EE @IEEE Turkey SB EA Online Camp

At the first day of IEEE Turkey Student Branches Educational Activities Online Camp, which is held between October 31st and November 1st, 2020, IEEE Turkey PDEA Coordinator and Department Head Assoc. Prof. Serhan Yarkan has shared the plans of the TUAC event with the students.

Design Project/Graduation Project Announcement for ’20-’21

Students should contact their supervisors regarding conducting design/graduation project course requirements. Students are expected to fill out the online project request form via the link below. Deadline of request form submission is November 6th, 2020, 11.59pm, local time in Istanbul.

Request Form

Note that students should abide by the general guidelines described on []. In case no special set of rules defined by any supervisor, the general guidelines and responsibilities defined on [] will prevail.

Project topics to be supervised by Serhan Yarkan:

  • [SY] Harmonic analysis with linear methods on embedded systems
  • [SY] Digital controlled FM transmitter
  • [SY] Acoustic direction finder
  • [SY] Relaying TV signals with wireless relay
  • [SY] Power/cable network diagnosis (cable fault finder, cable network probe, etc.)
  • [SY] Home appliances power profile identification
  • [SY] Universal TV remote control
  • [SY] Visible Light Communication
  • [SY] Digital demodulation for known standards
  • [SY] Celestial object tracking and focusing with electromechanical system

Project topics to be supervised by Cengiz Riva:

[CR] 2D Autonomous border/layout finding robot
Using lidar and microntroller, vehicle will autonomously wander around and draw the layout.
[CR] Quin-McCluskey Boolen function simplifier laboratory equipment
A teaching assistant equipment will be developed to simplfy a given Boolean function using Quin-McCluskey tabular method.
[CR] Electromagnetic Gun
An equipment will be designed to throw an object to ceratin distance using electromagnetic force to launch high velocity projectiles.
[CR] Smart Cellular Conveyor
Conveyor will route the boxes in 4 ways using the routing barcode information on the boxes.
[CR] Digital Variable Speed Control of Single Phase Induction Motor and RPM counter
A microcontroller controled equipment with keypad and display will be designed to change rpm of an Induction Motor and RPM counter
[CR] Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer Based On Resonant Inductive Coupling
Energy will be harvested by piezo-electric/Electromagnetic waves will charge battery using wireless power transfer based on resonant ınductive coupling.
[CR] Breath, Cough And SPO Monitor and Analyzer System for COVID-19 Patients
A system will be designed to measure Breath, cough and Saturated Oxygen and analyze it for prossible COVID-19 disease or monitor for COVID-19 Patients.
[CR] Digitally Controlled Buck-Boost Converter in a defined voltage range
A microcontroller controlled equipment with keypad and display will be designed to supply DC-DC converter in a defined voltage range.
[CR] Wearable Technology Controlled Artificial Hand
An artificial hand will replicate the movements of a human hand with sensors attached to handglove.
[CR] Obstacle size/distance finding and creative warning walking stick with waerable technology for Blind people
According to the sensors attached to walking stick of a blind person, obstacle size/distance will be measured and this information will be transferred to the person in a creative way.
[CR] Storing green energy wihout using battery

Project topics to be supervised by Amer Alshava:

[AA] IR sensors (infrared LEDs) to make an object-detection circuit
There are various applications of IR sensors such as TV remote controllers, burglar alarms and object counters. Here we have used IR sensors (infrared LEDs) to make an object-detection circuit and a proximity sensor for path-tracking robots. The basic idea is to transmit the infrared light through an IR LED, which is then reflected by any obstacle ahead and sensed by the receiving LED.
[AA] Faulty Car Indicator Alarm
Before taking a turn, either left or right, car drivers need to switch on the car turn indicator lamps so that the approaching vehicle drivers can take precaution accordingly. An accident is likely to occur in case your car turn indicator lamps fail to glow due to some reason or the other.
[AA] Play with Robotic Eye (IR Sensor)
There are various applications of IR sensors such as TV remote controllers, burglar alarms and object counters. Here we have used IR sensors (infrared LEDs) to make an object-detection circuit and a proximity sensor for path-tracking robots. The basic idea is to transmit the infrared light through an IR LED, which is then reflected by any obstacle ahead and sensed by the receiving LED.
[AA] Sound Operated Light
While living in rent or in hostel the problem like stealing is often in absent time. Here is the circuit of simple and inexpensive sound – operated light to overcome this type of problem which can turn on the light when someone claps, or tries to open your door or even inserts a key in the door lock. The switching of light is alternately i.e. light on by one sound pulse and off by another. It is also called clap operated light or clap switch.
[AA] Solar Tracking System
Generally, solar panels are stationary and do not follow the movement of the sun. Here is a solar tracker system that tracks the sun’s movement across the sky and tries to maintain the solar panel perpendicular to the sun’s rays, ensuring that the maximum amount of sunlight is incident on the panel throughout the day. The solar tracker starts following the sun right from dawn, throughout the day till evening, and starts all over again from the dawn next day.
[AA] Solar Battery Charger Circuit
Here is the simple circuit to charge 6V, 4.5Ah rechargeable Lead-acid battery from the solar panel. This solar charger has current and voltage regulation and also has over voltage cut off facilities. This circuit may also be used to charge any battery at constant voltage because output voltage is adjustable.
[AA] Underwater Optical Wireless Communication Project
Transferring of information wirelessly underwater plays an essential role in different applications like monitoring of pollution, oil control, tactical surveillance, monitoring the change of climate & research in oceanography. This can be achieved by arranging different devices underwater which has high capacity & bandwidth to transfer the information underwater. This project mainly focuses on understanding the possibility of high data rate optical links undersea because of a variety of propagation occurrences. This occurrence will impact on the system performance.

Project topics to be supervised by Vedat Tavas:

[VT] Project 1
Design and fabricate your own arduino–mega board with a small difference of adding a memory chip to it at least 256KB. The student must show how to upload the arduino operating system in to it. Also a small application must be shown on board under the test to prove the board is working.
[VT] Project 2
Design and fabricate your own arduino–nano board with a small difference of adding wifi and bluetooth module on it. The student must show how to upload the arduino operating system in to it. Also a small application must be shown on board under the test to prove the board is working.
[VT] Project 3
Design an electromechanical system, that goes staight by using PID controller. Also the system has its own precautions not to hit any obstacle. If an obstacle determined the system must return 180 degress from a convenient side (right or left) otherwise it must stop.
[VT] Project 4
Design a solar power generation system that the solar panel must follow the direction of the light to get max energy. Analyze the system in a shiny day that which angle is the best for energy generation.
[VT] Project 5
Design a piezo-electric system to generate energy. Analyze the energy efficiency of system if it is laid to the all off the division corridors.
[VT] Project 6
Design a solar system that it powers an AC system. Total energy stored in the system is at least 100W. System operation should be approved using a fluorescent lamb.
[VT] Project 7
Wireless charger design and realization.
[VT] Project 8
Automatic greenhouse irrigation system : The system that measures the moisture in the soil and operates the irrigation system if the soil is dry, and turns off the system after sufficient irrigation.
[VT] Project 9
Automatic thermometer system: design a system that measures the fever of a livestock and informs the center by wireless communication if the fever exceeds the critical level.
[VT] Project 10
Implementation of computer arithmetic algorithms on FPGA
[VT] Project 11
Students can suggest other projects they want to do. If the project is deemed appropriate, it will be built.

Announcement About Decision of Internship Commission of the EE Department

Students who completed their internship and delivered the internship books to the EE Department, the Internship Commission of the EE Department has examined the internship books. Students can access the decision of the commission by clicking here . Students who deliver their internship book should follow this announcement for their internship status, the decision of commission will be update regularly.


Tapir Lab. member and EE Department Senior student Halil Said Cankurtaran successfully presented his paper entitled “An Acoustic Signal Based Language Independent Lip Synchronization Method and Its Implementation via Extended LPC” on October 5th, 2020 at the 28th IEEE Conference on Signal Processing and Communications Applications (SIU). EE Department wishes him continued success. Details of the study could be accessed online on the Tapir Lab.’s GitHub page under MIT License.

EE @IEEE Turkey Section Science Awards 2019 Ceremony

The IEEE Turkey Section Science Awards 2019 Ceremony which was postponed to the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was held on October 3rd, 2020 at IEEE Turkey Section Official YouTube Channel. IEEE Turkey Section wanted to congratulate success and encourage scientists even under pandemic conditions. Additionally, the IEEE Turkey Section hosted two distinguished guests; IEEE President-Elect 2020 Susan Kathy Land and Awards Board Vice Chair Karen Panetta. After the presentations of guests, ten scientists have been awarded in Lifetime Achievement, Exemplary Service, Research Encouragement, and Dissertation categories. IEEE Turkey Section PDEA Coordinator and EE Department Head Assoc. Prof Serhan Yarkan has presented one of the Dissertation Awards to Dr. Hamideh Ramezani whose Dissertation is titled Communication Theoretical Foundations of Nervous System. You can watch the entire ceremony on the YouTube Channel of the IEEE Turkey Section. List of awards and awardees are also listed below.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Prof. Bülent Sankur
  • Exemplary Service Award – Prof. Engin Erzin
  • Research Encouragement Award – Assistant Prof. Ercüment Çiçek
  • Research Encouragement Award – Prof. Hazım Ekenel
  • Research Encouragement Award – Associate Prof. Sedat Nizamoğlu
  • Dissertation Award – Dr. M. Furkan Keskin
    • Dissertation Title: Visible Light Positioning Systems: Fundamental Limits, Algorithms and Resource Allocation Approaches
  • Dissertation Award – Dr. Hamideh Ramezani
    • Dissertation Title: Communication Theoretical Foundations of Nervous System
  • Dissertation Award – Assistant Prof. Semiha Tedik Başaran
    • Dissertation Title: Relaying Opportunities for Wireless Networks by Applying Network Coding
  • Dissertation Award – Dr. Hasan Uluşan
    • Dissertation Title: Ultra-Low Power Interface Electronics Design for Fully Implantable Cochlear Implants
  • Dissertation Award – Dr. Farshad Miramirkhani
    • Dissertation Title: Channel Modelling and Characterization for Visible Light Communications: Indoor Vehicular and Underwater Channels

Announcement for Fall ’20 Elective Courses

The elective courses that will be offered in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering are listed below;

*EEE406 – Mobile Communication
*EEE451 – Digital Image Processing
*EEE403 – Active Filter Design
*EEE429 – Optoelectronics

Students (except for sophomore students) who wish to take extra elective courses can register to the elective courses of the other departments after registering four courses opened in the EE department.

Tapir Lab. @IEEE Region 8 Virtual SYP Congress – Day 13

The IEEE Region 8 Virtual Students and Young Professionals (vSYP) Congress took place from September 14th – 26th, 2020 virtually on Crowdcast. Last day of the Congress was hosted by IEEE Turkey Section and IEEE Turkey Section Vice-Chair Dr. Tunçer Baykaş, Treasurer Simay Akar, Student Activities Coordinator Dr. Murat Tümer, Young Professionals AG Ömer Melih Gül, and Professional Development and Educational Activities Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Serhan Yarkan have attended the Congress, and introduced the IEEE Turkey section, and some of the organizational activities. On the 13th day of the Congress, three different speakers have presented and one discussion panel has been organized. Additionally, SAC and YP have presented and announced awards won by members from Region 8.

Announcement of Presentations of Graduation Project

According to the graduation project outlines, the third stage of presentations will be held online on September 28th, 2020, Monday, starting at 9 am. At this stage, the following two groups of students will be presenting their projects:
Group 1. Students who filled out the graduation project request form in such a way that they themselves decide to present their projects in September 2020,
Group 2. Students who got “Incomplete (I)” from the previous presentations.

All students who will present their projects on September 28th, 2020, Monday, should be ready prior to the presentation time along with their project files (slides, reports, videos, audios, etc.). The order of presentation will be determined via a random number generation mechanism.

A Welcome Message from the Department Head

Dear Everybody,

On behalf of Istanbul Commerce University (ICU), Electrical-Electronics Engineering (EE) Department, I would like to congratulate our prospective students after their hard work during their studies towards the university exam. It is a real privilege for us to expand our family with recently admitted students announced by Higher Education Council (HEC) rankings along with freshmen and recent graduates. I would like to take this as an opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the ICU officials during the promotion days under the shadow of the pandemic in rigid restrictions. Despite these stringent conditions, EE is proud to have all HEC slots reserved full again and we are looking forward to meeting you in the upcoming academic year. However, considering the situation that we all faced during the last months, official announcements about the planning of the next semester should be checked regularly to stay up-to-date.

Before proceeding further, I would like to briefly mention what EE achieved during the lockdown days and at the new normal stage. I hope these achievements would encourage new members of our family. First and foremost, EE has been granted one more time with a very challenging research and development (R&D) project with an alias “ROBOTIM,” by the Presidency of Defence Industries under the Presidency of The Republic of Turkey. The project allows EE to recruit students who are successful, talented, passionate, and focused. Hopefully, starting with Fall 2020, EE will commence the recruitment. EE proudly keeps being the flagship of the College of Engineering at ICU by getting grants from the Presidency of Defence Industries under the Presidency of The Republic of Turkey for the project alias KAŞİF; Istanbul Development Agency for the project Istanbul Digital Forensics Lab. and now for ROBOTIM.

In parallel with these, establishing such a project pipeline bears fruit and our another graduate, Özgür Alaca (after Sezer Can Tokgöz), has been accepted as a PhD. student with full scholarship at Texas A&M University at College Station, TX, USA, which is one of the top universities across the globe. We hope more graduates will be present in prestigious universities, R&D companies, and institutions with both ROBOTIM and other project proposals waiting for approval.

As EE, we take an active role in IEEE, one of the most important organizations in our field. This way, our students have already had and will always have priority access to top tier events and organizations such as global conferences; distinguished seminars, lectures, and gatherings; and meetings. Starting from 2020, we carry out a very critical mission in IEEE Turkey as well. Under Region 8, IEEE Turkey always encourages students and young professionals in the field with exclusive privileges.

For conducting Fall 2020, there are several things to be stated. First of all, the first year is a crucial time for all the students. There might be a tedious adaptation period to the lectures, assignments, and projects. Yet, you will taste the engineering experience as you make progress. EE is the place where you will be acquainted with technical and personal skills to compete with your peers. Additionally, It is an opportunity for our faculty and staff to provide training for learners to compete in the real world and succeed in their chosen career path.

Finally, it is vital for our students to note that all official announcements will always be published on the official website of the Department []. Considering the timeliness issue, students are also encouraged to join the official EE WhatsApp group via the link on the Department’s official webpage. However, the main source of information and its dissemination is still the Department website. It is the students’ responsibility to follow the announcements on the official website of Department. To be informed correctly on any issue, students should follow official announcements and contact the Department in case needed. Additionally, students should read the RULES page to make communications as effective as possible.

I wish all our new members and concurrent students to have a nice, successful, and healthy Fall 2020.

S. Yarkan,
Department Head