Assoc. Professor,

Computer Science and Engineering Program

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey 34956





Research Areas:


I work in the general area of Pattern Recognition & Computer Vision, in particular biometrics (signature, fingerprint, voice, biometric privacy and security); document analysis and retrieval (OCR, online and offline handwriting recognition, mathematical expression recognition); machine learning (ECOC, bias/variance analysis of committees); opinion mining, and social media analysis and information summarization (we have a start-up, SomaTech, in this area).


Research topics DBLP profile



Undergraduate :

CS 412 Machine Learning (2013F, 2014F) is offered every year except for sabbaticals etc.

CS 404 - Artificial Intelligence (since 2002) - is offered every year, alternating between myself and Prof. Esra Erdem.

CS 204 Advanced Programming (since 2002, until 2010S) now offered every term including summer by Prof. Levi, Kaya and guest instructor.

Project 102 (Fall terms)

EECS 491 - Design Project (Fall terms)


CS 512 Machine Learning (2007S,2009F,2010F,2011F, 2013F, 2014F) - is offered every year except for sabbaticals etc.

CS 581 Special Topics Deep Learning (2013S w/ Hakan Erdoğan)

CS 581 Special Topics Opinion Mining (2011S w/ Ycel Saygın and Dilek Tapucu)

CS 516 Biometrics (2010S,2011F)

CS 515 Neural Networks (2002S)

CS 580 Special Topics Biometrics & Privacy (2007F)

EECS 566 - Pattern Recognition (2002S w/ A. Eril)





Ph.D. Computer Science, Dartmouth College, USA (1993).

B.S. and B.A. Computer Engineering, Mathematics (double major), Bogazici University, Turkey (1988).

Galatasaray High-School, Istanbul, Turkey (1983).



Fall 2000 to present: 

Assoc. Professor, Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Computer Science and Engineering program.


Sabbatical at Michigan State University, USA


IoFlex, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Design and development of image processing and printing/publishing automation software


IBM Almaden Research Center, CA, USA

Visiting Scientist - Document segmentation and recognition problem


Xerox Imaging Systems, MA, USA (ScanSoft)

Researcher - Automatic document segmentation and benchmarking

Fall 1993 - 1994: 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Rockefeller University, NY, USA

Statistical approaches to understanding the human visual system


Research Activities:

Program Committee member, Document Recognition and Retrieval (2005-present)

Chair/Co-Chair, Document Recognition and Retrieval (2007,2008)

Co-Guest Editor, Journal of Electronic Imaging: Biometrics Special Section, (March 2008)

Program Committee member, ISCIS (2003-)
Program Committee member, SIU (2006-)

Program Committee member, Biometric Technology for Human Identification (2009, 2010)

Program Committee member, ICPR (2010)
Program Committee member, DAS (2010)

Program Committee member, ICFHR (2008)

Program Committee member, IWFHR (2002)



If you want to see me, please look at my schedule below and check any available slot between 9:30 and 4pm and email me if you want to make sure I am here; otherwise just stop by (preferred). I usually go to lunch at 12 and I may not be in school Friday afternoons.







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