Who am I?
I am a scientist, engineer, and educator. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Cognitive Robotics Department of the Delft University of Technology. There, I am leading the Haptic Interface Technology Group (HITLAB). My research leverages the knowledge of human touch sense to create natural, compelling, and personalized haptic interactions in virtual environments. I investigate physical contact between our skin and natural surfaces/haptic interfaces, and perceptual experiences arising from this contact, as well as emulation of natural touch sensations via haptic interfaces. I am interested in using this knowledge in communication, medicine, education, and human-robot interaction applications. For more details, please check my research page, list of publications, or group website.
Before joining to TU Delft, I was a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Haptic Intelligence Department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. I earned my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey) in January of 2018. Before my Ph.D., I worked as a control engineer at TNO Additive Manufacturing Department in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). I received my M.Sc. degree in Systems and Control at the Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) in 2012, and my B.Sc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 2010.
I was born in 1987 in Ankara, Turkey. I grew up in Mugla, Turkey, where most of my family members currently live. I am one of the three daughters of my parents. I have been married to Gokhan Serhat since April, 2019. I enjoy hiking, running, dancing, cooking, painting, and watching movies in my free time.
Email: Y.Vardar@tudelft.nl || Address: Building 34, Mekelweg, 2, 2628, CD Delft