I will be starting as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department in Texas A&M University on July 2018. I am currently a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization in Göttingen, Germany. I was a postdoc at Georgia Institute of Technology affiliated with the groups of Jeff S. Shamma at the School of ECE, and of Joshua S. Weitz at the School of Biological Sciences. I completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Alejandro Ribeiro. I received my bachelor's degree in Control Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2005. I also have master's degrees in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University and in Statistics from Wharton School. You can obtain more detailed information about me from my CV.
My research interests include game theory, distributed optimization, signal processing and control theory. In particular, I focus on understanding and designing networked interactions of agents in social and technological settings. Examples of such complex systems are found in energy systems (microgrid, demand response), public health (infectious diseases), autonomous robot systems, communication (uplink power allocation) and in many other cyber-physical systems. While we can design how agents behave in technological settings, in socio-economic systems our interest is to understand behavior and then design the system so that we improve its efficiency. In my research I use game theory as a model of optimal agent behavior in networks. Besides game theoretic methods, I also make use of distributed network optimization techniques in the design of algorithms. I invite you to visit the Research section for a more detailed explanation of each research theme. You can find the specifics of my research in my Publications.
August 2017: Our paper Distributed Fictitious Play for Multi-Agent Systems in Uncertain Environments is accepted for publication as a technical note on IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control!
June 2017: Our paper Networked SIS Epidemics with Awareness is accepted for publication on IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems!
April 2017: Our paper Disease dynamics in a stochastic network game: a little empathy goes a long way in averting outbreaks appears on Scientific Reports!
April 2017: Congratulations to my mentees and the undergraduate researchers (Adam Zhang and Brighton Ancelin) at Weitz group for winning the Best Oral Presentation in the College Of Sciences at the undergraduate research symposium of Georgia Tech.
April 2017: I gave a talk at Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS) on epidemic games [Video].
March 2017: Press release of our article on the importance of empathy during outbreaks.
March 2017: Our paper Disease dynamics in a stochastic network game: a little empathy goes a long way in averting outbreaks appears on Scientific Reports!
Dec. 2016: Presented at the Communication-Aware Control and Robotics workshop at the 55th IEEE CDC.
Nov. 2016: I am admitted to the Serve-Learn-Sustain Smart Cities, Connected Communities Fellows Program for Spring 2017!
Nov. 2016: Visit GPBNews NPR for a discussion on aversion of tragedy of the commons regarding our PNAS paper. Also see DRadio Wissen for an interview on the same topic in German.
Oct. 2016: Our PNAS paper is headlined in the media: GT Research Horizons.
Oct. 2016: Our paper (with J.S. Weitz, K. Paarporn, S.P. Brown and W.C. Ratcliff) An oscillating tragedy of the commons in replicator dynamics with game-environment feedback appears at PNAS! The press release for the paper is here.
Sept.2016: Our paper (with J.S. Weitz, K. Paarporn, S.P. Brown and W.C. Ratcliff) Replicator Dynamics with Feedback-Evolving Games: Towards a Co-Evolutionary Game Theory got accepted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! There is a title change in the final version. Final version is under the embargo of PNAS until Nov. 8.
Sept. 2016: Our paper (with H. Delic and A. Ribeiro) Demand Response with Communicating Rational Consumers is to appear on Transactions on Smart Grid!
See News for earlier events.