Education and Work Experience

Sep 2017
Present
Postdoctoral Researcher - Affect Analysis Group, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Sep 2013
Aug 2017
Ph.D. - Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University
(4.00 / 4.00)
Jul 2016
Sep 2016
Visiting Ph.D. Student - Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics Group, TU Delft
Sep 2011
Sep 2013
M.Sc. - Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University
(4.00 / 4.00)
Sep 2007
Jun 2011
B.Sc. - Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University
(3.83 / 4.00)
High Honour student, 3rd place

Research Interests

  • Pattern Recognition & Machine Learning
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Image Processing

Research Projects

2014 - 2016 TUBITAK Project 1003 - 114E045: Multi-layered cognitive learning model
2013 - 2015 TUBITAK Project 1001 - 112E315: Local voxel networks for modeling and classification of brain activity during cognitive processing, using brain signals
2011 - 2013 HAVELSAN Video Analysis System (HVAS)

Publications

  • I. Onal Ertugrul, M. Ozay, F. T. Yarman Vural, “Hierarchical Multi-resolution Mesh Networks for brain decoding”, Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11682-017-9774-z
  • I. Onal Ertugrul, H. Dibeklioglu, “What will your future child look like? Modeling and Synthesis of Hereditary Patterns of Facial Dynamics”, IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG), 2017 Oral presentation)
  • I. Onal, M. Ozay, E. Mizrak, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, “A New Representation of fMRI Signal by a Set of Local Meshes for Brain Decoding”, IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks (T-SIPN), 2017
  • A. M. Ertugrul, I. Onal, C. Acarturk, “Does the Strength of Sentiment Matter? A Regression Based Approach on Turkish Social Media”, International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB), 2017
  • A. Afrasiyabi, I. Onal Ertugrul, F. T. Yarman Vural, “A Sparse Temporal Mesh Model for Brain Decoding”, 15th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC), 2016
  • I. Onal, M. Ozay, F. T. Yarman Vural, “Functional Mesh Model with Temporal Measurements for Brain Decoding”, 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015
  • I. Onal, M. Ozay, F. T. Yarman Vural, “Modeling Voxel Connectivity for Brain Decoding”, International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging (PRNI) 2015.
  • I. Onal, A. Temizel, F. T. Yarman Vural, “Spatial and Temporal Feature Extraction for Brain Decoding using CUDA”, GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2015.
  • I. Onal, E. Aksan, B. Velioglu, O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, “A Brain Network for Cognitive State Analysis ” IEEE 23rd Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU), 2015. (in Turkish)
  • O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Onal, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Enhancing Local Linear Models Using Functional Connectivity for Brain State Decoding", International Journal of Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence (IJCINI), 2014.
  • I. Onal, E. Aksan, B. Velioglu, O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Modeling the Brain Connectivity for Pattern Analysis", 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2014
  • O. Firat, I. Onal, E. Aksan, B. Velioglu, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Large Scale Functional Connectivity For Brain Decoding", 11th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (BioMed), 2014.
  • B. Velioglu, E. Aksan, I. Onal, O. Firat, M. Ozay, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Functional Networks of Anatomic Brain Regions", 13th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC), 2014.
  • I. Onal, A. M. Ertugrul, R. Cakici, “Effect of Using Regression on Class Confidence Scores in Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Data”, 5th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis, 2014.
  • A. M. Ertugrul, I. Onal, “RemindMe: An Enhanced Mobile Location-Based Reminder Application”, International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud), 2014.
  • I. Onal, E. Aksan, B. Velioglu, O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Estimating Brain Connectivity for Pattern Analysis", 22nd IEEE Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU), 2014. (in Turkish)
  • I. Onal, A. M. Ertugrul, “Effect of Using Regression in Sentiment Analysis”, 22nd IEEE Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU), 2014. (in Turkish)
  • A. M. Ertugrul, I. Onal, “Çeşitli Konum Etiketleme Opsiyonlarıyla Zenginleştirilmiş Yeni Bir Konum Bazlı Hatırlatma Uygulaması”, 8. Ulusal Yazılım Mühendisliği Sempozyumu (UYMS), 2014. (in Turkish)
  • I. Onal, M. Ozay, O. Firat, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "An Information Theoretic Approach to Classify Cognitive States Using fMRI", 13th IEEE International Conference on BioInformatics and BioEngineering (BIBE), 2013.
  • I. Onal, M. Ozay, O. Firat, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Analyzing the Information Distribution in the fMRI measurements by estimating the degree of locality",35th Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2013
  • O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Onal, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Functional Mesh Learning for Pattern Analysis of Cognitive Processes", 12th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC), 2013. (Best Paper Award)
  • O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Onal, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Representation of Cognitive Processes Using the Minimum Spanning Tree of Local Meshes", 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2013
  • I. Önal, K. Kardas, Y. Rezaeitabar, U. Bayram, M. Bal, I. Ulusoy, N. Kesim Çiçekli, "A framework for Detecting Complex Events in Surveillance Videos", 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Advances in Automated Multimedia Surveillance for Public Safety (AAMS-PS 2013)
  • I. Onal, M. Ozay, O. Firat, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Information Distribution Analysis in the fMRI measurements with Degree of Locality Estimation", IEEE 21th Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU), 2013 (in Turkish)
  • O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Onal, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "Cognitive Processes Representation Using Minimum Spanning Tree of Local Meshes", IEEE 21th Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU), 2013. (in Turkish)
  • O. Firat, M. Ozay, I. Onal, I. Oztekin, F. T. Yarman Vural, "A Mesh Learning Approach for Brain Data Modeling", IEEE 20th Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU), 2012. (in Turkish)

Work Experiences

09/2011 - present METU - Research and Teaching Assistant - Currently making research on brain decoding using fMRI data. Also teaching assistant of many Computer Engineering Department courses.
06/2010 - 08/2010 Microsoft - Software Developer Intern - Attendee of Microsoft Summer School 2010.
06/2009 - 07/2009 SRDC - Software Developer Intern - A member of a project team that worked on e-invoice process of Turkey.
09/2008 - 05/2011 METU - Student Teaching Assistant - Student teaching assistant of CENG 230 (Introduction to C Programming) course.