Taşkın Koçak, Ph.D.


Computer Engineering

College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Bahçeşehir University
Beşiktaş, Istanbul









Taskin Kocak received B.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and in Physics (as a double major) from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1996 as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, USA in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor of Computer Engineering at Bahcesehir University (BAU), Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, he served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at BAU (2014-2017). Previously, he was on the faculty of University of Bristol, England, UK and the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA. Before joining the academia, he worked as a design engineer at Mitsubishi Electronic America’s Semiconductor Division in Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA.


Research Summary

Taskin Kocak’s broad research interests and expertise span the areas of computer systems, computer networks, and GPU parallel computing. At Bahcesehir, he has had four major research projects on high-performance GPU computing for 10 Gbps communication systems, remote management of networked devices, smart transportation systems, and smart grid communications. One of his recent papers in smart grid communications made it to the most downloaded 10 papers on IEEE Xplore and had stayed there for 43 months. At Bristol, his research activities focussed on developing high performance systems and architectures for very high throughput (multi-Gbps) wireless networks. At UCF, he contributed significantly to the modeling, simulation, design and implementation of systems and architectures for computer networks. At Duke, he showed through experimental data that the mine detection and false alarm filtering system he developed can achieve a 95% mine detection rate while reducing false alarms more than 90%. At Mitsubishi Semiconductor, he worked on mixed-signal data converter circuits primarily for communications. Particularly, he was one of the lead designers for a 14-bit, 2.2 MS/s sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter chip, which received an internal award for first silicon success.


Secured grants from American, British, Japan and Turkish funding agencies over $3 million as a PI or Co-PI.

·        Turkish Ministry of Industry and Trade

·        TUBITAK

·        Turk Telekom

·        Alcatel-Lucent

·        Netas

·        Labris

·        KDDI R&D Labs - Japan

·        Toshiba Research Europe,

·        Great Western Research,

·        ClearSpeed Technology

·        Engr. and Phys. Sciences Research Council (UK)

·        US National Science Foundation

·        Nvidia

·        Northrop Grumman Corp.

·        All Points Logistics



Over 120 peer-reviewed publications, including 44 journal papers.

Selected publications

·        S. Keskin and T. Kocak "GPU-based Gigabit LDPC Decoder", IEEE Communications Letters,vol. 21, no:8, pp. 1703-1706, Aug. 2017

·        O. Cetin, S. Keskin, T. Kocak, "Real-time FFT Computation using GPGPU for OFDM-based Systems", Springer Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 1021-1044, Mar. 2016

·        V.C. Gungor, D. Sahin, T. Kocak, S. Ergut, C. Buccella, C. Cecati, G. P. Hancke, "Smart Grid and Smart Houses: Key Players and Pilot Projects", IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, vol.6, no. 4, pp. 18-34, Dec. 2012.

·        R. Xu, T. Kocak. K. Morris, G. Woodward, C. Dolwin, “High throughput parallel Fano decoding", IEEE Trans. on Communications, vol. 59, no. 9, pp. 2394-2405, September 2011.

·        V.C. Gungor, D. Sahin, T. Kocak, S. Ergut, C. Buccella, C. Cecati, G. P. Hancke, "Smart Grid Technologies: Communications Technologies and Standards", IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics, vol.7, no. 4, pp. 529-639, Nov. 2011.

·        M. Georgiopoulos, C. Li and T. Kocak “Learning in the feed-forward Random Neural Network: A Critical Review", Performance Evaluation, vol. 68, no. 4, pp.361-384, April 2011.

·       C. Argyrides, D. Pradhan and T. Kocak, “Matrix codes for reliable and cost-efficient memory chips", IEEE Trans. on VLSI Systems, vol. 19, no.3, pp. 420-428, March 2011.

·       D. J. Lacks, T. Kocak, and M. Chatterjee, “Design and evaluation of a distributed cluster leader logic algorithm for mobile ad hoc networks", Computer Journal, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 656-670, 2009.

·       J. Engel, D. Lacks, T. Kocak, “Modeling and simulation of off-chip communication architectures for high-speed packet processors", Journal of Systems and Software, vol 79, no. 12, pp. 1701-1714, Dec. 2006.

·       T. Kocak, “Approximate analysis of a dynamic scheduler for self-similar video traffic in ATM networks", IEE Proc. on Communications, vol. 153, no. 2, pp. 189-194, April 2006.

·       T. Kocak and I. Kaya, “Low-power Bloom filter architecture for deep packet inspection", IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 210-212, March 2006.

·       T. Kocak, J. Seeber, and H. Terzioglu, “Design and implementation of a random neural network routing engine", IEEE Tran. on Neural Networks, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 1128-1143, September, 2003.

·       J. Morizio, M. Hoke, T. Kocak, C. Geddie, “14-bit, 2.2 MS/s sigma-delta ADCs", IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 968-976, 2000.


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