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

  • CS18010: Professional and Personal Development
  • CS22120: Software Engineering
  • CS22220: Software Engineering for the Web
  • CS35710: Ubiquitous Computing



Liu, G., Ren, Y., Dong, H., Akanyeti, O., Liao, J.C., Lauder, G.V. 2017. Computational analysis of vortex dynamics and performance enhancement due to body-fin and fin-fin interactions in fish-like locomotion. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 829 pp. 65-88. 10.1017/jfm.2017.533

Zwarycz, A.S., Fossat, M., Akanyeti, O., Lin, Z., Rosenmann, D.J., Garcia, A.E., Royer, C.A., Mills, K.V., Wang, C. 2017. V67L Mutation Fills an Internal Cavity to Stabilize RecA <i>Mtu</i> Intein. Biochemistry 10.1021/acs.biochem.6b01264 Cadair


Stewart, W.J., Tian, F., Akanyeti, O., Walker, C.J., Liao, J.C. 2016. Refuging rainbow trout selectively exploit flows behind tandem cylinders. Journal of Experimental Biology 219 (14) pp. 2182-2191. 10.1242/jeb.140475

Lv, C., Stewart, W.J., Akanyeti, O., Federick, C., Zhu, J., Santos-Sacchi, J., Sheets, L., Liao, J.C., Zenisek, D. 2016. Synaptic ribbons require Ribeye for electron density, proper synaptic localization, and recruitment of calcium channels. Cell Reports 15 (12) pp. 2784-2795. 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.05.045

Akanyeti, O., Thornycroft, P.J.M., Lauder, G.V., Yanagitsuru, Y.R., Peterson, A.N., Liao, J.C. 2016. Fish optimize sensing and respiration during undulatory swimming. Nature Communications 7 11044 10.1038/ncomms11044


Levi, R., Akanyeti, O., Ballo, A., Liao, J.C. 2015. Frequency response properties of primary afferent neurons in the posterior lateral line system of larval zebrafish. Journal of Neurophysiology 113 (2) pp. 657-6688. 10.1152/jn.00414.2014


Chambers, L.D., Akanyeti, O., Venturelli, R., Ježov, J., Kruusmaa, M., Fiorini, P., Megill, W.M. 2014. A fish perspective: detecting flow features while moving using an artificial lateral line in steady and unsteady flow. Interface 11 10.1098/rsif.2014.0467

Haehnel-Taguchi, M., Akanyeti, O., Liao, J.C. 2014. Afferent and motoneuron activity in response to single neuromast stimulation in the posterior lateral line of larval zebrafish. Journal of Neurophysiology 112 pp. 1329-1339. 10.1152/jn.00274.2014