-- Recent News (May 2015)--
There has been exciting developments this year (2015) that'll completely change my proffessional (and personal) life. While I was doing PhD and working on HazirCevap project at Bogazici (on NLP), I applied to Indiana University, Bloomington, for a PhD position on Computer Science to work on my ever lasting dream of Programming Languages, and I got accepted with full financial support! (while the funding is a normal thing for US colleges, it's a pretty big deal around here in Europe/Turkey)
Now I'm getting prepared to move to Bloomington, Indiana US this summer (July 20th, 2015) to live and study there (hopefully) for min four years. I'm now working on (for two months) finalizing HazirCevap and wrap up all the work I've done on NLP here at Bogazici and say goodbye. Things are getting pretty well. I might even have a couple of weeks to study PL to reiterate on what I've studied 2-3 years ago to prepare before the action.
Finally I'll be able to work on PL; type systems, continuations, relational interpretes, monads, Racket, Haskell.. And not only that, I'll be around with the real PL masters as well, Dan Friedman, Amr Sabry, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt, Ryan Newton, Jeremy Siek and all other great prople (amazing grad fellas). Exciting!
It's a bit sentimental for me as well, because I did what I did within the previous (5) years only to achieve this. I love challenges, and this is by far the biggest and hardest challange I have ever faced with. Because let's face it, doing PhD here in Turkey is nothing like doing PhD in US. I never had to put everything that I've got while studying at Bilgi or Bogazici. We all have at some point in our lives a thing that we go "I'll do whatever it takes!". I'm excited because this is that challenge for me, and I feel I have to go guns blazing for this one.