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I received my Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering with a Ph.D. minor in mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus in 2012. My Ph.D. studies include research on emerging computing models, reliability of nanoscale circuits, and combinatorics.
Currently I am an assistant professor at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). For uptodate information please check my group's website at ITU.
Research at the U
As current CMOSbased technology is approaching its anticipated limits, research is shifting to novel forms of nanoscale technologies including molecularscale selfassembled systems. Unlike conventional CMOS that can be patterned in complex ways with lithography, selfassembled nanoscale systems generally consist of regular structures. Logical functions are achieved with crossbartype switches. Our model, a network of four terminal switches, corresponds to this type of switch in a variety of emerging technologies, including nanowire crossbar arrays and magnetic switchbased structures.
Switching Networks
In his seminal Master's Thesis, Claude Shannon made the connection between Boolean algebra and switching circuits. He considered twoterminal switches corresponding to electromagnetic relays. A Boolean function can be implemented in terms of connectivity across a network of switches, often arranged in a series/parallel configuration. We have developed a method for synthesizing Boolean functions with networks of fourterminal switches, arranged in rectangular lattices.
Shannon's model: twoterminal switches. Each switch is either ON (closed) or OFF (open). A Boolean function is implemented in terms of connectivity across a network of switches, arranged in a series/parallel configuration. This network implements the function .


Our model: fourterminal switches. Each switch is either mutually connected to its neighbors (ON) or disconnected (OFF). A Boolean function is implemented in terms of connectivity between the top and bottom plates. This network implements the same function, .

Percolation for Robust Computation
We have devised a novel framework for digital computation with lattices of nanoscale switches with high defect rates, based on the mathematical phenomenon of percolation. With random connectivity, percolation gives rise to a sharp nonlinearity in the probability of global connectivity as a function of the probability of local connectivity. This phenomenon is exploited to compute Boolean functions robustly, in the presence of defects.
In a switching network with defects, percolation can be exploited to produce robust Boolean functionality. Unless the defect rate exceeds an error margin, with high probability no connection forms between the top and bottom plates for logical zero ("OFF"); with high probability, a connection forms for logical one ("ON").
Contact Information
 Email Address: altu0006@umn.edu
 Cell Phone: 6129782955
 Address: 200 Union St. S.E., Room 4136, Minneapolis, MN 55455