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Erdinç Tatar Awarded European Research Council Starting Grant

Asst. Prof. Erdinç Tatar of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and UNAM has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC). Dr. Tatar will receive €1,650,000 over the next five years for his project, “Towards no-drift sensors with on-chip self-calibration (0-drift).”

Dr. Tatar aims to achieve a 0-drift sensor with self-stress-calibration. Sensor drift is a major problem for MEMS inertial sensors, limiting their usage in autonomous navigation applications. Commonly utilized temperature calibration fails to eliminate the drift. The proposed self-stress-calibration approach would improve the current MEMS inertial sensor performance by >100X, enabling error-free, only gravity-referenced inertial navigation. Unlike GPS or camera, inertial navigation works under all weather, light and location conditions. With further miniaturization, 0-drift sensors could fit into smartphones, and reliable indoor navigation would become a reality. The introduced self-calibration concept could also benefit various sensors and initiate a new era for sensor calibration.

This is the 14th ERC grant that Bilkent University researchers have received since the start of the ERC funding program in 2007.