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Dr. Fuat Akal

Hacettepe University
Computer Engineering Department
06800 Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey

Office: 201
Phone: +90 312 780 7503
Fax: +90 312 297 7502

I was born in Turkey. I studied computer science at the Computer Engineering Department in Hacettepe University where I also got my M.Sc. degree. I received my Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department of ETH Zurich. During my doctoral studies, I was a member of the  Database Research Group (DBS) of Prof. Hans-Jörg Schek. The title of my thesis is "Replication in a Database Cluster with Freshness and Correctness Guarantees.". Afterwards, I joined the Database and Information Systems (DBIS) group of Prof. Heiko Schuldt at the Computer Science Department in University of Basel (UNIBAS). Then, I worked with the Data Integration and IT team at the Functional Genomics Center Zurich. I am currently working as an assistant professor at the Computer Engineering Department in Hacettepe University in Ankara. I am also serving as an editorial board member of the Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (Turk J Elec Eng & Comp Sci).

An up-to-date version of my cv is available in English and Turkish.

Also, click here if you wanna know why I did my PhD on databases.

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I am generally interested in Big Data. My current focus is on life sciences data management, data analytics, graph mining and cloud computing. I am also closely following the technologies that facilitate processing of big data. I am also involved in the MIR group.

Key Words = { Big Data, Cloud Computing, Life Sciences Data Management, Cloud Databases, Data and Application Integration, Distributed Information Systems, Database Clusters }

Graduate Students:

  • Galib Ahmedov (Thesis: Evaluating and Improving the Quality of Software Test Code)
  • Şenol Ataç (Thesis: tbd)
  • Ufuk Aydan (Thesis: tbd)
  • Ahmet Onur Çakmak (Thesis: Scheduling and Orchestration in Container as a Service Model by using TOSCA Specifications)
  • Doğukan Çağatay (Thesis: tbd)
  • Ersin Eray Kargı (Thesis: tbd)
  • Adnan Mohammed (Thesis: Design and Implementation of a Grammar Based Arabic Speech Recognition System for Yemeni Dialect)
  • Seçil Taburoğlu (Thesis: Implementation of a New Design Pattern Detection Tool Based on the Concensus of Known Design Pattern Detection Methods)
  • Nurullah Celal Uslu (Thesis: Detection of Transaction Based Manipulations in Capital Markets)
  • Ahmet Fırat Yelkuvan (Thesis: Analysing Genomics Data on Single Board Computer Clusters by Using Genome Graphs)
  • Previously...

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  • BBM471 Database Management Systems (Spring 2017)
  • CMP652 Next Generation Database Systems (Spring 2017)
  • VBM662 Human Computer Interaction (Spring 2017)
  • VBM674 Cloud Computing and Virtualization (Spring 2017)
  • Previously...

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  1. Fuat Akal: Role of Life Sciences Research Centers in Genomic Data Management. International Conference of Genomics and Bioinformatics (ICGB), November 1-4, 2018, Kuşadası, Aydın, Turkey.

  2. Zehra Karhan, Fuat Akal: Detecting and Counting Sister Chromatid Exchange (SCE) Using Image Processing Techniques. International Symposium on Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, October 27-27, 2018, Antalya, Turkey.

  3. Fuat Akal: Yaşam Bilimleri Araştırma Merkezi ve Veri Yönetimi. 21. Biyomedikal Mühendisliği Ulusal Toplatısı, 24-26 Kasım 2017, Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar Üniversitesi, İstanbul, Türkiye.

  4. Murat Oruc, Fuat Akal, Hayri Sever: Detecting Design Patterns in Object-Oriented Design Models by Using a Graph Mining Approach. The 4th edition of the International Conference in Software Engineering Research and Innovation (CONISOFT 2016), April 27-29, Puebla, Mexico.

  5. Can Türker, Fuat Akal, Ralph Schlapbach: Life Sciences Data and Application Integration with B-Fabric. Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics, 8(2):159, 2011.

  6. Can Türker, Fuat Akal, Dieter Joho, Christian Panse, Simon Barkow-Oesterreicher, Hubert Rehrauer, Ralph Schlapbach: B-Fabric: On-the-Fly Integration of Life Sciences Applications (Demonstration). 7th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS 2010), 25-27 August, 2010, Göteborg, Sweden.

  7. Can Türker, Fuat Akal, Dieter Joho, Christian Panse, Simon Barkow-Oesterreicher, Hubert Rehrauer, Ralph Schlapbach: B-Fabric: The Swiss Army Knife for Life Sciences (Demonstration). 13th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT), March 22-26, 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland.

  8. Laura Cristiana Voicu, Heiko Schuldt, Fuat Akal, Yuri Breitbart, Hans-Jörg Schek: Re:GRIDiT ‚Äì Coordinating Distributed Update Transactions on Replicated Data in the Grid. 10th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2009), October 13-15, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

  9. Can Türker, Dieter Joho, Fuat Akal, Christian Panse, Simon Barkow-Oesterreicher, Hubert Rehrauer, Ralph Schlapbach: The B-Fabric Life Sciences Data Management System. Daten in den Lebenswissenschaften: Vom Paper über Datenbanken zur integrierten Informationsquelle, ILW/GMDS/FGIR Workshop im Rahmen der GI Jahrestagung 2009, September 29, Lübeck, Germany.

  10. Can Türker, Dieter Joho, Christian Panse, Simon Barkow-Oesterreicher, Fuat Akal: Application Coupling and Data Feeding in an Integrative Life Sciences Data Management System. International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics and Chemoinformatics (BCBGC-09), July 13-16 2009, Orlando, FL, USA.

  11. Can Türker, Fuat Akal, Dieter Joho, Ralph Schlapbach: B-Fabric: An Open Source Life Sciences Data Management System. 21st International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM-09), June 2-4 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

  12. Fuat Akal, Heiko Schuldt, Hans-Jörg Schek: Toward replication in grids for digital libraries with freshness and correctness guarantees. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 20(17): 1981-1993 (2008).

  13. Hayri Sever, Fuat Akal, G. Köse. Kavram Tabanli Bilgi Geri Getirim Yaklasimi. Bilgi Dünyasi, vol. 8(1):pp. 49-75, 2007.

  14. Leonardo Candela, Fuat Akal, Henri Avancini, Donatella Castelli, Luigi Fusco, Veronica Guidetti, Christoph Langguth, Andrea Manzi, Pasquale Pagano, Heiko Schuldt, Manuele Simi, Michael Springmann, Laura Voicu: DILIGENT: integrating digital library and Grid technologies for a new Earth observation research infrastructure. International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL) 7(1-2): 59-80 (2007)

  15. Fuat Akal, Can Türker, Hans-Jörg Schek, Yuri Breitbart, Torsten Grabs, Lourens Veen: Fine-Grained Replication and Scheduling with Freshness and Correctness Guarantees. VLDB 2005: 565-576, Trondheim, Norway.

  16. Fuat Akal, Klemens Böhm, Hans-Jörg Schek: OLAP Query Evaluation in a Database Cluster: A Performance Study on Intra-Query Parallelism. ADBIS 2002: 218-231, Bratislava, Slovakia.


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 Professional Activities
Invited Lectures and Talks:
  • Bulut Bilişim ve Sanallaştırma, IV. Bulut Bilişim ve Büyük Veri Yaz Okulu, b3lab, TÜBİTAK, 8-12 Ağustos 2016, İstanbul, Türkiye. v
  • Life Sciences Data Management in a Research Center, An International Workshop on Research Data Management organized by Hacettepe University and the The Goethe-Institut in Turkey to commemorate the 2014 Turkish-German Science Year, Invited Talk, November 21st, 2014, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Bulut Bilişim ve Sanallaştırma, III. Bulut Bilişim ve Büyük Veri Yaz Okulu, b3lab, TÜBİTAK, 8-12 Haziran 2015, Gebze, Türkiye.
PC Memberships:

  • 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Engineering UBMK’17, 5-8 October 2017, Antalya, Türkiye.
  • 25th Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU) , 15-18 May 2017, Antalya.
  • The 7th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World (IMCW 2016)
  • Previously...


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Last Updated: 13.02.2018