Ata Turk

Research scientist in Boston University Electrical Computer Engineering Department and the Massachusetts Open Cloud Project

Research interests

At MOC I am currently work on: (i) Cloud monitoring: designing effective, and secure collection, storage, and servicing mechanisms of Cloud usage and operational data to enable better Cloud research and optimizations; (ii) Cloud operations analytics: offering machine-learning-based analysis and combinatorial optimizations for improved efficiency and security in Cloud operations; and (iii) Cloud-based Big Data Platforms: building high-performance, end-to-end Big Data solutions for performance critical applications such as healthcare problems.

My other reseach interests lie in applications that involve graphs: feature analysis and parallel computations on large scale graphs such as those of social/cyber networks. My early work was on traditional applications of combinatorial scientific computing such as sparse matrix computations to information retrieval problems.

Selected publications

My google scholar page, my cv.


Postdoc @ Yahoo Labs, Barcelona (2013 -- 2014)

I was a postdoc at the Web Retrieval Team of Yahoo Labs, Barcelona, mainly working on user profile generation, entity suggestion, and ad CTR prediction.

Company founder and partner @ Bor Software Inc. (2007 -- 2010)

I was among the five founding partners of Bor Soft of Turkey. I worked as a managing partner between 2007 and 2010 within various projects including Web 2.0, mobile app., GIS systems, and content management systems development. I cashed out in 2010 to finish my PhD.

PhD from Computer Engineering Dept. of Bilkent University (2012)

Thesis title: Utilizing Query Logs for Data Replication and Placement in Big Data Applications