Our name MEKAR is an abbreviation for both Mechatronics Research and Mechatronics Vehicle in Turkish (Mekatronik Araştırmaları and Mekatronik Araç).
We are a mechatronics and controls research group established in 1997 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. MEKAR has moved to Okan University on February 1, 2011. MEKAR is currently part of the School of Engineering and Architecture at Istanbul Okan University. The autonomous vehicle research in MEKAR Labs is being carried out in cooperation with the UTAS (Tranportation Technologies and Intelligent Vehicles) Center of Istanbul Okan University.
Our research being funded through govermental agencies (European Union, European Union Framework Program 6, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, National Planning Association of Turkey, Istanbul Development Agency, Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in Turkey) and automotive OEMs (Ford Otosan, Tofas – Fiat) and suppliers (Hema) concentrates on automotive control and mechatronics, applied robust motion control, modeling, simulation and control of mechatronic systems, rapid controller prototyping, hardware in the loop simulation system design and operation. Further details about our research can be found here.
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