Turkish prof honored by science body
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
Galip Ulusoy has received a TÜBİTAK award for Turkish researchers abroad.
Ulusoy formerly served as an advisor to the White House in the field of engineering and is one of the U.S.’s leading defense researchers. He has made significant contributions in the development of unmanned terrain vehicles, which were also used in Afghanistan, and has received the support of the U.S. military.
Ulusoy told the Anatolia News Agency that he has been conducting research in various states for 45 years, and is currently a professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Michigan.
He was awarded the TÜBİTAK award for his work on dynamic systems and automatically controlled manufacturing and automotive systems applications.
“The U.S. uses more than 8,000 unmanned terrain vehicles. These vehicles are used to dismantle bombs in a particular region without harming people. Right now it is recognized as the most important vehicle for dismantling bombs,” said Ulusoy.
These vehicles are also used to gather information. For example, before entering a building, one of these vehicles is sent in to see ascertain whether there are any enemies inside, Ulusoy said.
The vehicles are about the size of tables, and are operated remotely by a soldier. Ulusoy’s team is
currently working to make the vehicles more autonomous. Meanwhile, they are also working on similar technology for automobiles, which would assist drivers, Ulusoy said.