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Ayse Kucukyilmaz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Yeditepe University
Director, Robotics and Intelligent Systems Group
Department of Computer Engineering
Room 410
Yeditepe University
Kayisdagi Caddesi, Atasehir
34755 Istanbul Turkey

“The prayer of the scientist if he prayed, which is not likely: Lord, grant that my discovery may increase knowledge and help other man. Failing that, Lord, grant that it will not lead to man's destruction. Failing that, Lord, grant that my article in Brain be published before the destruction takes place.”

Walker Percy (Love in the Ruins)

I am an assistant professor at the Computer Engineering Department of Yeditepe University and the director of the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Group. My research interests include haptics, physical human-X interaction, adaptive user modelling, affective computing, social robotics, and machine learning applications in adaptive and immersive multimodal user interfaces with a focus on human-robot interaction.


I received my PhD degree from Computational Sciences and Engineering from Koc University in 2013, where I have been a member of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (RML) and the Intelligent User Interfaces Laboratory (IUI Lab). I obtained my BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University, respectively in 2004 and 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, I was a member of the 3DTV EU Project, where I worked on 3D graphical object representations. For a short time, I worked as a junior engineer in Parana Vision and led projects on video processing, analysis, and motion tracking for security applications. Between 2013 and 2015, I worked as a research associate at the Personal Robotics Laboratory of Imperial College London, where I have participated in the ALIZ-E EU Project. I still hold an academic visitor post at Imperial College London.

My detailed vita can be found here.