Summary

A mechatronics engineer passionate about the applications of artificial intelligence on robotics. Acquired a BSc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Bahçeşehir University, joining the first class of alumni from its Robotics group. Currently an MSc. student, Graduate Teaching Assistant and member of the Cognitive Robotics group of Sabancı University.


Experience

Feb '17 - Current
Research Assistant
Cognitive Robotics Laboratory (Sabancı University)
Developed and implemented a novel algorithm to attack the Object Placement problem. Created several ROS modules for the Baxter robot, including vision, pick-and-place, and real-time Bullet physics simulation integration. Implemented SLAM on Lego MindStorms EV3. Prepared and executed robotics demos to encourage high-school students towards robotics and AI.
Feb '17 - Current
Teaching Assistant
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (Sabancı University)
Held recitation sessions to assist teaching, held office hours for after-class help for students, invigilated and corrected exams for MATH203: Intro. to Probability.
Oct '16 - Feb '17
Customer Experience Specialist
MCAN Health
Headed hair transplant operations management, developed system for the acceptance of new patients, coordinated personally between patients and several different departments of the company to create the best possible experience.
Jul '16 - Oct '16
Real Estate Broker
Istanbulline Investment
Developed part of the company identity, generated leads using directed advertisements on social networking platforms, matched international customers with market offers.
Feb '15 - Jun '15
Student Assistant
International Office (Bahçeşehir University)
Assisted in the application and registration of international students, supported staff in receiving important figures to the university, aided collaboration between several departments of the university and International Office.
Feb '14 - Dec '14
Writer
Yabangee
Contributed bi-weekly original content relative to student life in Istanbul, conducted interviews, took part in developing the identity of the student sub-publication.

Education

Feb '17 - Current
MSc, Mechatronics Engineering
Sabancı University
Conducted research focused on the object placement problem as part of the Cognitive Robotics group; developed and implemented novel algorithms in the context of mechatronics and robotics. Member of the Music, Dance, Outdoor Sports, and International clubs.
GPA: 3.65
Thesis: [Unavailable]
Main Topics: Robotics, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence.
Sep '12 - Jan '16
BSc, Mechatronics Engineering
Bahçeşehir University
Represented the university in national engineering competitions in teams; created new system designs as part of teams and individually. Successfully lobbied university policy change as co-founder of the International club, member of the Mechatronics club.
GPA: 3.35
Capstone Project: Robotic Hand Control with Generic Glove.
Main Topics: Machine Design, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, System Integraion, Robotics.
Sep '11 - Jun '12
GCE A-level
The Westminster School
Participated in debate team for 2 years; hosted a mathemagic competition; gave lectures to younger classes; acted in two skits (one of which I co-wrote); took part in various writing competitions; delivered multiple speeches on stage; co-managed and co-planned multiple events; co-managed security for large open-to-all event; was in ICT, chess, environmental and writing clubs; was very active as a member in the student and class councils.
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

Publications

IAT 2018
PID-Controlled Laparoscopic Appendectomy Device
A Dabbour, A Şabanoviç, M Elitaş
A novel multifunctional laparoscopy tool intended for robotic-assisted surgery is motorized and a control architecture using a set of simple PID controllers is developed.

Projects

Dec '18 - Jan '19
Amca
Machine Learning
A Backgammon AI agent and environment for benchmarking reinforcement learning.
Nov '18 - Jan '19
Robotic Tic-Tac-Toe
An unbeatable AI agent, using the minimax algorithm, integrated with the Baxter robot and its cameras that enables playing Tic-Tac-Toe.
Jul '18 - Jul '18
Robotic Imagination
The Baxter robot uses its cameras to identify simple objects and communicates with the Bullet physics engine via ROS to generate the environment it sees in live simulation.
Apr '17 - Jun '17
Hand Gesture Recognition
Digital Image Processing
Software that quickly and robustly recognizes hand gestures using a novel architecture centered around the KCF tracking filter.
Oct '15 - Dec '15
Robotic Rock-Paper-Scissors
Introduction to Robotics
Computer Vision algorithm that recognizes hand gestures integrated with the Allegro Hand robot that enables playing Rock-Paper-Scissors.
May '14 - Aug '14
ARABAU
TÜBİTAK Efficiency Challenge
A lightweight, aerodynamic chassis and outer design for an electric car.
Oct '13 - Nov '13
3D-Printable Drone
10th International METU Robot Days
A light multicopter that can be completely built using a limited home 3D printer.

Honors

Feb '17
Full Scholarship
Sabancı University
Awarded for academic excellence in support of my graduate studies.
Jun '14, Jan '15, Jan '16
High Honor Roll (x3)
Bahçeşehir University
A per-semester full tuition waiver awarded for very high academic excellence.
Jan '13, Jun '13, Jan '14, Jun '15
Honor Roll (x4)
Bahçeşehir University
Awarded for academic excellence on a per-semester basis.
Jun '15
BISC Participation
Bahçeşehir University
Awarded for active leadership in the International Student Community.