Cengiz Acartürk’s Webpage

Welcome to my webpage!
I am a faculty member at the Cognitive Science Program of the Informatics Institute, Middle East Technical University. My current research interests cover eye tracking applications, including eye movement control in Turkish reading, algorithms for eye movement event detection, and multimodal interaction design (cf. gaze, gesture, haptics and speech). I teach graduate courses on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Visual Cognition and Psychology of Reading.


(April 2017)
The lab team has an accepted paper at CogSci 2017
The Role of Letter Frequency on Eye Movements in Sentential Pseudoword Reading
The paper will be available for download soon.

(April 2017)
The lab team has an accepted paper at The 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics (CybConf 2017)
A Gaze-Centered Multimodal Approach to Human-Human Social Interaction
The paper will be available for download soon.

(April 2017)
We have an accepted paper at the 22nd International Conference on Natural Language & Information Systems – NLDB 2017
Does the Strength of Sentiment Matter? A Regression based Approach on Turkish Social Media.
I think twitter has already been a new generation of data provider for NLP studies in many languages.

(April 2017)
We had the the 4th Symposium on International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science (ISBCS) on April 30, 2017 at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. It has been great pleasure to meet Shimon Ullman, Suresh Manandhar, Levent Akin and Deniz Yüret in person.

(April 2017)
The lab team has organised a symposium on Eye movement control modelling in Turkish reading (EyeTR 2017) on April 8, 2017 at METU, Ankara, Turkey. It has been a crowded event, full of researchers working on various aspects of eye tracking, including reading, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, dyslexia, and other interesting topics such as newspaper reading. It was nice to bring us together!

(April 2017)
I had a talk on artificial intelligence at Hasan Ünal Nalbantoğlu Sempozyumu VI. on April 5, 2017 at METU, Ankara, Turkey. Students and researchers from sociology departments are more interested in AI than you may think..

(February 2017)
We organised a round table on Eye Tracking in Reading Research at International Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL 2016) on February 24, 2017 at Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey. It was a good experience to share our research on eye movement patterns in reading with the international linguistics community.

(February 2017)
I had a talk on eye tracking at Cankaya University Cognitive Psychology Day on February 23, 2017 at Cankaya University, Ankara, Turkey. The title of the talk was “Eye tracking methods for understanding cognitive processes: Opportunities and Limitations”. Many students and researchers from psychology departments, interested in eye tracking, that’s cool..

(February 2017)
I had a talk on artificial intelligence at ODTU DAS 5 on February 17, 2017 at METU, Ankara, Turkey. The title of the talk was “The Artificial Intelligence Method of Learning: No Magic but Mathematics”. That was a public talk, nice to see the crowd interested in AI.

(October 2016)
The lab team gave a talk at at the colloquium on multiple eye tracker classrooms at Lund University, Sweden on October 27, 2016. The title of the talk was “Group Eye Tracking (GET) Paradigm for Social Cognition Research.” It is nice to see people working on group eye tracking, which will be a prolific research paradigm soon.

(September 2016)
I will be teaching the following courses in Fall 2016-2017 at METU Cognitive Science:
– COGS514 Cognition and Machine Learning (syllabus)
– COGS553 Psychology of Reading (syllabus)

(May 2016)
I gave a tutorial session on eye tracking methodology at the 14th National Conference on Neuroscience on May 25, 2017 at Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey. It was a nice experience to talk about eye tracking to the researchers from medicine departments.

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