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Prof. Dr. Ahmet Coşar – Dean of Engineering Faculty

Short Biography:
Ahmet Cosar got his B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees, all in computer engineering, from Middle East Technical Uni versity (METU), Bilkent University, and University of Minnesota, respectively. He was a faculty member in METU Computer Engineering department between 1996-2018. His research interests are in distributed databases, data min- ing, e-commerce, and web-based software architectures. Dr. Cosar has also worked as a visiting faculty member in University of Sharjah (UAE) and Manas University (Kyrgyzstan) and also taught a course at American University of Central Asia.

Research Interests:
Database Management Systems, Big Data,  Sensor Networks, Computer Networks, Discrete Optimization, Query Optimization, Genetic Algorithms, Parallel Algorithms

 

Contact:
Email:  cosar@thk.edu.tr

Tel: 444 84 58

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ender Sevinç – Head of Department

Short Biography:

Ender Sevinç received his B.S. degree from the Electronic Department at the Military Academy in 1991. Then he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Computer Engineering at Middle East Technical University in 2000 and 2009 respectively. As an industrial experience, he worked for a long time in several national and international companies and institutions. Then he was assigned in University of Turkish Aeronautical Association as an Assistant Professor in 2017. He currently continues his academic life there, and query optimization, deep learning and genetic algorithms are his interest and publication areas.

Research Interests:
Machine Learning, neural networks, genetic algorithms, Distributed DBMS and query optimization,

 

Personal Page

Contact:
Email: esevinc[at]thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6045
Office: 169

Prof. Dr. Hasan ERBAY

Short Biography:

Hasan Erbay was born in Ankara in 1968. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics at Penn State University, USA and his under-
graduate studies in Mathematics at Middle East Technical University. His research interests lie in the areas of numerical linear algebra, numerical computation, approximation, image pro- cessing, and latent semantic analysis, ranging from theory to design to implementation. Erbay is married and the father of two sons.

Research Interests:
Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Computation, approximation, Image processing, Latent Semantic Analysis

 

 

Contact:
Email: herbay[at]thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 –
Office: 156

Prof. Dr. Ali Cevat TAŞIRAN

Short Biography:

He got his Professorship degree in Applied Statistics from London Metropolitan University in 2004.  He held his B.Sc. degree in 1987 and M.Sc. degree in 1988 in Statistics and Economics from Örebro University and his Ph. D. from Gothenburg University in 1992, Sweden. He also had a Full Professorship in Econometrics at the same department in 2009. Since 2000, he has been working as a part time lecturer at Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Before he joined the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association in September 2019, he worked at the Göteborg University between 1991 and 2002 in Sweden; at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, between January 2004 and October 2008; at Middlesex University in London between September 2008 and August 2014 and at Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus between September 2014 and September 2019. He has also been visiting professor at the University of Cape Town, Galatasaray University, Bilkent University in Ankara and Pamukkale University in Denizli. He has written two books and ten book chapters, and published over 40 papers.

Research Interests:

Prof. Taşıran trained as a statistician and as an economist. Over the years, he has used his research in statistics to solve problems in different fields such as Economics, Demography, Labor Economics, Social Policy, Defense and Peace Economics, Environmental Economics, Biology and Health Statistics and Computer Engineering. He teaches Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, Econometrics and Environmetrics.

Contact:
Email: actasiran[at]thk.edu.tr
Phone: 0312 589 6060
Office: 160

Assist. Prof. Dr. Mert ÖZARAR

Short Biography:

Dr. Özarar has been active in the information security industry for the last 16 years. He is capable of viewing abstract
and present cyber security concepts through a business lens. He has previously acted as the software engineer, project manager and R&D officer at TürkTrust. Currently, he is the Director of Technical Services at InfoSec Global (ISG) HQ. Moreover, he is conducting
regional operations in Middle East and North Africa as a managing director of the local branch. He is serving as security researcher, validator, technical expert, responder, business developer and lead for global accounts. Besides, he is one of the pioneers
of the digital signatures in the region.

He has graduated from METU Computer Engineering and Mathematics departments with a Honor’s double major program. He has further received his two M.Sc. degrees from Computer Engineering
and Cryptography departments. He also holds a dissertation on Computer Security and Applied Cryptography from METU. Mert has several publications and book chapters on Information Security and is also an affiliated faculty at METU.

Research Interests:
Cyber Security, Cryptology, Quantum Resistance, Deep Learning on Big Data, 5G, Edge Computing, Game Theory

 

Contact:
Email:
Phone: 444 84 58 –

Assist. Prof. Dr. Shadi AL SHEHABI

Short Biography:
Dr. Shadi Alshehabi graduated from Aleppo University, faculty of science, department of Mathematics/Computer Science in 1997. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), University of Henry Poincaré, Nancy 1 (France) in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He worked seven years as an Assistant Professor in Aleppo University, in Alforat University and in Al-Mamoun Private University for Science and Technology from 2006 to 2013. His work experience extends to many academic departments such as computer science, system computer engineering, applied mathematics and statistics.
Research Interests:
Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Data Analysis, Information Retrieval and Data Visualization.
Contact:
Email: shadi.alshehabi[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6051
Office: 173

Assist. Prof. Dr. Atila BOSTAN

Short Biography:

Atila Bostan received his Bs. from Military Academy in mechanical engineering, Ms. from Middle East Technical University in computer engineering and Phd. from Gazi University in Educational Technology. He retired from military service in 2008 and served as faculty member in Computer Engineering Department of Atılım university between 2008-2019. Dr. Bostan is two times holder of IBM Shared University Research Award.

Research Interests:
Computer Networks, Computer & Network security, Artificial Intelligence, Image processing

 

 

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. E. Deniz TEKİN

Short Biography:

Dr. Tekin received a BSc degree from the physics department of KSU and a PhD degree from the physics department of METU in 2002 and 2010, respectively. During her PhD, she spent one year in the chemical engineering and material science department of the University of California, Davis. She worked as a research assistant at METU  for the years 2002-2010, as an assistant professor at UTAA flight training department for the years 2011-2016, as a post-doctoral researcher and as a visiting scholar at Bilkent University, UNAM. She received the Associated Professor title from  the Council of Higher Education in October 2017. Since January 2018, she has been working as a faculty member at UTAA.

Research Interests:

Modelling of Soft Materials, Nanomaterials, Nanobiotechnology, Classical and Quantum-Mechanical Computational Techniques

 

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Contact:
Email: edtekin[at]thk.edu.tr
Phone: 90 312 589 6046
Office: F157

Assist. Prof. Dr. Faruk TOKDEMİR

Short Biography:

After graduating from the Department of Physics  of Middle East Technical University in 1973, Dr. Faruk Tokdemir worked as a Computer Programmer in the project supported by TUBITAK and carried out with NASA / USA. In this project, he designed and implemented many programs to analyze Gamma Rays originating from astrophysical objects and recorded and sent by the Small Astronomy Satellite (SAS II).

Later, he was involved in a research group investigating UV rays from the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite launched by ESA (European Space Agency). In this project, he developed software to analyze the digital UV spectrum data from celestial bodies (such as binary stars) recorded on magnetic tapes. In these projects,  7/16 Interdata mini-computer system (which was the first in Turkey)  and University central computer (IBM 370/145) were used. The programming languages used were Fortran and IBM Assembler.

He received his M. Sc. Degree in 1980 and Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the Physics Department of the Middle East Technical University. Afterwards, he was involved as an Assistant Professor  at the Department of Computer Engineering. He also taught computer science courses at Sultan Qabus / Oman University in 1995 and Manas University in Kyrgyzstan in 2006 as a short-term faculty member.

He worked as a manager in many educational and applied projects. Dr. Faruk Tokdemir retired on January 1, 2015 and started to work at THK University as a faculty member.

Dr. Faruk Tokdemir holds CISCO Java programming and Oracle Java programming certificates.  In addition to his other publications, he has a textbook called FORTRAN77 (English). He is also a co-author of a book entitled KOCABEY, which describes all aspects of village life.

 

Research Interests:

Programming Languages, Object Oriented Programming, Visual Programming, System Analysis and Design, Digital Data Analysis, Simulation, Distance Education, Computer Aided Instruction, Binary Star Systems.

Contact:
Email: ftokdemir[at]thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6049
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Assist. Prof. Dr. Meltem Yıldırım İMAMOĞLU

Short Biography:
Meltem Imamoglu received her B.S. degree from Hacettepe University Statistic Department (1998) and M.S. degree from Information Systems program at Middle East Technical University (2004). She has Ph.D. degree from Atılım University. She has conference papers, scientific articles and book chapters about cloud computing, IT audit, electronic public procurement and interoperability subjects. She was technical coordinator of the e-audit project that applies all tax offices around the country. She has over 15 years of experience in the government ICT industry as a Software Developer and Project Manager.

Research Interests:
e-Procurement, Interoperability, e-Audit, Sustainable Management, Data Analysis and Statistics Solutions, Performance Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Decision Support Systems, Cloud Computing, Supply Chain Management

 

Contact:
Email: meltem.imamoglu[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6050
Office: 158

Assist. Prof. Dr. Hakan Ezgi KIZILÖZ

Short Biography:
After graduating from Mathematics Department of TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB ETU) in 2008, Dr. Hakan Ezgi Kızılöz received his MSc and PhD degrees from Computer Engineering Department of the same university in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Throughout these graduate programs, he assisted several courses at TOBB ETU and TED University. He also gave introduction to programming courses to students from economics and several engineering departments during his PhD study. His research interests include usable security and machine learning. He has publications in wireless sensor networks and usable security areas.

 

Research Interests:
Human-Computer Interaction, Usable Security, Wireless Sensor Networks, Machine Learning, Multiobjective Optimization

 

Contact:
Email: hakan.kiziloz[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 –
Office: 169

R.A. Sine CANBOLAT

Short Biography:
Sine Canbolat graduated from Department of Software Engineering at Atılım University in 2012. She worked as software engineer in private sector. She continues her studies for her Master’s Degree in Electrical – Computer Engineering Department of Turkish Aeronautical Association.

Research Interests:
Database design, management and programming. Data warehousing and data mining. Software quality assurance, validation, verification and testing. Software engineering

 

Contact:
Email: sine.canbolat[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6058
Office: 144

R.A. Ufuk AYDAN

Short Biography:
Ufuk AYDAN graduated from Department of Computer Engineering at Çankaya University. He completed his studies for the Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering Department of Çankaya University. He participated several academic projects. He continues his PhD program in Computer Engineering Department of Hacettepe University. He continues his duty as a Research Assistant in University of Turkish Aeronautical Association.

 

Research Interests:
Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Object Oriented Programming, ISO/IEC 12207 Software Life Cycle Processes, Data Structures

 

Personal Page

Contact:
Email: ufuk.aydan[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6057
Office: 143

R.A. Özgür Ozan ŞEN

Short Biography:
Özgür Ozan Şen received his M.S. Computer Animation and Game Technologies, Hacettepe University in 2015, B.S. degree from Computer Engineering, Çankaya University in 2011. He continues his studies for his PhD in Computer Engineering Department of Hacettepe University.

Research Interests:
Computer Graphics, 3D Vision, Computer Animations, Game Technologies, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality.

 

Contact:
Email: ozan.sen[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6057
Office: 144

R.A. Ömer Çağrı DALA

Short Biography:

Ö. Çağrı Dala completed his undergraduate education in the Başkent University Biomedical Engineering Department in 2014. In the following two years, he gained work experience of 4 months by working in an electronics calibration firm. During the year 2016, he began a Master’s Degree program as a student of Computer Engineering in Middle East Technical University, earning the degree successfully in a duration of 2 years.

Research Interests:

Computer Networks, Wireless Computer Networks, Digital Signal Processing, Nanomaterials, Medical Electronics, Medical Biology

 

Contact:
Email: ocdala[at].thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58
Office: 143

R.A. NİGAR ERCAN

Short Biography:

Nigar Ercan graduated from Department  of Computer Engineering  at University of Turkish Aeronautical Association in 2018 as an honor student. She continues  her studies for her Master’s Deggree in Interactive Computing  and Information Technologies at TED University.

Research Interests:

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction

 

Contact:
Email: nercan[at].thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58
Office: 143

Part Time Lecturers

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayhan AKBAŞ

Short Biography:
Dr. Ayhan Akbaş has received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Middle East Technical University, Electrical and Electronics Department in 1991 and 1995 respectively. He earned his PhD in Computer Engineering from TOBB University of Economics and Technology. He has worked for multinational companies as  SIEMENS, Sun Microsystems and NEC at technical and managerial positions over 20 years in IT business. Currently, he is continuing his career as academician  in  University of Turkish Aeronautical Association.

 

Research Interests:
Wireless Sensor Networks, Wireless Communication, IoT, RFID, Computer Networks, Microprocessors and Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems, Mathematical Modelling and Optimizations.

 

Personal Page

Contact:
Email: ayhan.akbas[at]ceng.thk.edu.tr
Phone: 444 84 58 – 6053
Office: 158

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