M. Doga Dogan


I am a first-year graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am working with Prof. Stefanie Mueller as part of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). My research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) and personal fabrication tools, such as 3D printers. My past research has focused on medical and agricultural robotics.

Email: doga [at] {mit.edu, csail.mit.edu, acm.org, ieee.org}

Check out FabPub, an online directory of related work in Personal Fabrication research maintained by our group.

Research & Teaching Experience


Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Engineering Group
Advisor: Stefanie Mueller (Cambridge, MA)


Visiting Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Engineering Group
Advisor: Stefanie Mueller (Cambridge, MA)


Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Physical Intelligence Department
Medical Millirobots Group
Advisor: Metin Sitti (Stuttgart, Germany)


Undergraduate Researcher, UCLA
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Laboratory for Embedded Machines and Ubiquitous Robots
Advisor: Ankur Mehta (Los Angeles, CA)


Undergraduate Researcher, Bogazici University
Haptics & Robotics Lab & Intelligent Systems Lab
Advisor: Evren Samur & Işıl Bozma (Istanbul, Turkey)

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Bogazici University
EE142 Introduction to Digital Systems
Fall 2016 & Fall 2017 (Istanbul, Turkey)


FoldTronics: Creating 3D Objects with Integrated Electronics Using Foldable Honeycomb Structures

Junichi Yamaoka, Mustafa Doga Dogan, Katarina Bulovic, Kazuya Saito, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuaki Kakehi, Stefanie Mueller
2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

FoldTronics is a 2D-cutting based fabrication technique to integrate electronics into 3D folded objects. The key idea is to cut and perforate a 2D sheet to make it foldable into a honeycomb structure using a cutting plotter; before folding the sheet into a 3D structure, users place the electronic components and circuitry onto the sheet. The fabrication process only takes a few minutes enabling users to rapidly prototype functional interactive devices. The resulting objects are lightweight and rigid, thus allowing for weight-sensitive and force-sensitive applications. Finally, due to the nature of the honeycomb structure, the objects can be folded flat along one axis and thus can be efficiently transported in this compact form factor. We describe the structure of the foldable sheet, and present a design tool that enables users to quickly prototype the desired objects. We showcase a range of examples made with our design tool, including objects with integrated sensors and display elements.

Full paper on ACM DL and project page.

Magnetically Actuated Soft Capsule Endoscope for Fine-Needle Aspiration

Donghoon Son, Mustafa Doga Dogan, Metin Sitti
2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Best Medical Robotics Paper Award Nomination

This paper presents a magnetically actuated soft capsule endoscope for fine-needle aspiration biopsy (B-MASCE) in the upper gastrointestinal tract. A thin and hollow needle is attached to the capsule, which can penetrate deeply into tissues to obtain subsurface biopsy sample. The design utilizes a soft elastomer body as a compliant mechanism to guide the needle. An internal permanent magnet provides a means for both actuation and tracking. The capsule is designed to roll towards its target and then deploy the biopsy needle in a precise location selected as the target area. B-MASCE is controlled by multiple custom-designed electromagnets while its position and orientation are tracked by a magnetic sensor array. In in vitro trials, B-MASCE demonstrated rolling locomotion and biopsy of a swine tissue model positioned inside an anatomical human stomach model. It was confirmed after the experiment that a tissue sample was retained.

Full paper on IEEE Xplore.
Featured on Engadget Engadget and IEEE SpectrumIEEE Spectrum.



B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (’14 – ’18)
Bogazici University
Past Chairman of the IEEE Student Branch (’15-’16)
Istanbul, Turkey


Exchange Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering (’17)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA

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Email: doga [at] mit.edu, doga [at] ieee.org
LinkedIn: /in/dogadogan
Twitter: @mdogadogan

Here are a few pictures that highlight some of my favorite moments.

President Reif visits grad dorm Sidney-Pacific - MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Education Blanche Staton help SP officers and volunteers prepare Sunday brunch (Cambridge, MA, 2019)


2019 Mustafa Doğa Doğan