Computer Science and Engineering Program

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey 34956  


Office: FENS 2056




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 applications (plant and face recognition; attribute-based classifiers); opinion mining, and social media analysis.

DBLP profile      GoogleScholar



Current (this term) course links: CS404     CS68001   DA514 

Normally offered: 

Undergraduate :

CS 412 – Machine Learning (2013F, 2014F, 2015F, 2017F) – is offered every year (possibly except for rare cases like sabbaticals etc.)

CS 404 - Artificial Intelligence (since 2002, 2015F, 2018S) - 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. Albert Levi, Prof. Kamer Kaya  or a guest instructor.

Project 102 (Fall terms) 

ENS 491 - Design Project (Fall terms, continued with ENS492 in the Spring)


CS68001 - Advance Machine Learning (w/ Hüseyin Özkan and Öznur Taştan, 2018S)

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/ Yücel Saygın and Dilek Tapucu)

CS 516 – Biometrics (2010S, 2011F)

CS 515 – Neural Networks (2002S) – now covered partly in CS512.           

CS 580 – Special Topics – Biometrics & Privacy (2007F)

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





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:





Faculty Member, Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Computer Science and Engineering department.

Director, VERİM


On sabbatical at University of Michigan, USA


On 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 & Service Activities:  

IEEE Biometrics Council Newsletter – Associate Editor (2017-)


Invited Panelist, Boğaziçi University, “Bilim ve Teknolojide Lider Kadınlar Zirvesi”, Feb 17, 2018

Invited Speaker, Google Developers Group, ‘’Anita Borg Doğumgünü Etkinlikleri: Kadın Bilişimcileri Dinliyoruz’’, Jan 17, 2015 

Invited Tutorial Speaker, “Biometric Technologies”, @CMU Qatar, April 8, 2015


Program Committee member, Document Recognition and Retrieval (2005-2012)

Program Committee member, DAS (2010,2016)

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)

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

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

Program Committee member, SIU (2006-…)

Program Committee member, ISCIS (2003)

Program Committee member, IWFHR (2002)



If you want to see me, please look at my schedule and check any available slot between 9:00 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. 



For Undergraduates

For Grad. Students



Letters: Please see the document if you will ask reference letters from me.