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Prof. Ozgur Baris Akan

Prof. Ozgur Baris Akan
Electrical Engineering Division, University of Cambridge,
9, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

Office Phone: +44 1223 7 48303


Özgür B. Akan was born in Ankara, Turkey. After high school education in Ankara Fen Lisesi (Ankara Science High School), he received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in June 1999 and January 2002, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking LaboratorySchool of Electrical and Computer EngineeringGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in May 2004. He was with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University between May 2004 and August 2010. He acted as the Associate Director and the Director of Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey between January 2013 - May 2016.

He is the Head of the Internet of Everything Group at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, where he conducts highly advanced theoretical and experimental research on nanoscale, molecular, and neural communications, Internet of Everything, cyber-physical systems, 5G and THz wireless mobile networks, distributed social sensing, and cognitive radio and sensor networks. He is also a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the Director of Next-generation and Wireless Communications Laboratory (NWCL) at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. 

Prof. Akan is an IEEE Fellow. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on CommunicationsIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and IET Communications, Editor for International Journal of Communication Systems (Wiley)European Transactions on Telecommunications, and Nano Communication Networks Journal (Elsevier). He is currently the General Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2017, and served as the General Co-Chair for ACM MobiCom 2012 and IEEE MoNaCom 2012, and TPC Co-Chair for ACM NanoCom 2014, IEEE ISCC 2012, and ACM MSWiM 2010. He is the Vice President for IEEE Communications Society - Turkey Section. He is an ACM member.

Prof. Akan is awarded the European Research Council's (ERC) Consolidator Grant for 2014-2019 and ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant in 2017. He is appointed as IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Distinguished Lecturer effective January 2017, and IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer effective January 2011. He received the TUBITAK Young Scientist Award 2014Koç University Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014, Promising Scientist Award 2014, Kadir Has University, Young Scientist Award 2014 (BAGEP 2014), The Science Academy, Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award 2012, Faculty of Engineering, Koç University, IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Award 2011IEEE Communications Society 2010 Outstanding Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle-East and Africa Region (as runner-up), IBM Faculty Award 2010IBM Faculty Award 2008Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award 2008 (TUBA-GEBIP)TUBITAK-Career Award in 2005.

Research Interests

Nanoscale, Molecular, and Neural Communications, Internet of Everything, Cyber-Physical Systems, 5G and THz Wireless Mobile Networks, Distributed Social Sensing, Cognitive Radio and Sensor Networks

Key Publications

[1] N. A. Abbasi, D. Lafci, O. B. Akan, "Controlled Information Transfer Through An In Vivo Nervous System," Nature Scientific Reports, vol. 8, pp. 2298, February 2018.

[2] O. B. Akan, O. Cetinkaya, C. Koca, M. Ozger, "Internet of Hybrid Energy Harvesting Things," to appear in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2017.

[3] O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, "Electric-field Energy Harvesting from Lighting Elements for Battery-less Internet of Things," IEEE Access, vol. 5, pp. 7423-7434, April 2017.

[4] O. B. Akan, H. Ramezani, T. Khan, N. A. Abbasi, M. Kuscu, "Fundamentals of Molecular Information and Communication Science," Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 105, no. 2, pp. 306-318, February 2017.

[5] M. Kuscu, A. Kiraz, O. B. Akan, "Fluorescent Molecules as Transceiver Nanoantennas: The First Practical and High-Rate Information Transfer over a Nanoscale Communication Channel based on FRET," Nature Scientific Reports, vol. 5, pp. 7831, January 2015.

[6] D. Kilinc, O. B. Akan, "Receiver Design for Molecular Communication," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), vol. 31, no. 12, pp. 705-714, December 2013.

[7] B. Atakan, S. Balasubramaniam, O. B. Akan, "Body Area NanoNetworks with Molecular Communications in Nanomedicine," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 28-34, January 2012.

[8] O. B. Akan, O. B. Karli, O. Ergul, "Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks," IEEE Network, vol. 23, no.4, pp. 34-40, July 2009.

[9] B. Atakan, O. B. Akan, "An Information Theoretical Approach for Molecular Communication," in Proc. ICST/ACM BIONETICS 2007, Budapest, Hungary, December 2007.

[10] O. B. Akan, I. F. Akyildiz,"Event-to-Sink Reliable Transport in Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1003-1016, October 2005.

[11] O. B. Akan, J. Fang, I. F. Akyildiz, "TP-Planet: A Reliable Transport Protocol for InterPlaNetary Internet," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 348-361, February 2004.