Otar Akanyeti


Contact Details

Room Number..........:  C51
Building....................:  Llandinam
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622537
E-Mail........................:   ota1
Home Page...............:   Personal

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Academic Training

2012-17   Research Scientist in Fish Biomechanics and Neurobiology

     Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida (Dr James C. Liao)

2009-12   Postdoctoral Associate in Underwater Robotics

     Department of Computer Science, University of Verona (Dr Paolo Fiorini)

2005-09   Phd in Mobile Robotics

     Department of Computer Science, University of Essex (Dr Ulrich Nehmzow)

2004-05   MSc in Embedded Systems and Robotics

     Department of Computer Science, University of Essex

2000-05   BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

     Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Hacettepe University

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Underwater Robotics:

    I am an electronic engineer, trained in robotics and biology. On one hand, I am interested in studying organisms using biological and engineering approaches. In return, I develop new bioinspired technologies for autonomous underwater robotics.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught


Accelerating fishes increase propulsive efficiency by modulating vortex ring geometryAkanyeti, O., Putney, J., Yanagitsuru, Y. R., Lauder, G. V., Stewart, W. J. & Liao, J. C. 2017 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.114, 52, p. 13828-138336 p.
Computational analysis of vortex dynamics and performance enhancement due to body-fin and fin-fin interactions in fish-like locomotionLiu, G., Ren, Y., Dong, H., Akanyeti, O., Liao, J. C. & Lauder, G. V. 2017 In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics.829, p. 65-88
Fish Swimming in a Kármán Vortex Street: Kinematics, Sensory Biology and EnergeticsLiao, J. C. & Akanyeti, O. 2017 In : Marine Technology Society Journal.51, 5, p. 48-558 p.
V67L Mutation Fills an Internal Cavity to Stabilize RecA Mtu InteinZwarycz, A. S., Fossat, M., Akanyeti, O., Lin, Z., Rosenmann, D. J., Garcia, A. E., Royer, C. A., Mills, K. V. & Wang, C. 2017 In : Biochemistry.
Refuging rainbow trout selectively exploit flows behind tandem cylindersStewart, W. J., Tian, F., Akanyeti, O., Walker, C. J. & Liao, J. C. 2016 In : Journal of Experimental Biology.219, 14, p. 2182-219110 p.
Synaptic ribbons require Ribeye for electron density, proper synaptic localization, and recruitment of calcium channelsLv, C., Stewart, W. J., Akanyeti, O., Federick, C., Zhu, J., Santos-Sacchi, J., Sheets, L., Liao, J. C. & Zenisek, D. 2016 In : Cell Reports.15, 12, p. 2784-279512 p.
Fish optimize sensing and respiration during undulatory swimmingAkanyeti, O., Thornycroft, P. J. M., Lauder, G. V., Yanagitsuru, Y. R., Peterson, A. N. & Liao, J. C. 2016 In : Nature Communications.7, 11044
Frequency response properties of primary afferent neurons in the posterior lateral line system of larval zebrafishLevi, R., Akanyeti, O., Ballo, A. & Liao, J. C. 2015 In : Journal of Neurophysiology.113, 2, p. 657-668832 p.
A fish perspective: detecting flow features while moving using an artificial lateral line in steady and unsteady flowChambers, L. D., Akanyeti, O., Venturelli, R., Ježov, J., Kruusmaa, M., Fiorini, P. & Megill, W. M. 2014 In : Interface.11
Afferent and motoneuron activity in response to single neuromast stimulation in the posterior lateral line of larval zebrafishHaehnel-Taguchi, M., Akanyeti, O. & Liao, J. C. 2014 In : Journal of Neurophysiology.112, p. 1329-133911 p.