I am an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the Department of Computer Science, Nazarbayev University, since the fall semester of 2019.
I graduated summa cum laude from CENG, METU, with my BS degree in 1999. Then, I got accepted into EECS, MIT, for my graduate studies in the field of AI as a student member of CSAIL (then Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) under the supervision of Prof. Leslie Pack Kaelbling and Prof. Tomás Lozano-Pérez. I received my MS and PhD degrees in CS from MIT in 2001 and 2011, respectively.
My research interests have been in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, dynamic collision avoidance for unmanned vehicles, simulation systems, and lately, in developing machine learning and data mining techniques for agricultural use and algorithmic trading.
Aside from being an enthusiastic academician, a successful instructor, and a role model for my students, I am also a prolific software developer, a creative thinker, and a life-long student of various branches of CS.