Turkey Robotics Conference

Dear researchers,

4. Turkey Robotics Conference (ToRK 2018), will be held on April 12-14, 2018 at Boğaziçi University South Campus Albert Long Hall.

The aim of ToRK 2018 is to bring researchers and people in robotics industry together, and share the recent scientific and technological progress in various subfields in robotics with the Turkish robotics community, via invited speakers, original papers and workshops.


Three types of papers are accepted in ToRK 2018:

• Original Paper: 6 pages, output of a scientific research, that has not been published before.
• Compilation paper: 4 pages, Compilation of multiple papers in a holistic view ,published in international journals and conferences between 2014-2017.
• Short paper: 2 pages, A raw study that consists of very recent scientific progress, whose results are not mature yet for publication and open for receiving feedback .

Paper submission deadline is January 15, 2018.Paper submission deadline has been extended to January 31, 2018. Paper submission system is now closed. All papers will go through blind review process, by at least two referees based on the criteria mentioned above. Original papers that are accepted after review, will be eligible for a 15-20 minute oral presentation. Accepted short papers and compilation papers, will be eligible for a poster presentation. Papers and presentations shall be in Turkish, however, if the first author does not know Turkish, submissions in English is accepted. We are currently considering the publication of the accepted papers, to a special issue on a Turkish scientific journal.

Paper Submission and Templates

Conference paper submission system is now open. You may submit your papers via below link, over EasyChair. Please check the ToRK 2018 website regularly for updates and announcements.

You may download LATEX ve Microsoft Word templates, from the link below.


We accept proposals for workshops at ToRK 2018. Please use the template below for your workshop proposals:

1. Title
2. Organizer information: institution, address, phone, email
3. Duration (We recommend 2 hours)
4. Workshop summary
5. Workshop content: Plan, invited speakers, if any, estimated guest profile and count
6. Website , if any
7. Required equipment (projector etc.)

You may submit your workshop proposals to emre.ugur@boun.edu.tr and evren.samur@boun.edu.tr in PDF format.

Paper Submission Deadline: 31 January 2018
Workshop Proposal Deadline: 31 January 2018
Review Results: 19 March 2018
Submission deadline for final form of the paper: 26 March 2018
Conference Date: 12-14 April 2018

Paper Submission and Templates

ToRK-2018 paper submissions will be done over EasyChair system. You may submit your papers from the link below.

You may download LATEX ve Microsoft Word templates, from the link below.



Prof. Dr. Cenk Çavuşoğlu Case Western Reserve University USA

Topic: Towards Intelligent Surgery Assistant Robots

M. Cenk Cavusoglu is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), with secondary appointments in Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1995, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He was a Visiting Researcher at the INRIA Rhones-Alpes Research Center, Grenoble, France (1998); a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley (2000-2002); and, a Visiting Associate Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (2009-2010).

Dr. Cavusoglu's research spans the general areas of robotics and human-machine interfaces with special emphasis on medical robotics, and haptics. Specifically, for the past twenty years, he has been conducting research on all of the different aspects of medical robotic systems from control, mechanism, and system design, to human-machine interfaces, haptics, and algorithms. More information on Dr. Cavusoglu's research can be found at his homepage at http://engr.case.edu/cavusoglu_cenk/

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Prof. Dr. Çağatay Başdoğan Koç Üniversitesi TURKEY

Topic: Haptic Communication for physical Human-Robot Interaction (pHRI)

Prof. Basdogan is a member of faculty in College of Engineering at Koc University since 2002. Before joining to Koc University, he was a senior member of technical staff at Information and Computer Science Division of NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1999 to 2002. At JPL, he worked on 3D reconstruction of Martian models from stereo images captured by a rover and their haptic visualization on Earth.

He moved to JPL from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was a research scientist and principal investigator at MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics and a member of the MIT Touch Lab from 1996 to 1999. At MIT, he was involved in the development of algorithms that enable a user to touch and feel virtual objects through a haptic device (force-reflecting robotic arm). He received his Ph.D. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1994 and worked on medical simulation and robotics for Musculographics Inc. at Northwestern University Research Park for two years before moving to MIT. Prof.Basdogan conducts research and development in the areas of human-machine interfaces, control systems, mechatronics, human-robot interaction, biomechanics, computer graphics, and virtual reality technology. In particular, he is known for his work in the area of human and machine haptics (sense of touch) with applications to medical robotics and simulation, robotic path planning, micro/nano/optical tele-manipulation, human-robot interaction, molecular docking, information visualization, and human perception and cognition. He is currently the associate editor in chief (AEiC) of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics and also in the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Worlds (MIT Press), and Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds (Wiley) journals. In addition to serving in the program and organizational committees of several conferences, he also chaired the IEEE World Haptics Conference in 2011.

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Dr. Haldun Komsuoğlu Robolit LLC USA

Topic: Standardization in Robotics Systems and its Constructive Effect on Research

Haldun Komsuoglu received his BS degree from Middle East Technical University Electrics and Electronics Department in 1997. He continued his education, focusing on robotic technologies, in University of Michigan Electrics and Computer Engineering. He received his MSc in 1998 and PhD in 2004 on System Control. After his graduate education, he worked as a researcher at University of Pennysylvania GRASP Lab until 2008. During his academic studies, he participated in many R&D projects sponsored by DARPA and NSF. In 2006 ,to commercialize the technologies developed during his academic study, he founded his first company, Sandbox Innovations, Inc. In 2009, he started as vice president at American Andriod. Again in 2009, he founded his design and consultancy company, Robolit LLC . He opened Robolit LLC Turkey office in 2012.


New : Please follow the link for detailed presentation schedule - Presentation Schedule

Important : Explanations for verbal and poster presentations


Lecture: Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Dr. Cem Say


Lecture: Machine Learning

Prof. Dr. Ethem Alpaydın


Ders: The world from the eyes of a robot: Violet

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sanem Sarıel


Workshop: Soft Robots


Opening Speech

Invited Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Cenk Çavuşoğlu

Paper Presentations

Coffee Break

Paper Presentations


Invited Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Çağatay Başdoğan

Poster Presentations

Coffee Break

Paper Presentations


Opening Cocktail - Kennedy Lodge


Invited Speaker:

Dr. Haldun Komsuoğlu

Paper Presentations

Coffee Break

Poster Presentations


Industry Presentations


Coffee Break

Session on Roadmap of Robotics in Turkey

Award Ceremony and Closing


Gala Dinner

Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentations

- Posters should be in A0 dimensions.
- A0 dimensions are : 841 mm x 1189 mm.
- Posters should have vertical orientation.
- You may use the template provided in the link. POSTER TEMPLATE
- This template is in Power Point format but it can easily be imported into Keynote and Impress.

Oral Presentations

- For presentations, you have 15 minutes reserved, which should consist of 12 min presentation and and 3 min QA. It is important that you finish your presentation in time, in order to maintain the program. Please note your time from the schedule.
- Please bring your own computer for the presentation and be in the saloon 10 minutes before the session begins. Introduce yourself to session leader and make sure that you have working projector setup.
- The projectors support VGA and HDMI outputs. Please make sure you have the necessary intermediate connectors, if your computer has different output ports than mentioned ones.

Organization Committee

Levent Akın Boğaziçi University Computer Engineering

Işıl Bozma Boğaziçi University Electric-Electronics Engineering

Emre Uğur Boğaziçi University Computer Engineering

Evren Samur Boğaziçi University Mechanical Engineering

Mehmed Özkan Boğaziçi University Biyomedikal Mühendisliği

Erhan Çağırıcı Boğaziçi University Computer Engineering (Web Development)

Consultative Committee

Levent Akın Boğaziçi University

Çağatay Başdoğan Koç University

Savaş Dilibal İstanbul Gedik University

Veysel Gazi Marmara University

Sinan Kalkan Middle East Technical University

Erhan Öztop Özyeğin University

Volkan Patoğlu Sabancı University

Uluç Saranlı Middle East Technical University

Sanem Sarıel İstanbul Technical University

Erol Şahin Middle East Technical University

Science Committee



We suggest Levent Hotel Istanbul which is 3 metro stations away from Bogazici University.
Address: Talatpaşa Cad. Bacadibi Sk. No: 7, 34413 Gültepe/Levent/İstanbul


Below, you can find the map from Bogazici University M6 Metro station to Albert Long Hall, where the conference will take place.

If you are coming from Ataturk Airport(IST), there are different alternatives .

You may come to the university via E5 or TEM roads, by taxi. It approximately costs 70-80 Turkish Lira. Depending on your arrival time, E5 may have heavy traffic. Without traffic, your trip will take 30-40 minutes approximately.

From the airport, go to metro station and take the train to Yenikapı direction. Ride to Yenikapı and transfer to M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro line. Ride to Levent, and transfer to M6 Levent-Bogazici University metro line. This trip costs 9-10 TL approximately and lasts about 1 hour. You have to buy Istanbul Card in order to use public transportation.

Use Havataş buses and get off at Taksim. Go to Taksim metro station, take the M2 train, and ride to Levent. At Levent, transfer to the M6 Levent- Bogazici University metro line. This trip costs 25 TL approximately and lasts about 40-50 minutes depending on the traffic. You have to buy Istanbul Card in order to use public transportation.

If you are coming from Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW):

Use Havataş shuttle buses and get off at (Metrocity Shopping Center). Then, you can use the M6 Levent - Bogazici University metro line. This trip costs 25 TL approximately and lasts about 1 hour depending on the traffic. You have to buy Istanbul Card in order to use public transportation.

If you prefer intercity buses:

Nearest couch station to Bogazici University is the Alibeykoy Couch station. From Alibeykoy, use the shuttle buses and get off at Levent metro station. Üniversitemize en yakın otogar Alibeyköy Otogarı'dır. Then, you can use the M6 Levent - Bogazici University metro line. This trip costs 3-4 TL approximately and lasts about 40-50 minutes depending on the traffic. You have to buy Istanbul Card in order to use public transportation.

Boğaziçi University South Campus
Hisarüstü Nispetiye Caddesi
Beşiktaş, İSTANBUL 34342
Tel: +90 (212) 359 4523


Online registration system is closed. Please register at the registration desk on the conference day.

Registrations will be accepted via bank transfer.
International guest having problems with bank transfer, please contact us at tork2018@boun.edu.tr

Student registration fee: 75 TL
Standart registration fee: 175 TL

Important remarks:
-At least one author must be registered to conference, for their accepted paper to take part in conference programme. The deadline for registration is March 26.
- Please write "ToRK 2018 kayıt ücreti (ToRK 2018 registration fee)" in special instructions/notes section of the wire transfer form.

Account Information

Bank Name: Garanti Bankası
Branch Name / Code: RumeliHisarüstü Bağlı Şb. / 1295
IBAN No:TR67 0006 2001 29500006 2997 86
Account Name: Bütek A.Ş.