Ahmed Hareedy is an Assistant Professor with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. He is interested in questions in coding/information theory that are fundamental to opportunities created by the current, unparalleled access to data and computing. He received the Bachelor and M.S. degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018. He was a Postdoctoral Associate with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University between 2018 and 2021. He worked with Mentor Graphics Corporation between 2006 and 2014. He worked with Intel Corporation in the summers of 2015 and 2017.
Dr. Hareedy won the 2018-2019 Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Signals and Systems from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCLA. He is a recipient of the Best Paper Award from the 2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM). He won the 2017-2018 Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) at UCLA. He won the 2016-2017 Electrical Engineering Henry Samueli Excellence in Teaching Award at UCLA. He is a recipient of the Memorable Paper Award from the 2018 Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW). He is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Best Student Paper Award from the IEEE Data Storage Technical Committee (DSTC).
Melda Yuksel is an associate professor at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Dr. Yuksel received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn, NY, in August 2007. She worked at TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey, from 2007 to 2021.
She was a summer researcher in the Mathematical Sciences Research Center, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, in 2004, a complementary visiting faculty at Rice University, Houston, TX, in Spring 2009, and a visiting professor at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in Spring 2010. Her research interests are in wireless communications, communication theory and information theory.
Dr. Yuksel is the recipient of the best paper award at the Communication Theory Symposium of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Communications and the 2012 Turkish National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Dr. Yuksel was the treasurer of 2013 IEEE International Symposium of Information Theory. She is currently serving as an editorial board member of PHYCOM, Physical Communication, and an associate editor for Frontiers in Communications and Networks Journal.
Serkan Sarıtaş received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, M.S. degree in Computer Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 2010, 2013, and 2018, respectively. He was a visiting research student at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada for five months in 2015. Between 2018-2021, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher jointly at the Division of Decision and Control Systems, the Division of Network and Systems Engineering, and the Division of Information Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 2021, he joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where he is currently working as an Assistant Professor.
His main research interests include information security, cyber-physical systems, networked control systems, game theory, communication systems, and information theory.
Elif Tugce Ceran Arslan received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from METU, Ankara, Turkey in 2012 and in 2014 respectively, and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Imperial College London (ICL) in 2019. Between 2020-2021, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Communication Networks Research Group, METU. In 2021, she joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where she is currently working as an Assistant Professor.
Her research interests lie mainly in the intersection between machine learning, wireless communications and the Internet of Things in addition to the resource allocation, 5G networks, distributed/federated learning, reinforcement learning, performance evaluation and optimization of computer networks.
Keyvan Firuzi received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran in 2012, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Power Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electric Power Engineering (High Voltage Engineering) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2014 and 2019 respectively. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the same university from 2019 to 2020. From 2015 to 2018, he was a Research Scientist with Niroo Research Institution (NRI). In 2021, he joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where he is currently working as an Assistant Professor.
His research interests include High Voltage Engineering, Dielectrics and Insulation, Partial Discharge, Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis of High Voltage Equipment, Signal Processing, and Machine Learning.
Ahmet Cemal Durgun received his B.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Mathematics, from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2005 and 2006, respectively, his M.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from METU in 2008, and his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA, in 2013. From 2014 to 2020, he was with the Intel Corporation, Assembly and Test Technology Development, Chandler, AZ, USA, where he worked on the development of innovative microelectronic packaging solutions for high-speed I/O interfaces, very fine pitch interconnects, and signal integrity of chip to chip communication channels. In 2020, he joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where he is currently working as an Assistant Professor.
His research interests include applied electromagnetics, microelectronic packaging, signal and power integrity of high-speed I/O interfaces, fine pitch interconnects for 2.5-D and 3-D integration, and machine learning applications of packaging and electromagnetic problems. Dr. Durgun is also a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology and recipient of the TÜBİTAK 2232 International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers.
Barış Nakiboğlu, received the B.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and in Physics from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2002 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005 and 2011, respectively. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Berkeley.
His research has been primarily focused on the Information Theory and Communications.
Emine Bostancı received her B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 2007, her M.Sc. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 2010 and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Drive Systems from Leibniz Hanover University in 2014. From 2013 to 2015, she was a Research Scientist with Volkswagen AG Group Research and from 2015 to 2017, she was a Visiting Scientist with University of Texas at Dallas and until May 2018 she worked as an Application Engineer supporting Ansys/Maxwell in North America with Ansys Inc.
Her research focuses on design of electric machines, electric drives and low-frequency electromagnetic systems.
Klaus Werner Schmidt received the Diploma and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the same department from 2005 to 2010 and received the Habilitation degree in 2011. After working at the Electronic and Communication Engineering Department and Mechatronics Engineering Department, Cankaya University from 2010 to 2017, K. W. Schmidt joined the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where he is now an Associate Professor.
His research interests include intelligent transportation systems, supervisory control for discrete event systems, in-vehicle communication networks, industrial automation systems and industrial project control. In particular, the recent research of Dr. Schmidt focuses on control methods for autonomous vehicles and the reconfiguration and fault-tolerant control for discrete event systems.
M. Mert Ankaralı, received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, both from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2007 and 2010 respectively. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. Following his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the same department until 2016. Between 2016 and 2017, he worked as a senior research scientist for Desistek Robotics Corporation. In 2017, he joined the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where he is now an Assistant Professor.
Throughout his academic and professional life, he focused on locomotion in robotic and biological systems. Due to his studies and accomplishments in this domain, he was named to the 2015 class of Siebel Scholars which is awarded annually for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership to 85 top students from world’s leading graduate schools.
Dr. Gokhan M. Guvensen received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 2006, 2009 and 2014, respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing (CPCC) in the University of California, Irvine (UCI), USA between 2015 and 2016, and he is currently a collaborator of the research group in UCI. In 2017, he joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at METU, where he is now an Assistant Professor.
His research interests include the design of digital communication systems and statistical signal processing with a particular focus on modulation theory, next-generation mobile communication techniques, iterative detection and equalization techniques, information theory, and radar signal processing.