Prof. Amnon Carmi
University of Haifa, Israel

Keynote Title: “Bioethics Education: UNESCO’s Methodology”

Bio: Amnon Carmi was born in Berlin on 28.12.1931. He is married and he and his wife Hanna have four children and eleven grandchildren.

From 1958 to 1965 he practiced as a lawyer in Israel. He was appointed a Magistrate in 1965 and subsequently a Judge of the District Court of Haifa from 1974 till his retirement (1992).

In addition to his duties as a judge, Amnon Carmi has been lecturing in Medical Law and Ethics at the universities of Tel Aviv and Haifa from 1975. Since 1992 he lectures as a Professor of Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Haifa. From  2008-2014 he functioned as the Head and Dean of the Law School of the Academic College of Zefat, Israel.

In 1972 he was elected President of the Society for Medicine and Law in Israel and served in this post until his retirement (2004). In 1991 he was elected President of the World Association for Medical Law and he served as the President of the World Association until 2010. In 1996 he was appointed Director of the International Center for Health, Law and Ethics at the University of Haifa. In 2001 he was appointed as the Holder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. In 1993 he was elected chairman of the Section on Psychiatry, Law and Ethics of the World Psychiatry Association.

He was the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of “Medicine and Law”, an international Journal 1980-2010. In 1984 he was appointed as Editor-in-chief of the International Medico-Legal Library (Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg).

Prof. A. Carmi is the author of the following books: Medicine and Law(1971), The Nurse Book(1973), The Doctor, the Patient and the Law(1977), Dentistry and Law(1984), Nursing Law(1984), Medical Negligence in Judaism and in Israel(1986), Law and Medicine(1987) and Health Law(2003) (2nd edition 2013).

He is the editor of the following books: Medical Experimentation(1973), The Dying Human(1979), Child Abuse(1984), Euthanasia(1984), Disability(1984), Nursing, Law and Ethics(1985), Psychiatry, Law and Ethics(1986), Drugs and Alcohol(1986), Hospital Law(1987), Experiencing Graphology(1988), Forensic Psychiatry(1998), Informed Consent(2003), Informed Consent(2004), Teaching Ethics in Psychiatry: Case Vignettes(2005), Medical Law: 1980-2005 (2006), Psychology, Law and Ethics in Israel (2008).

He wrote chapters in the following books: Medical Guide according to Jewish Tradition(1977), Recht und Ethik in der Medizine (1982), Die Evolution(1984), Overdose(1987), Ethic in Medicine (1990), Technology and Ethics(1993)Essays in honor of SA Strauss(1995), Landau Book(1995), Work Accidents Issues(1999), Medical Law: 1980-2005 (2006), Psychology, Law and Ethics in Israel (2008).

He has published numerous articles which have been published as well as presented at international congresses; since 1975 until 2004 he maintained his monthly column “Medicine and Law” in the Bulletin of the Israel Medical Association.

He was a member of the Advisory Expert Committee of UNESCO for the Teaching of Ethics that produced the UNESCO Bioeethics Core Curriculum. He was the Coordinator of the team that wrote the UNESCO Casebook on Benefit and Harm (2011). He was the Coordinator of the team that wrote the UNESCO Casebook on Human Dignity and Human Rights (2011).

He participated actively (presentation of papers) at more than 300 International Congresses.

He served as the Coordinator of the WHO European Seminar on Health Legislation, and the international project on Patients’ Rights. In 2002 he was elected as the Secretary-General of the International Organization for Judicial Training ( IOJT). In 2011 he was appointed as the Head of the Academic Committee of the IOJT. In 2013 he was elected as the Deputy-President of the IOJT.

In 2006-2007- 2008-2009-2010 he functioned as the co-chairperson of the UNESCO International Courses for Ethics Teachers. In 2012 he was appointed as an Academic Co-Director of the International Academy for Judges at the Haifa University.

He was granted the following awards and honors:

Doctor Honoris Causa – University of Debrecen. Medal for the outstanding international scientist of the year 2000 – University of Budapest. Honorary member of the Rumanian Academy for medical science (1996). Honorary member of the International Psychiatry Association(1999). Honorary member of the Medical Law Association – Costa Rica. Honorary Professor at the University of UNIBO, South Africa (1987). Founder, La Asociacion Latinoamericana de Medicina Legal y Deontologia Medica. Honorary member of the Medical Law Association of Azerbaijan (1994). Honorary member of the Hungarian Association for Medical Law (1993). Medal of Honor from the Bulgarian Association for Medical Law  (1999). Medal of Honor from the Chilean Association for Medical Law  (1997). Medal of Honor from the Spanish Association for Medical Law (2001). Medal of Honor from the Venezuelan Association for Medical Law (2002). Honorary member of the American College of Legal Medicine (2002) The Hippocratic Medal of the Russian Academy of Medicine (2003). Honorary Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain (2007). Honorary Medal for life work in sport. The Veterans Sport Association, Israel (2008). Honorary Fellowship of the German Academy of Psychoanalysis (2011). Honorary Medal for life time achievement. The World Association for Medical Law (2008). Member of the UNESCO IGBC Intergovernmental Committee (2011). He was elected as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC) (2012-2016).

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ufuk Çağlayan
Department of Computer Engineering
Bogaziçi University, Turkey

Keynote Title: “Innovation in Computer Science and Engineering”

Abstract: “Innovation is a surprisingly hard word to define,” says Werbach. “Everyone thinks they know it, but when you ask them to explain exactly what an innovation is, it gets very hard.” Most people define it as “something more than a new invention” and some people define it as “something new that creates new opportunities for growth and development.” A very good and obvious example is cellular technology. Also, the “problem-solving value” is one important attribute of innovations. In this talk, first an overview of what innovation is will be presented. Relations of innovation to research, scientific discovery, design and user needs will be discussed shortly. Then, an overview of innovations in last 30-40 years in Computer Science and Engineering will be summarized, with an attempt to identify the research and user needs behind them. PC’s, Laptops. Tablets, Smartphones, Internet, World Wide Web, Search Engines, etc are very good examples. We will see that there exist other innovations in other areas, that are very much affected by research work done in Computer Science and Engineering, so we will provide some examples of them. The talk will conclude with some expected and speculative innovations in Computer Science and Engineering in future.

Bio: Mehmet Ufuk Caglayan received his BSEE and MSCS degrees from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1973 and 1975 respectively, and his PhD degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1981. Dr. Caglayan was an instructor at DePaul University, Northwestern University and later an assistant professor at University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He served as a computer scientist in BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. Dr. Caglayan is currently a full professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul and Director, TETAM: Telecommunications and Informatics Technologies Research Center, at the same university. His research interests include computer networks, Internet, distributed systems, operating systems, computer and network security, formal models and analysis of security, software design and software project management. His recent research work is mostly on formal models and analysis of computer network security and secure protocols.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aslıhan Tüfekçi
Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology
Gazi University, Turkey


Workshop Title: “Human Performance Technology: What? Why? How?”

Abstract: Human Performance Technology (HPT) has gained prominence as an applied scientific study aimed at improving performance issues thanks to its capability to develop goal-oriented, comprehensive and system-based solutions. Operating in a model, which comprises the phases of perception and analysis of problems, development and implementation of solutions, and evaluation, HPT aims to push the performance of all stakeholders in a system to the maximum level.  Not only can HPT be aligned with the operations of organizations and corporations for different purposes but it can also be used in educational fields to fulfill similar tasks of solving performance problems and improving performance. Within this workshop, fundamentals, principles and models of HPT will be talked and applications of HPT will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Tüfekci earned  BSc and MSc degrees from Gazi University, Department of Computer Education and her PhD degree is from Department of Electronics and Computer Education at same University. During her doctoral researches, she visited RPI and SUNY in USA and studied on Human Computer Interaction field. She is currenty working as an Associate Professor at Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology at Gazi University and gives undergraduate/gradute level courses and ashe has many studies with her MSc and PHd students. Dr. Tufekci is also Associate Director at the Informatics Institute at Gazi University, serving graduate level programas to more than 1500 students in the field of Informatics. Her research interests are human performance technology, instructional technology, distance learning and human computer interaction.

Prof. Dr. Servet Bayram
Director, Institute of Educational Sciences
Chairman, Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technologies
Coordinator, Program of Information Technologies & Social Media Education
Yeditepe University – İstanbul 


Keynote Title: “Innovative Computer Tools are Changing Research Paradigms: Eye Tracking and Noldus Applications in Science and Education”

Bio: Prof. Dr. Servet Bayram graduated with a bachelor degree from Department of Psychology at the Istanbul University in 1985. After receiving the Certificate of Teaching and the title of Psychologist, he worked as a Consultant/Educational Psychologist at the Bogazici University in Istanbul between 1988-1992. When he completed his master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling at the Bogazici University, he went to the United States for doctoral studies. He completed his doctoral studies in “Learning and Teaching Technologies” and received a Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1995.As a Post Doctoral Fellow, he studied on the Electronic Performance Support and Information Systems at the Indiana University in 1996.

Between 1997-1998, he served as a Second Lieutenant & Psychologist at the Air Force Academy in Istanbul. Then as an Asistant Professor, he started to manage curriculum of the Department, Computer Education and Instructional Technology, at the Marmara University. In 2000, he was promoted to Associate Professorship. Then he became a full professor in 2006. Between 2000 and 2015, he had conducted his studies as a Chairman of the Department at the Marmara University, Istanbul.

In 2015, He was transferred to the Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Then he was promoted to Vice Rectorate of the University. As a Vice Rector he completed the “Curriculum Optimization Studies” of the University between 2015 and 2016. Now, he is the Director of Institute of Educational Sciences at the Yeditepe University. Also, he is Chairman of the Department, Computer Education & Instructiınal Technologies and Coordinator of the Program, Information Technologies & Social Media Education at the Yeditepe University.
His present professional research interest focuses on Graphical User Interface Design, Psychology of Learning, Neuroscience, Psychological Testing, Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Software, School Achievement, Motivation and Innovative Computer Tools

Prof. Dr. Asaf Varol
Chair of Department of Software Engineering
College of Technology, Firat University (Turkey)

Keynote Title: Introduction of a Challenging Educational Model for Undergraduate Study Established Between Firat University and Sam Houston State University (US)

Abstract: Within this information age, various educational technologies can be employed for internationally established dual programs. Tools such as Livescribe, Schoology, VoiceThread, Vacoroo, Socrative, Hangouts, etc. are used for blended education on the dual degree program between Firat University and Sam Houston State University since 2012. The success of the program has been proved with job placement ratio of graduated students. In this speech, first the dual program between Firat University and Sam Houston State University will be introduced. Second, some of the educational tools used in this program will be presented and their advantages will be discussed. Since the first cohort of this program has successfully graduated, this model will be suggested to the universities where computer science, software engineering or computer engineering departments exist.

Bio. He completed his German Language Education between 1972 and 1973 in Germany. He finished his Machine Engineering Training Course in 1975 in Kassel/Germany with the support of IAESTE grant. He completed his BSc. study at Firat University/Turkey where he was the honored student (highest GPA among students) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and he started his MSc. study at the Institute for Nuclear Energy of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1977. He had started as an Engineer at ITU Research Reactor in 1978, and after finishing his master study he had begun to work as a Research Assistant at Firat University in 1979. Between 1981 and 1982 he completed his dissertation experiments at Karlsruhe University in Germany with DAAD scholarship and later earned his PhD from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) in 1983. He joined academic studies in the field of Computer Systems at Indiana and Purdue Universities in the USA via World Bank scholarship. He was promoted to Associate Professor in Energy Education in 1991.

He established first local University Television Broadcasting System at Firat University. This system has been broadcasting continually since 1991.

He was appointed for the position of Director of Revolving Funds Management of Technical Education College between 1991 and 1996. In 1992, he joined Salford and Bradford Universities in UK for academic studies on computer aided education and design. In 1995, he was invited to Oklahoma State University in the USA to have studies on Vocational and Technical Education, and Informatics. He was promoted to “Full Professor” in the field of Computer Systems Education in 1997. He used DAAD scholarship to work on a project in the field of Robotics at Bremen University/Germany in 1998. Between 1998 and 1999, he took the charge to combine the revolving funds management at Firat University. Specifically, he prepared the regulations and directives related with revolving funds management.

He served as the member of National Informatics Committees at Higher Education Council of Turkey (HECT) between 1999 and 2002. Between 2000 and 2004 he was the founder Dean of Communication College. Between 2003 and 2005, he taught different courses titled Analysis-Engineering Systems, Advance Mechatronics, Pro/Engineer (Solid Modeling), and Statics at West Virginia University in the USA. He was the founder vice president of Siirt University between 2007 and 2008. He held also the Dean of College of Education at Siirt University at the same time.

He was Firat University’s coordinator for the “East Anatolia Development Project” that supported by Ministry of Development of Turkey between 1998 and 2001. Prof. Dr. Asaf Varol was the Director of the Revolving Funds Management of Firat University between 2008 and 2012.

He has been serving as the Chair of Software Engineering Department at Firat University since 2011. He taught Introduction to Digital Forensics and Information Assurance Course at Sam Houston State University in Fall 2013. He is the founder of the Department of Digital Forensics Engineering at Firat University that is the still unique and first in Turkey. He has established a dual degree program between Firat University and Sam Houston State University in 2012.

He is the founder of the Association of Software and Cyber Security in Turkey ( which aims to create and develop national software for up-to-date technologies and to defense country against cyber-attacks.

He was founder of the International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security ( in 2013. This symposium is organized by consortiums members of Sam Houston State University (SHSU-US), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR-US), San Diego State University (US), Youngstown State University (US), Petru Maior University, Romania; Politechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal, Firat University (TR), Gazi University (TR), Hacettepe University (TR), Balikesir University (TR), Baskent University (TR), HAVELSAN (TR), and Arab Open University (Lebanon). This symposium has been supported by IEEE since 2016.

He was elected as External Quality Examiners of Higher Education Council of Turkey in 2017 and he evaluated the education system of Abant İzzet Baysal University in 2017.

He graduated from the Master program in Public Administration at Sam Houston State University on May 13th, 2017. He is fluent in English and German languages. He is married to Nurhayat and have two sons with three grandchildren.

He has published more than 300 journal papers, books, proceedings, and he has been a columnist at BT/Haber and Gunisigi Newspapers since 1997 where he has a dedicated column.

He was granted for following awards and honors.

Year Remarks
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Scholarship and CHSS (College of Humanities and Social Sciences) Scholarship from Sam Houston State University (US) during pursuing his Master Degree in Public Administration.
2016 Recognition Award for Asaf Varol who has been dully recognized for his leadership as founder of the International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security (ISDFS 2016).
2016 Sam Houston State University, Special Recognition Award, for Asaf Varol; for collaboration in dual academic degrees between Software Engineering Department in the College of Technology at Firat University, Turkey and the Department of Computer Science in the College of Science and Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University, US.
2011 Council of Higher Education of Turkey (YOK) Scholarship for research on Supersonic Wind Turbine and Simulations.
2000-2013 Received various awards in the area of social relations for contributing to regional activities.
1998 DAAD Scholarship for research on Robotics and Distance Education, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.
1995 International Vocational Teacher Educator Institute (IVTEI) award for training at College of Education, Oklahoma State University, US
1990 World Bank & Higher Education Council of Turkey Scholarship for continuing education at Indiana University (Bloomington) & Purdue University (West Lafayette), US.
1980-1982 DAAD (German) Scholarship for continuing Ph.D. at Karlsruhe University, Karlsruhe, Germany.
1977 Honors, Best student, Dept. of the Mechanical Engineering, Elazig, Turkey
1975 IAESTE Scholarship for training in Kassel, Germany.
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