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Welcome to our first PhD Researchers!

We would like to officially welcome our first PhD students to the Centre.

Baris Balci, is based at QUT and his project is part of the Biomimic Cobots Program. Baris received his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Ozyegin University in 2018. During his undergraduate studies, he was a research assistant at OzU Robotics Lab where he worked on medical robotics, haptics, and planetary rovers. His current research interests include robotic manufacturing and physical human-robot interaction.

Jagannatha Pyaraka is based at Swinburne and his project is part of the Biomimic Cobots Program. Jagannatha received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from GITAM Deemed University in 2018 and Masters degree in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering in 2021 from Swinburne University of Technology. Following his undergraduate degree, he worked as a Senior QA Automation Engineer at NTT DATA Services. Jagan is excited to continue to work  in the field of Robotics/Automation that serves and inspires society in leading a simple and better quality of life.

What has Star Wars influenced over the last 45 years

Centre Director, Professor Jonathan Roberts, spoke with Sirine Demachkie on Weekend Evenings on ABC Radio about the influence of Star Wars.

Jonathan is an expert on Star Wars, which he first saw after queueing around the block for tickets with his brother and parents to see the original film in 1977. He has maintained an active interest in all things Star Wars, especially droids, since that time.

Listen below and read his article in The Conversation – Star Wars turns 40 and it still inspires our real life space junkies (  Note- this article is 5 years old but still very relevant!