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I am an Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Robotics Department at the Delft University of Technology, where I am leading the Haptic Interface Technology Group (HITLab). I am also a guest scientist in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the MPI for Intelligent Systems, where I was previously a postdoctoral researcher. I earned my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey) in January of 2018. Before my Ph.D., I worked as a control engineer at TNO Additive Manufacturing Department in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. I received my M.Sc. degree in Systems and Control at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2012, and my B.Sc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 2010.

My research focuses on leveraging our knowledge of the human sense of touch to create natural, compelling, and personalized haptic interactions in virtual environments. I investigate physical contact between our skin and natural surfaces/haptic interface technologies, and perceptual experiences arising from this contact, as well as emulation of natural touch sensations via haptic interfaces. I am interested in using this knowledge in communication, medicine, education, and human-robot interaction applications.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Koç University

Sep 201311 Jan 2018

Award Date: 11 Jan 2018

Eindhoven University of Technology

Aug 2010Aug 2012

Sabancı University

Sep 2005Jun 2010

University of Surrey

Jan 2009May 2009

External positions

Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Sep 2020Feb 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

1 Feb 201831 Aug 2020

Research and Teaching Assistant, Koç University

Sep 2013Jan 2018

Control Engineer, TNO

Sep 2012Aug 2013


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