Faculty Member Department Project Title Research Center or Lab Affiliated (if applicable) Dates (Expected start and end date) Specific Requirements (if any) Project Description
Didem Unat Computer Engineering Sparse Tensor Reordering Algorithms Parallel and Multicore Computing Laboratory June 2023 C programming, knowledge of graph algorithms In this project, your goal is to implement sparse tensor reordering algorithms to improve cache utilization of CPD and other sparse tensor operations. You will also compare the performance of these algorithms on state-of-the-art multicore architectures.
Alptekin Küpçü Computer Engineering Blockchain Cryptography, Cyber Security, and Privacy Research Group TBD Interest in cryptography and security. Programming experience (Java, C++). Completed Data Structures and Algorithms type of coursework. Knows basic probability and discrete mathematics. Network Programming or Solidity Programming is a plus. Multiple blockchain related tasks are available, including implementation on Ethereum, implementing a Blockchain simulator, as well as preparing materials for course slides.
Gözde Gül Şahin Computer Science and Engineering Automatic Learning of Procedural Language from Natural Language Instructions for Intelligent Assistance KUIS AI Lab TBD Basic background in NLP and ML required A programmable personal assistant requires, at minimum, the ability to understand the procedural language to be able to follow and execute the instructions. This project aims to enable it by a) introducing robust and generalizable techniques to map natural language utterances to well-formed procedures, b) creating annotated corpora of complex instructions and procedures to foster research in understanding human-written procedures, c) developing suitable evaluation measures to assess progress in this novel research direction. Intern(s) will work on one of the three aforementioned problems. The details will be discussed later.
Seda Ertaç Economics Improving Non-Cognitive Skills and Achievement Outcomes in Education: An Experimental Study TBD None sedaertac.com/field-experiments
Hakan Ürey Electrical and Electronics Engineering Augmented Reality Summer Optical Microsystems Lab (OML) TBD None Hakan Urey’s lab will be hosting several high school and University students. Students work in teams of 4-6 and develop Augmented Reality and metaverse software and apps using 3D rendering tools, AI, and machine learning.
Cem Veziroğlu Law School Sustainability and Commercial Law law.ku.edu.tr/arastirma/arastirma-alanlari/ TBD
Çağatay Başdoğan Mechanical Engineering Modeling of Human-Robot Interaction Behavior Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory 25.07.2023 – 25.08.2023 Some background in programming (Matlab/Python) is necessary Human and robot, working together, are expected to play an important role in the foreseeable future. The increasing demand for high-quality and more flexible systems to carry out complex tasks put this dyad firmly in the field. Integrating human’s dexterity and problem-solving skills along with robot’s precision, strength, and repeatability into tasks involving physical interaction between them, pHRI, could be quite beneficial. Such a collaborative interaction may result in significant improvements in task performance and reduction in physical human effort. In order to make pHRI more effective, we need robots to anticipate the human partner’s behavior and act accordingly. For example, in collaborative manipulation of heavy objects, if the robot anticipates the human motion trajectory, it can contribute to the acceleration/deceleration of the manipulated object more effectively. In this project, you will develop model to estimate the motion trajectory and force response of the human collaborating with a robot.
Ismail Lazoglu Mechanical Engineering Artificial Heart Pump Manufacturing and Automation Research Center TBD Strong interest and motivation in Biomedical, Mechatronics, Design and Manufacturing Development of an artificial heart pump (Left Ventricular Assist Device)
Ismail Lazoglu Mechanical Engineering Additive Manufacturing Manufacturing and Automation Research Center TBD Strong interest and motivation in 3D Printing Technologies 3D Printing TechnoFüsun logies
Füsun Can Medical Microbiology Emerging viral infections Koç University İşbank Center for Infectious Diseases TBD
Sami Gülgöz Psychology Memory transmission across generations Koç University Research in Applied Memory (KURAM) 19.06.2023 – 04.08.2023 Native speakers of Turkish We will study the transmission of memories from one generation to the next, their functions for the sharing and shared generations, their usability for the younger generations, and the consistency in the interpretation of memories by different generations.
Tilbe Göksun Psychology Language and Thought Interactions Language & Cognition Lab (https://lclab.ku.edu.tr/) 03.07.2023 – 20.08.2023 Turkish native speakers In Language and Cognition Lab (https://lclab.ku.edu.tr/), we examine the relation between language (multimodal – gesture and speech) and many cognitive domains. We work with different populations and age groups. We also examine young children’s early language and cognitive development using techniques such as eyetracking, parent-child interaction, standardized tasks, and experiments for specific cognitive domains. For these lines of research, the project assistants will help running participants, coding and analyzing data as well as designing new studies.
Tamer Önder School of Medicine Identification of epigenetic factors in naive pluripotent stem cells Stem Cell Laboratory 01.07.2023-15.08.2023 It will soon be possible to generate human naive stem cell lines in a personalized and disease-specific manner through epigenetic reprogramming of somatic cells. However, almost none of the epigenetic factors that play a role in this process is known. In the EpiKök, we will investigate the function of three specific chromatin factors (DOT1L, P300/CBP, BRD9) in naïve reprogramming using novel chemical inhibitors. In doing so, we will test the hypothesis that these factors prevent reprogramming to naïve pluripotency. Using these inhibitors, a high-efficiency protocol to generate naïve stem cells will be established.