Didem cares about the future of the world and nature. She is a computer scientist with a Ph.D. in mechatronics, which can give you an idea about how much she loves to talk about the future and emerging technologies. She is a data person, always finds a way to talk about how important it is to know your data, use it to make decisions and at some point expect her to talk about art, visualizations and visual analytics. Didem is a person who does not hesitate to talk about inequalities and point out her ethical concerns. She dreams a better world and actively works on improving inequalities regardless of their nature. She is an analytical thinker with a passion for design thinking, a researcher with a future perspective, an engineer who likes problems more than solutions and a teacher who likes to play during lectures. She is a good reader, divemaster, photographer, sailor and drone pilot.
Didem is an experienced researcher who holds a PhD degree in mechatronics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Currently, she is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is with the Center for Smart Infrastructure, Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, and the Center for Digital Built Britain. Her research focuses on data-centric methods, methodologies and implementations for cyber-physical systems. Earlier to this position, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and teacher at the Mechatronics Division of the Royal Institute of technology where she taught research methodology and advanced mechatronics project courses, in addition to supervising several master’s students on mechatronics and robotics thesis projects. Didem collaborated with universities and companies all around Europe through three EU-funded projects while conducting research on data and visual analytics for cyber-physical systems such as collaborative robots, autonomous vehicles and smart cities. She has been received best conference paper award from different scientific conferences during her PhD. Her master’s thesis was on sustainable environment and energy systems focusing on low power microprocessor design. Didem received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering as the top student of her class with an exceptional track record, awarded with the best graduation project. She also actively volunteered in different human rights organizations to increase the awareness of LGBT rights, gender equality, refugee rights, and animal rights. She has been interviewed by several blogs, magazines, newspapers and attended television programs to discuss women in technology and engineering, to motivate girls to choose STEM disciplines and to increase the awareness on sustainability and equality related issues.
Her current research interest includes interoperability, sustainability, complexity, data science, artificial intelligence and knowledge discovery for cyber-physical systems. Didem’s research focuses on blending systems thinking, design thinking and future studies to overcome different challenges related to cyber-physical systems. She is guest editor of the Designs—Open Access Engineering Design Journal and technical program committee member of IEEE SoSE and ALLDATA conferences, in addition to act as a reviewer in different scientific journals.