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Suleyman Serdar Kozat, PhD
 Associate Professor
 Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 Bilkent University
 Ankara, Turkey 06800

 Office: EE-309
 Tel: +90-312-290 2336
 Fax: +90-312-290 1223

Suleyman Serdar Kozat received the B.S. degree with full scholarship and high honors from Bilkent University, Turkey. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL. Dr. Kozat is a graduate of Ankara Fen Lisesi.

After graduation, Dr. Kozat joined IBM Research, T. J. Watson Research Lab, Yorktown, New York, US as a Research Staff Member (and later became a Project Leader) in the Pervasive Speech Technologies Group, where he focused on problems related to statistical signal processing and machine learning.  While doing his Ph.D., he was also working as a Research Associate at Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, US in the Cryptography and Anti-Piracy Group. He holds several patent inventions due to his research accomplishments at IBM Research and Microsoft Research. After serving as an Assistant Professor at Koc University, Dr. Kozat is currently an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Bilkent University. Dr. Kozat coauthored more than 150 papers in refereed high impact journals and conference proceedings and has several patent inventions (currently used in several different Microsoft and IBM products such as the MSN and the ViaVoice).  Overall, his research interests include deep learning, text processing, anomaly detection, big data, data intelligence, adaptive filtering and machine learning algorithms for signal processing.

Dr. Kozat has been serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (and he is currently the only Associate Editor in Turkey for this top ranking signal processing journal) and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Kozat is the President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Turkey Chapter. He has been elected to the IEEE Signal Processing Theory and Methods Technical Committee and IEEE Machine Learning for Signal Processing Technical Committee, 2013. He has been awarded IBM Faculty Award by IBM Research in 2011, Outstanding Faculty Award by Koc University in 2011 (granted the first time in 16 years),  Outstanding Young Researcher Award by the Turkish National Academy of Sciences in 2010,  ODTU Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. Parlar Research Encouragement Award in 2011, Outstanding Faculty Award by Bilim Kahramanlari, 2013 and holds Career Award by the Scientific Research Council of Turkey, 2009. He has also served in many Technical Committees of different international and national conferences and workshops. During his high school years, Dr. Kozat won several scholarships and medals in international and national science and math competitions. Dr. Kozat received the 1st rank among 2 million high school graduates in the University Entrance Examination (Universite Ogrenci Yerlestirme Sinavi) based on nets.