Open Positions

We are always accepting MS and PhD level applications for our ongoing projects sponsored through the University Fellowships. Apply to the Koc Graduate program to be considered for our projects.

Currently Open Positions

Postdoctoral and Doctoral Positions in Automatic Emotion Recognition and Machine Learning 

The Intelligent User Interfaces Laboratory is looking for qualified Postdoctoral Associates and Doctoral Candidates. Successful candidates will be part of the international team of researchers who will extend the ongoing FP7 project ASC-INCLUSION (http://www.asc-inclusion.eu/). The main goal of this project is to develop computer software that will assist children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) to understand and express emotions through facial expressions, tone-of-voice and body gestures. 

Postdoctoral candidates are expected to have past experience in affective computing and machine learning. Experience in human computer interaction is a plus, but not required. Doctoral candidates are expected to have a strong background in computer science, programming, and mathematics. Past exposure to machine learning and affective computing is a plus. 

Successful candidates will be part of a vibrant group of researchers at the Intelligent Interfaces Laboratory at Koc University, Istanbul (http://iui.ku.edu.tr). The Intelligent User Interfaces Laboratory was founded by Dr. T. M. Sezgin, who holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT, and was previously a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. The post is for 12 months, with a possibility of extension.

Contact Dr. T. Metin Sezgin (mtsezgin@ku.edu.tr) for further inquiries, and applications. Applications will be taken on an ongoing basis for a tentative starting date in October. 

New Funding Awarded. Positions Available. 

Dr. Sezgin has been awarded a European Union Grant under the FP7 ICT program. The Koc University IUI Laboratory will work together with an international team of researchers from institutions including the University of Cambridge, Technical University of Munich, and University of Genoa. We have open positions for postdocs, as well as PhD and MSc candidates. For inquiries, contact the PI. 

TUBITAK 1003

Dr. Sezgin has been awarded a TUBITAK 1003 Grant. The grant will support research in development and evaluation of pen-based intelligent user interfaces for eLearning in the context of the FATIH initiative. Of hundreds of initial proposals submitted to the 10. 

For inquiries, contact the PI. 

Previously Advertised Positions (Now closed)

ASC-INCLUSION

Dr. Sezgin has been awarded a European Union Grant under the FP7 ICT program. The Koc University IUI Laboratory will work together with an international team of researchers from institutions including the University of Cambridge, Technical University of Munich, and University of Genoa. We have open positions for postdocs, as well as PhD and MSc candidates. For inquiries, contact the PI. 

SANTEZ

New Funding Awarded. Positions Available. Dr. Sezgin has been awarded a two year grant by the Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology to develop multimodal web content translation technologies for the next generation smart TVs. We now take applications for two PhD studentship positions in this project. Apply with project title: Semi-supervised Intelligent Multimodal Content Translator for Smart TVs. (July 2012)

TUBITAK Career

New Funding Awarded. Positions Available. Dr. Sezgin has been awarded a Career Grant by the Turkish Research Council (TUBITAK). We are currently taking applications for research student positions. (Jan 2011)

Turk Telekom

New Funding Awarded. Positions Available. IUI Lab at Koc has been awarded a major three year project by Turk Telekom. We are currently taking applications for research student positions. (Dec 2010)

KOLT

New Funding Awarded. Positions Available. IUI Lab at Koc has been awarded a KOLT Teaching Innovation Grant for building the next generation intelligent interactive whiteboards.

PROJECT DETAILS (TUBITAK & Turk Telekom)

The Intelligent User Interfaces Lab at Koc University has received two major projects, one funded by Turk Telekom, and another through a TUBITAK Career Grant.

We are currently looking for exceptionally bright and motivated MS and PhD students to work on these projects. Our research draws from and contributes to machine learning, computer vision and speech recognition research with the eventual goal of creating natural and easy to use intelligent user interfaces. The work will build on the principal investigator’s previous work on sketch recognition at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There will be opportunities for short term collaborative visits and extended summer stays at:

* University of Cambridge, UK
* Texas A&M University, USA
* Harvard University, USA

These post cover the cost of tuition and includes a monthly stipend of up to 2500YTL.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, although applicants are encouraged to contact the principal investigator and apply early to maximize their chances. Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV to Dr. Metin Sezgin .

PROJECT DETAILS (Koc Sistem)

Touchless Gesture-based 3D Interactive Human-Machine Interfaces

Industrial PhD employment in Computer Science, specializing in Interaction Design

Ref number: MAVA/2011-001
Employment: Time-limited employment
Closing date for application: 2011-05-31
Campus location: Istanbul Rumelifeneri

Koc University in Istanbul, is an expansive university with a strong focus on engineering, and interaction design. The College of Engineering and the School of Media Visual Arts foster a research intensive environment. The research will take place within IUI Lab, in Interaction Design in the Computer Science department in collaboration with the School of Media and Visual Arts, Koc University (KU), Istanbul. The development of the individual’s knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle different aspects of IT and interaction design is at focus. Regardless of the application, an artistic design perspective, and programming based on interactivity, are central issues.

Job description

This PhD position, within School of Media and Visual Arts is financed by KocSistem in Istanbul. As a pioneering organization of the IT sector in Turkey, KocSistem offers a full range of services for business and network applications. Over the years, KocSistem has collaborated with some of the biggest industry partners including Intel, Microsoft, SAP as well as various cross the industries such as Ford, Fiat and Arcelik.

As a PhD student you will be employed by KocSistem and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements. A maximum of 20% of your time will be devoted to departmental duties in School of Media and Visual Arts, mainly teaching. The remaining time will be devoted to your own graduate studies and research within the project related to KocSistem. You are expected to obtain a PhD within a maximum of 4 years.

Required qualifications

Only someone who can be or already has been enrolled for PhD studies at a university can be employed at this PhD position. The requirement for being qualified for PhD studies is to have at least four years of university studies, corresponding to a Master’s degree.

Admittance to the post-graduate education will be handled in conjunction with the employment procedure. In general anyone who has graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major in Computer Engineering or Computer Science is eligible as graduate student in Computer Science. Students with corresponding qualifications, for instance from similar programs at other universities, may also be admitted.

Special requirements

The focus of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree should be on interaction design. The interest in and capability of doing research work is a basic demand. A good Master’s thesis, research project’s output and/or publications with research focus can add extra value to the application.  Experience of creative practice and programming is preferable. It is an advantage if the applicant has artistic experiences and/or graphic design skills. The applicant should have proficiency and skills in writing and communicating in English. Knowledge in Turkish is not a prerequisite for this position. The start of this position is planned for September 19th, 2011.

Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces

We are looking for exceptionally bright and motivated MS and PhD students to work on an international joint project that aims to build intelligent multimodal interfaces for military planning. The research draws from and contributes to machine learning, computer vision and speech recognition research with the eventual goal of creating natural and easy to use intelligent user interfaces. The objective of the project is to recognize spoken commands and interpret hand-drawn diagrams to infer military plans, hence past experience in speech recognition, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning and human-computer interfaces is a plus, but not required. The work will be carried out in collaboration with:

The work will build on the principal investigator’s previous work on sketch recognition at MIT, and will be completed at Koc University. There will be opportunities for short term collaborative visits and extended summer stays at University of Cambridge and Texas A&M University. The post covers the cost of tuition and includes a monthly stipend of up to 2500YTL.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, although applicants are encouraged to contact the principal investigator and apply early to maximize their chances. Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV to mtsezgin at ku dot edu dot tr