I am an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) department since January 2024. Before, I was a postdoctoral scholar in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University, working with Prof. Mykel Kochenderfer at Stanford Intelligent Systems Lab (SISL) and Stanford Center for AI Safety. I received my Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, where I was part of Autonomous Mobile Robots Lab and Link Lab under the supervision of Prof. Nicola Bezzo. I received my MS and BS degrees from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2016 and 2014 respectively.

At RPI, I am the director of the Reliable Intelligent Systems Laboratory (RISL) (website coming soon). If you’re interested in learning more about this lab, please take a look at the Research page.

My research focuses on developing techniques to improve the safety of autonomous systems operating under uncertainty. I leverage reachability analysis tools, machine learning, and runtime monitoring and recovery techniques to provide safe decisions and to adapt to unforeseen conditions.

I enjoy hiking, ultimate frisbee, yoga, collecting vintage photographs, and traveling.

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