The OPINA Project is funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey under the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) II budget for Action 2: Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Activity and Topic 2.1: Research and Development and is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology under the responsibility of the Transportation Technologies and Intelligent Automotive Systems Application and Research Center (TTIS) of Istanbul Okan University within the scope of the Competitive Sectors Program.

The purpose and objective of The Project are as follows:


OPINA Project Objective



To create a science, technology and innovation ecosystem for startups, SMEs, universities and industry, where innovators can foster the development of high technology and novel high value-added technologies and products, which will support the economic and social development of the region and the European Union by increasing its overall knowledge level and competitiveness.


Operational Purpose of OPINA



To create a dynamic industry-university-SME innovation and collaborative ecosystem through the Innovative Autonomous and Communicating Vehicle Technology Development Center and the OPINA Cluster. This collaborative environment will provide resources, support and related equipment to increase the global market competitiveness of OPINA members and to contribute to the formation of new AV spin-offs and startups.

Contracting Authority: Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey – DoEUFP (Directorate General for the European Union and Foreign Affairs and Directorate of the European Union Financial Programs) 

ERA (End Recipient of Assistance): İstanbul Okan University


  • Dr. Sina Mojtahedi, İstanbul Okan University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Faculty Member, artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist.


  • Prof. Dr. Semih Bilgen, OPINA Senior Representative İstanbul Okan University (SRER); Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Istanbul Okan University. 


  • Prof. Dr. Orhan Alankuş, OPINA Operation Coordination Unit Director (OCUD); Faculty Member of Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Okan University.


  • Prof. Dr. R. Nejat Tuncay, OPINA Technical Assistance Component Specialist; Faculty Member of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Director of Transportation Technologies and Intelligent Automotive Systems Application and Research Center (TTIS), Istanbul Okan University.


  • Prof. Dr. B. Tevfik Akgün, Infrastructure Supply Component Specialist; Department Chair of Computer Engineering, Istanbul Okan University.
  • Assoc. Prof. Ömer Cihan Kıvanç, OPINA Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Specialist; Department Chair of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Istanbul Okan University.

Contractor: WYG International

Project Implementation Period: 01/06/2020 – 31/05/2023


Project Partners 



  • MARKA (East Marmara Development Agency)
  • TAYSAD (Automotive Suppliers Association of Turkey)
  • TESİD (Turkish Electronics Industrialists’ Association)
  • YASAD (Software Industrialists’ Association)


Project Target Groups  


The Project targets industry and sector players who are active in the field of intelligent and communicating vehicles like:



  • Independent Researchers, Software Developers and Scientists
  • Small-Sized (micro) Enterprises
  • Medium-Sized Companies
  • Start-ups
  • R&D Companies
  • Contract Research Organizations
  • OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
  • Automotive Suppliers
  • Electronics Manufacturers
  • Universities and Academic Research Labs
  • Sector Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Collaborative Initiatives in Smart, Connected and Clean Mobility and Connected and Autonomous Electric Vehicles