Faculty

Eric Diller, PhD, P.Eng

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Micro-scale robotics; bio-inspired design; magnetic actuation; dynamics and control; mobile robotics; manipulation; wireless actuation; non-invasive medical devices.

Laboratory: Microrobotics Laboratory

Email: ediller@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-1214 | Office: MC310

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation

Biosketch

Dr. Diller received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. His work is enabling a new approach to non-invasive medical procedures, micro-factories and scientific tools. He does this by shrinking the mechanical and electrical components of robots to centimeter, millimeter or even micrometer size. He uses magnetic fields and other smart-material actuation methods to make mobile functional devices. Dr. Diller envisions a future where drug delivery and surgery can be done in a fast, painless and focused way, and where new materials and devices can be manufactured using swarms of tiny gripping, cutting, and sensing wireless robots.

Dr. Diller has received the MIE Early Career Teaching Award, the UofT Connaught New Researcher Award, the Ontario Early Researcher Award, and the I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers.
Birsen Donmez, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation

Research: Human factors; human adaptation to technology; designing feedback for guiding operator behavior; driver distraction mitigation; statistical modelling of crash data; decision support for emergency medical transport; interruptions in intensive care settings; unmanned vehicle supervisory control.

Laboratory: Human Factors and Applied Statistics Lab

Email: donmez@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-7399 | Office: RS305A

Research Areas

  1. Human Factors/Ergonomics

Biosketch

Professor Birsen Donmez joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in January 2010. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University in 2001, her MS (2004) and PhD (2007) in industrial engineering, and her MS in statistics (2007) from the University of Iowa. Before joining the University of Toronto, she spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Donmez’s research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task and complex situations, using a wide range of analytical techniques. In particular, her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with applications in various domains including surface transportation, healthcare, mining, and unmanned vehicle operations. Professor Donmez received the inaugural Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award from the HFES Surface Transportation Technical Group (2014), an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation of Ontario (2015), the Early Career Teaching Award from the U of T Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2013), a Connaught New Researcher Award from the University of Toronto (2011), the Dr. Charles H. Miller Best Paper Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (2010), and a Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation (2006). Her research has been featured by the Global TV News, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.