R&D PROFILE

Key Personnel

Ali Ufuk Peker

(B Sc. 1991, M.Sc. 1993 Computer Engineering, at Bogazici University)

Ali Ufuk Peker has 21 years of experience in TLC, mobile and LBS. He has experience in large scale system integration projects in public and private sectors. He is in management of Infotech for forteen years. He started as software designer and become a software architect in Nortel. He worked in No:7 signalling projects, intelligent network projects for public switching.(1992-1995). He was software development director in GISMAP Inc, responsible from GIS applications (1997-1999) .In year 2000 he became vice president of Infotech responsible from private sector projects and products. He is the CEO of Infotech since 2007. He is a PhD. candidate in computer engineering at Bogazici University. His PhD. work is focused on using GPS and digital maps to enhance ADAS applications.

Dr. Kerem Par

(B Sc. 1991, M.Sc. 1993, Ph.D. 2013 Computer Engineering, at Bogazici University)

Dr. Kerem Par has 21 years of experience in TLC, mobile and LBS. He has extensive experience in design and development of large scale software projects. He started as a research assistant in computer engineering department at Bogazici University (1991-1993). He worked as software designer and became a software architect in Nortel. He worked in No:7 signalling projects and redevelopment of switching software with object oriented methodology (1992-1995). He was software development director in GISMAP Inc., responsible from mobile applications (1997-1999). He has been director of engineering in Infotech responsible from product development and technology management since year 2000. He worked as a guest lecturer at Yeditepe University (2002-2009). His PhD research was focused on effective mapping of ADAS algorithms onto multicore architectures. He was awarded as “wireless developer of the year” by Oracle Magazine in 2004.

Assoc. Prof. Tankut Acarman

Assoc. Prof. Tankut Acarman received the Master Degree in Computer and Control Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer engineering from the Ohio State University, in 2002. He has been affiliated with Galatasaray University, Computer Engineering Department since 2003 and served as a vice director of the Institute of Sciences since 2008. He was a faculty member in a potential centre for network of excellence funded by EU-FP6 to introduce “Actively Safe, Clean and Efficient Road Vehicles”. He has been served as an expert in various projects, e.g. a national project aiming to reduce traffic accidents by improving driving and driver prudence through signal processing and advanced information technologies, energy management strategies for hybrid electric vehicle technologies supported by the automotive manufacturer. His research interests lie along all aspects of Intelligent Vehicle Technologies, driver assistance systems, performance evaluation of inter-vehicle communication in highway systems and in urban areas. He was the work package leader of a national project aiming to develop Inter-Vehicle communication system funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and coordinated by two automotive manufacturers. Since 2012, as the director of R&D in Infotech, he has been involved in research and development projects on cooperative navigation, mutual localization and deployment of advanced driver assistance systems. These projects are currently co-financed by the EU-FP7 program and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey through Industrial R&D support program. He has been serving as a program and steering committee of International conferences dedicated to Intelligent Vehicles, V2V, and supported by IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems society and Computer society. He is the program chair of IEEE ITS Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2014.

Current R&D Projects

Project Name

Relevance to the Project and Main Role

GLOVE project GLOVE is a technological STREP proposal which investigates the mutual benefits coming from the cross-domain integration between (i) Galileo/EGNOS GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and (ii) VANETs (Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks). Such integration is already foreseen on vehicular On-Board Units (OBU), but has not been extensively studied to exploit all the potential benefits of a tight-coupling between the two domains. GLOVE proposes to cover this area, in strong synergy with other research projects. The problem is split into three steps, corresponding to the functional blocks constituting the overall GLOVE OBU: 1) a tightly-coupled GNSS receiver (OBUg) integrating also signals other than GNSS ones (e.g. from VANET domain); 2) a VANET transceiver/router (OBUv) benefiting as much as possible from both time and space information; 3) a block (OBU) performing the integration between Galileo/EGNOS and VANET data, expected to improve existing vehicular services and to enable novel ones. Expected results of the project include both theoretical (architectures, performance evaluations, analysis of weaknesses and points of strength of the envisioned solutions) and practical ones (proof of concept demonstration of the solutions and of the related services).
Both results have a scientific relevance and are also expected to widen the Galileo potential. Remarkably novel solutions are envisioned: they are specifically drawn to investigate services which could play a key-role for Europe to achieve a strong competitive advantage in the field of GNSS receivers and Navigation Platforms.
ASUDE project This project is a national consortium project aiming to develop custom hardware for advanced driver assistance systems. Image processing, navigation software, vehicular communication, driver HMIs and infotainment services will be run on this custom hardware, which will be marketing to the owners who would like to upgrade the regular cars by purchasing this enriched navigation and driver assistance platform. This project is co-funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey through Industrial R&D support program and the project partners are Turkcell Technologies, ISSD (image processing), Ankara municipality willing to use the ASUDE platforms on the busses used for public transportation.
ADAPT project This project aims to score the driver’s driving performance and create a back-end office for the fleet managers aiming to monitor driving performance of the professional drivers. An embedded platform will be used to assist the driver as already available navigation platform communicating with the central system and will record the driving performance. Authentication and pairing the driver’s smart phone with the car is under investigation.
ADVISE project This project aims to develop Eco driving assistance system for intercity and city driving scenarios. The system is advising the driver by using 3D road map and accurate positioning system on a real-time basis. It will be implemented on a smart phone with a library of mass product cars with available engine and transmiison types. Real-time optimization using traffic, road attributes and weather services is performed in order to assure minimum gas consumption.

Sample Publications

U. Ozguner, T. Acarman, and K. Redmill, “Autonomous Ground Vehicles”, Artech House Publishers, Boston, USA, 2011.

Y. Peksen, T. Acarman, “Multihop safety message broadcasting in VANET: A distributed medium access mechanism with a relaying metric,” in the Procedings of 2012 International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS), Paris, France, August 28-31, 2012, pp. 346-350.

A.U. Peker, T.Acarman, C.Yaman, and E.Yuksel, “Vehicle Localization Enhancement with VANETs”, in the Proceedings of 2014 Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV’14), Dearborn, Michigan, USA, June 8-11, 2014, (accepted).