After obtaining his BSc (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) and MSc in Economics (University of Vienna), he gained his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 2008. Until 2015 Kabadayı has mainly worked on the economic, financial and labor history of the Ottoman Empire. Within the UrbanOccupationsOETR he is pursuing his academic career further as an economic historian, within the fields of digital and geospatial humanities, focusing on the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey.
Ana Basiri is a Professor in Geospatial Data Science and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Glasgow's College of Science and Engineering. Ana works on developing (theoretical and applied) solutions that consider gaps, unavailability, and biases in data as a useful source of data to make inference about the underlying reasons that caused missingness or biases. For this, she leads a team of an interdisciplinary team and collaborates with world-leading academic and industrial partners, including Ordnance Survey GB, Uber, Alan Turing Institute, and engage with the public, policymakers, and government. Ana is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Navigation, and associate editor of several journals including IET Smart Cities, and has received several awards and prizes, including Women Role Model in Science by Alexander Humboldt and European Commission Marie Curie Alumni.
Elif Sertel is a Professor at Geomatics Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical University where she was ranked as the first student among 2002 Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering graduates. She received her master’s degree (2004) and doctoral degree (2008) in Geomatics Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University. She conducted her PhD dissertation work at Rutgers University, USA as a Fulbright Scholar. She is the first Geomatics Engineer selected for Fulbright scholarship in Turkey. She investigated impact of land cover change especially due to the urbanization on regional climate in her PhD study. She held post-doctoral researcher position at Rutgers University. Dr. Sertel became an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Technical University in July 2009. She was entitled as Associate Professor in April 2010 and Professor in March 2016.
She held the Director position at Istanbul Technical University - Center for Satellite Communications and Remote Sensing (ITU-CSCRS) between 2012 and 2021, where she was the Vice-Director between 2009 and 2012. Prof. Sertel has been serving as an expert and Vice-Chair for the evaluation of European Union (EU) projects.
Prof. Sertel received Outstanding Young Scientist Award from Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2017 (TÜBA-GEBİP 2017) and she is the first Scientist received this award in Geomatics Engineering field.
Grigor Boykov, PhD in Ottoman history (Bilkent University, 2013) is a researcher at the Institute for Habsburg and Balkan studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IHB, ÖAW). Previously he taught at the University of Sofia (2014-2019), Central European University in Budapest (2015-2016), and was a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey (2012-2014). Boykov’s research utilizes various digital tools for spatial and quantitative analysis of Ottoman population and socio-economic history. He has been a team member of the projects ERC-CoG-2014 OTTOCONFESSION (2015-2016) and ERC-StG-2015 UrbanOccupationsOETR (2017-2019). In 2019 Boykov received Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-Individual Fellowship for his project Population Geography of Bulgaria, 1500-1920: An Historical Spatial Analysis (POPGEO_BG), carried out at Koç University.
My research interests are in long-run social and economic developments in England between the mid sixteenth and late nineteenth centuries with a particular focus on the development of agrarian capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.
Murat Güvenç is the director of the Istanbul Studies Center of Kadir Has University, Istanbul. His academic interests concentrate on intra-metropolitan industrial geography, urban history and data visualization. He established and directed the Center for Urban Studies of İstanbul Şehir University between 2010 and 2014, where he carried out a comprehensive study on internal migration in Turkey sponsored by the Scientific and Technical Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and research projects on the social and economic urban history and geography of Istanbul, Izmir and Bursa metropolitan areas. Professor Güvenç currently works on problems of visualization and communication of big data.
Cengiz is on his last semester as a Geomatics Engineering Student at Istanbul Technical University. His research interest focuses on remote sensing and computer vision to obtain valuable information from satellite imagery. He wants to use this information for making beneficial actions that could reduce climate change effects. His graduation thesis was on ``Automatic Building Segmentation from High-Resolution Satellite Imagery`` under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elif Sertel. He is currently working on the road extraction topic as a Research Fellow at Urban Occupations OETR project.
Paria has obtained her MSc. degree in Satellite Communication and Remote sensing at Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) in 2015. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at İTÜ. Her academic interests focus on utilizing the availability and volume of remotely sensed satellite images and data with particular emphasis on ``Long-Term Satellite Image Time-Series analysis``, ``Analysis of Land Use/Cover Change`` and ``Satellite Aerosol Products and Atmospheric Pollution``.
Piet Gerrits received his undergraduate degree in (Geo-)Archaeology with a specialization in GIS at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Working with the Barcın Höyük excavation and UrbanOccupationsOETR projects during his graduate studies at Koç University (MA 2018), he gained an interest in developing spatial databases and conducting computational research in archaeology and history. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geospatial Data Science at the University of Glasgow, focusing on the use of historical maps and census data to gain better understanding of the long-term role of transport in urbanization.
Akın Sefer joined the project in July 2018, after receiving his Ph.D. in history at Northeastern University, Boston. His research focuses on the history of working classes in the late Ottoman Empire. He wrote an MA thesis on the struggles of port workers in late Ottoman Istanbul, and a dissertation on the connections between working-class formation, industrialization and modern state-formation in the Ottoman Imperial Arsenal (Tersane-i Amire) in the nineteenth century. His teaching and research interests include world history, Middle Eastern history, history of capitalism, history of transportation, and urban history.
Aybike Aydın is in her third year in Geomatics Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. She is interested in analysing change detection using remote sensing data and also machine learning applications on remote sensing, which she is working on improving herself.
Dzenaida Gicic was born in Sarajevo in 1995. After earning her Bachelor's degree as a Computer Engineer from Istanbul Bilgi University she started her MSc study at Koç University in Fall 2017. Her MSc research foci are Software-Defined Networks and Platoon Vehicles.
Efe graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University History department in 2016. Currently, he is a PhD student in the History Department at Koç University. His interests include the economic and demographic geography of the Ottoman Empire in the mid-nineteenth century, with a specific emphasis on the city of Bursa and its environs. In his research he links individuals and their family members across three sources: Ottoman population registers, tax surveys, and probate inventories in the period 1820-1850. By supplementing them with related archival material he explores occupational life and work cycles and intergenerational wealth and status transfer. Acknowledging that geography is an essential dimension of wealth-creation and lifestyles, his studies use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to spatially analyze social, economic, demographic, and migration networks and the role of topography in their creation.
He obtained his MA degree from Istanbul 29 Mayis University History Department in 2016 with his thesis focusing on the Ottoman Naval Power in Early Modern Age. So far, he has worked in projects on Ottoman labor history, environmental history, and urbanism in the Ottoman Empire. He’s currently a Ph.D. student at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and he is interested in Ottoman maritime history, history of transportation networks and digital humanities.
Peijuan received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Wuhan University of Technology in Communication Engineering in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Istanbul Technical University in Communication Systems-Satellite Communication and Remote Sensing doctoral program. Her research focuses on Satellite image processing (pan-sharpening, single frame and multi-frame remote sensing image super-resolution) via deep learning approaches.
Uygar Karaca was born in 1984, Kdz. Ereğli. After obtaining a BA and MA degrees in Economics from Bogaziçi University (2010), he pursued another MA degree at Bilgi University, History Department. He finished his MA Thesis in 2015, which was on occupational transformation and population in growth in Ottoman Empire and Russia during 1845-1926. Currently, he is a PhD student at Koç University, History department as work as a research fellow in the ERC Project “Industrialisation and Urban Growth from the mid-nineteenth century Ottoman Empire to Contemporary Turkey in a Comparative Perspective, 1850-2000” Population geography and occupational transformation in Ottoman Empire and Balkans during mid-19th-20th centuries are his prominent research interests.
Aişe Özaytürk, Research Fellow
Avni Değirmenci, Research Fellow
Aylin de Tapia, Research Fellow
Aymesey Albay, Research Fellow
Aysel Danacı Yıldız, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Baran Yıldızoğlu, Working Student
Betül Gaye Dinç, Research Fellow
Burak Ekim, Research Fellow
Çiğdem Ak, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Deniz Ali Uyan, Research Fellow
Dimitris Stratoulias, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Ege Yaylı, Research Fellow
Ekin Berk Polat, Working Student
Elif Yılmaz, Research Fellow
Elifgül Doğan, Research Fellow
Enis Enver Cilasun, Research Fellow
Farid Shahbalayev, Working Student
Fatma Kalkan, Research Fellow
Faysal Murat Demir, Research Fellow
Fulya Özturan, Research Fellow
Grigor Boykov, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Hale Överoğlu, Research Fellow
Hüreyla Balcı, Research Fellow
Ilgın Bayram, Working Student