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Olcay Kursun

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Central Arkansas

Email: okursun@uca.edu
Phone: 501-852-0200
Office: MCST 323
Address: 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035

Brief Biography 

Olcay Kursun received his PhD degree in 2004 in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he was appointed as lecturer from 2003 to 2006; during this time, he also worked for data mining projects of Departments of Engineering Technology and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the Orange County Sherriff’s Office. He was appointed as a faculty member at Istanbul University from 2009 to 2016. He worked as a researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina in 2016-2017. In Fall 2017, he has joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Arkansas. His research interests are in the field of pattern recognition with particular interest in biological neural models and their applications in image processing, neuroscience, biomedical engineering and bioinformatics.



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Research Interests: Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Deep Learning, Data Mining, Data Science, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics

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Selected Publications

Kursun, O. and Favorov, O.V. (2019) “Suitability of Features of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Modeling Somatosensory Information Processing”, 2019 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference, April 2019, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Favorov, O.V., Francisco, E., Holden, J., Kursun, O., Zai, L., Tommerdahl, M. (2019) "Quantification of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury via Cortical Metrics: Analytical Methods", Military Medicine (accepted).

Prim, J.H., Favorov, O.V., Kursun, O., McCulloch, K.L. (2018) “The Development of the Portable Warrior Test of Tactical Agility (POWAR-TOTAL)”, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 99(11):e180, November 2018.

Favorov, O.V., Kursun, O., Tommerdahl, M. (2017) Role of Feed-Forward Inhibition in Neocortical Information Processing: Implications for Neurological Disorders. In: Opris, I. and Casanova, M. eds. The Physics of the Mind and Brain Disorders - Integrated Neural Circuits Supporting the Emergence of Mind, Springer. (Book Chapter)

Sakar, O., Kursun, O. (2017) "Discriminative Feature Extraction by a Neural Implementation of Canonical Correlation Analysis", IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (IEEE TNNLS), vol. 28(1), pp. 164-176.

Kursun, U., Kursun, O., Favorov, O. V. (2016) "A Novel Thermal Tactile Stimulator Device for Quantitative Sensory Testing", EMBC 2016, Orlando, FL, USA.

Sengel, O., Kursun, O. (2016) "Path-based Connectivity for Clustering Genome Sequences", EMBC 2016, Orlando, FL, USA.

Sakar, B.E., Sakar, C.O., Serbes, G., Kursun, O. (2015) "Determination of the optimal threshold value that can be discriminated by dysphonia measurements for unified Parkinson's Disease rating scale", IEEE 15th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE), Belgrade, Serbia, November 2-4, 2015.

Cevik, N., Sakar, C.O., Kursun, O. (2015) "Analysis of shared miRNAs of different species using ensemble CCA and genetic distance", Computers in Biology and Medicine, vol. 64, pp. 261-267.

Homan, P., Favorov, O. V., Lavender, C. A., Kursun, O., Ge, X., Busan, S., Dokholyan, N. V., Weeks, K. M. (2014) "Single-molecule correlated chemical probing of RNA", PNAS (Proc. of the National Academy of Sciences USA), vol. 111(38), pp. 13858–13863. Science Magazine (03 Oct 2014: Vol. 346, Issue 6205, pp. 51) published the summary of this article under the title "Unlocking the secrets of RNA in 3D", http://science.sciencemag.org/content/346/6205/twil.full

Sakar, C.O., Kursun, O., Gurgen, F. (2014) "Ensemble Canonical Correlation Analysis", Applied Intelligence, vol. 40(2), pp. 291-304.

Sakar, B.E., Isenkul, M.E., Sakar, C.O. Sertbas, A., Gurgen, F., Delil, S., Apaydin, H., Kursun, O. (2013) "Collection and analysis of a Parkinson speech dataset with multiple types of sound recordings", IEEE J.of Biomedical and Health Informatics, vol. 17(4), pp. 828-834.

Alptekin, A., Kursun (2013) "Miss One Out: A Cross-Validation Method Utilizing Induced Teacher Noise", International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, vol. 27(7), 1351003.

Gumus, E., Kursun, O., Sertbas, A., Ustek, D. (2012) "Application of Canonical Correlation Analysis for Identifying Viral Integration Preferences", Bioinformatics, vol. 28(5), pp. 651-655.

Sakar, C. O., Kursun, O., Gurgen, F. (2012) "A feature selection method based on kernel canonical correlation analysis and the minimum Redundancy–Maximum Relevance filter method", Expert Systems with Applications, vol. 39(3), pp. 3432-3437.

Favorov, O.V., Kursun, O. (2011) "Neocortical layer 4 as a pluripotent function linearizer", Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 105(3), pp. 1342-1360.

Kursun, O., Alpaydin, E., Favorov, O.V. (2011) "Canonical Correlation Analysis Using Within-class Coupling", Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 32(2), pp. 134-144.

Sakar, C.O., Kursun, O. (2010) "Telediagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease Using Measurements of Dysphonia", Journal of Medical Systems, vol. 34(4), pp. 591-599.