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Tolga Kurtoglu
Vice President, Director of System Sciences Lab (SSL)

Tolga Kurtoglu is Vice President and Director of the System Sciences Lab (SSL) at PARC. Research in SSL focuses on artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, planning, optimization, and high performance analytics for a variety of cyber-physical system applications serving Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), CAD/CAM,  Transportation, Energy, and Aerospace and Defense sectors.
Tolga leads the SSL team to create innovation and enterprise level business impact by applying leading edge scientific and technical solutions to solve complex real-world problems. He has served in various leadership roles at PARC focusing on product strategy and technology commercialization to manage transition of new technologies from an R&D output to production quality software systems and services. Prior to his work with PARC, he worked as a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center and as a mechanical design engineer and group lead at Dell Corporation.
Tolga's own research focuses on computation and AI applied to design and manufacturing of complex systems, and application of preventive and predictive analytics techniques to engineered systems. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University -- both in Mechanical Engineering. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and papers in leading journals and conferences in his field, and regularly serves in organizational leadership roles for the ASME, AIAA, AAAI, Design Society, and Prognostics and Health Management Society professional communities. He is the recipient of the IEEE Best Professional Paper Award at the Prognostics and Health Management Conference (2008), NASA Ames Technical Excellence Award (2009), PARC Excellence Award (2011), and the Best Design Award in “Dexterous Robot Hand” Design Competition (1999).

In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, watching and playing soccer, building and flying model planes, black & white photography, and scuba diving.


PARC publications

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Automatic Spatial Planning For Machining

IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

25 August 2015


A Self-Aware Machine Platform in Manufacturing Shop Floor Utilizing MTConnect Data

Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2014

1 October 2014

A Simulation and Modeling based Reliability Requirement Assessment Methodology

26th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)

17 August 2014

Manufacturability Feedback And Model Correction For Additive Manufacturing

Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

1 August 2014

Model-Based Approach for Optimal Maintenance Strategy

Second European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2014

8 July 2014


Automated fixture configuration for rapid manufacturing planning

Computer-Aided Design, special issue on SIAM Conference on Geometric and Physical Modeling 2013

11 November 2013


System-level reliability analysis for conceptual design of electrical power systems

Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER) 2011

15 April 2011








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Stanford and PARC host Digital Cities Summit 2016
3 October 2016 - 4 October 2016 | Stanford, CA