Prof. Dr. Orhan Alankuş

Operation Coordination Unit Director (OCUD)

Prof. Dr. Orhan Alankuş received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Ankara Science High School and Middle East Technical University and completed his doctorate on Computer Aided Design and Design Systems at London Imperial College of Science and Technology.

After his academic studies and working in a venture capital firm in London for nearly two years, he started working at Tofaş Factory in 1984. After working in different engineering and managerial positions at TOFAŞ, he became the head of the Product Development and R&D Department in 1994. By 2006, the R&D Department had become a center with nearly 400 employees. He served as the General Manager of Platform Inc., located in Teknokent (Technocity), which was established by Tofaş in Uludağ University in 2006-2007. In this company, studies of the MiniCargo Project carried out jointly with Fiat and Peugeot Citroen were conducted.

He transferred to Koç Holding in September 2007 and worked as Technology Consultant and Technology and Environment Coordinator.

Prof. Alankuş, who has been working as an academic and Research and Project Development Coordinator at Okan University since September 2011, has been a member of many civil society organisations and scientific organisations. Some of them are as follows:

TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (MRC), Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Advisory Board, Bursa Industrialists and Businessmen Association (BUSİAD), OTAM (Automotive Research Center), OTEP (Automotive Technology Platform), Uludağ Exporters’ Association, TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), MÜDEK (Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs), TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association), and YASED (International Investors Association of Turkey) working groups

Now, he works as a coordinator in both national and international projects in the fields of electric and smart vehicles and smart transportation systems at Istanbul Okan University. He is an SAE and IEEE Senior Member.

Prof. Alankuş has many articles published in national and international journals and symposiums. He speaks English and Italian.

Dr. Sina Alp (Mojtahedi)

Staff Member, ERA

Dr. Sina Alp (Mojtahedi) joined OPINA as Assistant Operation Coordination Unit Director (AOCUD) with 15 years of experience in Digital Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence. He is currently working as Assistant Professor the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Istanbul Okan University. He graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Tabriz University in 2005. He completed his master`s degree in Biomedical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2013. He received his PhD from Biomedical Engineering department of Koç University in 2020. He has company experiences as Artificial Intelligence Team Lead of pioneering healthcare companies. His research interests include mathematical modelling, digital image/video processing, sound/acoustic engineering, data processing, artificial intelligence, and re-enforcement learning.

Prof. Dr. Semih Bilgen

Senior Representative of the End Recipient (SRER), Dean of Engineering, Istanbul Okan University

Professor Bilgen is a graduate (1973) of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He did his MSc work (1976) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York on Computer Science and his PhD (1982) at University of Manitoba, Canada, on Electrical Engineering. He joined METU as an instructor in 1976, and became a professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1995. In METU, he was among the founders of the Informatics Institute (1997). He has supervised 130 thesis studies at the MSc and PhD levels and has published numerous works on Computer Engineering, Information Systems and Software Engineering. In 2016, he joined Okan University as Dean of Engineering. Here he is active in promoting R&D collaborations of the university with industry and in establishing novel and effective approaches to engineering education. He is also actively involved in various national and international R&D projects on clean energy, intelligent transportation systems and autonomous vehicles.

Further information on his academic background can be found at Google Scholar, and at ResearchGate, as well as:

Ömer Cihan Kıvanç

He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2011. In 2011, he joined Power Electronics and Energy Conversion (PEEC) Laboratory research group at Istanbul Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he was a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and received the Ph.D. degree from Istanbul Okan University in 2016 in electrical engineering. Since 2020, he has been an Associate Professor as Department Chair of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Istanbul Okan University. Since 2020, he has been a member of OPINA Project as an Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Specialist. His current research interests include steer by wire systems, sensorless motor control strategies, electric drive systems, electric vehicles and robotics.

Şirin Koç

She received her PhD degree in electrical engineering from University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran in 2018. She was a researcher at FACTs Devices Research Laboratory of University of Tabriz and also was working as a lecturer during her graduate training. In 2020 she joined to Faculty of Electric and Electronics Engineering, at Istanbul Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey, where she is currently an assistant professor of power electronics. Since early 2020, she has been a member of OPINA Project as a researcher. Her current research interests include the analysis, modelling, design, and control of Power Electronic Converters and their applications, Renewable Energy Sources, and FACTS Devices.