Prof. Dr. Abdulkadir Balıkçı

Director, TUBITAK Institute of Rail Transport Technologies

Director, TUBITAK Marmara Research Center Energy Institute

Professor, Gebze Technical University Department of Electronics Engineering

2012 Assoc. Prof. Dr., Gebze Technical University (Gebze Institute of Technology) Department of Electronics Engineering

2004 Asst. Prof. Dr., Gebze Institute of Technology

2001 System Planning Engineer, Independent System Operator of New England (ISO New England), Holyoke, MA, USA

1999 Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York

1993 Research Assistant, Gebze Institute of Technology

Research Biography

2014 – Battery systems for electric vehicles

2010 – Energy management for vehicular applications

2003 – Power Systems, electric machines

2001 – Electromagnetic launchers

Academic Background

2003 Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, New York. Polytechnic University, New York.

1997 Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, New York.

1992 Bachelor of Electrical Education, Gazi University, Ankara.

Title: Design and Implementation of a Novel Power Conditioner for Linear Induction Launchers

Abstract: Linear induction launchers have some important advantages, such as contactless operation between barrel and projectile, over the other type of launching technologies. The barrel corresponding to stator can be excited by generators or capacitor banks whose voltage and frequency might be constant or being manipulated by a power conditioner. Also, multilevel converter topologies for driving rotational electromechanical machines have attracted more attention for the last decades due to some of their unique benefits. Since linear induction launchers are subset of electrical machines, multilevel topologies can be applied to them as well while designing such a conditioner. Moreover, researches on capacitor power sources of the launchers have been conducted mostly by including the simple level switching devices. However, power electronics technology has reached higher performances thanks to invention of cutting-edge switching devices such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) during last decades. For this reason, a novel converter structure as a conditioner for power source unit of a linear induction launcher will be designed and implemented. The proposed conditioner will be constructed as cascaded H-bridge multilevel converter topology in which SiC MOSFETS will be preferred. Also, variable-voltage/variable-frequency (VVVF) control method will be applied to drive the launcher with proposed conditioner. A complete linear induction launch system will be realized experimentally by feeding the proposed novel conditioner with capacitor banks.

Prof. Dr. Ferda Hacıvelioğlu

Title: Single Component Solutions of Conducting Polymers for Optoelectronic Device Applications

Abstract: Optoelectronic devices (OEDs) are electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical converter systems which must contain at least one transparent electrode to the target wavelength of the light. These devices are usually built by deposition of different layers, which have different electrical and/or optical properties. Electrically conductive polymers (CPs) are one of the key materials for optoelectronic devices such as touch panels, electrochromic devices, light emitting diodes, light sensors and solar cells associated with their unique properties such as transparency, tuneable electrical conductivity, high mechanical strength and flexibility. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-Polystyrene sulfonic acid, i.e. PEDOT-PSS is the most famous one of these type polymeric materials that is used for optoelectronic device applications. Different types or grades of PEDOT-PSS have been used as different layer of OEDs such as transparent conducting electrode, active or interfacial layers. The interactions between the PEDOT and PSS does not consist of covalent bonding, meaning that the PEDOT-PSS water dispersions have at least two or more components. However, a robust highly efficient and reliable OED requires each component or layer with very well-known properties. It is therefore very important to develop single component solutions of conjugated materials for OED applications.  In this lecture we are going to focus our attention to new developments on the production of single component solution processable conducting conjugated materials.

Biography: Prof. Dr. Ferda Hacıvelioğlu was born in Giresun in 1976. He obtained undergraduate degree on Chemistry from 19 May University, Samsun, Turkey in 1999 and then MSc and PhD degrees from Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey working with Professor Adem KILIC on the synthetic chemistry of cyclophosphazenes. In 2009 he is awarded by both TUBITAK and the Turkish Higher Education Council to conduct research at the University of Southampton with Professor Simon COLES at the National Crystallography Centre. He became Assistant Professor in 2010 and then Associated Professor in 2014 at Gebze Technical University (formerly known as Gebze Institute of Technology) and started to perform research on polymers, especially polyphosphazenes. His current research focuses on both electrically and ionically conducting polymers including polyelectrolytes for fuel cells, polymer battery electrolytes, conjugated materials and their combination with polymeric dopants for solution processing. In 2018 he is awarded by Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships program and extended his research to optoelectronic device fabrication by collaborating with University of Glasgow, Energy Storage and Conversion Division.

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Kamal A. Rahim

Professor & Research Fellow 

Advanced RF & Microwave Research Group (ARFMRG),

School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim,

Malaysia.Office : +607-5535298, Email :


Dr. Ahsen Adeel

Theme lead, Conscious Multisensory Integration (CMI) Lab [Link

Visiting EPSRC/MRC fellow, University of Stirling 
Visiting fellow, MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab and Oxford Computational Neuroscience Lab

Profile link: