Invited Speakers

Temel Kotil

Temel Kotil

CEO, TAI

Born in 1959, Mr. Kotil graduated from Aeronautical Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1983. He completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1991. After founding and managing the Aviation and Advanced Composite Laboratories of ITU, he also served as chair and associate dean of the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. He served as the Head of Research Planning and Coordination Department in Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul. Going to US for a second time in 2001, he served as Guest Professor in the University of Illinois, followed by a position of Research Engineer in Advanced Innovative Technologies Inc, in Troy, New York, between 2002 and 2003. Dr. Kotil started his career with Turkish Airlines in 2003, as the Deputy General Manager in Turkish Technic, Inc. He became the CEO of Turkish Airlines in 2005. Dr. Kotil has served on the Board of Governors of IATA since 2006. In 2010 elected as a Board of Governors of Association of European Airlines (AEA) and became Vice President between the years of 2012 and 2013. Soon after, Dr. Kotil has been appointed as the President of AEA in 2014. Mr. Kotil, married with 4 children, has authored many articles and publications in the aeronautical science journals, and papers in seminars and conferences. According to the decision taken by the Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) on October 21, 2016, Temel Kotil has been appointed to the President & CEO of TAI.

Tolga M. Duman

Tolga M. Duman

Professor, IEEE Fellow, Bilkent University

Tolga M. Duman is a Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Bilkent University and he is on leave from the School of ECEE at Arizona State University. He received the B.S. degree from Bilkent University in Turkey in 1993, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from NortheasternUniversity, Boston, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, all in electrical engineering. Prior to joining Bilkent University in September 2012, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of Arizona State Universityfirst as an Assistant Professor (1998-2004), then as an Associate Professor (2004-2008), and starting August 2008 as a Professor. Dr. Duman's current research interests are in systems, with particular focus on communication and signal processing, including wireless and mobile communications, coding/modulation, coding for wireless communications, data storage systems and underwater acoustic communications. Dr. Duman is a Fellow of IEEE, a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and IEEE Third Millennium medal. His publications include a book on MIMO Communications (by Wiley in 2007), and close to two hundred journal and conference papers. He served as an editor for IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications (2003-08), IEEE Trans. on Communications (2007-2012) and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2002-07). He is currently the coding and communication theory area editor for IEEE Trans. on Communications (2011-present) and an editor for Elsevier Physical Communications Journal (2010-present).

Hacı Ali Mantar

Hacı Ali Mantar

Professor, President, TUBITAK BILGEM

Hacı Ali Mantar received the BS degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 1993 and the MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as an instructor at Syracuse University. Between 2000 and 2003, he was supported by the Graduate Students Research in Wide Area Network Management project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Between 2003 and 2005, he involved a Computer Resiliency project funded by DARPA, USA. He is currently working as president of TUBITAK BILGEM and also at Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey, as a professor. His research interests include wide area network management, QoS, grid computing, routing, IP telephony and network security. Recently, he has been working energy efficiency in wired and wireless networks.

Erchin Serpedin

Erchin Serpedin

Professor, IEEE Fellow, Texas A&M University at College Station

Erchin Serpedin (F’13) is a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station. He received the specialization degree in transmission and processing of information from Ecole Superieure DElectricite (SUPELEC), Paris, in 1992, the M.Sc. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia in January 1999. Dr. Serpedin is the author of two research monographs, one textbook, ten book chapters, 120 journal papers, and 200 conference papers. His research interests include signal processing, computational biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, and systems biology. Dr. Serpedin is currently serving as an associate editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and as the editor-in-chief of EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, an online journal edited by Springer. He served as an associate editor for more than 12 journals, including journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing (Elsevier), Physical Communications (Elsevier), EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, and as a Technical Chair for six major conferences. His research work was recognized through numerous awards and research grants. He is a fellow of the IEEE.

Hüseyin Arslan

Hüseyin Arslan

Professor, IEEE Fellow, University of South Florida

Dr. Arslan (IEEE Fellow) has received his BS degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 1992; MS and Ph.D. degrees in 1994 and 1998 from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX. USA. From January 1998 to August 2002, he was with the research group of Ericsson Inc., NC, USA, where he was involved with several projects related to 2G and 3G wireless communication systems. Since August 2002, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Dept. of University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, where he is a Professor. In December 2013, he joined Istanbul Medipol University to found the Engineering College, where he has worked as the Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. He has also served as the director of the Graduate School of Engineering and Natural Sciences in the same university. In addition, he has worked as a part-time consultant for various companies and institutions including Anritsu Company, Savronik Inc., and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Khalid Qaraqe

Khalid Qaraqe

Professor, IEEE Senior Member, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Dr Khalid A. Qaraqe (SM'00 ) was born in Bethlehem. Dr Qaraqe received the B.S. degree in EE from the University of Technology, Bagdad, Iraq in 1986, with honors. He received the M.S. degree from the University of Jordan, Jordan, Amman, Jordan, in 1989, and earned his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, USA, in 1997. From 1989 to 2004 Dr Qaraqe has held a variety positions in many companies and has over 12 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. Dr Qaraqe has worked on numerous GSM, CDMA, and WCDMA projects and has experience in product development, design, deployments, testing and integration. Dr Qaraqe joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Texas A&M University at Qatar, in July 2004, where he is now a professor. Prof. Qaraqe has been awarded 15 research projects consisting of more than USD 9.0 M from local industries in Qatar and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). He has published 90 journal papers in top IEEE journals, and published and presented 194 papers at prestigious international conferences. He has 13 book chapters published, two books slated to appear, four patents, and presented five tutorials and talks. Dr. Qaraqe received the Itochu Professorship award, 2013-2015, best researcher award, QNRF 2013, several best paper awards in top notch conferences and workshops, and TAMUQ Research Excellence award in April, 2010. Prof. Qaraqe’s research interests include communication theory and its application to design and performance analysis of cellular systems, and indoor communication systems. Particular interests are in mobile networks, broadband wireless access, cooperative networks, cognitive radio, diversity techniques, and 5G systems. .

Tülay Yıldırım

Tülay Yıldırım

Professor, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Tulay Yildirim (M’08) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics and communication engineering from Yildiz Technical University (YTU), Istanbul, Turkey, in 1990 and 1992, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K., in 1997.Currently, she is a Full Professor with YTU. Her current research interests include analog and digital integrated circuit design, hardware implementations of neural networks, medical electronics, biometrics, and artificial intelligence.