Haldun M. Ozaktas was born in 1966 in Ankara, Turkey. He spent
most of his childhood in Ankara with the exception of four years spent
in New York City. After finishing TED Ankara Koleji High School, he
received a BS degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara in
1987, and a PhD degree from Stanford University, California in 1991.
During his graduate studies he was a Research Assistant
to Joseph W. Goodman. He joined Bilkent University, Ankara in 1991,
where he is presently Professor of Electrical
Engineering. In 1992 he was with Adolf W. Lohmann at the University of
Erlangen-Nurnberg, Bavaria as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellow. Over the summer of 1994 he worked as a Consultant
for David A. B. Miller at Bell Laboratories, New Jersey. He is the
author of about 110 refereed journal articles, 20 book chapters,
and 120 conference presentations and papers, about 45 of which have been
invited. He is author of The Fractional Fourier Transform with
Applications in Optics and Signal Processing (Wiley 2001) and editor
of Three-Dimensional Television: Capture, Transmission, Display
(Springer 2008) and Linear Canonical Transforms: Theory and
Applications (Springer 2016).
His articles have been reprinted as milestone works 4 times
and over 10 of his articles have received more than 100 citations each.
A total of over 5000 citations to his work are recorded in the
Science Citation Index (ISI), and he has received over 120
citations in US patents. He has served as guest editor of several special
issues and as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal
He is the recipient of the 1998 ICO International
Prize in Optics (jointly with D. Mendlovic) and
one of the youngest recipients ever of
the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey
(TUBITAK) Science Award (1999), among other awards and prizes.
Haldun M. Ozaktas was also one of the youngest persons
elected to full membership of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.
He is a Fellow of OSA (The Optical Society), a Fellow
of SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics),
and a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers). His academic interests include optical information
processing, signal and image processing, and optoelectronic and optically
interconnected computing systems.
study of the whole field of optics and photonics
(optoelectronics) made by the ISI
covering 67,159 papers published from 1991-1999 in 46 journals
and representing the work of 74,656 authors from 10,974 institutions
and 110 countries, Haldun Ozaktas was
ranked 14th according to citations per paper and
ranked 25th according to total number of citations.
One of his papers was
ranked 14th in the list of most cited papers.
The theory, application and implementation of fractional Fourier
transforms in optics, an area of investigation spurred by Ozaktas and
his coworkers, was noted as the second leading research theme
in the field by the ISI. In a separate study, one of his articles
listed as the 18th most cited article in the history of the
Journal of the Optical Society of America A.
He teaches courses mostly in the areas of signal processing and
optics, and also the course Science, Technology, and Society.
He has implemented various
novel project concepts addressing the social impact of science and
technology and has integrated community involvement and research in
the academic framework of this course. He has also initiated the
social service internship program at Bilkent University and played a
leading role in drafting the proposed reform of the student democracy
system at Bilkent University. He was instrumental in drafting public
statements endorsed by leading civil society organizations against
proposed legislation that would lead to press monopolization and
restrict media and Internet freedoms in Turkey. He has also been
active in informing the public and governmental and nongovernmental
organizations regarding the controversy on potential health effects
of electromagnetic radiation from cellular phone base stations and