Billur Barshan's Biography

Biographical Sketch

Billur Barshan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After graduating from A.C.I., Izmir, in 1982, she continued her studies at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and received B.S. degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Physics in 1986, with the first rank at graduation. She received the M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical Engineering from Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A. in 1988, 1988, and 1991. During her graduate studies, she was a research assistant to Professor Roman Kuc . From 1991 to 1993 she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte in the Robotics Research Group at the University of Oxford , U.K. She joined Bilkent University, Ankara in 1993 where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She has established the Robotics and Sensing Laboratory in the same department. Dr. Barshan is the recipient of the 1994 Nakamura Prize awarded to the most outstanding paper at the 1993 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, and the 2001 IEEE SIU Conference Best Paper Award. She also received the 1998 TÜBİTAK Young Scientist Award in Engineering and the 1999 METU Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Award. She served on the Management Committee of the COST-IC0903 Action MOVE between 2010 and 2013. Dr. Barshan's current research interests include wearable sensing, wearable robots, detection and classification of falls, human motion analysis, sensor-based robotics, ultrasonic, optical, and inertial sensing, and multi-sensor data fusion.