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Professor Ozgur B. Akan

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Electrical Engineering Division
9 JJ Thomson Avenue
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom


Özgür B. Akan was born in Ankara, Turkey. After high school education in Ankara Fen Lisesi (Ankara Science High School), he received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in June 1999 and January 2002, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in May 2004. He is the Head of the Internet of Everything Group at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, where he conducts highly advanced theoretical and experimental research on nanoscale, molecular, and neural communications, Internet of Everything, cyber-physical systems, 5G and THz wireless mobile networks, distributed social sensing, and cognitive radio and sensor networks. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the Director of Next-generation and Wireless Communications Laboratory (NWCL) at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Prof. Akan is an IEEE Fellow. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IET Communications, and IEEE Networking Letters, Editor for Nano Communication Networks Journal (Elsevier). He has served as Editor for International Journal of Communication Systems (Wiley), European Transactions on Telecommunications, and Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (Wiley), the General Co-Chair for EEE INFOCOM 2017, ACM MobiCom 2012 and IEEE MoNaCom 2012, and TPC Co-Chair for ACM NanoCom 2014, IEEE ISCC 2012, and ACM MSWiM 2010. He is an ACM and IET member. Prof. Akan is awarded the European Research Council's (ERC) Consolidator Grant for 2014-2019 and ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant in 2017. He is appointed as IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Distinguished Lecturer effective January 2017, and IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer effective January 2011.

Research interests

Internet of Everything, Internet of Nano-Bio Things, Molecular Information and Communication Sciences, Wireless Communications, Distributed Social Sensing


T. Khan, O. B. Akan, "Sum Rate Analysis of Multiple-Access Neuro-Spike Communication Channel with Dynamic Spiking Threshold," Nano Communication Networks Journal (Elsevier), vol. 19, pp. 110-118, March, 2019.

M. Arik, O. B. Akan, "Realizing Joint Radar-Communications in Coherent MIMO Radars," Physical Communication Journal (Elsevier), vol. 32, pp. 145-159, February, 2019.

B. A. Bilgin, E. Dinc, O. B. Akan, "DNA-based Molecular Communications," IEEE Access, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 73119 - 73129, December 2018.

K. Cepni, M. Ozger, O. B. Akan, "Event Estimation Accuracy of Social Sensing with Facebook for Social Internet of Vehicles," IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 2449-2456, August 2018.

H. Ramezani, T. Khan, O. B. Akan, "Sum Rate of MISO Neuro-spike Communication Channel with Constant Spiking Threshold," IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience, vol. 17, no.3, pp. 342-351, July 2018.

H. Ramezani, O. B. Akan, "Impacts of Spike Shape Variations on Synaptic Communication," IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 260-271, July 2018.

N. Khalid, T. Yilmaz, O. B. Akan, "Energy-efficient Modulation and Physical Layer Design for Low Terahertz Band Communication Channel in 5G Femtocell Internet of Things," Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier), vol. 79, pp. 63-71, October, 2018.

M. Aktas, M. Kuscu, E. Dinc, O. B. Akan, "D-DSC: Decoding Delay-based Distributed Source Coding for Wireless Sensor Networks," PLOS One, vol. 13, no. 3, p. e0193154, March 2018.

N. A. Abbasi, D. Lafci, O. B. Akan, "Controlled Information Transfer Through An In Vivo Nervous System," Nature Scientific Reports, vol. 8, p. 2298, February 2018.

M. Kuscu, O. B. Akan, "Modeling Convection-Diffusion-Reaction Systems for Microfluidic Molecular Communications with Surface-based Receivers in Internet of Bio-Nano Things," PLOS One, vol. 13, no. 2, p. e0192202, February 2018.

M. Ozger, F. Alagoz, O. B. Akan, "Clustering in Multi-Channel Cognitive Radio Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 156-162, April 2018.

M. Kuscu, O. B. Akan, "Maximum Likelihood Detection with Ligand Receptors for Diffusion-Based Molecular Communications in Internet of Bio-Nano Things," IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 44-54, March 2018.

T. Long, M. Ozger, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, "Energy Neutral Internet of Drones," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 22-28, January 2018.

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