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Dr Bugra Alkan

Dr Bugra Alkan

alkanb@lsbu.ac.uk

Computer Science and Informatics

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5994-4351

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I am a senior lecturer at the Computer Science and Informatics Division, London South Bank University, carrying out research and teaching activities in the fields of artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems, and industrial robotics. Prior to joining LSBU, I was a post-doctoral researcher with the Computer Science Department at the University of Bristol and a research fellow at WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), the University of Warwick, U.K. I received my Ph.D. degree in engineering from WMG, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K., in 2019, specialising in cyber-physical industrial automation systems.

I have extensive research experience working as a mechanical and manufacturing systems engineer and data scientist and participating as a principal investigator and co-investigator on internationally teamed research grants funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, the Royal Society, and various industries. Some of these projects included, but were not limited to, Knowledge-Driven Configurable Manufacturing (EP/K018191/1), Automated Module to Pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation (102490), and Thales-Bristol Partnership in Hybrid Autonomous Systems Engineering (EP/R004757/1) with colleagues from a broad range of research areas. In addition to this, I play an active role in the digital transformation of manufacturing companies and the implementation of Industry 4.0, as well as the forthcoming Industry 5.0 and Society 5.0 practices, on both national and international levels. My current research work aims to develop cutting-edge digital solutions that enable the creation of robust, self-adaptive, and self-optimised cyber-physical production systems (CPPS). My research interests include Industry 5.0, human-centric manufacturing, collaborative robotics, sustainable smart manufacturing, modelling and optimisation of manufacturing systems, processes, and supply chains, as well as applied artificial intelligence for root cause analysis across design, manufacturing, and services. I have been the author or co-author of over 40 scholarly articles published in esteemed academic journals and presented at international conferences. Additionally, I have been honoured with multiple Best Paper Awards, notably including the CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems held in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016. I am a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). At present, I hold the position of associate editor for the journals Heliyon (Engineering Section - Elsevier) and Industrial Robot Journal (Emerald). Additionally, I serve as an editorial board member for MDPI Sensors and Frontier of Industrial Engineering (Systems Engineering) journals. Furthermore, I contribute as a reviewer for esteemed journals including Journal of Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Production Research, and Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.

I am currently accepting PhD students and Postdocs, and would be interested in supervising projects on collaborative robotics, computer vision in manufacturing, human-centric manufacturing, and digital manufacturing topics. If you are interested in discussing an application, please contact me by email and send me a research proposal outlining your main research questions, a brief literature review, and a methodology.

Courses taught

BSc (Hons) Computer Science 2022/23

Information Technology - BSc (Hons)

Applied Artificial Intelligence - MSc

Data Science - MSc

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Louie WebbDigital twin-based smart automation process planning and application framework for complex product assemblyPhD
Mr Arsene Ebale BoundiATM Fraud Detection using micro facial expression and lip-reading.PhD
Mr Paul Marcel ShepherdDoctoral Research ProjectMRes
Mrs Valentina VadoriAI and medical image processing for comparative neuroanatomyPhD
PhD in Engineering

University of Warwick

2014
2018
FunderYear wonProjectRole
European Commission (H2020)2024TWIN-IT-ROMANSPrincipal Investigator
Royal Society2022A new construction safety education platform based on immersive site scenario-generated data engaging individuals’ safety behavioursCo-Investigator
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2021
Machines

Special Issue "Smart Manufacturing Systems Towards Sustainability and Zero-Defect Manufacturing"

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/machines/special_issues/Smart_ManufacturingSystems

Guest editor
2022
2023

Special Issue "AI-Integrated Advanced Robotics towards Industry 5.0"

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/machines/special_issues/C977300154

Guest editor
2023
2024

Associate editor
2023

Associate editor
2023

A Solution Architecture for Energy Monitoring and Visualisation in Smart Factories with Robotic Automation
Webb, L., Tokhi, M. and Alkan, B. (2023). A Solution Architecture for Energy Monitoring and Visualisation in Smart Factories with Robotic Automation. 26th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines CLAWAR 2023. Florianópolis, Brazil 02 - 04 Oct 2023 CLAWAR Association.

Positional Health Assessment of Collaborative Robots based on Long Short-Term Memory Auto-Encoder (LSTMAE) Network
Hasan, M., Webb, L., Hossain, M., Tokhi, M. and Alkan, B. (2023). Positional Health Assessment of Collaborative Robots based on Long Short-Term Memory Auto-Encoder (LSTMAE) Network. 26th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines CLAWAR 2023. Florianópolis, Brazil 02 - 04 Oct 2023 CLAWAR Association.

A digital life-cycle management framework for sustainable smart manufacturing in energy intensive industries
Chinnathai, M. and Alkan, B. (2023). A digital life-cycle management framework for sustainable smart manufacturing in energy intensive industries. Journal of Cleaner Production. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.138259

Data Driven Machine Learning Model for Condition Monitoring and Anomaly Detection in Power Grids
Saleem, K., Alkan, B. and Dudley-Mcevoy, S. (2023). Data Driven Machine Learning Model for Condition Monitoring and Anomaly Detection in Power Grids. 2023 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. Orlando, Florida, US 10 - 16 Jul 2023 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

An End-to-End Big Data Analytics Platform for IoT-enabled Smart Factories: A Case Study of Battery Module Assembly System for Electric Vehicles
Kahveci, S., Alkan, B., Ahmad, M. and Harrison, R. (2022). An End-to-End Big Data Analytics Platform for IoT-enabled Smart Factories: A Case Study of Battery Module Assembly System for Electric Vehicles. Journal of Manufacturing Systems. 63, pp. 214-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmsy.2022.03.010

A Hybrid Extreme Learning Machine Model with Harris Hawks Optimisation Algorithm: An Optimised Model for Product Demand Forecasting Applications
Chaudhuri, K. D. and Alkan, B. (2022). A Hybrid Extreme Learning Machine Model with Harris Hawks Optimisation Algorithm: An Optimised Model for Product Demand Forecasting Applications. Applied Intelligence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10489-022-03251-7

Performance Comparison of Recent Population-based Metaheuristic Optimisation Algorithms in Mechanical Design Problems of Machinery Components
Alkan, B. and Chinnathai, M.K. (2021). Performance Comparison of Recent Population-based Metaheuristic Optimisation Algorithms in Mechanical Design Problems of Machinery Components. MDPI Machines. 9 (12), p. 341.

A novel data-driven approach to support decision-making during production scale-up of assembly systems
Alkan, B. (2021). A novel data-driven approach to support decision-making during production scale-up of assembly systems. Journal of Manufacturing Systems. 59, pp. 577-595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmsy.2021.03.018

Identifying Optimal Granularity Level of Modular Assembly Supply Chains Based on Complexity-Modularity Trade-Off
Alkan, B., Bullock, S. and Galvin, K. (2021). Identifying Optimal Granularity Level of Modular Assembly Supply Chains Based on Complexity-Modularity Trade-Off. IEEE Access. 9, pp. 57907 - 57921. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3072955

A Design Process Framework to Deal with Non-functional Requirements in Conceptual System Designs
Alkan, B., Seth, B., Galvin, K. and Johnson, A. (2020). A Design Process Framework to Deal with Non-functional Requirements in Conceptual System Designs. Complex Systems Design & Management. Paris 15 - 17 Dec 2020

Improving just-in-time delivery performance of IoT-enabled flexible manufacturing systems with AGV based material transportation
Yao, F, Alkan, B, Ahmad, B and Harrison, R (2020). Improving just-in-time delivery performance of IoT-enabled flexible manufacturing systems with AGV based material transportation. Sensors (Switzerland). 20 (21), pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216333

Assessing operational complexity of manufacturing systems based on algorithmic complexity of key performance indicator time-series
Alkan, B. and Bullock, S. (2020). Assessing operational complexity of manufacturing systems based on algorithmic complexity of key performance indicator time-series. Journal of the Operational Research Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/01605682.2020.1779622

A virtual engineering based approach to verify structural complexity of component-based automation systems in early design phase
Alkan, B. and Harrison, R. (2019). A virtual engineering based approach to verify structural complexity of component-based automation systems in early design phase. Journal of Manufacturing Systems. 53, pp. 18-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmsy.2019.09.001

An experimental investigation on the relationship between perceived assembly complexity and product design complexity
Alkan, B. (2019). An experimental investigation on the relationship between perceived assembly complexity and product design complexity. International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing (IJIDeM). 13 (3), pp. 1145-1157. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12008-019-00556-9

A framework to predict energy related key performance indicators of manufacturing systems at early design phase
Assad, F, Alkan, B, Chinnathai, MK, Ahmad, MH, Rushforth, EJ and Harrison, R (2019). A framework to predict energy related key performance indicators of manufacturing systems at early design phase. Procedia CIRP. 81, pp. 145-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2019.03.026

A Framework for Pilot Line Scale-up using Digital Manufacturing
Chinnathai, M. K., Al-Mowafy, Z., Alkan, B., Vera, D. and Harrison, R. (2019). A Framework for Pilot Line Scale-up using Digital Manufacturing. Procedia CIRP. 81, pp. 962-967. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2019.03.235

Pilot To Full-Scale Production: A Battery Module Assembly Case Study
Chinnathai, M.K., Alkan, B., Vera, D. and Harrison, R. (2018). Pilot To Full-Scale Production: A Battery Module Assembly Case Study. Procedia CIRP. 72, pp. 796-801. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2018.03.194

Complexity in manufacturing systems and its measures: a literature review
Alkan, B., Vera, D., Ahmad, M., Ahmad, B. and Harrison, R. (2018). Complexity in manufacturing systems and its measures: a literature review. European Journal of Industrial Engineering . 12 (1). https://doi.org/10.1504/EJIE.2018.089883

Proposing a Holistic Framework for the Assessment and Management of Manufacturing Complexity through Data-centric and Human-centric Approaches
Alkan, B. (2018). Proposing a Holistic Framework for the Assessment and Management of Manufacturing Complexity through Data-centric and Human-centric Approaches. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Complexity, Future Information Systems and Risk (COMPLEXIS 2018).

A method to assess assembly complexity of industrial products in early design phase
Alkan, B., Vera, D., Ahmad, B. and Harrison, R. (2017). A method to assess assembly complexity of industrial products in early design phase. IEEE Access. 6, pp. 989-999. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2777406

Assessing Complexity of Component-Based Control Architectures Used in Modular Automation Systems
Alkan, B., Vera, D., Chinnathai, M. K. and Harrison, R. (2017). Assessing Complexity of Component-Based Control Architectures Used in Modular Automation Systems . International Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering . 9 (1). https://doi.org/10.17706/ijcee.2017.9.1.393-402

Convertibility Evaluation of Automated Assembly System Designs for High Variety Production
Chinnathai, M.K., Alkan, B. and Harrison, R. (2017). Convertibility Evaluation of Automated Assembly System Designs for High Variety Production. Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2017.01.005

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pick and Place Assembly Systems: Heuristic Evaluation of Reconfigurability and Suitability
Ahmad, M., Ahmad, B., Alkan, B., Vera, D., Harrison, R., Meredith, J. and Bindel, A. (2016). Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pick and Place Assembly Systems: Heuristic Evaluation of Reconfigurability and Suitability. Procedia CIRP. 57, pp. 428-433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.074

A Framework for Automatically Realizing Assembly Sequence Changes in a Virtual Manufacturing Environment
Ahmad, M, Ahmad, B, Harrison, R, Alkan, B, Vera, D, Meredith, J and Bindel, A (2016). A Framework for Automatically Realizing Assembly Sequence Changes in a Virtual Manufacturing Environment. Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.04.178

Design Evaluation of Automated Manufacturing Processes Based on Complexity of Control Logic
Alkan, B., Vera, D., Ahmad, M., Ahmad, B. and Harrison, R. (2016). Design Evaluation of Automated Manufacturing Processes Based on Complexity of Control Logic. Procedia CIRP. 50, pp. 141-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.05.031

The Use of a Complexity Model to Facilitate in the Selection of a Fuel Cell Assembly Sequence
Ahmad, M., Alkan, B., Ahman, B., Vera, D., Harrison, R., Meredith, J. and Bindel, A. (2016). The Use of a Complexity Model to Facilitate in the Selection of a Fuel Cell Assembly Sequence. Procedia CIRP. 44, pp. 169-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.02.054

A Lightweight Approach for Human Factor Assessment in Virtual Assembly Designs: An Evaluation Model for Postural Risk and Metabolic Workload
Alkan, B, Vera, D, Ahmad, M, Ahmad, B and Harrison, R (2016). A Lightweight Approach for Human Factor Assessment in Virtual Assembly Designs: An Evaluation Model for Postural Risk and Metabolic Workload. Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.02.115

A Model for Complexity Assessment in Manual Assembly Operations Through Predetermined Motion Time Systems
Alkan, B, Vera, D, Ahmad, M, Ahmad, B and Harrison, R (2016). A Model for Complexity Assessment in Manual Assembly Operations Through Predetermined Motion Time Systems. Procedia CIRP. 44, pp. 429-434. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.02.111