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.

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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.

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.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Sina Alp

Dr. Sina Alp joined OPINA as the Assistant Operation Coordination Unit Director (AOCUD), bringing with him 15 years of expertise in Digital Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Istanbul Okan University. Dr. Alp obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Tabriz University and completed his Master’s degree at Middle East Technical University. In 2020, he successfully obtained his Ph.D. from Koç University. Alongside his academic background, Dr. Alp has also gained valuable industry experience as an Artificial Intelligence Team Lead/Manager in renowned healthcare and telecommunication companies. His research interests span various areas, including mathematical modeling, digital signal processing, time-series analysis, data processing, artificial intelligence, and reinforcement learning.

Dr. Can Gökçe

Dr. Can Gökçe was graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2002. He completed his master’s degree in the same department in 2005 and his PhD. in 2015.

He began his work in the field of electric vehicles and automotive mechatronics in 2004 at Mekatro R&D company which was established as a spinoff of TOFAŞ R&D. From 2006 to 2009, he participated in the motor-driver design, battery and energy management system, and software development of the ITU vehicles that won 1st and 2nd place in the Formula G races organized by TÜBİTAK with the ITU Solar Powered Vehicle Team. In 2009, he joined TOFAŞ R&D as the responsible person for advanced research projects. From 2010 to 2011, he led the R&D projects for fully electric Doblo and Fiorino vehicles. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as research project manager, involved in various projects on electric vehicle components, intelligent and connected vehicles, and he contributed to the preparation of TOFAŞ R&D technology roadmaps. In 2014, he was appointed as the manager of Electrical-Electronic Systems at TOFAŞ R&D, where he coordinated the team responsible for developing E/E systems of models such as particularly for the Tipo/Egea project, Doblo, Fiorino, and Linea produced by TOFAŞ. From 2016 to 2018, he was appointed as the coordinator of Advanced Electrification Programs and managed the Fiat Doblo electric vehicle project, which was the first homologated and registered electric vehicle in Turkey. In 2018, he joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles R&D centre in Turin, Italy, as the Electric Vehicle Concept and Integration Responsible. After 2 years, he returned to TOFAŞ in 2020 as the Manager of Research, Advanced Technologies, and TOFAŞ R&D Centre.

In 2021, he left his position at TOFAŞ and joined Daiichi Electronics, a company working on information entertainment and automotive electronics, as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). From 2022 to 2023, he worked as the Technology and Product Director at BEDEO, a company specializing in the electrification of commercial vehicles.

As of 2023, he joined to Okan University Automotive Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor, and he also provides consultancy services to various companies through his own company, Eleka Electric Vehicles Research, Development, and Consultancy found in 2021. Throughout his career, he has carried out numerous projects including the ones supported by TÜBİTAK and the European Union and has produced various publications and patents.