Project - 2009

Heart Turcica Centrifugal – Development of the First Miniature & Implantable LVAD Heart Pump System in Turkey

I’ve spent a total of six weeks in Koç University Summer Research Program. I have concentrated on many different asp ects of the project I was assigned. Each time, I developed my knowledge on various branches of engineering and biology. I researched on left ventricular assist devices in general, and then narrowed my research to the specific LVAD Heart Turcica. Next, I learned more about biocompatibility, immunobiology and ISO 10993. As the project was heavily involved in mechanical engineering...

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A Finger Tracking Interface for Interactive Haptic Manipulation of Documents and Data

Minority Report is mostly famous for Tom Cruise's use of the hand gesture recognition system in the movie. Inspired by this movie, we developed a finger tracking interface similar to the one shown in the movie using an infrared camera and two sensors...

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Potential of Mothers in Creating Stories: Language and Narrative Skills

Narrative skills of children before entering school are one of the best predictors of literacy development in primary school. In fact, due to cultural, ethnic or economic background there are significant differences in narrative skills of children, especially in preschool period...

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Designing And Producing A Circuit For A Touch Screen To Control The Brightness Of Two Light Bulbs

Touch-screens basically work with the principle of variable resistances. When a pressure is applied on a resistive touch screen, the top conductive layer and bottom conductive layer touches to each other and the circuit becomes complete, by the way having a resistor in the circuit depending on how far away from the origin of the touch screen the pressure is applied. Apparently, as the point that ...

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Solar Powered Micro Vehicles

The aim of this summer research project is to give the chance to improve their knowledge of Physics to the ones like me who is interested in Physics. We are told to build the smallest solar powered vehicle which can be land, sea or air vehicle.
I’m thinking of continuing my education in Physics court and that’s why I joined this program...

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Mechanical and Temperature Analysis of Machining TI6AL4V and INCONEL 718

Ti6Al4V and Inconel 718 are widely used alloys in advanced engineering applications. Besides their superior properties such as high strength and corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures; machinability of both alloys is poor. The current study analyzed mechanical and thermal effects of...

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Probability and Stochastic Processes

The main purpose of this project is to analyze a financial time series data in particular stock prices of a company by fitting Lévy process model, to interpret the results and show what I obtained. A Lévy process is a continuous-time stochastic process which has some properties such that starts at 0, admits càdlàg (“right continuous with left limits") modification and having increments...

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Graphical Passwords: A Survey

As known, the most common computer authentication method is to use alphanumerical usernames and passwords, which requires a significant amount of human involvement. It has been shown that this method suffers from many weaknesses. Users tend to choose either very short passwords – which are easy to beak – or long passwords that are hard to remember. In addition...

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Optical Spectroscopy

I have spent almost two months in Koç University Summer Research Program. I have worked in liquid crystal based electrophotonics project in Microphotonics Research Laboratory. There was a fabrication plan that explains steps of liquid crystal and microsphere fabrication. In that purpose, I did the following;...

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Analyzing Heart Signals with ECG Circuit and MATLAB Optimization

Since the discovery of electronics, the need for it has increased exponentially every day and its applications has widened at any second. The emphasis on heart, which is the pump that we need for our basic survival, pushed the scientists to observe the signals of the heart in the electronic environment, thus creating the ECG concept. Understanding of the complex and frequent structure of the wave of an ECG enabled us to observe the abnormalities of human heart, thus the emphasis on human health and nature increased...

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Geometric Topology

During the seven weeks of study period, the following subjects are aimed to be covered: introduction to geometric topology, continuity, compactness and connectedness, identification spaces, fundamental groups, triangulations, and surfaces. In each week, we studied one subject, just fundamental group was divided into three weeks, and try to solve the exercise problems. During the meetings with Asst.Prof. Bar─▒┼č Co┼čkunüzer exercise problems are solved by the one who solved it or with the help of the instructor or he solved them sometimes...

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Intelligent User Interface for Computer Games

The main goal of the project was to explore the use of pen and speech-based input in a game, hence I reviewed a number of games in order to find an appropriate open source option. I settled on Glest. Features of Glest that made it a good choicechoice are:
- XML definitions. Every single unit, building, upgrade, faction, resource and all their properties and commands are defined in XML files. Just by creating or modifying the right folder structure and a bunch...
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Where Does Turkey Belong? Liberal-Democratic Values in Turkey, the Muslim World, and the EU

During the summer period of 2009, I have joined the project of Jeff Carl Dixon. Our first assignment was researching statistical data for predominantly Muslim countries. We have searched their social welfare, democratic values, GDP etc. The first thing I have learned was searching and filling statistical information about the predominantly Muslim countries which we have shared within the group. By doing this I have gone through my knowledge of quantitative research method.Scanning through our teacher’s article of “Clash of Civilizations”  I have noticed...
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