Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Burak Acar, PhD

Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Acar received his PhD in electrical and electronics engineering, from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2000, on Electrocardiogram (ECG) signal processing and analysis. He worked at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK and at Stanford Medical School, Dept. of Radiology, CA, USA. He joined Bogazici University in 2003, where he is currently an Associate Professor of EE and director of VAVlab. His research interests cover 2D/3D video/image processing, image analysis, medical decision support systems, search & retrieval, medical imaging simulations, brain network analysis via fMRI/dMRI. He is currently running the interdisciplinary “Composite Network Modeling Of Neurological/Psychiatric Disorders and Application to Alzheimer’s Disease” project in collaboration with Koc University, Istanbul University and DKFZ. He has several journal / conference papers and 7 US patents, receiving over 2000 citations. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from Bogazici University Foundation (2006), the Young Researcher Award from Turkish Academy of Sciences (2008) and was a German DFG Mercator Visiting Professor at TU Munich in 2012-2013.

Ahmet Ademoğlu, PhD

Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ahmet Ademoğlu received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1987), his M.S (1990) and Ph.D (1995) in Biomedical Engineering all from Bogazici University. After doing his postdoctoral study at the University Texas in Houston, he joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 1997 where he has been serving as a professor to this day. His research is focused on neuroimaging with EEG and fMRI.

Selen Atasoy, PhD

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Selen Atasoy obtained her Ph.D. in medical imaging jointly at the Technical Universtiy of Munich and Imperial College London. She then held a postdoctoral research position at the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, where she started her work in experimental and computational neuroscience exploring neural correlates of consciousness. Currently she is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Brain and Cognition, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, working with Gustavo Deco (UPF), Joel Pearson (UNSW) and Morten Kringelbach (Unversity of Oxford).
She has been awarded TUM Graduate School of Information Science in Health Ph.D. Fellowship, BMEP Biomedical Sciences Exchange Scholarship and currently holds Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Her research focuses on exploring the neural correlates of consciousness, spontaneous neural activity in resting state and sleep using fMRI and MEG. She also explores the relation between functional networks of the human brain and the human connectome using computational models and the mathematical framework of harmonic patterns– ubiquitous in various physical and biological phenomena.

Jorge Cardoso, PhD

University College London, London, UK

Dr. Cardoso will not be able to attend the workshop.

Jorge Cardoso is lecturer in quantitative neuroradiology at CMIC. He has a PhD from UCL, a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Minho University, Portugal. His expertise lies on the development of novel algorithms for imaging biomarker extraction. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications, including 50 journal papers. He is the technical lead of the Quantitative Neuroradiology Initiative (QNI), which aims to extract from clinical neuro-images robust and accurate objective measures that support diagnosis, follow-up and treatment, and integrate them into neuroradiological workflow systems (PACS/RIS). He is also the main developer of NiftySeg, a popular open source package for image segmentation (niftyseg.sf.com) with more than 4000+ downloads, and a founder of brainminer ltd., an SBRI funded start-up that aims to bring imaging biomarkers to help the diagnosis, prognosis and management of neurodegenerative diseases to clinical practice.

Tamer Demiralp, MD

I.U. Hulusi Behçet Life Sciences Research Laboratory, Neuroimaging Unit, Istanbul, Turkey

After studying medicine at Istanbul Faculty of Medicine of Istanbul University, Tamer Demiralp received M.Sc. degree from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Bogazici University. He specialized in Neurophysiology at the Department of Physiology of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, where he currently works as a professor. With DAAD, NATO and Alexander von Humboldt grants he worked as visiting researcher at the laboratories of Erol Basar, John Polich and Christoph Herrmann. Between 1993 and 1996 he took part in the establishment of the Brain Dynamics Research Unit of Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK). He acted as the president of the Brain Research Society-Turkey between 2004 and 2006 and as the director of the Institute for Health Sciences of Istanbul University between 2009 and 2011. His interest of research is multimodal imaging of cognitive functions. He is currently leading the Neuroimaging unit of the Hulusi Behcet Life Sciences Research Laboratory at Istanbul University.

I. Hakan Gurvit, MD

Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine (Capa), Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Gurvit received his M.D. degree from Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1983, completed his neurology residency training in 1991 at the Neurology Department of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. This included a 6-month rotation at the Behavioral Neurology Unit of Harvard University at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, USA with Dr. M.-Marsel Mesulam. He became an instructor in neurology at Neurology Department of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1992. His research interests became focused in behavioral neurology and clinical neuropsychology. In 1995, he became a co-founder of the Behavioral Neurology and Movement Disorders Unit at the department. Thenceforth his routine clinical practice has mainly been with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients. He became an associate professor in 1997 and full professor in 2009. He was among the founders of Turkish Alzheimer’s Association and Turkish Brain Research Association (served as the vice-president of the former and president of the latter). He became the head of the Behavioral Neurology and Movement Disorders Unit in 2009 and chairman of the Department of Neurology in 2013.

Alkan Kabakcioglu, PhD

Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Kabakcioglu is a statistical physicist whose research is situated at the interface of physics with biology. He received his undergraduate and M.Sc. degrees from Bilkent University, Turkey in electrical engineering (1990) and theoretical physics (1993), respectively. After completing his Ph.D. work in statistical physics of random systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999), he did postdoctoral studies on physics of biomolecules at Weizmann Institute of Science and Padova University. Since 2005, he is a faculty member in the department of physics at Koc University, Istanbul. Dr. Kabakcioglu’s recent research interests include organization principles of complex networks and non/equilibrium aspects of biopolymer physics.

Hans-Peter Meinzer, PhD

DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Meinzer will not be able to attend the workshop.

Hans-Peter Meinzer studied physics and economics at Karlsruhe University and obtained a MS and a BS in 1973. He received a doctorate from Heidelberg University in computer science (formal languages) (1983) and habilitation (cell growth simulation) (1987). Today he is a professor at the Heidelberg University on medical computer science and head of the department Medical and Biological Informatics at the German Cancer Research Center. Since 1983 he has been directing a research team specializing in the processing of 3D medical images. The present focus of his work is on 3D segmentation algorithms, intraoperative navigation and mobile embedded systems to improve diagnostic and treatment methods.

Ali Yener Mutlu, PhD

İzmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey

He received his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Boğaziçi University (Turkey) in 2008 and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University (USA) in 2012. He has been working on the theory and applications of statistical signal processing algorithms, in particularly, using non-stationary signal analysis and graph theoretical approaches. His research focused on the study of functional networks in the human brain that addressed the problem of quantifying relationships among different sites of the brain based on electroencephalogram (EEG) data for a better understanding of psycho-pathological diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. As a result of his academic success at MSU, he received “College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award” in 2012. Apart from his academic studies, he worked at General Electric (GE) Global Research Center, USA to develop signal processing algorithms for reducing false alarm rates of patient monitoring devices in Intensive Care Units of hospitals.

After completing his PhD and before joining Izmir University of Economics, he worked as a senior R&D Strategist at NETAŞ Telecommunication where he brought innovative ideas, designed project architectures, prepared project proposals for Horizon 2020 and EUREKA (Celtic Plus and ITEA clusters) funding programs. He acted as the project manager and coordinator of the first European Union project of NETAŞ.

Kader Karli Oguz, MD

Hacettepe University & UMRAM, Ankara, Turkey

Kader Karli Oguz is a professor at the Department of Radiology in Hacettepe University. She has completed her medical education and residency also in Hacettepe University and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Neuroradiology and MR Research Lab of Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Johns Hopkins University in 2001. She was granted professorship in 2010 at the Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology Section in Hacettepe University. She worked as a visiting professor in Bilkent University during 2011-2012 and has been an affiliated professor in the National Magnetic Resonance Research Centre (UMRAM) of Bilkent University since then. She is the senior faculty in neuroradiology section in Hacettepe University.

Her research interests are neurodegenerative diseases, inherited neurometabolic and developmental diseases, epilepsy and stroke. She was a section editor in ‘Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology’ in between 2011-2015 editor. She has been a member of European Imaging Biomarker Alliance (EIBALL) under European Society of Radiology for 2 years. She is also leading Pediatric Neuroradiology Study Group of Turkish Society Neuroradiology. She published over 120 articles and acted as a reviewer of many highly regarded international journals on Neuroradiology. She is the PI and/or researcher of ongoing TUBİTAK and EU projects on neuroradiology and neuroscience.

Emre Özdal, MSc

Siemens Healthcare, Turkey

Mr. Emre Özdal (M.Sc.) has received his Bachelors degree from Bogaziçi University , Computer Engineering Department in 2005. Attended Masters Degree Program in Bogazici University Biomedical Engineering Department afterwards and graduated in 2011 with Thesis about X-Ray Fused MRI Imaging Techniques. He has academic experience as Researcher in Bogazici University Biomedical Engineering Insititute and as Fellow Researcher in National Hearth, Blood, Lung Institute (NIH). He had been working in Siemens Healthcare for 1,5 Years and he is responsible for Healthcare Information Systems Business and Project Management in Turkey. He also pursues PhD at Bogazici University Biomedical Engineering Institute.

Mert R. Sabuncu, PhD

Harvard University, Boston, USA

Mert R. Sabuncu is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Mert completed his postdoctoral training with the medical vision group at MIT CSAIL. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in 2006. Mert’s research aims to develop computational tools that allow us to draw inferences from biomedical image data, particularly in the context of neurology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, as well as in relationship with other data modalities, such as genetics and clinical variables.

Jorge Sepulcre, MD, PhD

Harvard University, Boston, USA

Jorge Sepulcre is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on brain imaging studies aiming at the understanding of large-scale brain networks implicated in human cognition and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. He uses functional connectivity MRI, PET imaging and graph theory techniques to untangle the connectome of the human brain.