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About Ayse Kucukyilmaz

I am a senior lecturer in Computer Science, and a member of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). My research interests include haptics, variable autonomy shared control, and human-robot collaboration. My research focus is building dynamic switching behaviours between different levels of robotic autonomy (e.g. full human control vs. full autonomy) during shared control of a physical task. I am particularly interested in the use of haptics in human-robot collaboration where two agents share the control authority of a physical task. For this purpose, I build novel haptic interaction paradigms for determining the appropriate level of autonomy for a robotic system through the use of machine learning, adaptive control, and user modelling techniques. At one side of this goal, I investigate human interaction data to understand how humans utilise forces when performing dynamic physical actions. At the other side, I use these observations to put the human in the loop, and build intelligent interactive machine systems tailored to work in close contact with humans in personal spaces.

Subject Specialism

Haptics, shared control, human-robot collaboration


  • PhD — Koc University, 2013
  • MSc — Bilkent University, 2007
  • BSc — Bilkent University, 2004


  • Meritorious Service Award — IEEE Computer Society,
  • Finalist for RSJ/KROS Distinguished Interdisciplinary Research Award — IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN,
  • Recognition for Excellence in Reviewing — ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction,
  • Academic Excellence Award — College of Engineering and Sciences, Koc University,

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Research Interests

  • Robotics

  • Haptics

  • Human-Robot Interaction

  • Shared Control

  • Variable Autonomy

  • Machine Learning

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository