Bio

Sedar is a PhD student at the University of Leeds, department of Geography. He graduated in Computer Science at King’s College London 2018. From a very early stage of his degree, he focused on artificial intelligence planning implementations on drones in a search and rescue domain, and this was his first formal attempt to study artificial intelligence. He participated in summer school at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul working on programming techniques to reduce execution time. During his final year, he concentrated on how argumentation theory with natural language processing can be used to optimise political influence. In the midst of completing his degree, he applied to Professor Alison Heppenstall's research proposal focusing on data analytics and society, a joint endeavour with the Alan Turing Institute and the Economic and Social Research Council. From 2018 - 2023 he will be working on his PhD at the Alan Turing Institute and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. 

Research interests

Sedar will be focusing on data analytics and smart cities, developing a programming library to try simulate how policies can impact a small world of autonomous intelligent agents to try deduce positive or negative impact in the long run. If the impact is positive and this is conveyed collectively taking into consideration the agent's health, happiness and other social characteristics then the policy can be considered. Furthermore, he will work on agent based modelling to solve and provide faster solutions to economic and social elements of society, establishing applied and theoretical answers. Some other interests are: machine learning, agent communication language, argumentation, artificial intelligence planning, natural language processing, evolutionary programming. 

Sedar hopes to collaborate with academics and professionals at the Alan Turing Institute to broaden the horizon of the field of intelligent agents.

 

Education

  • MSci in Computer Science at King's College London 2014 - 2018
  • Bogazici University Summer School 2017

Achievements and awards

  • Broadening Horizons scholarship 2016 - for collaborating with students at the Istanbul Technical University
  • King's Planning Competition Award 2017 - for developing JavaFF planner to use a parallel algorithm to solve problems faster and more efficiently.
  • Hack King’s 4.0 MLH finalist medal 2018 - for developing a collaborative video game, allowing viewers to change the game's outcome.