Cemal Yilmaz

My primary research area is software engineering. My broad research interest is on programmer productivity. I develop practical techniques and tools to help programmers create cheaper, faster, and more reliable software systems.

Please check the SUSOFT website for my current research interests. SUSOFT is an abbreviation for the Software Engineering Research Group at Sabanci University.

I consider myself to be an experimentalist. I realize my research ideas in incremental prototypes, conduct feasibility studies to evaluate the underlying assumptions and the basic hypotheses, and use the results of these studies to iteratively improve the ideas. Furthermore, I enjoy in-depth analysis of empirical results. I strongly believe that unexpected results often present opportunities for further and better research. One common theme in my research is that I base my solution approaches on mathematically sound objects which help me reason about the solutions.


Ph.D. Computer Science,  December 2005

             University of Maryland College Park, MD

M.S. Computer Science, May 2002

             University of Maryland College Park, MD

M.S. Computer Engineering and Information Science, July 1999

             Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey

B.S. Computer Engineering and Information Science, June 1997

             Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, September 2008 - present

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Sabanci University

Istanbul, TURKEY

Post Doctoral Researcher, October 2005 - July 2008

IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Hawthorne, NY, USA

Software Engineer, June 2001 - January 2002

Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications

Clarksville, MD, USA

Summer Scientist, May 2000 - August 2000


San Jose, CA, USA


CS 202 Data Structures.

CS 308 Software Engineering

CS 560 Automated Debugging

CS 551 Graduate Seminar I

CS 552 Graduate Seminar II

CS 680 Selected Topics in Computer Science I


Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant within the 7th European Community Framework Programme, PIRG04-GA-2008-239484/FP7-PEOPLE-IRG-2008, 36 months, 2009 (active)

TUBITAK 3501, 109E182, 36 months, 2010 (active)

TUBITAK 1001, 110E037, 24 months,  2011 (active, with Assoc. Prof. Erkay Savas)


Gulsen Demiroz, Ph.D.

Mehmet Cagri Calpur, Ph.D.

Ugur Koc, M.S., in progress.

Yusuf Kulah, M.S., in progress.

Hanefi Mercan, M.S., in progress.

Arsalan Javeed, M.S., in progress.


Mehmet Cagri Calpur, M.S.,  Interleaving coverage criteria oriented testing of multithreaded applications, 2012

Burcu Ozcelik, M.S., Lightweight Runtime Failure Prediction, 2012

Emine Dumlu, M.S., Feedback driven adaptive combinatorial interaction testing, 2011.


Associate Professor

Computer Science and Engineering Program

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Sabanci University

Orhanli, Tuzla, Istanbul, 34956, TURKEY


Office: FENS G019

E-mail: cyilmaz [at] sabanciuniv.edu

Voice: +90 (216) 483 9532

Fax: +90 (216) 483 9550