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 and drone pilot.
Didem Gürdür received her undergraduate degree in graphics design from the arts faculty and computer engineering from the engineering faculty as the top student, in addition to, receiving the best graduation project award. Throughout her studies, she worked as a software developer and graphics designer. She received M.Sc. degree from sustainable environment and energy systems program. She worked as a teaching assistant during her master’s studies. She acted as a support to the instructors in particularly laboratory sessions and teaching material preparation for introduction to C programming, logic design, introduction to embedded systems development and image processing courses while pursuing her master’s degree. Her master’s thesis examined the architectural energy-delay assessment of different array multiplier topologies. Currently, she holds a Ph.D. in Mechatronics, and works at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She is the course coordinator of research methodologies course and supervises several bachelor’s and master’s theses in mechatronics and robotics domains.
Her current research interest includes methodologies and methods of interoperability assessment, data analytics, knowledge discovery, information visualization, visual analytics, and sustainability for cyber-physical systems. Didem’s research focuses on blending systems thinking and design thinking approaches to overcome the complexity issues—through visual analytics—related to cyber-physical systems with a sustainability perspective. She is guest editor of the Designs—Open Access Engineering Design Journal and technical program committee member of IEEE SoSE and ALLDATA conferences.