Speakers Short Biography


Title of Speech: Computational Psychiatry

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan was born in Merzifon in 1952, graduated from Kuleli Military High School in 1969 and Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in 1975. After the GATA internship as well as Cyprus and Bursa military continent service, he became a Psychiatrist in GATA in 1982. He became an assistant professor (1988) and associate professor (1990) in GATA Haydarpaşa after serving as a doctor in Erzincan and Çorlu Hospitals. He served as a clinical director. He became Colonel (1993) and Professor (1996). He was an academic member at Yuzuncu Yil University and an expert at the Forensic Medicine Institute between the years 1996-1999. He retired at his own will. In 1998, he was the representative of Turkey in the Memory Center of America. He founded the NPISTANBUL Hospital in 2006 and the Uskudar University in 2011 by donating all his assets. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan is a scientist who has carried the results to his personal and social life, where he has transferred his knowledge of psychiatric expertise, which he has pursued over the years with great effort and with over 170 research articles, have been published in national and international refereed journals, more than 70 of which are index WoS journals, 70 books, and book chapters. Some of his books have been translated into Bulgarian, Indonesian, Persian, Albanian, and Azerbaijani languages other than English. Currently; he is executing the Founding Presidency of Uskudar University and by being the President of the Supreme Council of Management he is leading Turkey's first neuropsychiatry hospital NPISTANBUL Brain Hospital's Management Board Presidency duties. The University successfully represents our country in the world as the first and only Turkish university to participate in the G20/N20 Summits with the global perspective of Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan and his team. Within the 2020 congress of the American Psychiatry Association (APA), presentations led by Prof. Tarhan titled as "Computational Psychiatry and Future Perspectives" were determined as one of the 12 courses offered by the APA to its members every month in 2021.


Title of Speech: Addictive Potential Of Propofol And Dexmedetomidine: Results From Some Experimental Studies

Tayfun Uzbay is a professor of Medical Pharmacology. He graduated from Faculty of Pharmacy at Istanbul University in 1982. He took Ph.D. degree at Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA), Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Pharmacology in 1992. He worked at the same department as a research assistant professor and associate professor between 1992 and 2002. In 1997, he founded Psychopharmacology Research Unit in GATA research center and became the chairman of this unit. In 2003, he became professor. Between 2003 and 2011, he was the director of Department of Medical Pharmacology at GATA. From 1997 to 1998, he worked in University of North Texas in USA as a visiting scientist for one year. In 1999, he also worked as a visiting scientist in University of Cagliari, Department of Toxicology in Italy. He also founded first Neuropsychopharmacology Application and Research Center in Turkey at Üsküdar University. Now he is working at Üsküdar University in Istanbul. He is head of the Departments of Medical Pharmacology in Faculty of Medicine and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Application and Research Center (NPARC) at Üsküdar University. Recently, Prof. Uzbay's research studies have been focused on neurobiological basement of some important CNS disorders such as substance abuse, dependence and schizophrenia.


Title of Speech: Deep Learning in Neuroscience: Going Beyond Classification Tasks

Massimiliano Zanin was born in Verona, Italy, in 1982. He received the Ph.D. on computer engineering from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, in 2014. He is currently a researcher at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. His main topics of interest are Complex Networks and Data Science, both from a theoretical perspective and through their application to several real-world problems. Throughout his career he published more than 110 papers in international journals, and more than 60 contributions in conferences. He has participated in several European competitive research projects, and he is currently the PI of the ERC StG ARCTIC, on the analysis and modelling of delay propagation in air transport.


Title of Speech: Event Related EEG Biomarkers of Dementia

Bahar Güntekin was born in 1977 in Izmir. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Dokuz Eylül University School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 1999 and her Master's Degree in 2002. She completed her PhD studies in Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biophysics in 2006. Under the supervision of Erol Başar, she received the Doctorate First Prize of Health Sciences Institute. She received the title of associate professor of Biophysics in 2010. She took part in the establishment of the Brain Dynamics Cognition and Complex Systems Research Center at Istanbul Kultur University and served as the deputy director of the center until 2016. In 2016, she was appointed as a Professor in the Department of Biophysics at Istanbul Medipol University Faculty of Medicine and started to work as the head of the Department of Biophysics. She served as a Member of the Advisory Board of TÜBİTAK Health Sciences Research Support Group between 2019-2022. Bahar Güntekin's study topics can be listed as EEG, signal analysis in EEG, evoked brain oscillations and clinical applications, and cognitive neuroscience. Bahar Güntekin is an Editor and a referee for many different SCI registered journals. Prof. Dr. Bahar Güntekin also received the TÜBA Outstanding Young Scientist award in 2015, and METU Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation Research Incentive Award.
Assoc. Prof. PINAR ÖZ
Title of Speech: Modelling septohippocampal neural circuits : integrating axon-carrying dendrites and adult neurogenesis
Pınar ÖZ is Assistant Professor at Uskudar University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics since 2015. During 2012 – 2014, she was a post-doctoral researcher in Boğaziçi University, Institute of Biomedical Engineering (İstanbul, Turkey). From 2011 to 2012, she worked a post-doctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization (Göttingen, Germany). She received her PhD in Neuroscience from “International Max Planck Research School on Neurosciences” (Göttingen, Germany) in 2011 with Magna Cum Laude. Her PhD specialty was computational neuroscience and the thesis was entitled as “Theoretical analysis of membrane properties underlying action potential phase-locking in fluctuation driven neurons”. During her PhD, she worked as a research assistant in Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization from 2009 to 2011. She was awarded with Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Scholarship from Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (Germany) for 2008-2009. During 2006 -2007, she studied for MSc degree in the same program and was directly admitted to the PhD program after passing the MSc exams. She received her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Boğaziçi University (İstanbul, Turkey) in 2006. Her research interests center on understanding the functional neurodevelopment of the mammalian brain, with an emphasis on the networks involved in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as schizophrenia. Her experimental research methods include designing in vivo and in vitro models of neurodevelopmental disorders and exploring therapeutic approaches on these models, stereotaxical surgery on rodents, electrophysiology, behavioral tasks and molecular assays. She is also currently coordinating research on hippocampal network models with the implementation of adult neurogenesis and prepulse inhibition networks in rodent brain with the use of C++, Phyton, Matlab and NEURON. She also extends her research interests to bioinformatics, specifically to the transcriptomics of neurodevelopmental disorders via Matlab. Her keen interest in neurophilosophy also drifted her into the studies of Mind Theory and development of self. Since 2015, she is a board member in Neuropsychopharmacology Application and Research Center (NPARC). In addition to scientific research, she published several popular science articles and she is an amateur photographer.


Title of Speech:Görüntü işlemede kontur yakalamanın yapay sinir ağları ve görme sistemi üzerinden hesaplamalı nörobilim perspektifinden karşılaştırılması

He completed his doctorate education in Ankara University, Department of Physiology. His areas of interest are obsessive compulsive disorder, computational neuroscience and functional imaging.


Title of Speech:Görüntü işlemede kontur yakalamanın yapay sinir ağları ve görme sistemi üzerinden hesaplamalı nörobilim perspektifinden karşılaştırılması

She is a faculty member at Başkent University, Department of Mental Health and Diseases. She is still pursuing her doctorate study in the thesis period in Ankara University Neuroscience program. Pervasive developmental disorder, computational neuroscience and functional imaging are her areas of interest.


Title of Speech: Multimodality Use of Intraoperative Monitoring for Safe Neurovascular Surgery: Problems and Challenges in Developing Countries Scenario.

A neurosurgeon with a particular interest in Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Surgery, Skull base Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, and Stem Cell Therapy. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya – Indonesia. He also trained in the Department of Neurosurgery, Shinshu University Hospital, and Stroke and Brain Center Aizawa Hospital, Matsumoto City, Japan. 
He is a member of various National and International Scientific Associations. At the national level, he is the former Secretary General of the Indonesian Society of Neurological Surgeons (ISNS) from 2017 until 2021. And also, Chairman of the Office of International Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga. 
Dr. Asra won different national and international prizes for his research activity, as in 2016, he won two very prestigious titles, namely Universitas Airlangga Outstanding Lecturers, and the 2016 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) International Surgeon Award. He is also publishing many papers and writing a populist opinion in various print media. 
Now he lives and works in Surabaya, Indonesia as Chairman of Surabaya Neuroscience Institute; Chief of Neurovascular & Neuroendovascular Therapy Center, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, Dr. Soetomo General Academic Hospital.
PROF. ALBERT ALİ SALAH Title of Speech: Designing Computational Tools for Behavioral and Clinical Science Albert Ali Salah, Utrecht Üniversitesi'nde Sosyal ve Duygusal Hesaplama Profesörü ve Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Bilgisayar Mühendisliği Bölümü'nde Öğretim Üyesidir. İnsan davranışının bilgisayar analizi, çok modlu etkileşim ve duygusal bilgi işlem üzerinde çalışmaktadır. Bu alanlarda "Computer Analysis of Human Behavior" adlı editörlü bir kitap da dahil olmak üzere 200'den fazla bilimsel eser yazmıştır. IEEE Trans'ın yardımcı editörüdür. Duygusal Hesaplama, Örüntü Tanıma ve Int. Journal of Human-Computer Studies, ACM ICMI ve IEEE FG Konferanslarının yönetim kurulunda yer almakta olup, IEEE ve ACM'nin kıdemli üyesidir.


Title of Speech: Text-based Interpretable Depression Severity Modeling via Symptom Predictions

Heysem Kaya completed his PhD thesis on computational paralinguistics and multimodal affective computing at Computer Engineering Department, Bogaziçi University in 2015. He has published over 80 papers (1.9K citations, h-index=26) in international journals and conference proceedings. His works won six Computational Paralinguistics Challenge (ComParE) Awards at INTERSPEECH conferences between 2014 and 2020; as well as three ChaLearn Challenge Awards on video-based personality trait recognition (ICPR 2016) and explainable computer vision & job candidate screening (CVPR 2017) competitions. His team was the first runner up in video-based emotion recognition in the wild challenge (EmotiW 2015 at ICMI). His research interests include mixture model selection, speech processing, computational paralinguistics and affective computing. He serves in editorial board of three journals (Informatics and Automation, Frontiers in Digital Health & Multimodal Technologies and Interaction), as well as reviewer in more than 25 journals including IEEE Trans. on {Affective Computing, Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Multimedia}, Image and Vision Computing, and Neurocomputing.


Title of Speech: Beyin-Bilgisayar Arayüzü Sınıflandırma Algoritmalarında Derin Öğrenme Yöntemleri

Çağlar Uyulan was born in 1985 in Izmir. He completed his undergraduate education at Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2008. He completed his Master's and Doctorate studies in Istanbul Technical University, Mechatronics Engineering program in 2010 and 2017, respectively. He completed his second master's degree in Üsküdar University, Neuroscience program in 2016. His master's theses were on "Modelling of Serial Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Implementation of Fuzzy Logic Energy Management System" and "Two Degrees of Freedom Motion Control Based on Brain-Computer Interface Based Mental Task Classification". He completed his doctoral study on “Stability Analysis of High Speed Rail Vehicles and Re-Tackle Control”. Dr.Uyulan, who worked as a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering at Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University between 2018-2021, has been working as a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at İzmir Katip Çelebi University since 2021. His research interests include the application of machine and deep learning algorithms in health informatics and engineering sciences, and the design of robust, adaptive and diverse nonlinear controllers. He also has studies on robot/machine dynamics and stability, numerical methods, optimization methods, non-linear vibrations.


Title of Speech: Brain Function with EEG on hyperbolic manifolds

Dr. R Murat Demirer is currently assistant professor of Üsküdar University in Neuroimaging Research Group. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Bogazici University. He was enrolled in 1-year Certification Program in Ohio State University Biomedical Engineering Department in 1993-1994. He studied as a post-doctoral researcher in biomedical engineering at University of Memphis during 2002-2005. 
Dr.R Murat Demirer was a former Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at University of Arkansas at Little Rock during 2007-2008 academic year.  He worked in Polymorphic Encryption Development Project which was US Department of Defense project.  Then, he became research associate professor in computer science department and Institute for Intelligent Systems at University of Memphis during 2008-2009 academic year. He worked in bionic eye and Complex Warfare Project to develop innovative concepts and intelligent solutions for dynamically changing complex warfare scenarios (US Air Force Project).
Dr. Demirer has over 25 years of research experience in advanced signal processing and in design, analysis, and control of intelligent systems. His research interests include spatiotemporal dynamics of neural processes, large-scale neural networks, chaos theory, computational intelligence methods for knowledge acquisition and autonomous decision making in biological and artificial systems. He has published many articles in international journals and some peer-reviewed conference proceedings.