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Micky Rakotondrabe,
Full Professor, University of Technology of Tarbes Occitanie Pyrénées (UTTOP)
University of Toulouse alliance

SYSTEMS department (deputy-head)
MAVRICS research group
LGP (Laboratoire Génie de Production)
UTTOP (University of Technology Tarbes Occitanie Pyrénées)
University of Toulouse alliance
47, Avenue d'Azereix
65000 Tarbes - FRANCE

Phone: +33 562 442 763

Emails: mrakoton 'at' uttop 'dot' fr and mrakoton 'at' enit 'dot' fr
Homepage: m.rakoton.net


Micky Rakotondrabe graduated from the Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers (ICAM engineering school, Lille France) in 2002, obtained the MSc on Control Systems from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA, Lyon France) in 2003 and the PhD on Control Systems from the University of Franche-Comté at Besançon (UFC Besançon France) in 2006 with research works at FEMTO-ST Institute, Besançon France. In 2006-2007, he was assistant professor and then from 2007 to August 2019, associate professor at UFC with research affiliation at FEMTO-ST institute. From Sept 2019, he is full professor at University of Technology Tarbes Occitanie Pyrénées (UTTOP, a member of the University of Toulouse) with research affiliation at the Laboratoire Génie de Production (LGP). His research fields deal with the design and development, modeling, signal estimation and control techniques for mechatronic systems, in particular based on smart materials, mainly (but not exlusively) piezoelectric systems. Applications are in various domains such as: interaction, medical, cobotics and robotics, micromechatronic systems and related high precision and/or high dynamics positioning, autonomous systems and harvesting energy in these, bio-inspired systems...

Micky Rakotondrabe was the UFC-best phd thesis finalist (2006); obtained the IEEE ICARCV-2006 best paper award finalist, the IEEE CASE-2011 best application paper award finalist, the Romanian-Scientific-Activity-Award (shared with a Romanian colleague) in november 2011, the MARSS 2019 best paper award finalist. He holds the French Excellence-Activities-Award (PES/PEDR) since October 2011. Micky Rakotondrabe participated to the control of the French-team mobile microrobot that holds the IEEE-NIST Mobile Microrobot International Challenge Awards several times (1st prize on speed in 2010, in 2011 and in 2012). In july 2011, Micky Rakotondrabe obtained a CNRS-delegation award for one year (2011-2012). In 2013, the paper 'Complete open loop control of hysteretic, creeped and oscillating piezoelectric cantilever', was among the 5 most cited papers of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering of the year.

Micky Rakotondrabe is co-inventor of several patents, and co-editor of the book "Signal measurement and estimation techniques issues in the micro/nano world", edited book, Springer - Verlag, ISBN 978-1-4419-9945-0, August 2011, and editor of the book "Smart materials-based actuators at the micro/nano-scale: characterization, control and applications", edited book, Springer - Verlag, New York, ISBN 978-1-4614-6683-3, april 2013. He has organized several workshops and tutorials on design, control or signal estimation in mechatronic systems working for microscale, for precise positioning or for interaction: at IEEE-ICRA-2009 (Kobé, Japan), IEEE-ICRA-2010 (Anchorage Alaska USA), IEEE-ICRA-2011 (Shanghai China), IEEE-CASE-2011 (Triesta Italy), IEEE/ASME-AIM-2014 (Besançon France), MICNON-2018 (Guadalajara Mexico), IFAC-WC-2020 (Berlin Germany), and IEEE-IROS-2021 (Prague Czech Republic). He was visiting professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA, 1month, November 2011) where he has held at the same time a guest lecturer position on MicroRobots Control, and visiting researcher at the University of Newcastle Australia (a quarter, 2012). He did several short term visiting (between one week and one month) in various Universities/Institutes for research and teaching purposes: Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John's NF Canada, Texas A & M in Doha Qatar, USTO in Oran Algeria, UANL in Monterrey Mexico, CIO in Leon Mexico, DeKUT in Nyeri Kenya, Univ of Yaoundé 1 in Yaoundé Cameroon, Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra Marocco.

Micky Rakotondrabe is an active member of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation. He is also active member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems (TC 4.2). He serves as Vice-Chair for the working group "Micro/Nano, Smart Materials/Structures" at the the IFAC TC.4.2 on Mechatronics. He was Chair for of the Task-Force on "Organization of Summer Schools" to support Educational Activities across IFAC Technical Committees Education in the 2020-2023 term. In the 2023-2026 term, he is member of the Education Activities Committe of IFAC Exectuve Committees.

He was awarded the national ANR emerging project grant for research-to-industry transfer (ANR-MyMeSyS project, ANR Emergence) in 2011, the national ANR young investigator award (ANR-C-MUMS project, ANR Jeune Chercheur) in 2012 and a second national ANR young investigator award (ANR-CODE-Track project, ANR Jeune Chercheur) in 2017.

Micky Rakotondrabe received the Big-On-Small 2016 award delivered during the IEEE MARSS-2016 international Conference (http://marss-conference.org/awards/big-on-small-award/). This award is to recognize a young professional with excellent performance and international visibility in the topics of manipulation, automation and robotics at small scales. More explanation can be found HERE and HERE.

From 2018, Micky Rakotondrabe is Distinguished Lecturer of Micro/Nano Robotics & Automation at the IEEE/RAS Society.

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