Research Seminar Series

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Researchers present their research outputs in monthly seminars.

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Dilan Özcan Kalfa

RSS #7

Sustainable Supply Chain: Case study of Nike

by Ourania Areta

February 22, 2017

In the current global business environment, the case of the sustainable supply chain has become of great interest for both companies and consumers due to several reasons (e.g. legal frameworks, environmental and social concerns etc.). The term of Green Business is the new trend in the evolution of operations management, and not just from the environmental point of view. Thus, in this presentation, the full aspects of a sustainable supply chain will be presented by using the example of Nike, which has adopted this attitude as a core aspect of its strategy.

RSS #6

An Application of Business Intelligence Techniques in the Civil Aviation Cargo Planning

by Musab Talha Akpınar

November 30, 2016

Civil aviation has grown 5% per year since 1980 in the World. In fact, in Turkey there has been 15 percentage of growth over the last decade. Besides, airlines in developed countries have adapted several business intelligence and analytics implementations in order to support their decision making activities. However, this accomplishment has not satisfactorily achieved in developing countries, such as Turkey; therefore, applied business intelligence work as well as the academic research in this field have remained insufficient.

RSS #5

An Adaptive Multi-Meme Memetic Algorithm Embedding Choice Function, Reinforcement Learning and Simple Random Hyper-Heuristics

by Mazlum Özçağdavul

November 21, 2016

Hyper-heuristics are intended to be reusable domain independent approaches for solving complex computational problems. There are tailored approaches successfully applied to a specific problem, however they require parameter tuning and cannot be applied to another problem. Memetic Algorithms are a combination of genetic algorithms and local search methods. The evolutionary interaction of memes helps to create intelligent complexes which are able to solve computational problems. Hyper-heuristics are a high level search technique which conducts on the field of a set of low-level heuristics which directly works on the solution.

RSS #4

How to Improve Software Projects’ Agility: A Reference Model for Software Agility Assessment

by Dr. Özden Özcan Top

May 18, 2016

Short biography

Özden Özcan-Top received her bachelor degree from Industrial Engineering in Yıldız Technical University in 2005. She received her M.S. and PhD degrees from Information Systems in Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University in 2008 and 2015 respectively. She worked as research assistant at the same institute during her Master’s and PhD studies. In order to obtain hands-on practice on the topics that she had been researching on, she worked at Fujitsu Technology Solutions as quality specialist for 2,5 years. She was involved in three scientific research projects as researcher and published more than 20 artifacts. Her research interests include agile software development, process assessment, software process improvement, software project management and software measurement and estimation.

About the seminar

Agile software development methods are developed as a reaction to traditional methods characterized with extensive planning, heavyweight processes and bureaucracy. Agile and traditional approaches diverge in a number of aspects: approach to control, management style, knowledge management, role of the customer in development process, role assignment, communication style, development life-cycle, organizational culture and technology.

Agile software development methods are characterized with delivering working software to customer through short, time-boxed iterations and encouraging people to minimize bureaucracy, collaborating, self-organizing, embracing variability, balancing up-front work and just-in-time work, favoring adaptive and exploratory approaches and providing fast-feedback.

On the other hand, adopting agile methods is not easy or straightforward instead of common sense and could be problematic observing the transformation issues. In some cases agile concepts were extensively misinterpreted or “agile” was used as an excuse for being undisciplined by some organizations. Therefore, there is an essential need for assisting organizations in adopting agile methodologies and identifying how far they are to be truly agile.

In this seminar Özcan-Top is going to talk about a Software Agility Assessment Reference Model (AgilityMod) which was developed with the aim of assessing agility level of software projects, identifying agility gaps which prevent to obtain maximum benefits from agile principles, and providing roadmaps on the way to be fully agile. The purpose of the seminar is to give the audience general information about agile software development, the structure of AgilityMod, how it was developed and the results of the case studies which was conducted to observe applicability of the Model.

RSS #3

Virtual Private Server or Micro PCs: Which is Better for the Learning Management System Decision?

by Dr. İ. Tolga Medeni

February 17, 2016

RSS #2

IT in Product Traceability with emphasis on Food sector

by Ourania Areta

January 1, 2016

RSS #1

Learning and Knowledge Management Theories for Course Design and Delivery

by Dr. Tunç D. Medeni

December 23, 2015