M. Furkan Kıraç

Assist. Prof. Dr., Department of Computer Science, Ozyegin University.


(page last updated on 6/Mar/2018)

Sep.2002 - Sep.2013 Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey
PhD. in Computer Engineering, CGPA 3.94
Adviser: Prof. Lale Akarun
Thesis Title: Real-time Hand Pose Estimation and Tracking using Depth Sensors.
Sep.2000 - Jun.2002 Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey
M.S. in Systems and Control Engineering, CGPA 4.00
Adviser: Prof. Ümit Bilge
Thesis Title: Genetic Algorithm Approach to Parallel Machine Total Tardiness Problem [PDF]
Sep.1996 - Jun.2000 Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, CGPA 3.31
Sep.1989 - Jan.1996 Kadıköy Anatolian High School, İstanbul, Turkey

Research Interests:

  • Machine Learning (Deep Learning)
  • Computer Vision

Teaching Interests:

  • Machine Learning (Deep Learning)
  • Computer Vision
  • Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • Embedded Programming

Courses Assisted in Bogazici University:

  • CMPE537, Computer Vision, Fall 2009, assistant of Prof. Dr. Lale Akarun
  • CMPE150, Introduction to Computing, Spring 2012, assistant of Prof. Dr. Lale Akarun

Courses Taught in Ozyegin University:

  • CS101 - Introduction to Computing (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015) [Course Page]
  • CS102 - Object Oriented Programming (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014) [Course Page]
  • CS394 - Android Application Programming (Spring 2014, Spring 2015)
  • CS409/509 - Advanced C++ Programming (Spring 2017)
  • CS423/523 - Computer Vision (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
  • CS466/566 - Introduction to Deep Learning (Spring 2016)
  • CS523-Vestel - Computer Vision (Fall 2017)
  • CS577-Vestel - Android Application Programming (Spring 2014, Spring 2016)
Sep. 2013 – ... Assist. Prof., Computer Science Department, Özyeğin University (Room 219)
Sep. 2012 – Jun. 2013 Part-time Instructor, Computer Science Department, Özyeğin University (Room 219)
Apr. 2009 – Aug. 2013 Research Assistant, Computer Engineering Department, Boğaziçi University
Sep. 2009 – Sep. 2012 Teaching Assistant, Computer Engineering Department, Boğaziçi University
Jul. 2009 – Apr. 2010 Fortibase Corporation, İstanbul / Turkey
Founder Partner & Chief Technical Officer, Computer Vision based R&D firm
Jul. 2000 – Apr. 2009 Proksima Corporation, İstanbul / Turkey
Founder Partner & Chief Technical Officer, Computer Vision based R&D firm
Jul. - Sep.1998 Toyota Automobile Factory, Adapazari, Turkey
  • Member of a team preparing 3D modeling of car components.
  • Studied the fatigue fracture failures of transmission components.
20123rd place in best demo award, SIU 2012, Muğla, Turkey.
2012Best application paper award, SIU 2012, Muğla, Turkey.
2008Programmed the first Computer Vision based Gas Filling Automation System.
Used for automatic filling of gas tanks for a major Turkish energy company.
2006Ported the tire design software INFMT/G from Fortran’77 VAX to today’s PCs.
The code is actively being used for tire development in BRISA.
20052nd place in best paper award, SIU 2005, Kayseri, Turkey.
2004Programmed the first Computer Vision based Filling Quality Control Automation System.
Software is currently being used in BP Gas at Yarimca, Turkey.
2003Programmed the first Turkish License Plate Recognition Software Platasis.
Software is currently being used widely in Turkey.
2001Programmed fluid mechanics airflow simulator AIRSIM for a major Turkish brand Arçelik.
Simulator has been used in the research phase of “Orbital” series refrigerators.
1995Represented Turkey in 1995 London International Youth Science Forum.
Sponsored by British Council.
19952nd degree in National High School Students Computer Research Project Competition.
Project was an Operating System built on DOS which used a Windows 95 like GUI. Windows 95 was not released yet.
1995Silver medal in III. National Computer Science Olympiads, Marmara Territory.
1995Bronze medal in III. National Computer Science Olympiads, Turkey.
1994Gold medal in II. National Computer Science Olympiads, Marmara Territory.
1994Bronze position in II. National Computer Science Olympiads, Turkey.
Spoken Languages: Advanced English, intermediate German, native Turkish speaker.
Programming: More than 30 years of C and C++ experience.
Also proficient in Java, Python, CUDA, Assembly (680x0, 80x86), Perl, Fortran, JavaScript, ...
Operating Systems: Various flavors of Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android, iOS, and AmigaOS.
Computer Graphics: 3D Studio Max modelling, Ogre Game Development Framework.
Distributed Computing: OpenMP, Intel TBB, OpenMPI, Sun Grid Engine.
Database Administration:Informix, Oracle, PostgreSQL, FirebirdSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, ...
  • Reviewer, Elsevier Image and Vision Computing Journal
  • Reviewer, Elsevier Pattern Recognition Letters Journal
  • Reviewer, Elsevier Image Communications Journal
  • Reviewer, SIU 2012 Conference
  • Reviewer, Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Reviewer, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
  • Reviewer, Digital Signal Processing
  • Reviewer, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
  • Reviewer, IET Computer Vision
  • Reviewer, Image and Vision Computing
  • Reviewer, Signal Image and Video Processing
  1. C. Keskin, F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, L. Akarun, "Real-time Hand Pose Estimation Using Depth Sensors", Consumer Depth Cameras for Computer Vision: Research Topics and Applications, 2012.

International Journal Publications:

  1. B. Yilmaz, B. Aktemur, M. J. Garzaran, S. Kamin, F. Kıraç, "Autotuning Runtime Specialization for Sparse Matrix-Vector Multiplication", ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO), March 2015.
  2. F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, L. Akarun, “Hierarchically Constrained 3D Hand Pose Estimation using Regression Forests from Single Frame Depth Data”, Pattern Recognition Letters - Special Issue on Depth Image Analysis, 2013.
  3. Ü. Bilge, M. Kurtulan, F. Kıraç, “A Tabu Search Algorithm for the Single Machine Total Weighted Tardiness Problem”, European Journal of Operational Research, 176 (3), 1423-1435, 2007.
  4. Ü. Bilge, F. Kıraç, M. Kurtulan, P. Pekgün, “A Tabu Search Algorithm for Parallel Machine Total Tardiness Problem”, Computers and Operations Research, v.31 n.3, p.397-414, 2004.

International Conference / Workshop Publications:

  1. C. Keskin, F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, L. Akarun, “Hand Pose Estimation and Hand Shape Classification using Multi-layered Randomized Decision Forests”, In Proceedings of ECCV, 2012.
  2. C. Keskin, F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, L. Akarun, “Randomized decision forests for static and dynamic hand shape classification”, In Proceedings of CVPR, Gesture Recognition Workshop, 2012.
  3. A. A. Kındıroğlu, R. Yorgancı, F. Kıraç, M. Aydın, M. Hruz, H. Köse, L. Akarun, "Multimodal Sign Language Game Interface", In Proceedings of eNTERFACE, The Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces, 2011.
  4. C. Keskin, F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, L. Akarun, "Real Time Hand Pose Estimation using Depth Sensors", In Proceedings of IEEE ICCV Workshop on Consumer Depth Cameras, 2011.
  5. C. Keskin, İ. Arı, T. Eren, F. Kıraç, L. Rybok, H. Ekenel, R. Stiefelhagen, L. Akarun, "Vision Based Hand Puppet", In Proceedings of eNTERFACE 2010, The Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces, 2010, p. 10-17.
  6. F. Kıraç, Ü. Bilge, M. Kurtulan, "Genetic Algorithm Approach to Parallel Machine Total Tardiness Problem", In Proceedings of EUROINFORMS, İstanbul, 2003. [PPT]

National Conference Publications:

  1. F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, C. Keskin, L. Akarun, "Depth Image Based 3D Hand Pose Estimation Framework", In Proceedings of SİU 2012.
  2. C. Keskin, F. Kıraç, Y. E. Kara, L. Akarun, "3D Hand Pose Estimation and Classification Using Depth Sensors", In Proceedings of SİU 2012.
  3. F. Kıraç, L. Akarun, "Real-time Pose Tracking Based on a 3D Skeletal Model Using Multiple Cameras", In Proceedings of SİU 2011.
  4. F. Kıraç, L. Akarun, "Human Hand Tracking in Image Sequence using Particle Filters", In Proceedings of SİU 2005.
  1. Project Lead, TUBITAK 1007 - KGYS için akıllı destek yazılımları geliştirme projesi, 2016-2019
  2. Project Lead, TUBITAK 1507 - Şok filtre bobinleri için yenilikçi üretim proseslerinin geliştirilmesi, 2015-2016
  3. Researcher, TUBITAK 1001 - Zaman-Mekansal Haritalama, 2015-2017
  4. Scholar, Vision Based Hand Puppet, Funded by UVA, 2010.
  5. Scholar, Gesture Based Human Computer Interaction in Emergency Management Systems (GEMS), Funded by The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), 2009-2012.