ITU ARI Teknokent Awards Find This Year’s Newly Graduates
Aug 24, 2016

The results of the competition entitled Entrepreneurial and Innovative Design Senior Project have been announced. Through the competition it annually organizes, ITU ARI Teknokent, a crucial constituent of the entrepreneurship ecosystem at ITU and one of the largest technology centers of Turkey, supports the new graduates of ITU and encourages them to pursue entrepreneurship-oriented careers.

35,000 TL was awarded to six projects that shared the top three ranks in the competition. Prof. Mehmet Karaca, ITU Rector and the chairperson of ITU ARI Teknokent, indicated that the resources allocated to R&D and innovation at ITU are gradually increasing and he is proud of the projects carried out by the newly graduated students of ITU, an established research university. Karaca also stated that the diversity and the depth of the award-winning projects clearly reflect the research and design vision nurtured at ITU.

Kenan Çolpan, the director-general of ITU ARI Teknokent, also commented on the competition that awarded the prospective entrepreneurs and technology creators. Stating that ITU graduates demonstrate their high level of potential through the projects that touch human life and address various issues pertaining to everyday life, Çolpan indicated that ITU ARI Teknokent supported the graduates in these efforts. Also, Çolpan invited all entrepreneurs who seek to realize innovative projects that aim to make a difference to ITU’s entrepreneurship programs.

ITU graduates’ award-winning projects that make a difference

The award-winning senior design projects were selected from among the applications of the students who finished their senior projects in the fall or spring semesters of this year. Of the six-award winning projects two were on the early diagnosis of cancer. Of the remaining four projects, one was on improving the quality of life for children with Cerebral Palsy; one was on the computer vision for recognition and translation of sign language; one project was on manufacturing advanced telescopes for observatories while another was on making a multi-purpose tracked vehicle that could serve the physically disabled or be used for bomb-defusing. Two projects that ranked first were entitled “Multi-purpose Lightweight Tracked Vehicle Platform” and “Computer Controlled Telescope Design and Manufacture”.

Projects winning the first place in the competition:

• The project entitled Multi-purpose Lightweight Tracked Vehicle Platform aimed to design a single-seat tracked vehicle. A multi-purpose engine platform capable of carrying a load of 250 to 1000 kg was designed. The project focused on the propulsion capability and chassis optimization of the tracked vehicle. This vehicle can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from transportation of people with mobility problems to reconnaissance or bomb defusing. The project was carried out under supervision of Prof. Ismail Ahmet Güney by Mechanical Engineering Department students Batuhan Serel, Cengiz Büyükdere, Gökhan Özkan, and Samet Mete.

• The project entitled Computer Controlled Telescope Design and Manufacture involved designing and manufacturing an observatory-size telescope that is completely computer-controlled and can transfer the images it captures into the computer. The project was carried out under supervision of Assist. Prof. Atakan Altınkaynak and Dr. Merve Acer, by ITU Mechanical Engineering Department students Abdullah Türkmen and Muhammad Rameez Rashid.

Second place in the competition was shared by two projects entitled “Microchannel Design for the Separation of Cancer Cells in the Cardiovascular System from Blood” and “Wheelchair Design for Children with Cerebral Palsy.”

• The project entitled Microchannel Design for the Separation of Cancer Cells in the Cardiovascular System from Blood aimed at the separation of rare cancer cells from blood long before they grew into a detectable size. A new microchannel geometry that could enable early diagnosis was designed. In addition, through a micropump mechanism articulated into the microchannel, the project demonstrated that cell separation and enrichment within a space of palm-size could be achieved without any external energy source. The project was carried out under supervision of Prof. Levent Trabzon, by Department of Manufacturing Engineering students Mustafa Sönmez and Samir Jaber.

• The project named Wheelchair Design for Children with Cerebral Palsy involved consulting both the experts on the issue and children with Cerebral Palsy and their parents. While designing the wheelchair, anthropometric measurements of children with Cerebral Palsy were taken, which constituted a significant contribution in the way of producing custom wheelchairs. The design prototypes were produced in line with the specified needs and usable materials. The project was carried out under supervision of Prof. İsmail Yılmaz Taptık, by students of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The names of these newly-graduated ITU students are Cihan Akın, Damla Korkmaz, Duygu Ergin, Gözde Uysal, Melis Oktay, and Selin Bulut.
Third rank was also shared by two projects, which were entitled “Turkish Sign Language Recognition Using Leap Motion Sensors” and “Improvement of Cell Segmentation and Signal Detection Systems in Fluorescence Microscopic Images”

• The project Turkish Sign Language Recognition Using Leap Motion Sensors was prepared with the aim of enabling deaf people to easily communicate with those who cannot speak sign language and to raise social awareness on deafness. The study involved recognition of basic hand gestures from Turkish sign language using leap motion device. The project utilized a prototypal portable sign language translator and a system that did not require a large amount of data. The project was carried out under supervision of Assist. Prof. Hatice Köse, by Computer Engineering Department students Burçak Demircioğlu and Güllü Bülbül.

The chief aim of the project entitled Improvement of Cell Segmentation and Signal Detection Systems in Fluorescence Microscopic Images was to contribute to fluorescence imaging methods, which has recently become an emergent field in pathology. In line with this aim, different from the conventional image processing methods used for the segmentation of cell nucleus, watershed image processing was utilized. This new method was tested on 49 images obtained from real patients and seen to reveal better results than other techniques. The most significant novelty brought about by this method is that it enables more accurate and faster diagnosis. The project was carried out under supervision of Prof. İbrahim Akduman and Assoc. Prof. Behçet Uğur Töreyin, by Kaan Aykut Kabakçı of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering.