Contact Information

hakan.altincay (at)

Department of Computer Engineering
Eastern Mediterranean University
Famagusta, Northern Cyprus (via Mersin 10 Turkey)
Office: CMPE221

Tel:  +90 392 6302842 Fax: +90 392 3650711


As of May 2014, we have established the Mobile hEalth Research and Application Center (MERAC) to conduct both theoretical and applied research on mobile health. Detailed information about MERAC can be obtained from its web site that can be accessed by clicking its logo given below.



Bachelor of Science
Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University (with High Honors), June 1993

Master of Science
Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University, November 1995

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University, June 2000

Work Experience

[February 2012 - present], h-index : 8 (ISI Web of Knowledge), 14 (Google Scholar)

Associate Professor
[December 2005 - January 2012]

Assistant Professor
[ September 2000 - November 2005]

Research Assistant, Electrical Engineering Dept., METU
[February 1996 - February 2000]

Research Assistant, Industrial Engineering Dept., METU
[September 1994 - January 1996]

Electrical and Electronics Engineer, Aselsan, Turkey
[August 1993 - August 1994]

Research Interests

Pattern Recognition
Medical and Healthcare Informatics
Multiple Classifier Systems, Decision Fusion
Text Categorization, Face Recognition
Speech Processing, Speaker Verification


Text Categorization Using Statistical Learning Techniques
   TRNC Ministry of Education, MEKB- 09-02 [June 2009 - December 2010]
Using MPEG-7 Audio Attributes for Speaker Verification
   TÜBİTAK, EEEAG-104E142 [July 2005 – January 2007]
Improving the Performance of Medical Data Mining Systems using Intelligent Classification Techniques
   TRNC Ministry of Education, MEKB-05-04 [September 2005 - January 2007]
Identity Verification by Combining Multiple Biometric Information
   TRNC Ministry of Education, MEKB - 07-06 [November 2007 - May 2009]

Latest Publications

Ghazaal Sheikhi and Hakan Altınçay, "The cost of Type II Diabetes Mellitus: A Machine Learning Perspective",
XIV Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Bilogical Engineering and Computing, Paphos, March 2016.

Journal Publications (dblp)

23. Kamran Kamaei and Hakan Altınçay, "Editing the Nearest Feature Line Classifier", vol. 19, pp. 563-580,    Intelligent Data Analysis, IOS press, 2015.

22. Dima Badawi and Hakan Altınçay, "A Novel Framework for Termset Selection and Weighting in Binary
   Text Classification", Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol. 35, pp. 38-53, 2014.

21. Hakan Altınçay and Zafer Erenel, "Ternary Encoding Based Feature Extraction for Binary Text Classification",
    Applied Intelligence, vol. 41, pp. 310-326, 2014.

20. Hakan Altınçay and Zafer Erenel, "Avoiding the interpolation inaccuracy in nearest feature line classifier
    by spectral feature analysis", Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 34, issue. 12, pp. 1372-1380, 2013. [pdf]

19. Zafer Erenel and Hakan Altınçay, "Improving the Precision-Recall Tradeoff in Undersampling based Binary
    Text Categorization Using Unanimity Rule", Neural Computing and Applications, vol. 22, issue. 1 Suppl,
    pp 83-100, 2013. [pdf]

18. Zafer Erenel and Hakan Altınçay, "Nonlinear Transformation of Term Frequencies for Term Weighting
    in Text Categorization", Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, vol. 25, pp. 1505-1514, 2012. [pdf]

17. Hakan Altınçay, Zafer Erenel, "Using the Absolute Difference of Term Occurrence Probabilities in Binary Text
    Categorization", Applied Intelligence, vol. 36, pp. 148-160, 2012. [pdf]

16. Önsen Toygar, Hakan Altınçay, "Preserving Spatial Information and Overcoming Variations in Appearance for
    Face Recognition", Pattern Analysis and Applications, vol. 14, pp. 67-75, 2011. [pdf]

15. Hakan Altınçay, "Improving k-Nearest Neighbor Rule: Using Geometrical Neighborhoods and Manifold-based
    Metrics", Expert Systems, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 391-406, 2011. [pdf]

14. Zafer Erenel, Hakan Altınçay, Ekrem Varoglu, "Explicit Use of Term Occurrence Probabilities for Term Weighting
    in Text Categorization", Journal of Information Science And Engineering, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 819-834, 2011. [pdf]

13. Hakan Altınçay, Zafer Erenel, "Analytical Evaluation of Term Weighting Schemes for Text Categorization", Pattern
    Recognition Letters, vol. 31, pp. 1310-1323, 2010. [pdf]

12. Nazife Dimililer, Ekrem Varoğlu and Hakan Altınçay, "Classifier Subset Selection for Biomedical Named Entity
    Recognition", Applied Intelligence, vol. 31, pp. 267-282, 2009.

11. Hakan Altınçay, “Decision Trees using Model Ensemble-based Nodes", Pattern Recognition, vol. 40, pp. 3540-
    3551, 2007.

10. Hakan Altınçay, “Ensembling Evidential k-Nearest Neighbor Classifiers through Multi-modal Perturbation",
    Applied Soft Computing Journal, vol. 7, pp. 1072-1083, 2007.

9. Hakan Altınçay, “On the Independence Requirement In Dempster-Shafer Theory for Combining Classifiers
    Providing Statistical Evidence", Applied Intelligence Journal, vol. 25, pp. 73-90, 2006.

8. Hakan Altınçay, “On Naive Bayesian Fusion of Dependent Classifiers", Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 26, pp.
      2463-2473, 2005.

7. Hakan Altınçay, “A Dempster-Shafer Theoretic Framework for Boosting Based Ensemble Design", Pattern
      Analysis and Applications Journal, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 287-302, 2005.

6. Hakan Altınçay, “Optimal Resampling and Classifier Prototype Selection in Classifier Ensembles Using Genetic
      Algorithms”, Pattern Analysis and Applications Journal, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 285-295, 2004.

5. Hakan Altınçay, Mübeccel Demirekler, “Speaker Identification by Combining Multiple Classifiers Using
      Dempster-Shafer Theory of Evidence”, Speech Communication Journal, vol. 41, pp. 531-547, 2003.

4. Hakan Altınçay and Mübeccel Demirekler, “Undesirable effects of output normalization in multiple classifier
      systems” Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 24, pp. 1163-1170, 2003.

3. Hakan Altınçay, Cem Ergün and Wasim Ahmad, “Robust Speaker Verification in Low Bit Rate Channels” IEE
      Electronics Letters, vol. 39, no:6, pp. 576-578, March 2003.

2. Mübeccel Demirekler and Hakan Altınçay, “Plurality Voting Based Multiple Classifier Systems: Statistically
      Independent with Respect to Dependent Classifier Sets” Pattern Recognition, vol. 35, pp. 2365-2379, 2002.

1. Hakan Altınçay and Mübeccel Demirekler, "An Information Theoretic Framework for Weight Estimation in the
      Combination of Probabilistic Classifiers for Speaker Identification", Speech Communication Journal, vol. 30,
      no. 4, pp. 255-272, April 2000.


Thesis Supervision

Ph.D. Theses

Termset Selection and Weighting in Binary Text Classification
by Dima Badawi, June 2015

Text Categorization Using Statistical Learning Techniques
by Zafer Erenel, August 2010

Speech Codec Detector Based Speaker Verification System in a Multi-Coder Environment
July 2004.

M.S. Theses

Experimental Evaluation of Feature Extraction Schemes for Face Recognition
by Shaghayegh Parchami, February 2015

Feature Selection using Co-occurrence of Terms for Binary Text Classification
by Marzieh Vahabi Mashak, February 2015

Performances of Deferred and Forward Shading under Different Lighting Conditions
by Alexander Polisciuc, July 2013

Functional Magnetic Resonance Image (FMRI) Based Brain Activity Classification
by Mehran Sahandi Far, July 2013

Editing the Nearest Feature Line Classifier
by Kamran Kamaei, February 2013

Optimal Estimation of Ensemble Member Weights using Bounded Neural Networks
by Ali Tüzel, February 2007

A Multiple Classifier System Using Jointly Optimal Classifiers for Speaker Identification
by Buket Çizili, February 2003

Speaker Identification in Multi-coder Environment
by Wasim Ahmad, February 2003

Application of Classifier Combination Techniques for Speaker Identification
by Awais Mahmood, June 2003

Program Committee Membership (Recent)

IEA/AIE2013 - IEA/AIE2014 - IEA/AIE2015 - IEA/AIE2016 - International conference on industrial, engineering and other applications of applied intelligent systems


Editorial Board Member

Applied Intelligence, Springer

Project Evaluation

TUBITAK, Panelist (June 2012)

TUBITAK, External Reviewer (November 2014)

TUBITAK, External Reviewer (November 2015)


Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Elsevier
Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Expert Systems, Wiley
European Journal of Operational Research
IEE Electronics Letters
IEE Vision, Image, and Signal Processing
IEEE Trans. on Knowledge and Data Engineering
IEEE Trans. on Systems. Man and Cybernetics, Part B and C
IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
IET Signal Processing
Information Fusion, Elsevier
Information Sciences, Elsevier
International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
Journal of King Saud University - Computer and Information Sciences
Journal of Zhejiang University - SCIENCE-C
Knowledge-Based Systems, Elsevier
Knowledge and Information Systems, Elsevier
Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Elsevier
Pattern Analysis and Applications
Pattern Recognition Letters
Soft Computing, Springer
The Computer Journal, Oxford University Press
Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
CCCT'2005, 3rd International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies
SIU2006, SIU2007, SIU2011 - National Conference on Signal Processing and its Applications
IEA/AIE2013 - IEA/AIE2016 - International conference on industrial, engineering and other applications of applied intelligent systems


IEEE third best paper award in SIU'2003 conference, June 2003, Koç University
United Ph.D. Scholarship from TUBITAK, [1996 - 2000]
Successful student award in mathematics, Ministry of Education, [1989 - 1993]

Recent Committee Work

EMU Academic Assessment Committee (ADEK)
October 2013 - present

Board member of Advanced Technology Research and Development Institute
2004-2005, April 2011-present

Departmental Graduate Committee
Head, 2008-2012

Senate member, Assoc. Prof. Representative
2006-2007, 2009-2010

Faculty Board Member, Assoc. Prof. Representative
2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012

Faculty Board Member, Prof. Representative

EMU Research Advisory Board, Engineering Faculty Representative
April 2011-2013

Academic Disciplinary Committee, Engineering Faculty Representative