Events & Announcements

• Our paper titled “An Immersive Design Environment for Performance-based Architectural Design: A BIM-based Approach” (S. Akin, O. Ergun, E. Surer, I. G. Dino) is selected to Poster session of 4th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good (GOODTECHS 2018) and will appear within the proceedings as a 2 pages paper. This work is supported by Middle East Technical University GAP-201-2018-2823 Grant and YÖP-704-2018-2827 Grant and we would like to thank also the participants of the workshop conducted at University of Lisbon, Design Computation Group for tool testing, and Jose Nuno Beirao and Rui de Klerk for their contributions to the workshop. Congrats to our team and you can read our abstract here – 10.10.2018.

• We are opening a new course this semester at METU Department of Archaeometry: “Digital Archaeology of the Neolithic Transition”. You can add this course this week during Add/Drop period. We are looking forward to meeting you on Wednesdays at 14:40 at Department of Archaeometry – 07.10.2018.

• Our paper titled “Design and Evaluation of an Interactive Art Installation to Introduce ‘de novo’ Mutations to Different Audiences: “Music Within” Project” (E. Bozlak, A. C. Acar, E. Surer) is accepted to 4th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good (GOODTECHS 2018). We would like to thank Bang. Art Innovation Prix 2018 event and 92 participants in our study for their sincere support. You can read our abstract here. Please enjoy our Soundcloud and Flickr accounts and see you in Bologna – 06.10.2018.
• We are URGENTLY in need of game developers who are interested in developing a video game for an international project on cultural heritage. You can send your CV to me (elifs@metu.edu.tr) – 03.10.2018.

• Are you developing video or board games? Are you younger than 18 years old? GATEWay’19 Junior is waiting for you. Send us your project concept documents via DM before December 15, 2018! – 02.10.2018.

• MMI 505 Game Development Pipeline course has an official Twitter account: @GameDevPipeline In this account, we will share resources, assignments, source code, scientific papers and tutorials on game development. Follow us, contribute to the content and make the most out of this experience – 27.09.2018.
• I participated to the Expert’s seminar on serious games in Brussels, Belgium. I gave a presentation titled “Innovating game development methodologies” and presented the games that we have been developing at eNOTICE project. I would like to thank the organizers and especially eConfidence project and European Schoolnet for the invitation. You can reach the agenda here – 12.09.2018.
• Wanna catch some bugs, test video games, and win the prize? Drop us an email (odtu.game.testing@gmail.com) to contribute to a research study pursued by Sinan Arıyürek, me and Aysu Betin Can from METU Graduate School of Informatics – 26.07.2018.

• Congratulations to Dilay Seda Özgen (Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University) for successfully defending her Master’s thesis on virtuality reality in design education, which was supervised by Assoc. Prof. Yasemin Afacan and co-supervised by me – 18.07.2018.
• As part of a collaboration between our Multimedia Informatics program and METU Department of Architecture, a workshop titled “Immersive and Responsive Performative Architectural Design in Mixed Reality” was conducted at Design Computing Summer School 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal by Assoc. Prof. Ipek Gursel Dino and our student Şahin Akın from METU Department of Architecture on our joint project with me and our student Oğuzcan Ergün (METU MMI) – Update: 17.07.2018.

• Stay tuned, new surprises from the Music Within project are coming! For now, please enjoy our Soundcloud and Flickr accounts.
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/elif-bozlak/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/165795698@N08/ – 13.07.2018.

• I will be tweeting at @ElifSurerMETU. Please follow me and stay tuned for the updates – 07.07.2018.
• Cfp: We are organizing a workshop on Virtual Heritage and Digital Archaeology at GOODTECHS 2018 – 4th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good – which will be held in Bologna, Italy (28-30 November 2018). Deadline for submissions: 3 September 2018.
• Our new preprint titled “Multi-modal Egocentric Activity Recognition using Audio-Visual Features” (Mehmet Ali Arabacı, Fatih Özkan, Elif Surer, Peter Jančovič, Alptekin Temizel) is available on arXiv – 04.07.2018.
• Here is my interview on Digital Games and Rehabilitation (in Turkish) done by NETLAB Media. I tried to encourage serious game developers to understand how valuable our work is and how lucky we are to touch other people’s lives. I would like to thank NETLab Media for this opportunity and for their valuable contributions – 28.06.2018.
• I gave a seminar on serious gaming for the module R/N of the second level courses of Master CBRNe – University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). I would like to thank the coordinators of this course for this successful organization – 22.06.2018.

• You can access our vacancies regarding “NEOGENE: Archaeogenomic analysis of genetic and cultural interactions in Neolithic Anatolian societies” on EURAXESS page – Postdoc and PhD positions in archaeogenomics, population genetics, bioarchaeology, and archaeological modeling

•  Postdoc and PhD positions in archaeogenomics, population genetics, bioarchaeology, and archaeological modeling – Applications are invited for multiple Ph.D. and postdoc positions in an ERC-funded interdisciplinary research project on the Neolithic Transition in Southwest Asia. We seek applicants with backgrounds in molecular biology, population genetics, anthropology, archaeology, and computer science. The successful applicants will join the 5-year research project “NEOGENE: Archaeogenomic analysis of genetic and cultural interactions in Neolithic Anatolian societies”, supported by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant. You can also follow us on METU Blog, Twitter and Facebook for more information.

• METU Informatics Institute Friday Seminars were successfully held this semester and on behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank our invited speakers and guests for their participation.
Prof. Sadi Turgut (METU Physics) – Quantum Computers
Prof. Rengül Çetin-Atalay (METU BIN) – Personalized Medicine in Cancer through Bioinformatics
Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel (METU MMI) – Deep Learning in Computer Vision
• Congratulations to Fatih Ozkan (Information Systems) for METU II Thesis Awards (Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel, Co-advisor: Asst. Prof. Elif Surer) and Bilgin Aksoy (Multimedia Informatics) for winning Course Performance Awards.
• Congratulations to our students and my colleague Aybar C. Acar for getting METU II Open Research Day Awards! – Special Mention Award (Oğuzcan Yıldırım, Elif Sürer), Art-in-Science Award (Elif Bozlak, Aybar C. Acar, Elif Sürer) – 29.05.2018.
• METU II Open Research Day was such a huge success! Our student Elif Bozlak demonstrated her art installation “Music Within” (Elif Bozlak, Aybar C. Acar, Elif Surer) which was previously exhibited during bang. Art Prix 2018 in 42 MASLAK Art! Space Gallery, İstanbul. I would like to thank our team Elif Bozlak and Aybar C. Acar for their tremendous work, ArtBizTech team for their help during bang. Art Prix and Nurcan Tunçbağ for the organization of METU II Open Research Day; it has been an amazing experience – 24.05.2018.

• METU Informatics Institute Thesis Awards results have been announced. Congratulations to our student Fatih Özkan (Information Systems) – MSc Programme – Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel and Co-advisor: Asst. Prof. Elif Sürer
Complete list of the winners is here – 23.05.2018.
METU Design Factory‘s closing ceremony, where our students will present their final projects, will be on June 1 at 14:00. You are all kindly invited, please register from Eventbrite.
• We had precious invited speakers at MMI 590 Graduate Seminar course, I would like to thank each of them for their amazing seminars:
– Asst. Prof. Pelin Angın (METU CENG)
– Asst. Prof. Ramazan Gökberk Cinbiş (METU CENG)
– Dr. Erinç Dikici (SAIL LABS Technology GmBH, Austria)
– Dr. Cristián Huepe (Northwestern Uni. USA/Beijing Normal University China/SCL-SoL Lab Chile)
– Prof. Dr. Oğuz Işık (METU CRP)
– Dr. Alper Koz (METU OGAM)
– Asst. Prof. Ali Emre Turgut (METU MECH)
– Asst. Prof. Ulaş Yaman (METU MECH)
• Only 2 weeks left for GHItaly18 – 2nd Workshop on Games-Human Interaction. Congrats to the organizing committee! For more information: http://ghi.di.unimi.it/
• Congratulations to our METU “Data Analytics without Borders” team coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Tugba Taskaya Temizel (METU IS) for passing the pre-evaluation at D4R | Data for Refugees Turkey Challenge!
Data Analytics without Borders team (in alphabetical order):
Assoc. Prof. Tuğba Taşkaya Temizel (METU IS) (Coordinator), Mehmet Ali Akyol (METU IS), Asst. Prof. Arsev Umur Aydinoglu (METU TEKPOL), Doğa Çağdaş Demirkan (Colorado School of Mines), Prof. Şebnem Düzgün (Colorado School of Mines),  Assoc. Prof. Banu Gunel Kilic (METU IS), Prof. Oğuz Işık (METU CRP), Prof. Sibel Kalaycıoğlu (METU SOC), Özgün Ozan Kılıç (METU IS), Elif Surer (METU MMI) – 08.05.2018.
• We participated to the 40th International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry, 07-11 May 2018 Canakkale. You can check the symposium programme here – 08.05.2018.
• METU II Master’s student Elif Bozlak (METU HI) will present her project “Music Within” mentored by Asst. Prof. Aybar Can Acar (METU HI) and me at Bang. Prix exhibition during 3-18 May 2018 at 42 MASLAK Art! Space Gallery, İstanbul. You are all kindly invited.
• [EN] We are hiring a lab manager and an IT manager for ERC-funded NEOGENE project executed by Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Somel. For more information about the project, you can read the interview done with Mehmet Somel here.
[TR] 2018-2022 arasında H2020 ERC desteğiyle yürütülecek Neolitik Dönüşüm konulu bir projede (NEOGENE) çalışmak üzere ODTÜ Antik DNA ve Populasyon Genetiği grubunda moleküler lab sorumlusu ve bilgi işlem sorumlusu olarak çalışacak arkadaşlar arıyoruz, çevrenize de duyurursanız çok seviniriz. Proje hakkında daha fazla bilgi için proje yürütücüsü Doç. Dr. Mehmet Somel’in röportajını okuyabilirsiniz. Şimdiden çok teşekkürler.
https://compevo.bio.metu.edu.tr/odtu-antik-dna-laboratuvar-sorumlusu-is-ilani/?lang=tr
https://compevo.bio.metu.edu.tr/odtu-antik-dna-grubu-bilgi-islem-sorumlusu-is-ilani/?lang=tr
• I gave a talk titled “Digital Games in Archaeology and the Use Case of Kültepe Interactive Gaming Platform” at the Department of Archaeometry (METU) on 4 May 2018 (Cavit Erginsoy Seminar Room, Department of Physics). You can access the complete list of  Department of Archaeometry’s Friday Seminars here – 04.05.2018.
• I gave a talk on “Serious Gaming in Rehabilitation” at the Artificial Intelligence session of 2nd Medical Informatics Meeting on 28 April 2018 in Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir. I would like to thank Medical Informatics Assocation Turkey (Tıp Bilişimi Derneği) for the invitation – 28.04.2018.
• I guided a panel and gave a talk on Serious Gaming at the International Child and Information Safety Congress “Digital Games” on 13 April 2018 in Ankara at 11:30. You are all kindly invited. My short biography is available here.  You can access the conference program here – 13.04.2018.
• Marie Claire Turkey interviewed Cevher Eryurek, Ayla Kara Coban and me on gaming in Turkey for their April issue and I had a chance to talk about serious gaming. I would like to thank dear Cevher Eryurek and Marie Claire Turkey for this great opportunity. The interview titled “Game Over | Continue?” is here: Cover Page 1 | Cover Page 2Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6  – 01.04.2018.

• My METU Academic Staff Roster page is updated and my list of activities before 2017 is available – 29.03.2018.
• Our paper titled “Ranking Based Boosted Multiple Kernel Learning For Activity Recognition on First-Person Videos” (F. Özkan, E. Surer, A. Temizel) is accepted to 26th IEEE Signal Processing and Communication Application Conference (SIU 2018).
• I was a guest lecturer at METU Design Factory and gave a lecture on “Persona Building”; thank you very much for this great opportunity – 23.03.2018.
 • METU Design Factory is at the second stage of “Mars Valley Urbanization Challenge”, please vote till 20 March. Many thanks in advance.
• I gave a seminar on Machine Learning at METU Digital Design Studio. I would like to thank Prof. Arzu Gönenç Sorguç for the invitation. It was a pleasure to meet those enthusiastic students – 28.02.2018.
Details: http://dds.archweb.metu.edu.tr/artificial-intelligence-lecture-by-assist-prof-dr-elif-surer-dds

• I will give the following courses during 2017/2018 Spring Semester:
MMI700 Research Methods (w/ Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel) – Wed 10:40-12:30 II-06
MMI 590 Graduate Seminar – Wed 12:40-13:30 II-06
MMI727 Deep Learning: Methods and Applications (w/ Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel) – Thu 9:40-12:30 II-06
MMI704 Motion Capture, Analysis and Synthesis – Thu 13:40-16:30 II-05
I am also a mentor at Interdisciplinary Design Studio – Spring ’18 – Fri 9:40-12:30 METU Design Factory
• Video of the first prototype on hospital-based serious game developed by METU team for European Network Of CBRN TraIning CEnters (eNOTICE) project is available here. This scenario is built for the joint activity with ARMINES. With AI agents and complex scenarios, it is possible to create new modules for other CBRNe activities and for upcoming eNOTICE joint activities.
•  [SURVEY] METU team has been developing a serious game including various scenarios for eNOTICE project. We would like to investigate the user expectations on this domain, users’ gamer profiles, their suggestions and hesitations regarding using serious gaming in CBRNe training. This is a public survey open to practitioners, training centers and academics.
Link of the survey: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/eNoticeSeriousGamePreDevelopment
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
• Congratulations to METU-BIN student Elif Bozlak; her project has been selected to Bang. Art Innovation Prix 2018 and it will be a pleasure for me to be her mentor during this process.
• This semester, our Master’s student Oğuzcan Ergün participated to ODTÜ Tasarım Fabrikası / Design Factory (DTS-5) and developed solutions to improve the lifestyles of Yörüks with the team AURORA. This project has been mentored by UNDP Türkiye, Prof. Aydan Erkmen (METU EEE), me and Dr. Serkan Alkan (METU DF).
For next semester’s DTS applications, deadline is 4th of February!
• We would like to see you all in our GATEWAY 2018 event where our Multimedia Informatics Masters students will showcase their Game Development Pipeline course’s games and Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics course’s projects they developed during this semester. There will also be a League of Junior Games section where our young game developers will present their card and board games.

The event will be held at METU Informatics Institute on 17 January 2018 16:30-20:00. You are all kindly invited. Please see the attached poster and do not forget to follow our Facebook page for more information: http://www.facebook.com/GATEWay.METU/
• We had precious guests at MMI 700 Research Methods course, I would like to thank each of the participants for their seminars – 06 Jan 2018.
– Dr. Oya Çeliktutan Dikici (Imperial College London)
– Asst. Prof. Serdar Çiftçi (Harran University)
– Dr. Çiğdem Beyan (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
– Dr. Sertan Şentürk (Kobalt Music R&D)
– Emine Koçak and Latif Özen (Ankara Restoration and Conservation Regional Laboratory of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism)
– Asst. Prof. Hamdi Dibeklioğlu (Bilkent University)
• Esra Özkan from ArtBizTech is going to give a presentation on bang. Art Innovation Prix 2018. This event is organized by METU Design Factory. You are all kindly invited.
Date: 26 December Tuesday 12:30-13:30
Location: METU Design Factory
• MMI 702 Motion Capture, Analysis and Synthesis course’s student Ali Alsamarei’s project “Opt Art” mentored by me had participated to .bangPrix 2017. The catalogue of the projects is now online, you can check it out here: http://www.bangprix.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Bang-Art-Innovation-Prix-2017-Katalog-k.pdf 
• During GATEWay’18, presentations and projects from Game Development Pipeline and Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics courses will be with us on 17th of January. GATEWay’s FB page is here: https://www.facebook.com/GATEWay.METU/
• On November 29 at 11:30, Emine Koçak (Ankara Central Laboratories for Restoration and Conservation) is going to give a seminar titled “Re-restoring a bone panel from Kültepe-Kanesh” for MMI Research Methods (MMI 700) course. On the same slot, Latif Özen (Directorate General of Cultural Assets and Museums) is going to give a seminar titled “Research Methods for Cultural Heritage”. You are all kindly invited.
• Our graduate Gökhan Yılmaz presented “Acceleration of Line of Sight Analysis Algorithms with Parallel Programming” at USMOS Conference @METU KKM, 21 November at 3 pm. It is a joint paper with Elif Surer and Alptekin Temizel. You can see the abstract of our presentation here – 21-23 November 2017.
• Our student Hüseyin Erdoğan presented “Game-Based Mobile Platform to Instruct First-Aid Techniques” at USMOS Conference @METU KKM, 22 November at 2 pm. It is a joint paper with Yahya Can Acar, Orhan Çınar, Elif Surer and Pınar Karagöz. You can see the abstract of our presentation here – 21-23 November 2017.
•  Asst. Prof. Hamdi Dibeklioğlu (Bilkent University) gave a seminar titled “Exploring Temporal Dynamics of Facial Behavior” for Multimedia Informatics – Research Methods (MMI 700) course – 15 November 2017.
• I will give the following courses during 2017/2018 Fall Semester:
MMI505 Game Development Pipeline (with Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel) – Thu 9:40-12:30 II-06
MMI700 Research Methods (with Assoc. Prof. Hüseyin Hacıhabiboğlu) – Wed 10:40-12:30 II-06
MMI702 Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics – Thu 13:40-16:30 II-06
I am also a mentor at Interdisciplinary Design Studio – Fall ’17 – Fri 13:40-17:00 METU Design Factory
 • METU Design Factory is participating to HP Mars Urbanization Challenge. Your votes are very important and the deadline is November 11. Thanks in advance for your support. Here is the link: https://launchforth.io/ozanyetkin/martianization/overview/
Kristal Piksel Game Awards applications have started. Check for the application procedures here. We, as the selection committee, are looking forward to seeing your brilliant game ideas!
METU Campus Newspaper (ODTÜ Kampüs İçi Gazetesi) second issue welcomes new faculty members, including me. I would like to thank everyone contributing to campus newpaper for their warm welcome!
• We presented our paper titled “Boosted Multiple Kernel Learning for First-Person Activity Recognition” at 25th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2017). You can see the .pdf version of our poster here – 30 August 2017.
• Our papers on Hemispatial Neglect Syndrome got accepted to JMIR Serious Games, congrats to the REWIRE team:
Tobler-Ammann*, B. C., Surer*, E., Knols, R. H., Borghese, N.A., de Bruin, E. D. (2017) “User Perspectives on Exergames Designed to Explore the Hemineglected Space for Stroke Patients With Visuospatial Neglect: Usability Study”, JMIR Serious Games 2017;5(3):e18.
DOI: 10.2196/games.8013 | Download (.pdf)
Tobler-Ammann, B. C., Surer, E., de Bruin, E. D., Rabuffetti, M., Borghese, N. A., Mainetti, R., Pirovano, M., Wittwer, L., Knols, R. H. (2017) “Exergames Encouraging Exploration of Hemineglected Space in Stroke Patients with Visuo-spatial Neglect: a Feasibility Study”, JMIR Serious Games 2017;5(3):e17.
DOI: 10.2196/games.7923 | Download (.pdf)
• Ali Kaan Sungur successfully defended his MSc thesis “Hierarchical Temporal Memory Based Autonomous Agent for Partially Observable Video Game Environments”. Congrats to our student! – 15 August 2017.
• We presented our abstract titled “A Multifaceted Gaming Platform for Interactive Learning of Archaeology and Culture of Kültepe” at Kültepe International Meeting III (KIM 3). You can see the abstract of our presentation here – 4-7 August 2017.

• Umut Demirel successfully defended his MSc thesis “Creating a Generic Hand and Finger Gesture Recognizer Using Forearm Muscle Activity Signals”. Congrats to our student and his thesis supervisor Assoc. Prof. Hüseyin Hacıhabiboğlu. It has been a pleasure being Umut’s co-advisor and working with this great team – 1 August 2017.
• My chapter titled “Physical and Cognitive Training of Children with Down Syndrome Using Video Games”, an extended version of my GOODTECHS 2016 article, is published by Springer, Cham – 15 July 2017.
• Call for Papers: IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC 2018) – Track 1: Networking solutions for Games, Multimedia, Social Good, and P2P applications. Deadline: 1 July 2017.
• Fatih Özkan has successfully defended his MSc thesis “Multiple Kernel Learning for First-Person Activity Recognition”. Congratulations to our dear student! You can read our EUSIPCO article here – 8 June 2017.
• GOODTECHS 2017: Serious Games to Improve Quality of Life session (Pisa, Italy – 29–30 November, 2017) is waiting for your submissions. Deadline: 1 July 2017.
• Our paper “Boosted Multiple Kernel Learning for First-Person Activity Recognition” is accepted to EUSIPCO 2017 Conference. Here is the arXiv link: https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.06799 – 2 June 2017.
• Gökhan Yılmaz has successfully defended his MSc thesis “Accelerating Line of Sight Analysis Algorithms with Parallel Programming”. I would like to congratulate him and his thesis supervisor Assoc. Prof. Alptekin Temizel. It has been a great pleasure working with them as a co-supervisor – 31 May 2017.
• Congratulations to our dear student, Umut Demirel and his thesis supervisor, my dear colleague, Assoc. Prof. Hüseyin Hacıhabiboğlu for the Best Poster Award at METU II Open Research Day! It is great to be Umut’s co-advisor and a part of this team – 30 May 2017.
• We had precious guests at GATE 590 seminars, I would like to thank each of the participants for their seminars – 26 May 2017.
– Assoc. Prof. Flavio D’Alessandro (La Sapienza University of Rome / Bogazici University)
– Assoc. Prof. Sinan Kalkan (METU CENG)
– Prof. Gözde Bozdağı Akar (METU EEE)
– Dr. Arsev Umut Aydınoğlu (METU Design Factory)
– Asst. Prof. Ahmad Hasasneh (Palestine Ahliya University)
– Dr. Firas Omar (Zarka University)
ECISLab‘s 6 students participated to the METU II Open Research Day, I would like to thank them for their successful presentations. You can reach the titles of their theses and projects here. I would like to thank the organization committee and Asst. Prof. Nurcan Tunçbağ for their tremendous effort during this event – 24 May 2017.
• Our GATE704 (Motion Capture, Analysis and Synthesis) course student Ali Alsamarei’s Optical Flow (OptArt) project mentored by me will be on exhibition at ArtBizTech‘s bang.prix event. The exhibition will begin on 25 May 2017 at 42 Maslak Art!SPACE Gallery, İstanbul and we are looking forward to meeting you there. The details of the event can be found here – 17 May 2017.
• I participated to the e-Game Show 2017 panel titled “The Future of Video Game Industry: A Window of Opportunity” with Prof. Haşmet Gürçay (Hacettepe), Dr. Gaetano Dumita (QMUL), David Greenspan (BANDAI NAMCO) and Dimiter Gantchev (WIPO) at Hacettepe University Beytepe Congress Center, Ankara – 13 May 2017.
•  I gave a seminar titled “Serious Games and Its Applications: Examples from Health Industry” at Çankaya University’s 2nd Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality & Serious Games Meeting. I would like to thank Asst. Prof. Murat Yılmaz and Çankaya University for the invitation – 6 May 2017.
• Our GATE704 (Motion Capture, Analysis and Synthesis) course student Ali Alsamarei is accepted to ArtBizTech’s bang.prix with our project on Optical Flow (OptArt)! The exhibition will begin on 25 May 2017 at 42 Maslak Art!SPACE Gallery, İstanbul – 19 April 2017.
İsmail Arı 2017 Summer School (31 July – 4 August 2017) is organized to commemorate our beloved friend, İsmail Arı, at Boğaziçi University. Please check for the application details here, deadline is 20 May 2017.
• The 1st Workshop on Games-Human Interaction (GHItaly 2017) will be held in conjunction with the 12th Edition of CHItaly, the biannual Conference of the Italian ACM SIGCHI Chapter, from 18th to 20th of September 2017 in Cagliari. Please check the official website for Call for Papers.
ECISLab and Publications pages have been updated, you can now download the full-texts of the articles & proceedings in .pdf format – 27 March 2017.
• GATE 590 – Graduate Seminar course had its first guest today! We would like to thank Dr. Firas Omar for his seminar on “Usability in Game Development” and Assoc. Prof. Banu Günel for the organization of this event – 17 March 2017.
ArtBizTech organizes bang.prix competition to merge art and technology. Submission categories are hybrid art (kinetic, robotic, mechatronic), new media, data art and bio art. Deadline for the applications is 3 April 2017. For submission details, please check the website [TR].
• Our submission to EUSIPCO 2017 (F. Özkan, M. A. Arabacı, E. Surer, A. Temizel, “Boosted Multiple Kernel Learning for First-Person Activity Recognition”) is available on arXiv:1702.06799.
• I will give the following courses during 2016/2017 Spring Semester:
GATE 704 Motion Capture, Analysis and Synthesis – Thursday 9:40-12:30 II-05
GATE 541 Physics for Computer Games – Friday 9:40-12:30 II-05
GATE 590 Graduate Seminar – Friday 12:40-13:30 II-05
• I will give a new course  “Motion Capture, Analysis and Synthesis” (GATE704) during the 2016/2017 Spring semester. Courses page will be updated soon!
• I participated to the “Starting Your Game Career: Education” panel at Gaming Istanbul 2017 (GIST) event at Istanbul Congress Center – 3 February 2017.
• Thank you very much for your participation to GATEWay’17-MMI Edition! 12 Game Development Pipeline projects, 4 Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics projects and 1 Junior project were presented. You can check our FB album for the details of the event. See you next year!
GATEWay’17 – MMI Edition is loading, please check our FB page for the updates. METU Multimedia Informatics students will present their projects of the “Game Development Pipeline” and “Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics” courses. The event is here and you are kindly invited.
• Our joint BAP-1 Project (PI: Assoc. Prof. Hüseyin HACIHABİBOĞLU) in collaboration with METU Spatial Audio Research Group (METU-SPARG) and Virtual Reality and Computer Vision Group  is accepted  – 25 January 2017.
• I gave a talk titled “Physical and Cognitive Training of Children with Down Syndrome Using Video Games” at 2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good in Venice, Italy – 30 November and 1 December 2016. The proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST.
• I gave a presentation titled “A Video Game-Based Physical and Cognitive Training Platform for Children with Down Syndrome” at Games for Health Europe Conference  in Netherlands – 31 October and 1 November 2016.
• I participated to “Career in Gaming Industry” panel organized by Oyunder at METU – 19 October 2016.
• MODSIMMER participated to the European Researchers’ Night 2016 (Bilimin Ev Hali) at METU – 30 September  2016.
• I will give a new course “Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics” (GATE702) during the 2016/2017 Fall semester. Courses page will be updated soon!
• Ali Kaan Sungur presented “Voluntary Behavior on Cortical Learning Algorithm Based Agents” at the IEEE Computational Intelligence & Games Conference – 20-23 September 2016 | Santorini, Greece.
• Call for Papers: Deadline: 12 September – GOODTECHS: 2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good – Track Session on Serious Games, November 30–December 1, 2016 | Venice, Italy.
• I will give a talk on Serious Games at the İsmail Arı Summer School, to the memory of our beloved friend, İsmail Arı, at Boğaziçi University – 26 August 2016.
• I was going to present my abstract on Cognitive Training of Children with Down Syndrome at the 10th European Down Syndrome Congress 2016 (EDSC 2016), but the congress had been cancelled. Still, thanks a lot to the organizing committee for their efforts and for the fruitful programme!
• We organized GATEWay’16 Summer Edition at METU Informatics Institute – 17 June 2016.
• I gave a talk titled “New Techniques on Game Development” at e-GameShow 2016 – 2 June 2016.
• I attended to the 24th IEEE Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU) – 17 May 2016. Here is the proceeding link.
• We organized Informatics Science Festival – 16 May 2016.
• We organized IS’CyDeS 2016 – International Symposium on Cyber Defence and Security – 13 May 2016.
•  We presented our project proposals at METU Northern Cyprus Campus for Academic Development Program-5 – 29-30 April 2016.
•  Our GATE students presented their projects and games at Bilim Eğlencelidir! (Science is Fun!) event at Congresium Ankara – 17 April 2016.
• I attended to 37th HFM Panel Business Meeting to present our abstract at Bucharest, Romania – 11-13 April 2016.
• I gave a seminar titled “Recent Advances in Simulation Technology and Serious Games – Applications from METU Multimedia Informatics Master’s Program” at Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System LISiN, Politecnico di Torino – 16 March 2016.
• I visited the Faculty of Computer Science of University of Vienna and gave a presentation on Applications from METU Multimedia Informatics Master’s Program – 12 February 2016.
• I was a mentor at Global Game Jam (GGJ)’16 – 29-31 January 2016. Congratulations to the 210 participants who developed 54 games in total!
• We organized GATEWay’16-Winter Edition at METU Informatics Institute – 23 January 2016.
• Our joint BAP-1 Project (PI: Assoc. Prof. Pınar KARAGÖZ) in collaboration with MODSIMMER is accepted  – 11 January 2016.
• I participated to the “Today and Tomorrow of Game Education in Turkey” panel at GaMeX 2015 event at Istanbul Congress Center – 17 December 2015.
• I gave a seminar on Serious Games at MODSIMMER – 25 November 2015.
• I participated to the Eurasia Graphics 2015 and was a presenter at Kristal Piksel Video Game Awards event at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul – 19-20 November 2015.
• We participated to the USMOS 2015 Conference – 11-12 November 2015.
• I participated to the SIAMOC 2015 Conference in Padova, Italy – 2 October 2015.
• I gave a seminar titled Recent Advances in Simulation Technology and Serious Games – Applications from METU Game Technologies Master’s Program at University of Padova, Italy – 25 June 2015.
• I gave a seminar on Recent Advances in Simulation Technology and Serious Games – Applications from METU Game Technologies Master’s Program at University of Milan, Italy – 22 June 2015.
• We organized GATEWay’15 at METU Informatics Institute – 6 June 2015.
• I participated to the Education Panel and made a presentation at e-Game Show 2015 – 23 May 2015.