I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow in
Data Systems Research Group at University of Waterloo. I am working with
Prof. Semih Salihoglu. I have received both my MSc and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Bilkent University in Turkey. I was supervised by
Prof. Özgür Ulusoy in research projects sponsored by TUBITAK (Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey) during my Ph.D.
My research interests lie in the field of data management and search engines;
specifically relating to the application of deep learning and nlp techniques for user friendly information retrieval interfaces.
I am on the job market this year for faculty and research scientist positions. Reach out to me if you are hiring!
TPDL '19 Arif Usta, Ismail S. Altingovde, Rifat Ozcan, and Özgür Ulusoy. "Re-finding Behaviour in Educational Search" Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL'19).
ACM SIGMOD '18 Fuat Basik, Benjamin Hättasch, Amir Ilkhechi, Arif Usta, Shekar Ramaswamy, Prasetya Utama, Nathaniel Weir, Carsten Binnig, Ugur Cetintemel. "DBPal: A Learned NL-Interface for Databases"Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD'18).
BIRTE@VLDB '17 Carsten Binnig, Fuat Basık, Benedetto Buratti, Ugur Cetintemel, Yeounoh Chung, Andrew Crotty, Cyrus Cousins, Dylan Ebert, Philipp Eichmann, Alex Galakatos, Benjamin Hättasch, Amir Ilkhechi, Tim Kraska, Zeyuan Shang, Isabella Tromba, Arif Usta, Prasetya Utama, Eli Upfal, Linnan Wang, Nathaniel Weir, Robert Zeleznik, Emanuel Zgraggen. "Towards Interactive Data Exploration"2017 International Workshop on Real-Time Business Intelligence and Analytics.