Education

Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey


07/2017– present       Visiting Research Professor                                                              

College of Engineering

Department of Computer Science

Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


03/2015 – present      Associate Professor & Department Chair                            

Marmara University, Istanbul

Department of Mechatronics and Engineering

09/2015 – present      Associate Professor                                                                      

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul


2011-2012                   Visiting Research Assistant Professor                                                                                  

Center for Intelligent Mechatronics

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


2013-2014                   Assistant Professor                                                                                                               

Department of Control Engineering

Navy Academy, Istanbul


2008 -2015                  Assistant Professor & Department Chair                                                        

Department of Mechatronics and Engineering

Marmara University, Istanbul


2004 – 2008                Research & Teaching Assistant                                                        

Department of Mechatronics 

Marmara University, Istanbul


Undergraduate Courses

Marmara University, Department of Mechatronics Engineering

Introduction to Robotics                                                                                 2014-2017

Biomechatronics System Design                                                                     2014-2017

Programmable Logic Controllers                                                                    2014-2017

Control Systems                                                                                              2014-2017

Marmara University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering                                       2014-2016

Fundamentals of Electrical & Electronics Engineering                                  2015-2016

Pneumatics Systems                                                                                       2014-2016


Tennessee State University, Department of Computer Science Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Digital Electronics Design                                                                               2017-Fall

Discrete Math.                                                                                                2018-Spring


Graduate Courses


Marmara University, Department of Institution of Pure and Applied Sciences

Advanced Biomechatronics System Design                                                   2015-2017

Proses Dynamics & Control                                                                            2014-2017

Application & Control of Special Electrical Motors in Mechatronics             2014-2016


Boğaziçi University, Institute of Pure & Applied Sciences      

Biomechanics & Biosignal-Based Prosthesis Control                                     2015-2017


Graduate Student Mentoring

Supervised      12 M.Sc.          (10 completed, 2 continuing)

2 PhD theses               (2 continuing)




Upper-limb prosthesis

Modeling, identification and control of complex systems: 

Process, Multivariable and Model Predictive Control, Fuzzy Logic Control

Embedded Systems

Industrial Automation:

PLC systems (Siemens S71200/300 and IDEC), Microcontrollers (dSPIC) and Industrial Networking (As-I and Profibus)


03/2013-present         Director                                                                                             

Biomechatronics & Assistive Technology Lab

Marmara University


7/2017-present           Research Associate                                                                   

Development of a Meso- Scale Intelligent Robot

U.S. Department of Agriculture.


2013-2017                   Principal Investigator                                                               

Cognitive Controlled Hybrid Prosthetic Hand

Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) 

EMG-Controlled Pneumatic-Actuated Anthropomorphic


2012-2013                   Director                                                                                                   

Industrial Arm Design / FEN-C-YLP-150513-0177

Marmara University


2011-2012                   Research Associate               

Powered Upper-Limb Prostheses/ Vanderbilt Multi-grasp Hand

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee                                                                                                                                     


2010-2014                   Advisor & Team Supervisor                                                                                                  

Hydromobile Car

Ultra Energy-Efficient Vehicles for Shell Eco-Marathon        


2010-2011                   Principal Investigator                                                            

Industrial Adaptation of a Constrained Predictive Control Algorithm and its Industry Status in Turkey

Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)


2006                            Researcher                                                                                                                

Robotics & Industrial Automation Training

 EU Leonardo da Vinci A Type Mobility

Vilnius, Kaunas – Lithuania


Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Higher Education Fellowship, 2006       

Yggdrasil Field Research Grant, Norway, 2010                                                          



Industrial Trainer & Consultant  FESTO Didactic, Inc. (Robotic, Proses Control, CIM Systems) 


Technical Delegate     Euroskills2010 & Worldskills2011 Competitions

Member                      Evaluation Committee, ROBOCON 2009 (Robotics Competition)

Expert                         Mobile Robotics, WorldSkills 2009 Competition (Calgary, Canada)

Member                      European Embedded Control Institute (EECI)

Member                      International Association of Engineers (IAENG)

Member                      Turkish Basketball Federation Coaches’ Association 


Member                      Robotic and Automation Association of Turkey

Head Coach                Turkish Basketball Federation 1st Division (Istanbul DSI Sports Club)



March 2017                 Hybrid Prosthetic Hand, Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) 

                                    No: TR201312431B

October 2014              Bionic and Hybrid Prosthetic Hand Embodiment DPMA

                                    German Patent & Trademark Office, No: DE202014008437 U1.



1.      Gücüyener, A., and Kaplanoğlu, E. (2017) “Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System (WHRS).” Balkan Journal of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Vol:5 No:1 pp. 9-13 (ISSN :   2147-284X)

2.      Ülkir, O., Gökmen G.  and Kaplanoğlu, E.,. (2017) “EMG Signal Classification Using Fuzzy Logic.” Balkan Journal of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Vol:5 No:2 pp. 97-101 (ISSN :147-284X)

3.      Kaplanoglu, E., Arsan, T., and Varol, H.S. (2015) “Predictive Control of Constrained Pressure and Level Systems.” Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences. Vol.23, pp. 641-653. (doi:10.3906/elk-1302-207).

4.      Erdemir, G., Kuzucuoglu A., Kaplanoglu, E., and El-Kahlout, Y (2015) ”Design and Implementation of a Web-Based Mobile Robot Control Platform for Robotics Education.” Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 704, pp. 283-287 (doi:10.4028/

5.      Akı, O., Güllü, A., and Kaplanoglu, E. (2014) “An Application for Fundamental Computer Programming Learning.” Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 176 pp. 291 – 298 (doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.474)

6.      Kaplanoglu, E. (2014) “Biomechatronics and Assistive Systems: Sample Applications.” (in Turkish), Automation Industrial Magazine. Vol.258 pp. 54-62

7.      Kaplanoglu, E. (2012) “Design of Shape Memory Alloy-Based and Tendon-Driven Actuated Fingers towards a Hybrid Anthropomorphic Prosthetic Hand.” International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems Vol. 9:77 pp. 1-6 (doi:10.5772/51276).

8.      Yilmazlar, E. and Kaplanoglu, E. (2012) “Design of the Model Predictive Control Education and Application Interface.”  Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, Vol. 5, pp. 677-681 (doi:10.4236/jsea.2012.59080)

9.      Kaplanoglu, E., and Topdal, H. (2011) “A Simulator for the Education of Robotics.” International Journal of Electronics, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. Vol.1. pp. 45-48 (ISS: 2146-0604)

10.  Kaplanoglu, E., and Yılmazlar, E. (2011) “Industrial Application of Constrained Model Predictive Control.” (In Turkish) Automation Industrial Magazine. Vol. 225 pp.92-100

11.  Ersoy, S., and Kaplanoglu, E. (2009) "Online Modeling for Sound Absorption Properties of Composite Material." Journal of Vibroengineering. Vol. 11; pp. 298-304 (ISSN:1392 - 8716).

12.  Kaplanoglu, E., Gullu, A., and Sur, F. (2009) “Design of an AC Servo Motors Training Set and Position Control.” SDU International Journal of Technological Sciences. Vol.1 pp. 74-81.

13.  Kaplanoglu, E., Safak, K. K., and Varol, H. S. (2009) “Real-time Parameter Estimation Method Applied to a MIMO Process and its Comparison with an Offline Identification Method.” American Institute of Physics. Vol. 1089:1, p. 35 (ISBN: 978-0-7354-0622-3).

14.  Kaplanoglu E., (2007) “Constrained Multivariable Systems in Industry and Model Predictive Control.” Automation Industrial Magazine. Vol.178, pp. 208-216




1.      “Biomechatronics System Design” (Turkish) Kaplanoglu, E.,Ülkir E., Akgün G., ISBN: 978-605-9594-24-0 - August 2017

2.       “Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology” in Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering (Turkish), 2014):  55-67 ISBN: 978-605-133-943-6 (Book Chapter)




1.       Paper, I. Karakuş, E. Kaplanoğlu, M. Özkan and B. Güçlü, "Characterization of a bend sensor for neuroprosthetic applications," 2017 Electric Electronics, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineerings' Meeting (EBBT), Istanbul, 2017, pp. 1-4.               doi: 10.1109/EBBT.2017.7956753

2.      Paper, G. Akgün, O. Ülkir, E. Kaplanoğlu, " Wavelet Transform Based Feature Extraction and Classification of EMG Signals" 2017 2nd International Mediterranean Science and Engineering Congress , Adana,Turkey, October 2017, pp.72-77

3.      Paper, O. Ülkir, G. Akgün, E. Kaplanoğlu, " Real Time Robotic Arm Control Using Wearable Gesture Armband" 2017 2nd International Mediterranean Science and Engineering Congress (IMSEC 2017), Adana,Turkey, October 2017, pp.73-79

4.      Paper, A. Atasoy, E. Kaya, E. Toptas, S. Kuchimov, E. Kaplanoglu and M. Ozkan, "24 DOF EMG controlled hybrid actuated prosthetic hand," 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Orlando, FL, 2016, pp. 5059-5062. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591864.

5.      Poster, “Classification of EMG Signals for Different Hand Position Transitions Using a Neural Network”,  E. Kaya, E. Kaplanoglu, A. Atasoy, E. Toptaş, and M. Ozkan, August 2016, 38th Annual International Conference of  IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orlando, FL.

6.      Paper, “Anthropomorphic Prosthetic Hand Design” M. Özkan, E. Toptaş, E. Kaplanoğlu, S. Takka, A. Atasoy, and S. Kuchimov, January 2016, IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE

7.      Paper, “Hand Rehabilitation and Prosthesis Training Interface” M. Sayilgan, E. Kaplanoğlu, A. Atasoy, S. Kuchimov, M. Özkan, November 2015 19th Annual National Biomedical Engineering Meeting (BIYOMUT), P.1-4 ISBN: 978-1-4673-8653-12015

8.      Paper, “Design of a Lower-Extremity Assistive Walking Device” E. Kaplanoglu and O. Ulkir.  November 2015, September 2015,  Turkish National Conference of Automatic Control (TOK) TOK2015, Denizli,Turkey

9.      Paper, “Anthropomorphic Dexterous Prosthetic Hand: A Mechanical Design” A. Atasoy, Y. Cotur, S. Kuchimov, E. Toptas, E. Kaplanoglu, S. Takka, and M. Ozkan, August 2015, 37th Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan, Italy

10.  Poster, “EMG Classification of an Index-Finger-Adaptive to a Prosthetic Hand.” Y. Cotur, C. Gumus, E. Capa, T. Hasekioglu, E. Kaplanoglu, and M. Ozkan, August 2014, 36th Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, IL

11.  Poster, “One Step Closer to an Anthropomorphic Dextrous Hand” A. Atasoy, S. Kuchimov, E. Toptas, E. Kaplanoglu, S. Takka and M. Ozkan, August 2014, 36th Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, IL

12.  Paper, “Control of a Robotic Arm with an EMG- Based Classification of Hand Movements” M. Tongaoğlu, U. Başpınar, E. Kaplanoglu, and H.S. Varol, September 2014, National Turkish Conference on Automatic Control (TOK), Proceeding Book, pp.68-74 Kocaeli, Turkey

13.  Paper, “Control of a Prosthetic Hand with a Finite-State Machine Algorithm” G. Akgün, A. Alveroğlu, G. Özkaya, and E. Kaplanoglu, September 2013, National Turkish Conference on Automatic Control (TOK), Proceeding Book pp. 158-62, Malatya, Turkey

14.  Paper, “Feature Extraction and Classification of EMG Signals with Neural Network Algorithm” G.Akgün, M. Demetgül, and E. Kaplanoglu, E., September 2013, National Turkish Conference on Automatic Control (TOK) TOK2013, Proceeding Book, pp. 175-180, Malatya, Turkey

15.  Paper, “Artificial Tendon Driving System Using a Skin Effect.” Kaplanoglu E., Ayırga H., and H. Küçük. June 2013. In Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, 2013 Vol. 2 pp. 904-908

16.  Paper, “Career Guidance Needs of Mechatronics Education Graduates,” D. Ümmet, O. Yılmaz O., M. Turan, and E. Kaplanoglu, May 2011, International Educational Technology Conference (IETC 2011), Istanbul, Turkey

17.  Paper, “Integration of Vision-Based Assembly on a Servopneumatic Cartesian Manipulator” E. Kaplanoglu, Ö. Yılmaz, and H. Küçük, April 2009, 14th International Conference "Mechanika-2009”, Kaunas, Lithuania

18.  Paper, “An Experimental Setup for Real-time Multivariable System Control Education”, E. Kaplanoglu, and H.S. Varol, November 2008, Turkish National Conference on Committee of Automatic Control (TOK), Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

19.  Paper, “Human-Robot Interaction with a Bionic Arm Experimental Setup for Robotics Education,” E. Kaplanoglu and Ö. Yilmaz, April 2008, 13th Annual International Conference/Mechanika 2008, Kaunas, Lithuania

20.  Paper, “Internet-Based Monitoring of Multivariable Control Using a Quadruple-Tank System for Mechatronics Education”, April 2008, E. Kaplanoglu and G. Erdemir, April 2008, 13th Annual International Conference/Mechanika 2008 Kaunas, Lithuania

21.  Paper, “Real-Time Parameter Estimation of a MIMO System,” E. Kaplanoglu, K. Şafak, K., and H.S. Varol, March 2008, International Multi-Conference of Engineers and Computer Scientists (IMECS 2008), Hong Kong

22.  Paper, “Trajectory Tracking Multivariable Decoupling - PI Control for a Quadruple-Tank System,” E. Kaplanoglu and H.S. Varol, March 2005, IKS 2005 International Conference on Intelligent Knowledge Systems, Istanbul, Turkey

23.  Paper, “As-i Experimental Setup for Mechatronics Laboratories,” E. Kaplanoglu, and A. Kuzucuoğlu, August 2004, 9th Annual Mechatronics Forum & International Conference on Mechatronics, Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey