Haldun M. Ozaktas

Department of Electrical Engineering
Bilkent University

Turkce (Turkish)

Haldun M. Ozaktas, Professor
Bilkent University
Department of Electrical Engineering
TR-06800 Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey
(90) (312) 290 16 19
(90) (312) 266 41 92 fax
haldun[A T]ee bilkent edu tr

Alternative portrait photo; Photo with students in class; Academic Genealogy; Origin and meaning of my name; Inspirational quotations

Professional Biography

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 Processing. 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.
In a 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, three of his articles were listed as the 19th, 40th, 46th most cited articles in the history of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A, the flagship journal of the OSA. According to the Web of Science, one of his articles is the 45th most cited article in the history of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, out of 11,275 articles published until early 2017. In 2016, one of his articles was selected to be among the ten articles comprising the Editor's Picks Collection: Propagation which is an authoritative editorial selection of articles in topic areas important for 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 other sources.

Description of Research Accomplishments

Publication Archive

Selected Writings (General and Popular)

Selected Publications (Academic)

Book: Linear Canonical Transforms: Theory and Applications, Springer, 2016.

Book: Three-Dimensional Television: Capture, Transmission, Display, Springer, 2008.

Book: The Fractional Fourier Transform with Applications in Optics and Signal Processing, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

Science, Technology, and Society course page

Community Research at Bilkent University

Letter of recommendation policy

For graduate students

For the young and curious

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