Ekin Akyürek

Ekin Akyürek
Massachusetts Institute of Technology2019-PresentElectrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, PhD Student in CS

Advisor: Jacob Andreas

Massachusetts Institute of Technology2018-2019Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, Visiting Student
Koç University, Istanbul2013-2019Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department, Senior

Research Advisor: Deniz Yuret

  • 2nd rank in Koç University, 2019
  • 2nd rank in Department of Engineering, 2019
Koç University, Istanbul2015-2019Physics Department, Senior
  • 1st rank in Department of Science, 2019
İzmir Science High School2009-2013
Research Assistant, Machine LearningJuly 2018-PresentComputer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

1) Working on matrix formalization of back-propagation
2) Developing deep learning models for visual dialog task on top of MAC Networks
3) Contributing open-source deep learning tool Knet.jl

Research Assistant, Machine LearningJuly 2017-PresentArtificial Intelligence Laboratory, Koç University

I worked on morphological analysis and disambiguation task by deploying deep learning algorithms.
I am currently interested in visual-language grounding.

Research Assistant, Electrical Design & Software EngineerSept. 2016 – PresentArçelik Research Center for Creative Industries, Koç University

I designed and programmed a prototype of interactive mug with speech recognition and artificial intelligence capabilities. A paper based on the research was submitted to TEI Conference, 2017.

Research Assistant, Optical DesignFeb. 2014 - Jan. 2016Optical Microsystems Laboratory, Koç University

I designed an electro-mechanical system to take photos for 3D imaging. I worked on an optical cavity design project.

MorphNet: A Sequence-to-Sequence Model That Combines Morphological Analysis and Disambiguation2018Erenay Dayanık*, Ekin Akyürek*, Deniz Yuret (accepted to TACL)
Glance Mug: A Familiar Artefact to Support Opportunistic Search in Meetings2018Ahmet Börütecene, İdil Bostan, Ekin Akyürek, Alpay Sabuncuoğlu, İlker Temuzkuşu, Çağlar Genç, Tilbe Göksun, Oğuzhan Özcan

In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied  Interaction (TEI '18), ACM

Honors & Awards
Semifinalist2017HULT Prize, London

Hult Prize is a global $1M social entrepreneurship competition supported by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). As the team, we developed one of the two ideas chosen from Turkey. Our idea was geared to regain the dignity of 10M refugees, with a special focus on women and children.

2nd place2016Istanbul Technical University Robotics Olympics

Drone.NET, 2016

2nd place2016Yıldız Technical University Star Wars Robotics Competition

Drone.NET, 2016

Best Design Award2016TUBITAK UAV Competition, Istanbul

Our hexacopter drone (KUAV) won the Best Design Award in TUBITAK UAV Competition 2016. I was the head of the electronic design team.

Innovation Grant2014Koç University Learning and Teaching Office,Istanbul

Building a website to be used for Academic Writing courses in the university.

Vehbi Koç Scholar Award2014-2015-2016Koç University, Istanbul

Achieving an SPA over 3.5 for all semesters.   

Full-Merit Undergraduate Scholarship2013-2017Koç University, Istanbul

Covering full-tuition, accommodation and monthly stipend.    

TUBITAK Undergraduate Scholarship2013-2017TUBITAK, Ankara

Monthly stipend due to a bronze medal in IPHO 2013.

AP Scholar Award2013College Board, US,

Achieving 5/5 in 3 different subjects in AP (Advanced Placement) exams.   

Bronze Medal201344th International Physics Olympiad (IPHO), Denmark

I was one of the 5 members of the Turkey’s national team in 2013.

Gold medal201220th TUBITAK National Physics Olympiad, Ankara

I achieved one of the best score in the 20th National Physics Olympiad.

Work Experience
Digital Design Engineer InternJune - July 2017Aselsan, Ankara

I designed an interface on the FPGA board which drives specific IC circuits which are used in wireless communication.

Software Developer InternJune - August 2016Balfis LLC, Austin/Texas

I designed a Django web server for company’s cross-platform mobile application Piximony. I coded server-side communication part of the application, written in Ionic framework. I also added some features to mobile application. Piximony is a mobile application that allows its users to create questions about their pictures and share filtered pictures with their friends. Thus, they can make fun questions and remember their memories.

Full-Stack DeveloperJanuary - August 2016Molocate, Istanbul

I created the user interface and added backend communication functionality to the front-end application written in the Swift language.

Social Work
Volunteer2014-PresentMake a Wish Turkey, Istanbul

With a group of volunteering peers, we visited cities around the country to make the utmost dreams of the children with life threatening diseases. We raised funds and arranged events for children.  

Volunteering Teacher2013-2014Koc University Education Society, Koç University

I have given free lessons on weekends to secondary school kids from families with low socio-economical status to support with their classes.

Leadership & Club Activities
ChairmanJuly 2015- June 2016IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, IEEE Student Branch, Koç University

We held 5-week Arduino & Electronics Design Courses for the freshman engineering majors in the Koç University. We arranged 5-week Raspberry Pi Development Courses given by a Microsoft MVP which provided students with internship opportunities @ Microsoft. We organized Techno-Date which brings together students and tech startups. During the event students had the chance to listen-up numerous start-up journeys. We completed two projects with the team and appointed to local awards. These projects were Drone.NET and KUAV.

Board Member2014-PresentIEEE Student Branch, Koc University, Istanbul

We organized 12th IEEE Turkey Student & Young Professional Congress in 2015 with 400 IEEE members in Koç University. We organized “Bi’ Fikir Bi’ Şirket” which is a 2-day comprehensive event for students interested in technology enterprises and startups, including seminars, workshops and entertainment. The event also comprises a competition for startups to receive support from Koc Incubation Center.

Active Member2013-PresentKU Volunteers Club, Koç University, Istanbul

I have been involved in two branches of the society namely Make-A-Wish and KU Education Society.