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Dr. Özgür B. Akan
Professor
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Koc University
Istanbul, Turkey 34450


Office: ENG-253
Tel: +90-212-338 1794
Fax: +90-212-338 1548
Email: akan@ku.edu.tr
The Infinite Enigma (Dali, 1938)

[Editorial Work | Honors & Awards | Talks | Conferences | TPC | Professional Membership ]

Editorial Work

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Communications.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.
  • Editor, European Transactions on Telecommunications.
  • Editor, Nano Communication Networks Journal (Elsevier).
  • Editor, International Journal of Communication Systems (Wiley).
  • Editor, ICST Transactions on Bio-engineering and Bio-Inspired Systems.
  • Editor, ACM Wireless Networks Journal (2004-2010).
  • Area Editor, AD HOC Networks Journal (Elsevier) (2004-2008).
  • Guest Editor, Nano Communication Networks Journal (Elsevier), Special Issue on Fundamentals of Nanoscale Communications.
  • Guest Editor, Springer Transactions on Computational Systems Biology, Special Issue on Bio-inspired Computing and Communications.
  • Guest Editor, Computer Networks Journal (Elsevier), Special Issue on Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks.
  • Guest Editor, AD HOC Networks Journal (Elsevier), Special Issue on Bio-inspired Computing and Communication in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks.
  • Guest Editor, Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal (Elsevier), Special Issue on Mobile Video.

Honors & Awards

  • Kadir Has University Promising Scientist Award 2014, Kadir Has University, 2014.
  • Young Scientist Award 2014 (BAGEP 2014), The Science Academy, 2014.
  • ERC Consolidator Grant, European Research Council (ERC), 2014-2019.
  • The Scientist of the Year Award 2013, Bilim Kahramanlari Dernegi, 2013.
  • Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award 2012, Faculty of Engineering, Koc University, 2012.
  • IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Award, IBM, 2011.
  • IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE, January 2011 - December 2012.
  • IEEE Communications Society 2010 Outstanding Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle-East and Africa Region (as runner-up), IEEE ComSoc, 2011.
  • IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE, January 2011-December 2012.
  • IBM Faculty Award 2010, IBM, 2010.
  • METU Thesis Advisor of the Year Award 2010, METU, 2010.
  • Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award 2008 (TUBA-GEBIP), Turkish Academy of Sciences, 2008.
  • IBM Faculty Award 2008, IBM, 2008.
  • METU Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2008, Middle East Technical University, 2008.
  • Parlar Foundation Research Encouragement Award, Prof. Mustafa Parlar Foundation, 2006.
  • Editor of the Year Award, AD HOC Networks Journal (Elsevier Science), 2006.
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE ISCN 2006, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2006.
  • TUBITAK-Career Award, The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey, 2005.
  • Researcher of the Year 2003 Award, Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory,  School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (2003).
  • Bilkent University Scholarship, Bilkent University, Ankara, TURKEY (1994-1999).
  • 3rd Place in Mathematics Contest, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1994).
  • Ranked 11th in the Turkish nationwide university entrance exam among more than a million high-school graduates (1994).

Talks

  • Tutorial, "Fundamentals of Nanoscale Communications and Nanonetworks", GLOBECOM 2013, Atlanta, GA, USA, December 2013.
  • Invited Talk, "Fundamentals of Nanoscale Communications and Nanonetworks", 1st Annual Scientific Meeting of Korean Society for Nanomedicine, Seoul, Korea, November 2013.
  • Invited Talk, "Fundamentals of Nanoscale Communications and Nanonetworks", Koc University - Kyoto University International Symposium on "New Frontiers in Health Sciences and Technologies", Kyoto, Japan, September 2013.
  • Tutorial, "FRET-based Nanoscale Wireless Communications", The 1st International Summer School on Nanocommunications, Nano Communications Center (NCC), Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, May 2013.
  • Tutorial, "Intra-body Molecular Nanonetworks", The 1st International Summer School on Nanocommunications, Nano Communications Center (NCC), Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, May 2013.
  • Tutorial, "Biologically-inspired and Nanoscale Communication and Networking", International Doctoral School on Advanced Topics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Informatics, University of Pavia, Italy, September 2012.
  • Invited Talk, "Communication Technologies: Back to the Future", Panel on Frontiers in Nanotechnology, World Economic Forum (Summer Davos) 2012, Tianjin, China, September 2012.
  • Tutorial, "Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Communications," IEEE GLOBECOM 2011, Houston, TX, USA, December 2011.
  • Invited Talk, "Next-generation Communications for Pervasive Surveillance," EU-JRC Workshop, Ispra, Italy, July 2011.
  • Tutorial, "Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Communications," IFIP NETWORKING 2011, Valencia, Spain, May 2011.
  • Tutorial, "Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Communication and Networking," IEEE GLOBECOM 2010, Miami, USA, December 2010.
  • Tutorial, "Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Communication and Networking," IEEE ISWCS 2009, Siena, Italy, September 2009.
  • Keynote Speech, "Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Molecular Communications: From Evolution to Evaluation," SPECTS 2009, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2009.
  • Tutorial, "Next Generation Sensor Networks," IEEE SIU 2009, Antalya, Turkey, April 2009.
  • Tutorial, "Bio-inspired Communication and Networking," IEEE SARNOFF Symposium 2009, Princeton, NJ, USA, March 2009.
  • Tutorial, "Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks," NATO-ARW, Romania, September 2006.
  • Tutorial, "Wireless Sensor Networks for Military and Defense Applications," NATO-ARW, Romania, September 2006.
  • Tutorial, "Multimedia Communication in Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE ISCN 2006, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2006.
  • Tutorial, "Correlation-based Communication in Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Communication Society-TR Chapter Distinguished Seminer, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2005.
  • Invited Talk, "Wireless Sensor Networks and Applications," ASELSAN Inc., Ankara, Turkey, January 2005.
  • Tutorial, "Wireless Sensor Networks: State-of-the-art and Research Challenges," IFIP TC6 NET-CON 2004, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, November 2004.

Conference Organization

  • Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, The 1st ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (ACM NANOCOM 2014), May 2014, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • General Co-Chair, The 18th ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MobiCom 2012), August 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • General Co-Chair, The 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Molecular and Nanoscale Communications (IEEE MoNaCom 2012), June 2012, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, The 17th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication (IEEE ISCC 2012), July 2012, Cappadocia, Turkey.
  • Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, ICST NANO-NETS 2011, March 2011, Atlanta, USA.
  • Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, The 13th ACM International Conference on International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (ACM MSWIM 2010), October 2010, Bodrum, Turkey.
  • Technical Program Committee Vice Chair, ICST BIONETICS 2010, December 2010, Boston, USA.
  • General Co-Chair, The Third International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems (ICST/IEEE BIONETICS 2008), November 2008, Japan.
  • General European Vice Chair, The Second International Conference on Nano-Networks (ACM NANO-NET 2007), October 2007, Catania, Italy.
  • Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, The Second International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems (ACM BIONETICS 2007), December 2007, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Publicity Chair, The 22nd International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (IEEE ISCIS 2007), November 2007, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Workshop Co-Chair, The Fourth ACM International Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks (ACM PE-WASUN 2007), October 2007, Crete Island, Grece.
  • Publicity Co-Chair, The 6th IFIP Technical Committee on Communication Systems (TC6) International Conference on Networking (IFIP/TC6 NETWORKING 2007), May 2007, Atlanta, USA.
  • Tutorials Chair, The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (IEEE MASCOTS 2007), October 2007, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, The Second International Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference (MOBIMEDIA 2006), September 2006, Sardinia, Italy.
  • Panel Chair, The First International Conference on Performance Evaluation Methodologies and Tools (VALUETOOLS 2006), October 2006, Pisa, Italy.
  • Publicity Chair, The 5th Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (MEDHOCNET 2006), June 2006, Lipari, Italy.
  • International Vice Chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2006, April 2006, in Barcelona, Spain.
  • General Chair, The First International Workshop on Convergence of Heterogeneous Wireless Networks (ConWiN 2005), June 2005, in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Publicity Chair, The Second International Workshop on Sensor and Actor Network Protocols and Applications (SANPA 2004), August 22, 2004 in Boston, MA.
  • Publicity Co-Chair, The Second European Workshop on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2005), January 31-February 2, 2005, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Student Poster Co-Chair, The Third Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (MED-HOC-NET 2004), June 27-30, 2004, Bodrum, Turkey.

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member of (up to including 2013)

  • The 32nd Annual IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2013), April 2013, Turin, Italy.
  • The IEEE Symposium Series in Computational Intelligence 2013 (SSCI 2013), April 2013, Singapore.
  • The 55th IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (IEEE GLOBECOM 2012), December 2012, Anaheim, CA, USA
  • The 12th IEEE International Conference on Telecommunications for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITST 2012), November 2012, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • The 3rd International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2012), October 2012, Wuxi, P.R.C.
  • The 37th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (IEEE LCN 2012), October 2012, Clearwater, FL, USA.
  • The 15th ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (ACM MSWIM 2012), October 2012, Paphos, Cyprus.
  • The 23rd Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (IEEE PIMRC 2012), September 2012, Sydney, Australia.
  • The 76th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC-Fall 2012), September 2012, Québec City, Canada.
  • The 8th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC 2012), August, 2012, Cyprus.
  • The 12th International Conference on Next Generation Wired/Wireless Networking (NEW2AN 2012), August 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012), July 2012, Queensland, Australia.
  • 2012 International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS 2012), July 2012, Genoa, Italy.
  • The 8th International Conference on Wireless Information Networks and Systems (WINSYS 2012), July 2012, Rome, Italy.
  • The 10th International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications (WWIC 2012), June 2012, Santorini, Greece.
  • The IEEE International Conference on Selected Topics in Mobile & Wireless Networking (iCOST 2012), June 2012, Artimino, Italy.
  • The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Communications and Information Technology (ICCIT 2012), June 2012, Hammamet, Tunusia.
  • The 11th Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (MEDHOCNET 2012), June 2012, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
  • The 3rd IEEE Workshop On Energy Efficiency in Wireless Networks & Wireless Networks for Energy Efficiency (E2NETS 2012), June 2012, Ottawa, Canada.
  • The 47th IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2012), June 2012, Ottawa, Canada.
  • IFIP Networking 2012, May 2012, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • The 5th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS 2012), May 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2012), May 2012, Dublin, Ireland.
  • The IEEE International Conference on Computer, Information and Telecommunication Systems (CITS 2012), May 2012, Amman, Jordan.
  • The 9th European Event on the Application of Nature-inspired Techniques for Telecommunication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (EvoCOMNET 2012), April 2012, Malaga, Spain.
  • The 7th IEEE International Workshop on Sensor Networks and Systems for Pervasive Computing (IEEE PerSeNS 2012), March 2012, Lugano, Switzerland.
  • The 31st Annual IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2012), March 2012, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • The IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC 2012), February 2012, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
For the complete list including past TPC Membership activities, click here.

Professional Membership

  • Key Member, IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee, Interest Group (IG) on "Distributed and Sensor Networks for Mobile Media Computing and Applications".
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, EU-FP7 Autonomous Surveillance in Public Transport Infrastructure Systems (ASPIS) Project.
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Senior Member, IEEE Communication Society (IEEE ComSoc).
  • Vice President, IEEE Communication Society - Turkey Chapter.
  • Member, IEEE Information Theory Society.
  • Member, IEEE Signal Processing Society.
  • Member, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.
  • Publications Councilor, Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST).
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).