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April 2004 - November 2019

Doha, Qatar


Qatar Computing Research Institute

One thread of his research activities at QCRI seeks to bring new perspectives from computer vision and machine learning into crisis computing and disaster response. Another thread explores new research grounds for developing innovative solutions in the medical and healthcare domain by combining wearable and mobile technology with social media monitoring and data mining techniques.

Sep 2010 - Apr 2014

Berkeley, CA

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, Berkeley

With Professor Ruzena Bajcsy, I worked on human activity understanding from multi-sensory data:

- Collected a multimodal human action database (released as ``Berkeley MHAD") consisting of temporally synchronized and geometrically calibrated data from an optical motion capture system, multi-view multi-baseline camera arrays, depths sensors, accelerometers and microphones.

Sep 2005 - Aug 2010

Istanbul, TURKEY

PhD Student

Koç University

With Professors A. Murat Tekalp, Yucel Yemez and Engin Erzin, I worked on various multimedia signal processing tasks:

- Developed a framework for learning many-to-many statistical mappings from musical primitives (i.e., musical measures) to dance motion primitives (i.e., dance figures) towards generating plausible alternative music-driven dance choreographies via hidden Markov models (HMM).

- Worked on audiovisual facial expression analysis using facial animation parameters (FAP) with active appearance models (AAM) for speech-driven facial expression synthesis and animation.

Jul 2007 - Aug 2007

Istanbul, TURKEY

Visiting Scholar

Bogazici University

eNTERFACE'07: The SIMILAR NoE Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces.
- Project leader and researcher in the "Audio-Driven Human Body Motion Analysis" project.
- Worked on body motion capture and audio-driven human body motion synthesis and animation tasks.
- Projects results were presented in ICASSP'08 and JMUI'08.

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006

Dubrovnik, Crotia

Visiting Scholar

University of Zagreb

eNTERFACE'06: The SIMILAR NoE Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces.
- Researcher in the "Multimodal Character Morphing" project
- Worked on face detection, tracking and extraction of facial key points for analysis and animation of facial mimics on a talking avatar.

Jun 2006 - Jul 2006

Barcelona Area, Spain

Visiting Scholar

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The SIMILAR NoE Graduate Twinning Program.
- Visiting researcher in the Image Processing Group.
- Worked on multicamera calibration, data acquisition and body motion analysis under supervision of Professors Ferran Marques and Josep Ramon Casas.
- Also investigated deinterlacing algorithms on the acquired data to improve the video quality for the body motion analysis task.

Jun 2005 - Jul 2005

Mons, Belgium

Visiting Scholar

Faculté Polytechnique de Mons

eNTERFACE'05: The SIMILAR NoE Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces.
- Researcher in the "Combined Gesture-Speech Analysis" project.
- Developed a graphical tool for upper body animation.
- Project results were presented in ICME'06.

Jul 2004 - Sep 2004

Istanbul, Turkey



- Developed team projects on analog and digital design of microelectronic circuits, i.e., analog design of an inverter and digital design of an alarm clock.
- Wrote 160-page long report on this internship.

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