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Bugra Alkan

Current Role

Bugra Alkan is a PhD student based within the Automation Systems Group at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) – University of Warwick. Bugra’s research is funded by the Turkey’s Ministry of National Education.

Professional Background

2011-2014 Research Fellow Mechanical Engineering Department, Bursa Technical University, Bursa, Turkey
2011 Visiting Research Scholar CNR, National Council of Research, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, (3 months)
2010-2011 Research and Teaching Assistant Mechanical Engineering Department, Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey

PhD Research – Structural complexity and its implications for design of manufacturing systems

Complexity is generally believed to be one of the main causes of the current challenges in manufacturing systems, which are lengthy and costly design processes, high life cycle costs, and the existence of numerous failure modes. One solution to reduce negative impacts of complexity is its concurrent assessment, which can help designers to compare and rationalise various system designs that meet functional requirements. Bugra's PhD research presents a complexity prediction model integrated into a virtual system design and development tool to provide a concurrent design support feature evaluating industrial manufacturing system configurations at the conceptual design phases. This strives to bridge the current gap between theoretical formulation of complexity measures and their practical applicability to real-world manufacturing system design and development.

Research Interests

• Manufacturing systems
• Digital manufacturing and workflow simulations
• Digital human modelling and industrial ergonomics
• Reconfigurable manufacturing systems
• Complex systems and emergence in manufacturing
• Design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)
• Statistical experimental design in process optimisation

Example Publications

2016 Alkan, Bugra, Vera, Daniel, Ahmad, Mussawar, Ahmad, Bilal and Harrison, Robert, A lightweight approach for human factor assessment in virtual assembly designs: an evaluation model for postural risk and metabolic workload. In: 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems (CATS), Gothenburg, Sweden, Published in: Procedia CIRP, 44 pp. 26-31.

2016 Alkan, Bugra, Vera, Daniel, Ahmad, Mussawar, Ahmad, Bilal and Harrison, Robert, A model for complexity assessment in manual assembly operations through predetermined motion time systems. In: 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems (CATS), Gothenburg, Sweden, Published in: Procedia CIRP, 44 pp. 429-434.

2016 Alkan, Bugra, Vera, Daniel, Ahmad, Mussawar, Ahmad, Bilal and Harrison, Robert, Design evaluation of automated manufacturing processes based on complexity of control logic. In: 26th CIRP Design Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, Published in: Procedia CIRP 50, 141-146.

Education

2014 - PhD in Engineering - Automation Systems, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, UK
2010- 2012 MSc in Mechanical Engineering - Robotics, Izmir Institute of Technology, Urla, Izmir, Turkey

Selected Awards and Scholarships

2016 Best Paper Award in CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems, Gothenburg, Sweden

2014 Study Abroad PhD Scholarship Bursary, The Ministry of National Education, Turkey

2011 Graduate Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, İzmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey

Contact Details
B.Alkan@warwick.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0) 7469 290652
Automation Systems Group
International Manufacturing Centre, WMG
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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