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Prof Dr. Kemal Leblebicioğlu
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Kemal Leblebicioğlu is a full professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of METU since 1999. He has a background in optimization, optimal control theory, computer vision, intelligent systems, flight control, walking robots and unmanned vehicles. He got a Ph.D. from the Mathematics Department of Middle East Technical University, on 1988, His Ph.D. thesis is "An Optimal Control Problem with Nonlinear Elliptic State Equations". He is in several IFAC technical committees. He was the editor of the Journal “ELEKTRIK” published by TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council) from 1996 to 2009. He is in the editorial board of several Turkish technical journals. He conducted several R&D projects as project leader and researcher, gave consultancy to several civilian and government research centers. Nowadays he makes research on decision making systems and on unmanned vehicles, in particular, unmanned air and underwater vehicles. He is the director of unmanned sea vehicles division of METU/Biltir Center. Additionally, He is one of the co-owners and co-partners of the company Desistek which is specialized in unmanned sea vehicles, in particular ROVs and buoys
Prof. Dr. Ferat SAHIN, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Ferat Sahin received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In September 2000, he joined Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is a Professor. He is also the director of Multi Agent Bio-Robotics Laboratory at RIT. His current research interests are System of Systems Simulation and Modeling, Swarm Intelligence, Robotics, MEMS Materials Modeling, MEMS-based Microrobots, Micro Actuators, Distributed Computing, Decision Theory, Pattern Recognition, Distributed Multi-agent Systems, and Structural Bayesian Network Learning. In addition to conference and journal publications in these areas, he is also the co-author of two books: “Experimental and Practical Robotics” and “Intelligent Control Systems with an Introduction to System of Systems Engineering” by CRC Press. Dr. Sahin has been a reviewer for leading journals and conferences in both the IEEE and other organizations. He serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering and as an Associate Editor for IEEE Systems Journal and AutoSoft Journal. He is a member of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Robotics and Automation Society, and Computational Intelligence Society.
Locally, Dr. Sahin has served as Secretary (2003) and section Vice-chair (2004 and 2005) in the IEEE Rochester Section. He has also been the Faculty Advisor of IEEE student chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2003. He has served as the Student Activities chair for the IEEE SMC Society in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was the Secretary of the IEEE SMC Society from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Sahin received an “Outstanding Contribution Award” for his service as the SMC Society Secretary. He also served as the Treasurer of the IEEE SMC Society in 2011. He is also a member of the SMC Strategic Opportunities and Initiatives Committee and the SMC Technical Committee on System of Systems Engineering. He was the Publication Co-Chair for the IEEE SMC International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SOSE 2007),as the Technical Co-chair of the IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SOSE 2008 and SOSE 2009), and the general chair of SOSE 2011 conference and is the general co-chair of SoSE2013.
Prof. Dr. Cengiz TAPLAMACIOĞLU, Gazi University, Turkey
Dr. M.Cengiz TAPLAMACIOGLU graduated from Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gazi University (Ankara, Turkey). He received the degrees of M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Gazi University and in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU- Ankara, Turkey) and received the degree of Ph.D. in Electrical, Electronics and System Engineering from University of Wales (Cardiff, UK). He has been a full time Professor of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering since 2000. His research interests and subjects are power systems, high voltage engineering, corona discharge and modeling, electrical field computation, measurement and modeling techniques, optical HV measurement techniques, power systems optimization and control, protection systems , lighting technics and applications.