Special Talks

 Prof. Dr. Duc Truong Pham


Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The University of Birmingham, UK

Duc Truong Pham has made wide-ranging contributions to the theory and practice of mechanical, manufacturing and systems engineering. His academic output includes more than 500 technical papers and 15 books. He has supervised over 100 PhD theses to completion. He has won in excess of £30M in external research grants and contracts. In addition to pursuing and leading research, he has also been very active with knowledge transfer to industry, applying the results of his work to help multinational companies and SMEs to generate wealth and create and safeguard jobs. He has lectured extensively abroad on his research and has acted as a consultant to several major companies. He was Professeur Invité at École Centrale de Paris, Consulting Professor at HUST (China), Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Visiting Professor at the Université Paul Verlaine (France) and Visiting Professor at King Saud University (Saudi Arabia).  He is currently a Strategic Scientist at Wuhan University of Technology.He is the recipient of several prizes including the Sir Joseph Whitworth prize awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1996 and 2000 and the Institution’s Thomas Stephens Group Prize in 2001 and 2003 and Donald Julius Groen Prize in 2004, and the 5th ICMR Best Paper Prize in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Learned Society of Wales, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was made an OBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours List for his services to Engineering.

Prof. Dr. Fatih Taşgetiren

Department Chair

Department of International Logistics Management, Yaşar University, Turkey

Dr. M.Fatih Taşgetiren completed his master’s degree in Istanbul Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering, after completing his undergraduate studies in Industrial Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Sakarya Engineering Faculty and his Ph.D. in Operations Management at Istanbul University, Faculty of Management. He started his academic career at Yaşar University in 2009 as Associate Professor. In 2014 he was appointed Professor at Yaşar University. He served as the director of Yaşar University Research and Development (YAGEM) at Yaşar University. He is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of International Logistics Management of Yasar University, and he is the full-time acting director of the department. Dr. M. Fatih Taşgetiren has a total of 108 publications in international indexed articles, book sections and conference papers. Google academic citations are 5100 and h-index is 33. He is the assistant editor of the Journal of Swarm and Evolutionary Computation-Elsevier. (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/swarm-and-evolutionary-computation/editorial-board). He is also a member of IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee (http://cis.ieee.org/evolutionary-computation-tc.html).

Prof. Dr. Deniz Türsel Eliiyi

Department Chair

Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yaşar University, Izmir, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Deniz Türsel Eliiyi is the Department Chair at the Department of Industrial Engineering of Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey. She received her B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in years 1998, 2001 and 2004, respectively. After working as a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Industrial Engineering of Middle East Technical University during her graduate studies, she has worked as an instructor at the Department of Statistics of Dokuz Eylül University, as an assistant professor at the Department of Business Administration of Izmir University of Economics and as an associate professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering of Izmir University of Economics.

Being in the academia for 20 years, her expertise lies in the areas of scheduling, optimization, container port operations and vehicle routing and scheduling. She has a large academic portfolio in these areas, as well as several completed and ongoing Tubitak and industry-collaboration projects.

In the International Symposium for Production Research 2018 (ISPR2018), she is going to contribute with the presentation having the title “Industrial Systems Design Applications in Senior Design Projects”. Senior design project courses are the capstones of most engineering curricula.  The main goal in the course is to provide students with a means for exercising their four years of accumulated knowledge of undergraduate education in an applied project. In many cases, the projects also aim to offer the senior students a chance to tackle a real-life problem with an industrial partner. During this talk, the effective senior projects system at the Department of Industrial Engineering of Yasar University, which has gained much success over the years, will be elaborated in detail.


Prof.Dr.Jan Torgersen

Stanford University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford, USA

“Thin film deposition for next generation DRAM structures”

NTNU Trondheim

Jan Torgersen got his degree summa cum laude in “Industrial Engineering” in 2011 at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria. He has been working as Researcher in “High resolution Additive Manufacturing for Biological Applications” at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology at TU Wien, where he obtained his PhD summa cum laude in 2013.

In 2014, he started working as PostDoc at Stanford University, where he started his work in “Ultrathin high-k dielectric films” in the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory for Energy Conversion and Storage.

He started as Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2016 and holds a Guest Lecturer position at Stanford University.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Zeynep Akata

University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Scientific Manager of the UvA/Bosch Delta Lab and a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany

She holds a BSc degree from Trakya University (2008), MSc degree from RWTH Aachen (2010) and a PhD degree from University of Grenoble (2014). After completing her PhD at the INRIA Rhone Alpes with Prof. Cordelia Schmid, she worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics with Prof. Bernt Schiele and a visiting researcher with Prof. Trevor Darrell at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include machine learning frameworks that combine computer vision and language integrated with explainable artificial intelligence (XAI). 

Dr. Orhan Dengiz

Department of Industrial Engineering, Nuh Naci Yazgan University, Turkey

DVM Technology Inc., Ankara, Turkey

Orhan Dengiz was born in Ankara, Turkey. Dengiz received his bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University (METU) in civil engineering in 2000. He later joined Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and received master’s and Ph.D. degree in 2007.

Dengiz has worked on inter-disciplinary projects that involved materials science, computer and machine vision, and industrial engineering.

Dengiz’s research involves application of computational techniques such as heuristic optimization algorithms and artificial intelligence tools in areas of manufacturing, system reliability design, automated vision systems, wireless telecommunication network design and automation problems.

After completing his doctoral studies, Dengiz returned to Ankara-TURKEY, and worked for the industry before he founded DVM Technology, a leading industrial IoT solutions company and joined Nuh Naci Yazgan University’s Engineering Faculty.


Koluman Otomotiv Endüstri A.Ş.

R&D Center, R&D Coordinator

Dr. Banu Ozkeser, born in 1979 and working in innovation for more than 15 years, is the R&D coordinator of Koluman Automotive Industry, Turkey. She has experienced about technology management field in various big scale companies till now. Dr. Ozkeser, also patent and trademark attorney, completed her BS and MSc degrees from the industrial engineering department of TR Cukurova University, with honor. She had her PhD degree from Business Adm. between 2010 and 2014, meanwhile working in business life. Moreover, Dr. Banu Ozkeser, graduated from PhD with the highest grade as she got in her previous degrees, Her doctorate thesis was selected from many applications and also fully supported by Tubitak, which is one of the well-known funding channels in Turkey, as an implemented sample in the project management. She’s focused on project management, Industry 4.0. and Industry 5.0, entrepreneurship, innovation and intellectual properties. Her experience in various projects and submissions as a referee contributes much more in career mapping. Being the editor of a popular e-journal makes her pen be more strong, in writing and evaluating the papers and books, too. Finally, Dr. Ozkeser, who not only organized more than 124 projects but also published international and national papers, continues to study about the same fields. Nowadays, she’s writing her first personel development book and planning to start a technical one after this.

In the International Symposium for Production Research 2018 (ISPR2018), she is going to contribute with the presentation of having the title “A Borderless Touch In The Tip of Our Fingers” as a keynote speaker.