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Postdoc Yale University 2014-2018
PhD Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 2009-2014
MS Sabanci University, Turkey 2006-2008
BS Sabanci University, Turkey 2002-2006

Berk's research primarily focuses on problems related to robotic manipulation, which is a key functionality largely missing from the current state of the art in robotics for unstructured environments, including homes, modern warehouses, and collaborative manufacturing stations. He develops multi-modal robotic manipulation strategies mainly focusing on the role of vision feedback for coping with uncertainties of unstructured environments. He integrates advanced control methods, active vision framework, machine learning and intelligent mechanical design to provide robust dexterous manipulation capabilities.

Prior to WPI, Berk worked in the Grab Lab at Yale University on robust within-hand manipulation techniques. He is also one of the founders and an administrator of the Yale-CMU-Berkeley (YCB) Object and Model Set project, which facilitates benchmarking efforts worldwide for robotic manipulation.

He is the head of Manipulation and Environmental Robotics Lab (MER Lab), which focuses on fundamental manipulation problems and various environmental sustainability-related projects (e.g. sorting for recycling, metal scrap recovery).

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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SDG 13: Climate Action

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Recycling Today
International Shipbreaking to add robotics technology

Berk Calli, assistant professor of robotics engineering, is leading efforts to develop robotics and software technology that seeks to make metal cutting and metal recycling safer and more sustainable.