The research labs/groups in the MME Department are currently:
 
 

Physical System Modeling and Simulation Laboratory

The activities of the lab focus on the development of systematic modeling procedures for generating efficient yet accurate dynamic system models for use in the control and design of dynamic systems.  The procedure of dynamic system modeling is made more efficient with the use of modeling metrics and algorithms that assist engineers in selecting the physical phenomena that contribute the most to specific system dynamic responses.  Model reduction using various modeling metrics is used.  This approach reduces the time and cost for developing models of dynamic systems, and therefore enables engineers to focus on the more critical issues of design and control.  Developed models are required to have physically meaningful parameters and state variables in order to enable effective use for design and control.  To satisfy this constraint, the automated modeling procedures must operate directly on a model generated from first principles. In this case, when a decision is made to remove an element from the model, its removal has clear meaning and the remaining model still has clear and physical definitions for all its remaining parameters and states.  The Bond Graph methodology is used to represent system dynamics since it is a natural modeling tool for the above procedure. For further information you may contact Dr. Loucas Louca, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Vibration, Analysis and Signal Processing Laboratory

Research activities in this lab involve testing on vibrating structures, modal analysis and control.  The existing software that supports these activities IS dSPACE and LMS. The laboratory hardware includes impact hammer, shaker, function generator, dynamic force cells, accelerometers, signal conditioning units, and analogue to digital converters. Ultrasound based research activities for non-destructive testing are also supported.  For further information you may contact Dr. Andreas Kyprianou, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Robotics Laboratory

Research in the Robotics Laboratory focuses on the design and control of robotic and autonomous systems. Control schemes for robotic manipulators are examined including the nonlinear model-based and adaptive control of structurally flexible robots. Work on robot/machine vision involves smart camera networks. Within the scope of medical robotics is investigated the performance of image-guided interventions. In particular, magnetic resonance compatible manipulators are developed and tested for image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, using real-time MRI and preoperative planning tools. The design and control of continuum robots is also considered for medical applications. Research ιn telemedicine includes the use of remotely-controlled robotic systems for ultrasonography. Within the field of service robotics is examined the use of assistive robotics and technologies for elderly care. Research in autonomous systems includes the deployment of indoor robotic fleets for logistic applications in healthcare and also extends to mobile manipulation. Application of robotics in Architecture focuses on buildings capable of adapting their shape depending on environmental stimuli (e.g., sun motion and aerodynamic loads). The Robotics Laboratory is managed by Dr. Eftychios Christoforou, Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

 

Robotic Rehabilitation Laboratory

The activities of the lab focus on the use of robotic devices and haptic interfaces for the functional rehabilitation of upper extremities.  The developed rehabilitation systems assist the user during physical therapy, and they are designed to be enjoyable during use while simultaneously providing an efficient therapy.  We also work on the development of haptic environments that can be used for training.  Our systems are designed (optimized) in order to take full advantage of the robotic system’s capabilities and the physical and neurological potential of the user.  The advantages of haptic interfaces are also used for the assessment of upper limb motion through objective and quantitative metrics that are developed in our lab.  The lab is equipped with two haptic interface devices with different workspace sizes, which provide the required range of motion of upper limbs when they are constrained at either the wrist or the elbow. For further information you may contact Dr. Loucas Louca, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Nanostructured Materials and Devices Laboratory

Nanostructured Materials and Devices Laboratory, Research activities are currently focused on the synthesis of n- and p-type semiconductor nanostructures including metal oxides, nitrides and chalcogenides for energy conversion and storage applications i.e. solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors. These are prepared by chemical vapor deposition in three different dedicated reactors. Other methods include electrodeposition, spin coating etc. The electrical properties of these materials are measured with a series of Keithley instruments such as current sources, voltmeters etc. Their structural and optical properties are also measured at UCy in other department such as Physics and Chemistry.  The Nanostructured Materials and Devices Laboratory is under the responsibility of Prof. M. Zervos. A complete list of publications may be found at http://ucy.ac.cy/dir/en/component/comprofiler/userprofile/zervos

 

Surface Engineering Laboratory

Research in the Advanced Coatings Engineering Laboratory focuses on thin films and advanced materials with the goal to contribute towards the basic understanding required to synthesise tailor made functional materials. Activities span over a wide range with an emphasis on the processing-structure-properties relation in advanced materials for automotive, biomedical, energy and nanomanufacturing applications. Examples include the deposition of nanostructured coatings by plasma-assisted physical vapour deposition (PVD) techniques; the fabrication of reactive materials by PVD, ball-milling, ultrasonic powder consolidation and high-pressure torsion; the synthesis of functionalized carbon-based materials with optimized porosity and pore size for improved hydrogen sorption and ion electro-sorption, gas separation and water purification; and the design and manufacture of new tribological testing equipment and implants. The Advanced Coatings Engineering Laboratory is under the responsibility of Dr. Claus Rebholz, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. More information can be found on the web site http://www.ucy.ac.cy/en/people/claus