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Burak Aksak

email: bAksak (AT)
Now at Nanogriptech
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University 2008
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University 2005
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Middle East Technical University 2003

Research Projects
Synthetic Gecko Inspired Adhesive

  • B. Aksak, M.P. Murphy, and M. Sitti. Adhesion of biologically inspired vertical and angled polymer microfiber arrays. Langmuir, 23(6):3322-3332, 2007.
  • Burak Aksak, Metin Sitti, Alan Cassell, Jun Li, Meyya Meyyappan, and Phillip Callen. Friction of partially embedded vertically aligned carbon nanofibers inside elastomers. Applied Physics Letters, 91(6):061906, 2007.
  • M. P. Murphy, B. Aksak, and M. Sitti. Adhesion and anisotropic friction enhancements of angled heterogeneous micro-fiber arrays with spherical and spatula tips. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology,, 21(12-13):1281-1296, 2007.
  • B. Yang, B. Aksak, Q. Lin, , and M. Sitti. Compliant and low-cost humidity sensors using nano-porous polymer membranes. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 114(1):254-262, 2006.
  • Burak Aksak, Preethi Srinivas Bhat, Jason D. Campbell, Michael De Rosa, Stanislav Funiak, Phillip B. Gibbons, Seth Copen Goldstein, Carlos Guestrin, Ashish Gupta, Casey Helfrich, James F. Hoburg, Brian Kirby, James Kuffner, Peter Lee, Todd C. Mowry, Padmanabhan Pillai, Ramprasad Ravichandran, Benjamin D. Rister, Srinivasan Seshan, Metin Sitti, and Haifeng Yu. Demo abstract: Claytronics - highly scalable communications, sensing, and actuation networks. In Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Embedded networked sensor systems (SenSys), page 299, 2005.
  • Seth Copen Goldstein, Todd C. Mowry, Jason D. Campbell, Peter Lee, Padmanabhan Pillai, James F. Hoburg, Phillip B. Gibbons, Carlos Guestrin, James Kuffner, Brian Kirby, Benjamin D. Rister, Michael De Rosa, Stanislav Funiak, Burak Aksak, and Rahul Sukthankar. The ensemble principle. In 13th Foresight Conference of Advanced Nanotechnogy, San Francisco, CA, October 2005.
  • Brian Kirby, Burak Aksak, Seth Copen Goldstein, James F. Hoburg, Todd C. Mowry, and Padmanabhan Pillai. A modular robotic system using magnetic force effectors. In In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '07), October 2007.
  • Brian Kirby, Jason D. Campbell, Burak Aksak, Padmanabhan Pillai, James F. Hoburg, Todd C. Mowry, and Seth Copen Goldstein. Catoms: Moving robots without moving parts. In AAAI (Robot Exhibition), pages 1730-1, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2005.
  • S. Kim, B. Aksak and M. Sitti, Enhanced friction of elastomer microfiber adhesives with spatulate tips. Applied Physics Letters, 2007, in press.