Ayşenur Akyüz Birtürk

Contact Information. 1

Scientific Interest Areas. 1

Education. 1

Experience. 2

Courses Taught 2

Theses Supervised. 3

Publications. 4

Honors and Awards. 10

Seminars. 10

Projects. 10

Memberships. 11

Personal Info. 11

Useful Links. 11

Other. 12

 

Contact Information

Middle East Technical University,
Dept. of Computer Engineering,

06531 Ankara-TURKEY

Office: A-303

Telephone: +90-312-210-5578
Fax: +90-312-210-5544
e-mail: birturk@ceng.metu.edu.tr

 

Scientific Interest Areas

Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Knowledge Engineering, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Data Mining, Expert Systems, Web Personalization, Recommender Systems.

Education

Basic Education:

Bahçelievler Deneme Lisesi, Ankara, Turkey, June 1980. (2nd in the rank)

Bachelor of Science:

Dept. of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, June 1985. (4th in the rank)

Master of Science:

Dept. of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, May 1988.

Thesis: A Model for Representing Concepts: Conceptual Dependency Theory.

Supervisor: Dr.Müren Gökeri.

Doctor of Philosophy:

Dept. of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, January 1998.

Thesis: A Computational Analysis of Turkish using the Government-Binding Approach.

Supervisor: Dr.Cem Bozşahin.

Experience

Programmer and Systems Expert: (September'85-September'89)

IsBank Computer Center, Ankara, Turkey.

Projects worked on this position include:

 

Research/Teaching Assistant: (September'89-February'94)

Middle East Technical University, Dept. of Computer Engineering, Turkey.

 

Instructor: (February'94- now)

Middle East Technical University, Dept. of Computer Engineering, Turkey.

            New Course(s) Developed:

·      Ceng 463 Introduction to Natural Language Processing

·      Ceng 414 Introduction to Data Mining

            Courses Taught:

·      Ceng 111 Introduction to Computer Engineering

·      Ceng 301 Programming in COBOL

·      Ceng 112/220/221Programming in Pascal

·      Ceng 200/210 Programming in Fortran

·      Ceng 230 C Programming

·      Ceng 301 Algorithms and Data Structures

·      Ceng 491-492 Senior Seminar and Project I&II

·      Ceng 223 Discrete Computational Structures

·      Ceng 280 Formal Languages and Abstract Machines

·      Ceng 356 Lisp and Prolog

·      Ceng 424 Logic for Computer Science

·      Ceng 463 Introduction to Natural Language Processing

·      Ceng 462 Artificial Intelligence

·      Ceng 561 Artificial Intelligence

·      Ceng 563 Computational Linguistics

·      Ceng 565 Theory of Computation

·      Ceng 568 Knowledge Engineering

·      Ceng 770 Advanced Data Mining

·      IDEA- C ile Bilgisayar Programcılığına Giriş

 

Summer Research Assistant: (June'96 - Nov'96 and June'97 - August'97)

NEC Research Institute, Inc., Computer Science Division, Princeton, NJ, USA;

worked with Dr.Sandiway Fong on PAPPI project, and developed a GB parser for Turkish.

 

Academic Intern: (July'98 - August'98)

NEC Research Institute, Inc., Computer Science Division, Princeton, NJ, USA;

worked on a finite state machine solution to Turkish compounds.

 

Theses Supervised

 

Publications

·      Ceyda Er Koksoy, Mehmet Baris Ozkan, Serkan Buhan, Turan Demirci, Aysenur Birturk, and Pinar Karagoz, Improved Wind Power Forecasting Using Combination Methods, Special session on Machine Learning in Energy Applications of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA'15), Miami, Florida, USA, December 9 – 11, 2015.

·      Yusuf Arslan, Aysenur Birturk, Sinan Eren, Basin Clustering of Turkey by Use of Monthly Stream-flow Data, Special session on Machine Learning in Energy Applications of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA'15), Miami, Florida, USA, December 9 – 11, 2015.

·      Ceyda Er Koksoy, Mehmet Baris Ozkan, Dilek Kucuk, Abdullah Bestil, Sena Sonmez, Serkan Buhan, Turan Demirci, Pinar Karagoz and Aysenur Birturk, Performance Analysis of Data Mining Techniques for Improving the Accuracy of Wind Power Forecast Combination, ECML/PKDD 2015, 3rd International Workshop on Data Analytics for Renewable Energy Integration (DARE'15), 6-11 September 2015, Porto, Portugal.

·      Fatih Gurcan, Aysenur Birturk, A Hybrid Movie Recommender using Dynamic Fuzzy Clustering, 30th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS 2015), 23-25 September 2015, London, UK. Book Chapter in Information Sciences and Systems 2015, Volume 363 of the series Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, pp 159-169, 04 August 2015, Editors: Omer H. Abdelrahman, Erol Gelenbe, Gokce Gorbil, Ricardo Lent. ISBN: 978-3-319-22634-7 (Print) 978-3-319-22635-4 (Online)

·      Elif Karatas, Baris Iyidir, and Aysenur Birturk, Ontology-based Software Requirements Reuse: Case Study in Fire Control SPL Domain, The 3rd InternationalWorkshop on Software Mining, In conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining ( ICDM 2014), Shenzhen, China, December 14-17, 2014.

·      Kemal Alecakir, Aysenur Birturk, Ontoloji Tabanlı Tıbbi Form Tasarim Aracı, accepted for oral presentation at Global Conference on Healthcare Systems Engineering  (GCHSE) 2014, Istanbul Technical University, Macka, Istanbul, Turkey, 5-8 August 2014 (withdrawn paper, since not registered).

·      Sayil Düzgün, Aysenur Birtürk, A Web-based Book Recommendation Tool for Reading Groups, The AAAI 2012 (The Twenty-Sixth Conference on Artificial Intelligence)  Workshop on Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization and Recommender Systems (ITWP 2012), 22-26 June 2012, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

·      Elif Kamer Karataş, Barış İyidir ve Ayşenur Birtürk. Yazılım Ürün Hattı Yaklaşımında Gereksinimlerin Yeniden Kullanımı: ASELSAN Deneyimi, 6.Ulusal Yazılım Mühendisliği Sempozyumu (UYMS 2012), 30 Mayıs-1 Haziran 2012.

·      Ipek TATLI, Aysenur BIRTURK, A Tag-based Hybrid Music Recommendation System Using Semantic Relations and Multi-domain Information, The Fifth ICDM Workshop on Mining Multiple Information Sources (MMIS’11), In conjunction with The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM-11), December 11-14, 2011, Vancouver, Canada.

·      Ipek TATLI, Aysenur BIRTURK, Using Semantic Relations in Context-based Music Recommendations, ACM RecSys'11 Workshop on Music Recommendation and Discovery  (WOMRAD’11), In conjunction with ACM RecSys 2011, 22-27 October 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

·      Sayil Duzgun, Aysenur Birturk, BoRGo: A Book Recommender for Reading Groups, accepted for oral presentation at ACM RecSys'11 Workshop on "Human Decision Making in Recommender Systems", In conjunction with the 5th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, 22-27 October 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA (withdrawn paper, since not registered).

·      Ugur Ceylan, Aysenur Birturk, Combining Feature Weighting and Semantic Similarity Measure for a Hybrid Movie Recommender System, The fifth International Workshop on Social Network Mining and Analysis (SNAKDD 2011), In conjunction with 17th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD-2011), August 21, 2011.

·      Ugur Ceylan, Aysenur Birturk, Content-boosted Collaborative Filtering Using Semantic Similarity Measure, 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST'11),  6-9 May 2011, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

·      Ipek Tatli, Aysenur Birturk. A Content-based Recommendation System for Music Domain Based on Tags. Accepted to eChallenges e-2010, 27-29 October 2010, Warsaw, Poland (withdrawn paper, since not registered).

·      Fatih Aksel, Aysenur Birtürk. Enhancing Accuracy of Hybrid Recommender Systems through Adapting the Domain Trends, The International Workshop on the Practical Use of Recommender Systems, Algorithms and Technologies (PRSAT 2010) in conjunction with the 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (ACM RecSys 2010), 26-30 September 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

·      Fatih Aksel, Aysenur Birtürk. An Adaptive Hybrid Recommender System that Learns Domain Dynamics, International Workshop on Handling Concept Drift in Adaptive Information Systems: Importance, Challenges and Solutions (HaCDAIS’2010) at the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases 2010 (ECML PKDD 2010), 20-24 September 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

·      Fatih Mehmet Guler, Aysenur BIRTURK, Natural Intelligence – Commonsense Question Answering with Conceptual Graphs, The 18th International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2010), 26-30 July 2010, Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA, in Conceptual Structures: From Information to Intelligence. M. Croitoru, S. Ferré,  D. Lukose (Eds.) : ICCS 2010, LNAI 6208, PP. 97-107,  Springer-Verlag, 2010.

·      Cakiroglu Seda, Birturk Aysenur, Suggest Me a Movie: A Multi-Client Movie Recommendation Application on Facebook, 25th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS 2010), 22-24 September 2010, London, UK (to be published in the Springer Lecture Notes on Electrical Engineering, LNEE).

·      Cakiroglu Seda, Birturk Aysenur, Suggest Me A Movie - Multi-Client Movie Recommendation Application on Facebook with Consideration of Virtual Social Profiles, accepted as a poster (4-pages paper) in the 6th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST’10), 7-10 April 2010, Valencia, Spain (withdrawn paper, since not registered).

·      Azak Mustafa,  Birturk Aysenur, CrosSing Framework: A Dynamic Infrastructure to Develop Knowledge-Based Recommenders in Cross Domains, 6th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST’10), 7-10 April 2010, Valencia, Spain.

·      Sunercan Omer, Birturk Aysenur,  Wikipedia Missing Link Discovery: A Comparative Study, AAAI Spring Symposium on Linked Data Meets Artificial Intelligence (Linked AI 2010), March 22-24, 2010, Stanford, CA.

·      Birturk Aysenur Akyuz, Fong Sandiway, A Computational Analysis of Turkish In the Principles and Parameters Framework, 4th Language & Technology Conference:Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics (LTC’09), November 6-8, 2009, Poznań, Poland.

·      Fatih Aksel, Aysenur Birturk, A Hybrid Movie Recommendation System, eChallenges e-2009 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds), IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-905824-13-7.

·      Mustafa Azak, Aysenur Birturk, CrosSing: A Framework to Develop Single and Cross Domain Recommenders, eChallenges e-2009 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds), IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-905824-13-7.

·      Omer Sunercan, Aysenur Birturk, Enriching Wikipedia Link Structure Using Links and Categories, eChallenges e-2009 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds), IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-905824-13-7.

·      Soner Kara, Aysenur Birturk, TurkSum: A Generic Turkish Text Summarizer using Relevance Measure, eChallenges e-2009 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds), IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-905824-13-7.

·      Fatih Mehmet Guler, Aysenur BIRTURK, A Conceptual Graph Based Question Answering System, In the Workshop on Graph Structures For Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (GKR 2009) at the Twenty-first International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-09), July 11-17, 2009,  Pasadena, California, USA.

·      Oznur KIRMEMIS, Aysenur BIRTURK, A Content-Based User Model Generation and Optimization Approach for Movie Recommendation, In 6th Workshop on Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization & Recommender Systems at the Twenty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-08), 13-17 July 2008,  Chicago, Illinois.

·      Oznur KIRMEMIS, Aysenur BIRTURK, A User Controlled Content Based Movie Recommender with Explanation and Negative Feedback, In 4th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST '08), 4-7 May 2008, Funchal, Portugal.

·      Selcuk Kopru, Adnan Yazici, Tolga Ciloglu, Aysenur Birturk, Coupling speech recognition and rule-bases machine translation with chart parsing; The Language and Speech Technology Conference, LangTech 2008, 28-29 February 2008, Rome, Italy.

·      Oznur KIRMEMIS, Aysenur BIRTURK, A Content Based Movie Recommendation  System, in Expanding the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case  Studies, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham(Eds), IOS Press, 2007  Amsterdam, ISBN 978-1-58603-801-4; eChallenges 2007, 24-26 October  2007, The Hague, The Netherlands.

·      Ozgen Canan, Aysenur Birturk, Motion Economy and Planning, Proc. of 16th Int. Conf. on Automated Planning and Scheduling(ICAPS'06), Cumbria, UK, June 6-10, 2006.

·      Birturk Aysenur Akyuz, Fong Sandiway, "A Modular Approach to Turkish Noun Compounding: The Integration of a Finite-State Model", 6th Natural Language Processing Pacific Rim Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, November 2001.

·      Birturk Aysenur Akyuz, "A Cascaded Finite State Machine for Parsing Turkish Noun Compounds", The Sixteenth International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences", Antalya, Turkey, November 2001.

·      Birturk Aysenur, "Turkcenin Yonetim ve Baglama Kurami Yaklasimi ile Bilgisayarla Cozumlenmesi", Yuvarlak Masa Toplantisi (Bilgisayarla Dogal Dil Islemleme - K.Oflazer, U.Turan, A.Birturk, C.Bozsahin) Bildirisi, XII. Dilbilim Kurultayi Bildirileri, 14-16 Mayis 1998, Mersin Universitesi, 259-280.

·      Birturk Aysenur, Fong Sandiway, Bozsahin Cem, "A Computational Model of Verb Incorporation in Turkish", NEC Research Institute, Inc. Technical Report, TR#97-025, January 31, 1997.

·      Birturk Aysenur, Tolun Mehmet, "Öğrenen Bilgisayarlar II (Machine Learning II)", Bilişim, March 1994.

·      Birturk Aysenur, Tolun Mehmet, "Öğrenen Bilgisayarlar I (Machine Learning I)", Bilişim, February 1994.

·      Birturk Aysenur, Akman Varol, "Uzman Sistemler, Yonetim Bilgi Sistemleri- Yapay Zekanin Firmalarin Mali Tahlilinde Kullanilmasi (Expert Systems and Financial Analysis of Firms)", 7.Turkiye Bilgisayar Kongresi Bildirileri, İstanbul, 79-85, 28-30 May 1990.

Honors and Awards

Seminars

Projects

 

·      Project Consultant, FormAnalitik - Elektronik Hasta Kaydı Tabanlı Akıllı Form Tasarım Aracı Geliştirme Projesi , TUBITAK 1507 – KOBİ Ar-Ge Başlangıç Destek Programı, 7120419, 01/7/ 2012 – 31/12/2013, Vadora Yazılım Bilişim Eğitim Danışmanlık Tic. A.Ş.

·      Project Consultant, Açık Alan Soru Cevaplama Sistemi, TUBITAK-TEYDEP 1512, 2120039, 1-31/12/2013, PragmaCraft Yazılım Limited Şirketi.

·      Project Consultant, RETAILLIGENCE – PERAKENDE SEKTÖRÜ YAKIN, YATKIN, YETKİN İNSAN KAYNAĞI DEĞERLENDİRME, YÖNLENDİRME ve YÖNETME, İŞ PLATFORMU (YYY Platformu), TUBITAK 1507 – KOBİ Ar-Ge Başlangıç Destek Programı, 7140324, 01/01/2015 – 31/08/2015, ELBA BİLGİSAYAR SİSTEMLERİ MÜŞ. ARAŞ. TİC VE SAN. LTD. ŞTİ.

·      Project Consultant, Bulut Tabanlı Akıllı Veri Analiz, Görselleme ve Paylaşım Yazılımı – BAVAG, TUBITAK 1507 – KOBİ Ar-Ge Başlangıç Destek Programı, 7141037, 01/12/2014 – 01/06/2016, KALİTTE PROFESYONEL BİLGİ TEK. BASIM VE YAYIN. LTD. ŞTİ.

Memberships

Personal Info

Foreign Language

            English.

Useful Links

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Favourite Quotations

 

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
-Albert Einstein

Ya olduğun gibi görün, ya göründüğün gibi ol. Either exist as you are or be as you look.

-Mevlana


Some years ago, someone wrote a book called "The Seven Laws of Money." One of the "laws" went something like this: "Do good work and don't worry about money; it will come along as a side effect." Whether or not that's true of money, I don't know, but in my experience, it's true of credit for scientific work. Just make sure you keep working at important problems, enjoying a life of science, and don't worry so much about credit. You will probably get what you deserve -- as a side effect.
-Nils Nilsson

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)

Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
-Oscar Wilde

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
-Anna Quindlen

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
-David McCullough

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success - yours or his.
-Franklin P. Jones

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'
- Helen Hayes

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
-Thomas A. Edison


…
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
-Oscar Wilde