ISTANBUL, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Koc University Electrical Engineering
Professor Hakan Urey has been qualified for the European Research
Council's (ERC) Advanced Grant of 2,5 million Euro. Prof. Urey will be
using the funding provided by the Council for his research on "The
Development of Novel 3D and Augmented Reality Display Technologies."
The European Research Council (ERC), which has a tradition of supporting
the world's top researchers and their ground-breaking projects,
provides funding to support scientific work in many countries every
year. The ERC funding is regarded as the most prestigious research
funding in Europe and has been awarded to several Nobel Laureate
scientists previously. Prof. Urey's grant is the first ERC Advanced
grant received from Turkey in the field of engineering and the research
will be conducted at Koc University, Istanbul.
The 2,5 million Euro funding, which is the highest funding sum ever
received in Turkey from the EC framework programs, will be used by
Prof. Urey in his research on "The Development of New Display
Technologies for Augmented Reality and Three-Dimensional Applications".
The research project aims to customize three-dimensional viewing and
display technologies for personal use.
Prof. Hakan Urey has made the following comments on his research: "My
research group will aim to produce solutions to very important
fundamental optical problems that remain unsolved in the fields of
three-dimensional displays and wearable display technologies to
increase the viewing comfort. We hope that this research will have an
important impact in the future of human computer interface and lead to
new applications in several areas. Currently I have a research group
consisting of about 15 members at Koc University and an additional 7
post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers will be engaged in
Prof. Hakan Urey currently conducts R&D projects at Koc University
Optical Microsystems Laboratory on the following topics: mobile phone
sized micro-projectors using MEMS scanners; three-dimensional display
technologies and screens; MEMS thermal sensors with optical readout;
portable spectroscopic chemical analysis devices; tagging and
identification of liquids using nano-particles; portable bio-sensor to
enable various types of blood tests and diagnostics.
Unlike other funds provided by the European Union, the ERC funding is
granted to a single individual, rather than a research group,
institution or consortium. The recipient of the project funding can
carry their project to any institution in Europe. ERC projects are
divided into three groups for researchers in various stages of their
careers. The groups are: 0-7 years (Starting), 7-12 years
(Consolidator), and senior researchers conducting advanced research for
the last 10 years (Advanced). Prof. Urey's project has been qualified
for support in the "Advanced" category, for which many Nobel laureates
have previously qualified.
The European Research Council granted its first funding to Turkey at the
"Advanced" category to Prof. Halil Mete Soner's project. Prof. Urey's
project is unique and significant in that it marks the first
ERC-Advanced funding in Turkey in the field of engineering.
About Prof. Dr. Hakan Urey
Dr. Urey received the BS degree from Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, in 1992, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of
Technology in 1996 and in 1997, all in Electrical Engineering. After
completing his PhD, he joined Microvision Inc.-Seattle as Research
Engineer and he played a key role in the development of the Retinal
Scanning Display technology. He was the Principal System Engineer when
he left Microvision to join the faculty of engineering at Koc
University in 2001. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and
Professor in 2010.
He has 25 issued and more than 10 pending patents, which have been
licensed to industry. He has more than 150 international publications.
His research interests are in the area of optical microsystems, MEMS,
micro-optics and optical system design, 2D/3D display and imaging
systems, and biosensors for diagnostics.
About the European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council is Europe's leading and most prestigious
scientific institution, which provides support for the most original
and progressive scientific research conducted in Europe.
Researchers who have won the Nobel Prize with ERC support (before or
after their ERC projects)
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Coordination Office for EU Framework Programmes has taken on the task
of organizing the coordination in Turkey between 2007 and 2013 of the
EU's Seventh Framework Programme, which is the largest civilian
research programme in the world. The Office provides consultancy, as
well as incentive and award programmes to researchers on programmes in
the scope of the Seventh Framework Programme, including the ERC
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