Biography

Emre Koyuncu is an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Technical University in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering. He has received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from ITU in 2005, M.Sc. degree in Mechatronics Engineering from ITU in 2008, and Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from ITU in 2015. He was a visiting researcher at Boeing Research and Technology of Europe during 2013-2014, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Aero-Astro Department during 2014-2015. In his Ph.D. research, he has received SESAR WP-E HALA! Research Network Ph.D. fellowship. Prof. Koyuncu has developed optimized trajectory design methods, which rely on large-scale data analysis and stochastic search methods. These methods have been applied to both short and also medium tactical term optimal 4D trajectory management and conflict resolution for commercial aircraft and UAVs. He also designed an in-cockpit decision support systems utilizing these algorithms. His current research focuses on; guidance, navigation and contol systems; agile maneuvering aircraft models and air combat simulations; developing computationally efficient planning algorithms; survivability analysis for complex air combat missions and mission planning; airborne conflict avoidance and resolution algorithms; high-level autonomy in air traffic control systems; flight-deck decision support systems; data-driven ATM network modeling; resilience problem in large scale complex systems with multiple decision makers. Prof. Koyuncu is the director of Controls and Avionics Research Group in ITU Aerospace Research Center (ITU ARC).

Looking for research positions

I am recruiting graduate students (master and PhD students) have experience on:

— Visual odometry/ navigation. These topics include algorithmic and theoretic interdisciplinary research with the needs of strong embedded programming experince on vaious hardware platforms such as microprocessors, FPGAs and GPUs.

— Algorithm design and software development. This position requires strong algorithmic backgroung and software programming experince in Python and MATLAB.

Man-Machine Command and Control Simulation (M2C2Sim Lab) has been built in ITU ARC

M2C2Sim Lab serves as a specialised control room for human-centric and high-level autonomous system simulations such as air traffic controller working position, air combat simulations etc.

Border Security with Sensor Network aided UAV fleet project has been funded by TÜBİTAK

The purpose of this project is to develop a persistent surveillance  platform with multi-aerial vehicle that can work with a wireless sensor network. Cooperation of UAVs with ground sensor network will provide efficient surveillance operations such that both mode of agents will use each other's information spaces.

Air Combat Engagement Modelling and Simulation project has been funded by TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industry)

The project is funded under TFX Development Programme of TAI and aims to develop air combat engagement models for analysing air combat missions. In this project, an air combat simulation platform will be developed and different engagement geometries will be analysed and modelled through hybrid systems. These models will enable to simulate many engagement scenarios such as air to air (One vs One BVR / WVR ,Two vs Two BVR / WVR, Four vs Four BVR / WVR, Gun vb.), air to surface (A/S Engagement in Congested Environment, Stand-off Engagement, Penetration to A2AD vb.), surface to air (IR/RF Guided SAM and AAA Environment vb.)..

Wind Error Estimation and Recovery project has been funded by Boeing RTE

Boeing research and Technology of Europe has funded Wind Estimation and Recovery project, which aims to develop an advanced algorithms to reduce uncertainty in weather forecast and sparse recovery. The developed tool will enable to construct wind map for a local region of interest to capture the wind estimation error and convert sparse information into complete wind map.

Ongoning Research Projects

Air Combat Engagement Modelling and Simulation

In this project, an air combat simulation platform will be developed and different engagement geometries will be analysed and modelled through hybrid systems. These models will enable to simulate many engagement scenarios such as air to air (One vs One BVR / WVR ,Two vs Two BVR / WVR, Four vs Four BVR / WVR, Gun etc.), air to surface (A/S Engagement in Congested Environment, Stand-off Engagement, Penetration to A2AD etc.), surface to air (IR/RF Guided SAM and AAA Environment etc.).Prof. Koyuncu is the PI of the project, which is funded by The TFX Development Programme of TAI and aims to develop air combat engagement models for analysing air combat missions.

Wind Error Estimation and Recovery

The project, funded by BOEING Research and Technology, aims to develop an advanced algorithms to reduce uncertainty in weather forecast and spatial sparse recovery. The fundamental data set is the aircraft trajectories from the radar measurements that encapsulate information about the uncertain parameters such as wind vector. Wind forecast errors vary both in the horizontal and vertical direction, evolve in time and respect a particular spatiotemporal correlation structure. The aim is to build a probabilistic “wind map” to capture the wind estimation error and convert sparse this wind map into complete wind map. The generated wind map is then will be combined with the RUC wind forecast and utilized to improve the optimal trajectory generation. Prof. Koyuncu is the PI of the project, which is fully funded by Boeing Research and Technology of Europe. 

COPTRA SESAR H2020 Project

COPTRA proposes an efficient method to build probabilistic air traffic forecasts on the basis of flight trajectory predictions within a Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) environment. Its main goal is using the improvements brought to Trajectory Prediction by the future TBO environment to bring measurable improvements to Traffic Prediction in ATC Planning. COPTRA’s objective is refined in 3 sub-objectives corresponding to its research work packages:1. Define the concept of probabilistic trajectory and its prediction (WP2). 2. Using the definition of probabilistic trajectory, define the concept of probabilistic traffic situation and study how probabilistic traffic situations can be built by combining probabilistic trajectories (WP3). 3. Apply probabilistic traffic situations to ATC planning (WP4). Prof. Koyuncu’s team is working in COPTRA to develop trajectory uncertainty quantification and estimation methods and very large scale data-driven air transportation network models enabling effective demand and capacity balancing.

Border Security with Sensor Network aided UAV fleet

The importance of border survelliance is getting more and more important because of the increasing number of refugees, terrorist groups or smugglers. In the existing literature, there are several studies about aerial robotics for persistance survelliance of a relatively large areas. These systems are much cost-effective solutions when they are compared to sattelites and other traditional human based aerial systems. 
The main pupose of this project is to design and to produce a border survelliance aerial robotic prototype that can work with wireless sensor networks (WSN). While it can operate very effective border security missions, it can also reduce the operational cost. Prof. Koyuncu is the PI of the project, which is fully funded by Turkish National Science Foundation (TÜBİTAK).

Research Team

Barış Başpınar

PhD Candidate at Aerospace Engineering
Aeronautics E. BSc, Control E. BSc, Aerospace E. MSc

Air Combat Engagement Modeling, Air Traffic Network Complexity
(TAI Fellow)

Mevlüt Uzun

PhD Candidate at Aerospace Engineering
Aeronautics E. BSc, Control E. BSc, Aerospace E. MSc

Aircraft Performance Modeling and Trajectory Optimisation
(Boeing Fellow)

Didem Üzgün

PhD Candidate at Mechatronics Eng. 
Mechanical E. BSc, Mechatronics E. BSc


Visual Odometric Navigation and GPS Denied Environment
(TAI Fellow) 

Nazmia Humaira

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Aeronautics E. BSc, Control E. BSc


Combat Aircraft Modeling and Agility Assessment 
(Boeing Fellow)

Arınç Tutku Altun

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Aeronautics E. BSc, Bussiness Adm. BSc

Air Traffic Network Modeling, Air Traffic Controller Modelling
(Boeing Fellow)

Halise Türkmen

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Mechatronics E. BSc

Highly Agile Motion Planning Algorithms
(TAI Fellow)

Ali Alizadeh

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Aeronautics E. BSc

Aircraft Performance Modeling under Disturbances
(SESAR Fellow)

Emre Sarıgöl

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical E. BSc

Motion Planning and Survivability Analysis

Güney Güner

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Comp E. BSc

Pilot Decision Support System Modelling
(Boeing Fellow) 

Erfan Roghani

MSc Student at Aerospace Engineering
Aeronautics E. BSc

B-Sline based Control and Trajectory Planning
(SESAR Fellow)

Deniz Ekin Canbay

MSc Student at Mechatronics Engineering
Mechanical E. BSc

Visual Odometric Navigation and GPS Denied Environment 

Berkay Akbıyık

Undergrad student at Aeronautics Engineering

Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping

Omar Shadeed

Undergrad student at Astronautics Engineering

Adaptive Controller Design and Software-in-the-Loop System

Aykut Çetinkaya

Undergrad student at Astronautics Engineering

UAV Design Engineer 

Tarık Berçin

Undergrad student at Industrial Engineering

Virtual Airline 
Cofounder of ITUARC-Airlines

Burak Yıldırım Kılınç

Undergrad student at Aeronautics Engineering

Virtual Airline
Cofounder of ITUARC-Airlines

Alumni

Omid Fazaeili

MSc. Aeronutics Engineering

Air Traffic Network Modeling

Ismael Bouayad

BSc in Aeronautics Enginnering
currently Master Student in University of Toulouse

Aircraft Parameter Estimationd and Trajectory Planning

Courses

UCK523E Advanced Flight Dynamics, Grad — Fall

UCK322E Flight Mechanics, Undergrad — Spring

UCK441E Flight Stability and Control, Undergrad — Fall

UUM507E Linear Control Systems, Grad — Spring 

UUM537E Avionics Navigation Systems, Grad — Spring

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Publications 

see on ResearchGate

Journal Papers

[A10] Uzun M., Koyuncu E., Data-Driven Trajectory Uncertainty Quantification For Climbing Aircraft To Improve Ground-Based Trajectory Prediction, Journal of Science and Technology (AUJST-A), 2017

[A9]
Baspinar B., Koyuncu E., Demand and Capacity Balancing Through Probabilistic Queuing Theory and Ground Holding Program for European Air Transportation Network, Journal of Science and Technology (AUJST-A), 2017

[A8]
Baspinar B., Koyuncu E., Large Scale Data-Driven Delay Distribution Models of European Air Traffic Flow Network, Transportation Research Procedia, Elseiver, 2017
 
[A7]
Baspinar B., Koyuncu E., A Data-Driven Air Transportation Delay Propagation Model Using Epidemic Process Models, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering 2016:1-11

[A6]
Pasaoglu C., Akcam N., Koyuncu E., Tarhan F., Inalhan G., Collaborative Intent Exchange Based Flight Management System with Airborne Collision Avoidance for UAS, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems · February 2016

[A5]
Koyuncu E., Uzun M., Inalhan, G., Cross-Entropy based Cost Efficient 4D Trajectory Generation for Airborne ConflictResolution, The Inst. of Mechanical Eng., Part G, Jour. of Aerospace Engineering, SAGE, 2016

[A4]
Massimiliano Z., Koyuncu E., et al., Enabling the Aviation CO2 Allowance Trading Through Secure Market Mechanisms, Journal of Air Traffic Management (JATM), Elseiver, 2015

[A3]
Koyuncu E., Inalhan, G., Exploiting Delayed and Imperfect Information for Generating Approximate UAV Target Interception Strategy, Journal of Intelligent and Robotics Systems, DOI: 10.1007/s10846-012-9693-6, Springer, 2012

[A2]
Karakas, H., Koyuncu E., Inalhan, G., ITU Tailless UAV Design, Journal of Intelligent and Robotics Systems, DOI: 10.1007/s10846-012-9695-4, Springer, 2012

[A1]
Koyuncu E., Ure, N. K., Inalhan, G., Integration of Path/Maneuver Planning in Complex Environments for Agile Maneuvering UCAVs, Journal of Intelligent and Robotics Systems -- 0921-0296 (Print) 1573-0409 (Online), doi -- 10.1007/s10846-009-9367-1, Springer, January 2010

Book Chapters

[C2] Karaman, S., Koyuncu E., Inalhan, G., Innovative Collaborative Task Allocation for UAVs, Handbook of Unmanned AerialVehicles, Ed. Kimon P. Valavanis and George J. Vachtsevanos, 2015

[C1] Koyuncu, E., Inalhan, G., Dynamically Feasible Probabilistic Motion Planning in Complex Environments for UAVs, Robotics 2010; Current and Future Challenges, ed. Abdellatif H., ISBN 978-953-7619-78-7, Publishing date: February 2010

Conference Papers

[B23] Baspinar B., Uzun M., Guven A. F., Basturk T., Tasdelen İ., Koyuncu E., İnalhan G., A 4D Trajectory Generation Infrastructure Tool for Controller Working Position, 36th IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, USA, September 17-21, 2017

[B22] Uzun M., Baspinar B., Koyuncu E., İnalhan G., Takeoff Weight Error Recovery Tool for Tactical Trajectory Prediction Automaton of Air Traffic Control Operator, 36th IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, USA, September 17-21, 2017 

[B21]
Baspinar B., Ure N.K., Koyuncu E. and Inalhan G., Analysis of Delay Characteristics of European Air Traffic through a Data-Driven Airport-Centric Queuing Network Model, 14th IFAC Symposium on Control in Transportation Systems, May 18-20, 2016

[B20] Koyuncu E, Baspinar B., Guney G. et al, Implementing Dynamic Air Transport Slot Trading Through Secure Auction Mechanism, 7th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation, June 20-24, 2016

[B19] Baspinar B., Koyuncu E., Inalhan G., Large Scale Data-Driven Delay Distribution Model of European Air Traffic Flow Network, 19th Euro Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT 2016), 05-07 September 2016
 
[B18]
Guner G., Koyuncu E., et. al. Delay Analysis Platform Through Secure Information Sharing, Fifth SESAR InnovationDays, Bologna, Italy, 1 – 3 December 2015

[B17] Uzun, M., Koyuncu, E., Inalhan, G., Flight Deck Centered Tactical 4D Trajectory Planning and Collision Avoidance with Flight Envelope Sampling, International Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems, Toulouse, France, September 30-October 2, 201

[B16] Massimiliano Z., Koyuncu E., et. al., Enabling the Aviation CO2 Allowance Trading Through Secure Market Mechanisms, Fourth SESAR Innovation Days, Madrid, Spain, 25th – 27th November 2014

[B15] Tarhan A. F., Koyuncu E., Hasanzade M., Ozdemir U., Inalhan G., Formal Intent Based Flight Management System Design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS’14),pp. 984-992 27-30, Orlando, FL, USA, 2014

[B14] Uzun M., Guner G., Koyuncu E., Inalhan G., Integrated Flight Deck Testbed with Next Generation Visual Decision Support Tools, International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT’14), May 26-30, Istanbul, 2014

[B13] Koyuncu, E., Garcia, E., and Inalhan, G., AUTOFLY-Aid: Multi-Modal Trajectory Projection Approach for Airborne Collision Detection and Avoidance, International Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems, 28-30 May, Naples, 2013\

[B12] Koyuncu, E., Tokadli, G., Bahcivan, Z., Inalhan, G., Design of a Pilot-Centered Visual Decision-Support System for Airborne Collision Avoidance, 31st Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC'12), Williamsburg, VA, October 14-18, 2012

[B11] Koyuncu, E., Garcia, E., and Inalhan, G., Flight Deck Automation Support with Dynamic 4D Trajectory Management for ACAS: AUTOFLY-AID, Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, pp. C4-1 - C4-9, Herndon, VA, 2012

[B10] Koyuncu, E., Garcia, E., and Inalhan, G., AUTOFLY-Aid: Flight Deck Automation Support with Dynamic 4D Trajectory Management for Responsive and Adaptive Airborne Collision Avoidance, International Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems, 29-31 May, London, 2012

[B9] Utku Eren, Elgiz Baskaya, Emre Koyuncu, Melahat Cihan, Caner Akay, Gökhan Inalhan, Design of a Flexible Nanosatellite Bus System for ITUpSAT II, International Conference on Small Satellites 2012, ISSN 0183-0570.

[B8] Elgiz Baskaya, Utku Eren, Emre Koyuncu, Melahat Cihan, Caner Akay, Gokhan Inalhan, A Precise ADCS Design for ITUpSAT II, International Conference on Small Satellites, 2012, ISSN 0183-0570.

[B7] E. Baskaya, U. Eren, Koyuncu E, G. Inalhan, Design and Development of a Reliable ADCS and Indigenous Bus Architecture for Nanosatellites: ITUpSAT II, 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Naples, ITALY, October 1-5, 2012

[B6] Koyuncu, E., Karaman, S., Frazzoli, E., and Inalhan, G., Probabilistic 4D Conflict Detection and Avoidance Strategy in En-Route Air Traffic, International Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems, 26- 27 May, Barcelona, Spain, 2011

[B5] Bahcivan, Z., Koyuncu, E., Aydin, S. S., Cinar, E., Cavcar, A., and Inalhan, G., ITU/AU Air Traffic Control Network Simulator for Design, Development and Testing of Automated ATM Systems, International Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems, 26-27 May, Barcelona, Spain, 2011

[B4] Koyuncu, E., and et. all, ITU-pSAT II: Highprecision Nanosatellite ADCS Development Project, 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies, 9-11 June, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011

[B3] Inalhan, G., Koyuncu, E., et. all, Design and Development of ITU pSAT II: On orbit demonstration of a highprecision ADCS for nanosatellites, 8th International ESA Conference on Guidance and Navigation Control Systems, 5-10 June, Carlsbad, Czech Republic, 2011

[B2] Koyuncu, E., Inalhan, G., A Probabilistic B-Spline Motion Planning Algorithm for Unmanned Helicopters Flying in Dense 3D Environments, Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'08),Nice, France, September 2008

[B1] Koyuncu, E., Ure, N.K., Inalhan, G., A Probabilistic Algorithm for Mode Based Motion Planning of Agile Air Vehicles in Complex Environments, Int. Federation of Automatic Control World Congress (IFAC WC'08),Seoul, South Korea, June 2008


Rooms:
UUBF 008 (Office),
UUBF 312 A/B/C (Controls and Avionics Laboratory)
Aerospace Research Center (ITU ARC) Building
 
Aeronautics Engineering Department 
Faculty of Aero-Astro Engineering 
Istanbul Technical University

E-mail: emre. koyuncu@itu. edu.tr