Picture of Deniz Erdogmus Deniz Erdogmus
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
409 Dana Research Center
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Email: MyLastName@ece.neu.edu
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I direct the Cognitive Systems Laboratory (CSL). {Our lab page is outdated by several years. We will get to it sometime...}
CSL is part of the Biomedical Signal Processing, Imaging, Reasoning, and Learning (B-SPIRAL) Group - a unified group jointly led by Profs. Dana Brooks, Jennifer Dy, and Deniz Erdogmus, and Murat Akcakaya.

Current project areas include: Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) with EEG, Transcranial (direct) Current Stimulation (TDCS), Brain Activity Network Modeling, Manifold Unwrapping / Principal Surfaces / Dimension Reduction, Interactive Machine Learning for Segmentation / Clustering /Classification, Behavior Analysis from Physiological Sensors (for autism) and from Video (for primates).

Research Interests
Statistical signal processing, machine learning, information theory, differential geometry, and numerical optimization are fundamental to our research. We mostly focus on biomedical signal and image processing. Translational research from concepts to prototypes is our goal. Our interests at CSL are not limited to biology and biomedical applications of theory.

Curriculum Vitae {usually accurate to within a year}
Publications {extremely outdated}
Research Highlights {extremely outdated}
Publicity {extremely outdated}

Ataturk {his principles may never be outdated}

CSL Contract and Instructions for Prospective and Current Members {the so-called CSLinstructions.pdf}

PhD Students: Abhimanyu Sheshashayee, Asieh Ahani, Emre Onuk, Esra Ataer-Cansizoglu, Fernando Quivira, Hooman Nezamfar, Jamshid Sourati, Marzieh Haghighi, Matineh Shaker, Matt Higger,Mohammad (Sina) Moghadamfalahi, Nastaran Ghadar, Shalini Purwar, Sheng You

MS Students:
Amirali Haghayeghi, Golnaz Eftekhari, Haofu Liao

Undergraduate Students:
At CSL, we regularly have undergrad students participate in research activities. The list of current people is quite dynamic and I cannot update my page fast enough. Please contact me if you are in Boston and would like to join us. See CSLinstructions.pdf for more information.

Visiting scholars

Dr. Jernej Zupanc returned for a short visit (Feb 2014-Apr 2014)
Rongrong Fu (until May 2014)


Postdoctoral Research Associates
Dr. Umut Orhan; joined the Human Centered Systems Lab at Honeywell
Dr. Murat Akcakaya; became a research faculty member in NU-ECE
Dr. Catherine Huang; joined the Energy Research Lab at Intel Research

PhD Graduates

Dr. Umut Orhan; remained as a postdoc in our group (at NU)
Dr. Tian Lan; became a freelancer/consultant in the Bay Area
Dr. Erhan Bas
; joined the Gene Myers Group at HHMI Janelia Farms (then GE Research)
Dr. Olexiy Kyrgyzov; joined the OpenVIBE2 project at LIST-CEA in Paris (then other postdoc positions in Paris)

Dr. Catherine Huang; remained as a postdoc in our group (at OHSU)

Umut Ozertem; joined Yahoo Research (Sunnyvale, CA), (then Microsoft, Sunnyvale, CA)

MS Graduates (with thesis)
Matt Higger, remained as a PhD student in our group (at NU)

Visiting Scholars
Dr. Mujdat Cetin; on sabbatical at MIT and NU, Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
Rongrong Fu; (CSC Scholar) PhD Student at Northeastern University in China
Jonas Myhre; PhD student at the University of Tromso, Norway
Dr. Bekir Dizdaroglu; Asst. Prof. at Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey
Jernej Zupanc; (visited as PhD student Fulbright Scholar)
, (then postdoc at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), repeated visits
Dr. Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer; Instructor at OHSU, Portland, OR (then HMS-MGH Martinos Imaging Center, Boston, MA)
M. Fatih Talu; PhD Student at Firat University, Elazig, Turkey


Please see CSLinstructions.pdf using the link above. The first page describes our lab admission process. The second page specifies my expectations. At CSL, we strive to maintain a diverse group of colleagues.

I am always looking for exceptional new postdoctoral research associates and PhD student research assistants in the area of brain interface and EEG signal processing as well as other activity areas at CSL and Bspiral. Please exhibit good self-assessment before sending me an email. I do not employ a lottery based selection system. I have strict criteria. See the backgrounds of my current and former group members, then judge yourself accordingly. If you are truly exceptional in your intelligence, mathematical knowledge and rigor, programming skills, etc. I hope that you will want to join our group and contribute to science, engineering, and humanity as our partner.

Note 1: I do not offer RA positions to MS students.
Note 2: Due to university policy, I cannot accept paid or unpaid international undergraduate research interns. Do not email me about this please. Your message will go to trash immediately. (Amazingly, I continue to get messages about this from folks at IITs).

Exceptional postdoc candidates:  Email me your CV, transcripts, brief statement of purpose, one journal publication you are most proud of, and any other information you think will demonstrate your exceptional background. Exceptional postdocs will demonstrate their claim with tangible evidence in the form of publications at top venues relevant to our research area, as well as a strong educational background, including performance in nation-wide exams going back to high school years, if necessary.

Exceptional RA candidates at the PhD student level: Email me your resume, brief statement of purpose, a copy of one publication if you have, documentation about your academic comparison to your peers in your country/state measured through standardized and centralized tests (if any), and any other information you think will demonstrate your exceptional background. I can currently advise PhD students at Northeastern University in the following PhD degree programs: electrical engineering, bioengineering, personal health informatics. Contacting me prior to applying will put you on my radar if your credentials truly seem to be exceptional according to my criteria. Otherwise, your email goes to trash. If you do not contact me prior to or immediately after applying to Northeastern, and if you do not mentione me as a potential advisor in your statement of purpose, most likely I will not get to see your application and you will not be considered for one of my available RA positions. Contacting me at any time and getting any kind of response from me is not a guarantee or promise of future research assistantship funding.

Hints for people from select countries from which I receive applications and students frequently:
    India: I have a great impression of my colleagues who got undergrad EE degrees from IITs.
    Iran: I have many great RAs with undergraduate degrees from Sharif, UTehran, and Amirkabir.
    Spain: Bspiral has a stream of superb people from UPC in Barcelona. I am impressed.
    Turkey: I have great people from Bilkent and METU. I'd like to also get people from Bogazici.
Exceptional self-funded PhD/MS students: If you wish to pursue research with my group towards a PhD dissertation or MS thesis Northeastern University in one of the programs that I listed above, I will be happy to discuss with you in order to determine if there is a topic of mutual interest. Please email me your CV and make sure to include details about the conditions, duration, and the $ amount of the scholarship that will fund your education. If you require a letter from me as part of your scholarship application indicating that I will advise you in such and such research area, we can arrange that after the initial discussions we will have.

International visiting scholars including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers: Please send me an email to initiate a discussion about what research project you may get involved with, as well as any letters of support that I will need to provide for your scholarship or travel grant application in your home country. It should be noted that you will most likely visit under a J type visa and you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself and anyone accompanying you during the entire length of your stay. Northeastern University will not be making any salary or stipend payments to you during your stay, however, we will register you as a visiting research scholar so that you have official and legal access to university academic resources.



Last partial update on 22 February 2014