The word mechatronics was first coined by a senior engineer of a Japanese company; Yaskawa, in 1969, as a combination of "mecha" of mechanisms and "tronics" of electronics and the company was granted the trademark rights on the word in 1971. The word soon received broad acceptance in industry and, in order to allow its free use, Yaskawa elected to abandon its rights on the word in 1982. The word has taken a wider meaning since then and is now widely being used as a technical jargon to describe a philosophy in engineering technology, more than the technology itself. For this wider concept of mechatronics, a number of definitions has been proposed in the literature, differing in the particular characteristics that the definition is intended to emphasize. The most commonly used one emphasizes synergy: Mechatronics is the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products and processes.

Past Conferences

  • ITHET 2010 9th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training.
  • PSYCO 2010 Adaptation and Learning in Control and Signal Processing - ALCOSP 2010 ve IFAC Workshop Periodic Control Systems.
  • SMC 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics. 

UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics

UNESCO has initiated UNESCO Chairs program for the promotion of international intellectual cooperation involving the establishment of International University Chairs. These are sponsored by UNESCO, in close cooperation with universities andwith the support of various organizations, institutions and funding agencies.
The chairs are created in the fields of education, science, culture and communication at higher education institutions in all regions of the world, initially in the developing countries. The broad aim of the UNESCO Chairs Scheme, in keeping with the Constitution of the Organization, is to foster the advancement of science and the transfer of knowledge by facilitating access worldwide to the expertise of outstanding specialists in important disciplines.UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics at Bogazici University was approved by UNESCO Headquarters during November 1993.