Shimon Ullman (MIT & Weizmann Institute)
Suresh Manandhar (The University of York)
Deniz Yüret (Koç University)
Cem Bozşahin (Middle East Technical University - METU)
Levent Akın (Bogaziçi University)
Michelle Adams (Bilkent University)
Shimon Ullman is the Samy and Ruth Cohn Professor of Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Prior to this position, he was a Professor at the Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT. His areas of research combine computer and human vision, human cognition, and brain modeling. He obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics and Biology, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the 2008 David. E. Rumelhart Prize in human cognition, the 2014 Emet Prize for Art, Science and Culture, and the 2015 Israel Prize in Computer Science. He is a member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Deniz Yuret is an associate professor of Computer Engineering at Koç University in Istanbul since 2002 currently heading the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Previously he was at the MIT AI Lab (1988-1999) and later co-founded Inquira, Inc., a company commercializing question answering technology (2000-2002). He has worked on supervised and unsupervised approaches to syntax, morphology, lexical semantics and lexical categories. His most recent work is on creation and applications of continuous word embeddings and developing systems that learn how to pair language with other modalities/tasks.
Cem Bozsahin works on the learning and projection of structure, in particular argument structure and constituent structure, in the intersecting areas of computer science, linguistics and philosophy. He holds a PhD in computer science, from Arizona State University. He worked at Ohio University before joining Middle East Technical University (ODTU) permanently, with visiting research assignments at University of Edinburgh, Bogazici University and University of Lisbon.
Dr. Adams received her PhD in Neuroscience in 2001 from the New York University - Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her PhD work focused on the relationship among brain aging, cognitive decline, estrogen, and glutamate receptors. Dr. Adams did a postdoctoral fellowship at the HHMI in Brown/MIT examining the functional consequences of altering glutamate receptor levels and then in 2004 she went to the Neurobiology and Anatomy Department at Wake Forest University School of Medicine to study the effects of caloric restriction on synaptic glutamate receptors. In 2005 Dr. Adams became an assistant professor at Wake Forest University and then in 2009 she moved to Bilkent University where she is currently an associate professor in the Psychology Department and director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Neuroscience.