Research



I have two research groups that conduct studies in collaboration with external partners.

  • METU Multimodal INTeraction and Communication Research Group
  • Multimodal Interaction Research Group focuses on human-computer interaction and communication through sensory modalities (vision, haptics) and communication by means of depictive representations (statistical graphs and diagrams). The group aims at developing accessible and affordable multimodal interfaces within the framework of the project “IRIS: Towards Natural Interaction and Communication”. IRIS is an EU project that is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Marie Curie action, Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP), grant agreement nº 610986 (2014-2017).
    Research Group webpage (under construction)
    IRIS Project Webpage

  • METU Reading Research Group
  • Reading Research Group studies cognitive aspects of reading in Turkish. The group aims at developing an eye movement corpus of Turkish reading within the framework of the project “The Investigation of Cognitive Processes in Reading: Development of a Corpus of Turkish Reading Patterns for Eye Movement Control Modeling” partially funded by TUBITAK (2014-2017).
    Research Group webpage (under construction)

I am affiliated with the following research groups and labs at METU.

  • METU Human Computer Interaction Research Group
  • METU Human-Computer Interaction Research Group (METU-HCI), established in 2005,
    aims to research 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.
    METU HCI Research Group Webpage

  • METU Human Computer Interaction Research and Application Laboratory
  • Human-Computer Interaction Research and Application Laboratory is a medium established to carry out the studies which are mentioned above and the lab consists of an experimentation and a control room. During the experiment, it is possible to get a feedback by recording the image of the user, the eye movements, and the monitor screen shots, so as to evaluate the applicability of any given software.
    METU Human Computer Interaction Research and Application Laboratory Webpage

  • University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory
  • University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory was established at Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University in 2009. Main objective of URAP is to develop a ranking system for the world universities based on academic performances which determined by quality and quantity of scholarly publications. In line with this objective yearly World Ranking of 2000 Higher Education Institutions have been released since 2010.
    URAP Research Laboratory Webpage

 

Theses
2017 (advisor, M.Sc.) The effects of word length and suffixation on eye movement control in Turkish Reading by Tugce Nur Bozkurt. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2017 (advisor, M.Sc.) Perceptual Span in Turkish Reading: A Study on Parafoveal Information Intake by Zuhal Ormanoglu. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2017 (advisor, M.Sc.) The Use and Acceptance of Information Communication Technologies by Senior Citizens: A Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) for Turkish Population by Hacer Güner. Information Sciences Program, METU.

2017 (advisor, M.Sc.) Comparing Mobile Game Interaction Methods in terms of Player Engagement: Gaze and Voice Commanded Control Method vs. Touchscreen Controls by Cagkan Uludagli. Game Technologies Program, METU.

2016 (advisor, M.Sc.) Arithmetic Word Problems Achievements in Adults: The Role of Working Memory by Fatma Iskin Demirel. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2016 (advisor, M.Sc.) Group Eye Tracking by Ozan Deniz. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2016 (advisor, M.Sc.) Effect of Goal Orientation and Different Human-Computer Interaction Modalities on Users’ Engagement by Mehmetcan Fal. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2015 (advisor, M.Sc.) Simplification in Graph Sketching: A Comparison of Rule Based Graph Generation and Human Sketching by Ceren Kerimoglu. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2015 (advisor, M.Sc.) Automated Coherence Detection with Term-Distance Path Extraction of the Co-Occurrence Matrix of a Document by Halil Agin. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2015 (co-advisor, M.sc.) Comparison of Unforeseen Mobile Malware Detection Methods by Using Machine Learning Techniques and Static Analysis with Respect to Resilience by Nuray Baltaci. Information Systems Program, METU.

2014 (advisor, M.Sc.) The Effect of Luminance and Context-Dependent Brightness on Contrast Perception by Zahide Pamir. Cognitive Science Program, METU (external advisor: Dr. Hüseyin Boyacı).

2014 (advisor, M.Sc.) Communication through Diagrams: Division of Labor between Gestures and Arrows by Melda Coskun. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2014 (advisor, M.Sc.) Frequency and Length Effects of Words on Fixation Durations in Turkish Sentence Reading by Emine Eren. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2013 (co-advisor, M.Sc.) Investigating the Comprehensibility of Controlled Turkish and Visual Representation by Muge Canpolat Sahin. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2012 (co-advisor, M.Sc.) An Experimental Study on Abstract Anaphora Resolution in Turkish Written Discourse by Rabia Ergin Somer. Cognitive Science Program, METU.

2012 (advisor, M.Sc.) The Effects of Coherence of the Image Used in the Graphical Password Scheme in Terms Of Usability and Security by Ulku Arslan Aydin. Cognitive Science Program, METU.