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Branko D. Karan
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email: branko.karan@itn.sanu.ac.rs; karan@afrodita.rcub.bg.ac.rs

phone: +381-11-3342-400 / ext. 261

 

Curriculum vitae

BRANKO KARAN received BSc/MSc/magister degrees in electrical engineering from University of Belgrade, Serbia. Between 1978 and 1997, he was affiliated with the Mihailo Pupin Institute (MPI), Belgrade, where his last position was senior consultant at the MPI Robotics Centre. Since 1997, he has been a research engineer at the Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

His main current professional interests are the development of robot vision and intelligent robot control systems. Since 2011, he has been a project co-director in two research projects funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development. The first is a technology development project focused on research and development of ambient intelligent service robots with an anthropomorphic structure. The second is an integral interdisciplinary research project aimed at developing a robot as a tool for overcoming difficulties in growth disorders in children. In these projects, his main responsibilities have been related to research and the implementation of robot vision systems.

During the period 1997-2010, he was involved in the research of robot control systems based on the application of fuzzy logic and adaptive fuzzy networks. In the same period, he participated in several European Framework 4/5/6 projects intended to implement knowledge-based software tools for quality control, monitoring, and the improvement of automatic and semiautomatic production: FP4 (QUETA), FP5-IST (PICK, AIM), FP6-IST (E-MULT, InAmi). His direct responsibilities included algorithmic development of probabilistic inference engine, the design of client-server applications, and development and optimization of Internet/Intranet applications and knowledge management tools.

Between 1984 and 1997, he was affiliated with the MPI Robotics and Flexible Automation Laboratory, where his primary assignments were connected to the development of application software for modeling, control, and simulation of dynamic systems in industrial robotics and aerospace engineering. This work comprised the architectural design of a robot control software, design and implementation of robot programming languages, calibration of robot models, and development of software for real-time simulation of aircraft dynamics and aircraft control systems. Major development projects in which results of this work have been applied were the high-performance industrial robot controller (1984-1989), flight simulator for design of aircraft control systems (1987-1988), and integrated software toolbox for robot control synthesis (1991-1993).

From 1978 to 1983, as a member of the MPI System Analysis Group, he participated in several research projects aimed at developing computer-based methodologies for planning large-scale technical systems. This work incorporated the development of software for modeling, simulation, and optimization of water resource management systems, analysis of planning policies, and conceptual design of environmental information systems. He was involved in several development projects, among which were UNDP/FAO-supported project of water resources planning and irrigation development in Istria, Yugoslavia (1978-1979), system analysis for Dujailah irrigation complex in Iraq (1980-1981), and the conceptual design of Serbian water resources information system (1982-1983).

Since 1994, he has been conducting robotics courses at the School of Applied Studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Belgrade. On several occasions, he participated as a lecturer in postgraduate courses on robotics at two Serbian universities: the University of Novi Sad and the University of Niš.

He published about 50 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, mainly in the areas of robotics and computer vision. With a group of authors led by the late prof. Miomir Vukobratović, one of the pioneers of modern robotics, he co-authored the monograph "Introduction to Robotics," published by the Springer publishing house in 1988 and reprinted in 2012.

 

 

 
   
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