İsmet Zeki Yalnız

PhD Candidate

 

School of Computer Science

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
e-mail: zeki[at]cs[dot]umass[dot]edu

AREAS OF INTEREST

        Information Retrieval

        Pattern Recognition

        Computer Vision

        Document Analysis

        Remote Sensing

 

EDUCATION

         PhD in Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (12/13/2013)

Dissertation title: Efficient representation and matching of texts and images in scanned book collections

o        Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. R. Manmatha

 

         PhD in Computer Engineering, Bilkent University (2008 - 2009, transferred)

o        Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Selim Aksoy

 

         M.S. in Computer Engineering, Bilkent University (2006 - 2008)

Thesis title: Integrated Segmentation and Recognition of Connected Ottoman Script

o        Supervisor: Prof. Ozgur Ulusoy

o        Co-supervisor: Assc. Prof. Ugur Gudukbay

 

         B.S. in Computer Engineering, Bilkent University (2002 - 2006)


PUBLICATIONS

Journal:

[1] Aksoy S., Yalniz I. Z., Tasdemir K.. Automatic Detection and Segmentation of Orchards Using Very High-Resolution Imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 50, No. 8, pp: 3117-3131, 2012 [pdf] (SCI-indexed)

[2] Yalniz I. Z., Aksoy S.. Unsupervised Detection and Localization of Structural Textures using Projection Profiles, Pattern Recognition, Vol. 43, Issue 10, pp: 3324-3337, 2010 [pdf]  [code] (SCI-indexed)

[3] Yalniz I. Z., Altingovde I. S., Gudukbay U., Ulusoy O.. Ottoman Archives Explorer: A Retrieval System for Digital Ottoman Archives.  ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Vol. 2, No. 3, Article No. 8, 20 pages, December 2009 [pdf]

[4] Yalniz I. Z., Altingovde I. S., Gudukbay U., Ulusoy O.. Integrated Segmentation and Recognition of Connected Ottoman Script, Optical Engineering, Vol. 48, No. 11, Article 117205, 12 pages, November 2009 [pdf] (SCI-indexed)

Conference & Workshop: 

[5] Wemhoener D., Yalniz I. Z., Manmatha R.. Creating an Improved Version Using Noisy OCR from Multiple Editions. International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR’13), Washington DC, USA, August 25-28, 2013 [pdf] 

BEST POSTER PAPER AWARD

[6] Yalniz I. Z., Manmatha R.. Finding Translations in Scanned Book Collections. ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR’12), Portland, Oregon, USA, pp. 465-474, August 12-16th, 2012 [pdf] [slides] [dataset]

[7]  M. Cartright, E. F. Can, W. Dabney, J. Dalton, J. Glatt, L. Giorda, K. Kristovski, X. Wu, I. Z. Yalniz, J. Allan, R. Manmatha, D. Smith. A Framework for Manipulating and Searching Multiple Retrieval Types. ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR’12), Portland, Oregon, USA, August 12-16th, 2012 [demo paper]

[8] Yalniz I. Z., Manmatha R.. An Efficient Framework for Searching Text in Noisy Document Images. 10th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS’12), Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 48-52, March 27-29th, 2012 [pdf] [slides]

HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

[9] Yalniz I. Z., Can E. F., Manmatha R.. Partial Duplicate Detection for Large Book Collections. International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM’11), Glasgow, UK, pp. 469-574, October 24-28, 2011[pdf][slides][dataset]

[10] Yalniz I. Z., Manmatha R.. A Fast Alignment Scheme for Automatic OCR Evaluation of Books. International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR’11), Beijing, China, pp. 754-758, September 18-21, 2011 [pdf] [dataset] [code]

[11] Yalniz I. Z., Aksoy S.. Detecting Regular Plantation Areas in Satellite Images. IEEE 17th Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU’09), Antalya, Turkey, pp. 289-292, April 9-11, 2009 [pdf]

Patents and others:

[12]  Yalniz. I. Z., Douglas G., Dhua A. and Lou Y.. Adaptive Image Sampling for Text Detection. U.S. Patent App. no: 13/693,542, 2013.

[13]  Integrated Segmentation and Recognition of Connected Ottoman Script, Master's thesis, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, Technical Report No: BU-CE-0808, 8.8.2008.


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS

         Program Committee Member, International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM’13)

         Program Committee Member, Open Research Areas in Information Retrieval (OAIR’13)

         Program Committee Member, International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM’12)

         Reviewer for ACM Transactions on Information Systems (ACM TOIS)  

         Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IEEE TGRS)  

         Reviewer for Pattern Recognition Letters (Elsevier)  

         Reviewer for Pattern Analysis and Applications (Springer)  

         Reviewer for International Journal of Remote Sensing  

         External reviewer for ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR’12)

         External reviewer for ACM Multimedia’12

         External reviewer for IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS’12)

         External reviewer for International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR’11)

         External reviewer for Scientific and Statistical Database Management Conference (SSDBM’09)

         Student Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

         Graduate Student Representative, Department of Computer Science, UMASS, Amherst (2012-2013).


SOURCE CODE & DATASETS DEVELOPED

         The Recursive Text Alignment Tool for Long Noisy Texts (JAVA code) 

         OCTO OCR Error Correction Tool (JAVA code)

         UMASS Language Identification Tool for Long Noisy Texts (JAVA code)

         RETAS OCR Evaluation Dataset

         UMASS Book Duplicate Detection Dataset

         UMASS Book Translation Detection Dataset

         UMASS Translation Alignment Tool (JAVA code to be released)

         UMASS Translation Alignment Dataset (to be released)


HONORS & SCHOLARSHIPS

    BEST POSTER PAPER AWARD, International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR’13)

    HONORABLE MENTION AWARD, Document Analysis Systems (DAS’12)

    FELLOWSHIP is awarded by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey for M.S. study

    SCHOLARSHIP is awarded by Bilkent University for M.S. and PhD studies including tuition waiver, accommodation and health insurance

    SCHOLARSHIP awarded by Bilkent University for B.S. study including tuition waiver

    "High Honor" student during undergraduate study

    ACM SIGIR Travel Grant (2012)

    UMASS-Amherst Travel Grant for CIKM’11


TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP

         CMPSCI 145: Representing, Storing, and Retrieving Information (Fall 2009)

         CS 352: Database Management Systems (Spring 2009)

         CS 281: Computers and Data Organization (Fall 2008)

         CS 223: Digital Design (Fall 2006, Fall 2007) 

         CS 102: Algorithms and Programming II (Spring 2007, Spring 2008)

         CS 112: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (Spring 2005)

 

UMASS-Amherst Links

The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR)

Multimedia Indexing and Retrieval Group (MIR)

 

Bilkent University Links

RETINA Vision and Learning Group

BILMDG Multimedia Database Group

Content Based Retrieval of Digital Ottoman Archives (project website - prototype system)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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