Research




Multimodal Interaction and Human Machine Teaming
The research question is how humans and machines (computers, physical robots, virtual avatars) team together under various communication settings. A major aspect of this research is multimodal interaction, which focuses on communication through sensory modalities (vision, haptics) and communication by means of depictive representations (statistical graphs and diagrams). This research has been funded by several projects since 2012.

  • A gaze-mediated framework for multimodal Human Robot Interaction Gaze4HRI (2017-2020), Principal Investigator, funded by TUBITAK Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council Program 2549 Poland National R&D Center (NCBR) Bilateral Joint Program.
  • Multiuser Eyetracking Platform for Social Gaze (2017-2019), Principal Investigator, funded by TUBITAK Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council Program 1001 National Research Projects.
  • The Development of a Multiuser Eyetracking Platform for Social Interaction (2017-2018), Principal Investigator, funded by METU BAP Research Project Office.
  • The Investigation of Ocular Patterns in Social Interaction by Dual Eye Tracking (2017-2018), Principal Investigator, funded by METU BAP Research Project Office.
  • IRIS: Towards Natural Interaction and Communication funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Marie Curie action, Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (2014-2017), Project Partner, IRIS Project Webpage.
  • The Investigation of Cognitive Processes in Multimodal Communication (2012-2014), Principal Investigator, funded by METU BAP Research Project Office.

Eye Movements in Turkish Reading
The focus of the research is to investigate oculomotor and cognitive aspects of reading in Turkish. Our goal is to develop an eye movement corpus of Turkish reading. This research has been funded by several projects since 2014.

  • The Investigation of Cognitive Processes in Reading: Development of a Corpus of Turkish Reading Patterns for Eye Movement Control Modeling (2014-2017), Principal Investigator, funded by TUBITAK Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council Program 3501 Career Development Projects. TUREAD Project Webpage.
  • Evolution of reading in the age of Digitization (E-READ) (2014-2018), Member in EU COST IS1404 (2014-2018) Project Webpage.
  • The Role of Post-Treumatic Stress Disorder on Reading Patterns: An Experimental Investigation by Eye Movement Analysis (2013-2015), Principal Investigator, funded by METU BAP Research Project Office.

University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory
I contribute to the URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance Research Laboratory, which was established at Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University in 2009. The main objective of URAP is to develop a ranking system for the world universities based on academic performances as determined by quality and quantity of scholarly publications.

METU Human Computer Interaction Research Group & METU HCI Research and Application Laboratory
I am affiliated with METU Human Computer Interaction Research Group and METU Human Computer Interaction Research and Application Laboratory, both established in 2005 to conduct research on the nature of interaction between people and computers in order to enhance the design and utilization of more usable and humanly acceptable systems. The research group also has the goal to disseminate the importance of theoretical and practical issues of human-computer interaction in Turkey. The group, consisting members from diverse academic backgrounds such as instructional technology, education, cognitive science and computer science, is conducting behavioral and eye-tracking studies on cognitive, social, and pedagogical issues.