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1. Robust and optimal control methods to increase precision and performance of underwater robotic vehicles

2. Data-driven robust and optimal approaches to the control of complex constrained systems.

3. Lightweight robust control methods for predictive controllers.

4. Tele-robotics and Tele-operation systems subject to long communication delays

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Research interests

Dr Ibrahim Beklan Kucukdemiral is a Reader at the Department of Applied Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment of Glasgow Caledonian University and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy(FHEA), UK. He is also a member of IFAC and senior member of IEEE and currently the membership development secretary of the IEEE Control Systems Society UK & Ireland Chapter. He also chairs the Industrial Advisory board of the departments of engineering. 

Following his secondary school education at Eyüboglu High School, Ibrahim received the BSc, MSc and PhD degrees all in electrical engineering from Yildiz Technical University (YTU) in 1997, 1999 and 2002, respectively. Between May 1998 – May 2004, he held the Research & Teaching Assistant position at YTU, Department of Electrical Engineering, Division of Control Systems. From 2004 to 2010, he served as an Assistant Professor, and in 2010 he was awarded Associate Professorship by the Turkish Higher Education Council. From 2010 -2015, he served as an Associate Professor for the Department of Control and Automation Engineering at Yildiz Technical University and between October 2015 to January 2017 as a full professor. During his time at YTU, he was instrumental in the establishment of the new department of Control and Automation Engineering under the school of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

General research interests of Ibrahim B. Kucukdemiral lie within the broad domain of robust, optimal and adaptive control systems, embedded systems, electronics circuits and devices, mechatronics, digital wireless communication systems, data acquisition measurement and sensor technologies and some automotive applications of control theory. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (SCI-E) and module leader of several modules including, Industrial Practice, Control Systems II, Model Predictive Control and  Control & Instrumentation Systems (African Leadership College at Mauritius). He has taught around 20 different modules at graduate and undergraduate levels at the universities including Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Turkish Airforce Academy at Istanbul and the University of Sharjah at UAE.

In the last two decades, he (co)investigated many research projects in Turkey and the UK, including the EPSRC research project ROBMAN on the Robust Robotic Manipulation of Physical Structures Under Water which brought  GCU, Heriot-Watt University and i-Tech 7, a branch company of SubSea-7. together. Ibrahim has also (co)supervised 4 PhD students to completion and served as a consultant or reviewer for many industrial and academic projects including EUREKA EUROSTARS, TUBITAK. He is a member of EPSRC Peer Review College and external examiner of several universities in England.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Associate Professorship in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Major), Control Theory and Mechatronics (Minor) , Inter-university board, Council of Higher Education

Award Date: 29 Apr 2010

PhD in Electrical Engineering, Yildiz Teknik Universitesi


Award Date: 24 May 2002

MSc in Electrical Engineering, Yildiz Teknik Universitesi


Award Date: 4 Aug 1999

BSc in Electrical Engineering, Yildiz Teknik Universitesi

Award Date: 30 Jul 1997


  • Controls and Control Theory
  • Acoustics, Dynamics, and Controls
  • Control Theory
  • Power and Energy
  • Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • Robotics


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