• Assoc. Prof. Selim Balcısoy
    Assoc. Prof. Selim Balcısoy Lab Director

    Selim Balcısoy earned his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) in 2001. Between 2001 and 2004, he worked as a Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Research Centre in Dallas, USA. Dr. Balcisoy has been awarded with a U.S.A. patent and is author of over 50 scholarly articles. He conducts research on augmented reality, data visualization, and cultural heritage. Dr. Balcisoy is a full-time faculty member at Sabancı University since 2004 and a cofounder of VisioThink, Inc., established in 2006.

  • Prof. Burçin Bozkaya
    Prof. Burçin Bozkaya Lab Director

    Burçin Bozkaya earned his Ph.D. in Management Science at the University of Alberta, Canada and then joined ESRI, Inc., a California based software company specializing in geographic information systems and location analytics. In 2004, Dr. Bozkaya joined Sabancı University School of Management as a full-time faculty member. He has conducted research and published in the field of Operations Research using various analytical techniques on location analysis, location-based services, decision support systems, logistics system design and route optimization. He has also completed numerous industry projects in these fields. Recipient of many international awards, Dr. Bozkaya’s current research fields are business and big data analytics, and their applications. He is also a cofounder of VisioThink, Inc., established in 2006.

  • Prof. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
    Prof. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland Lab Director

    Prof. Alex `Sandy’ Pentland has helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab, the Media Lab Asia, and the Center for Future Health.  He chairs the World Economic Forum’s Data-Driven Development council, is Academic Director of the Data-Pop Alliance, and is a member of the Advisory Boards for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, the United Nations Secretary General, Monument Capital, and the Minerva Schools. In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the ‘seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2013 he won the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review.  He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels.  His most recent book is `Social Physics,’ published by Penguin Press.

  • Attila Bayrak, Ph.D. – Senior Vice President, CRM
    Attila Bayrak, Ph.D. – Senior Vice President, CRM Executive in Residence

    Attila Bayrak joined Akbank as the Vice President in charge of CRM Transformation Initiative in June 2007. He led the Bank’s “Akbank Sales and Marketing Automation Programme” which aims to transform Akbank into one of Turkey’s most customer-focused and advanced analytic financial institutions. Bayrak was appointed Senior Vice President in charge of CRM division in January 2010, responsible for customer analytics, CRM strategies and design of customer management infrastructural skills.

    From 2010 and on, Akbank has been named the winner of CRM and Marketing excellence awards from leading Technology and CRM assessing authorities such as Gartner, Retail Banker International several times, with the uniqueness in business design details in the CRM infrastructure.

    Prior to joining Akbank, Bayrak worked as CRM and Technology vice president in several leading Private Turkish banks.

  • Mohsen Bahrami
    Mohsen Bahrami Researcher

    Mohsen Bahrami is a Ph.D. student in Operations & Supply Chain Management. Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, Mohsen worked as a Manager and Engineer in the electronics industry. He conducted a variety of projects, involving qualitative and quantitative analysis in the Operations Management field and he won the award of Superior Managers of Electricity and Electronics Industry conference in Tehran, Iran in 2012. Mohsen received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (2007) and his MBA from Tehran Polytechnic (2012). He is currently working on a research project in the Big Data Analytics using transactional data from the finance industry.

  • Alicem Batmansuyu
    Alicem Batmansuyu Researcher

    Alicem Batmansuyu is a multidisciplinary designer with a penchant for Motion Graphics, 3D Modeling and Data Visualisation. He worked in several design studios and companies on digital motion, 3D modeling and graphic design. Currently, he is doing his M.A. program on Visaul Arts and Visual Communication design in Sabancı University.

  • Cemre Gökalp
    Cemre Gökalp Researcher

    I have received my bachelor degree from Industrial Engineering, Sabancı University and, I have completed psychology minor program during my bachelor. Currently, I am doing my MSc. Program on Business Analytics in Sabancı University, advised by Prof. Burçin Bozkaya. I love to work on event organizations, travel planning and travelling around the world.

  • Emir Artar
    Emir Artar Researcher

    He is a M.Sc. student in Computer Science at Sabanci University. He also acquired his bachelor’s degree in Sabanci University 2016. Emir’s research interests includes data visualisation, artificial intelligence and computer networks.


  • Kaan Özçelik
    Kaan Özçelik Researcher

    He is pursuing a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and Sciences at Sabanci University. He has a strong background in graphical programming, assembly and low level prototype hardware/electronics development. After completing his internship at IBTech international under QNB Finansbank Kaan has began to pursue new areas such as data visualization and interpretation under the BAVLAB. He is an avid RC drone enthusiast, outdoorsman and takes good pride in his audio video production.




  • Yasin Fındık
    Yasin Fındık Researcher

    Yasin received his Bachelor degree from Izmir Institute of Technology in July 2016. Having discovered he was passionate about visualization while working on his senior year project, he decided to pursue a Master’s degree in this field. Yasin joined Behavioral Analytics & Visualization Lab as a Master’s student in September 2016. He is zealous for computer graphics, computer vision, big data visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cryptography.

  • Osman Can Gençyürek
    Osman Can Gençyürek Researcher

    Osman Can is currently studying Masters in Business Analytics in Sabancı University. He is interested in psychological grounds of Big Data, and is also willing to study text mining and social networks. Formerly a graduate of  Sabanci University Industrial Engineering program with a Psychology Minor, Osman Can has been in drama club for six years. Thus, he is hopeful and motivated to comprehend and influence human dynamics by practicing data science through the lens of different art forms and vice-versa.

  • Erdem Kaya
    Erdem Kaya Researcher

    Erdem Kaya completed his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Sabancı University. He received his MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. He was honored with IS Academic Achievement Award in 2012 by International Student Services of the UW-Madison. He is interested in information visualization, progressive visual analytics, human-computer interaction, collaborative analytic systems, and data analytics.

  • Mert Toka
    Mert Toka Researcher

    Mert Toka has earned his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Sabanci University in 2015, and worked as a research assistant for an additional year. Currently he pursues M.Sc. degree in Media Arts and Technology at University of California Santa Barbara. He has a particular interest in Computer Graphics field that has flourished in his sophomore year. In particular, he has gained experience in data visualization, spatial displays and virtual reality. In an artistic stand point, he is interested in working on motion pictures, physical computing, interaction design and 3D animation. Some of his hobbies are scuba diving, trekking and climbing.

  • Doğacan Bilgili
    Doğacan Bilgili Researcher

    Doğacan Bilgili holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechatronics and is pursuing a M.Sc. degree with the thesis topic related to physical data visualisation. He has an interdisciplinary background spanning engineering and art. He shoots film, plays accordion and he is frequently bouldering.

  • Çağan Ürküp
    Çağan Ürküp Researcher

    Çağan Ürküp has earned his M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering at Koç University under the supervision of Burçin Bozkaya and Sibel Salman. He received his B.S. degree also at Koç University. His main interests include Operations Research and Data Mining. He developed a drone routing algorithm during his term project and he was involved in a project with Borusan about vehicle routing systems for cargo vehicles. His Master’s thesis topic is about analyzing a one-year customer transaction dataset of a bank (provided by the BAV Lab) and seeking the relation between customer mobility behavior and product usage patterns.

  • Kaan Telciler
    Kaan Telciler Researcher

    Kaan Telciler completed both his undergraduate and graduate study in Industrial Engineering at Koç University. With the supervision of Burçin Bozkaya and Sibel Salman, he wrote his thesis about spatio-temporal expenditure forecasting of bank customers using bank data provided by the BAV Lab. He also worked in several projects in cooperation with academy, industry and TUBITAK. Some of his studies are in use for different business purposes in industry.  His main research areas are operations research, data mining and algorithms.