Tolga Çapın
Assistant Professor
Bilkent University

Contact Information

Email: tcapin at
Work: Bilkent University, Computer Engineering Department
Office: EA529
Phone: +90 (312) 290 3404
Fax: +90(312) 266 4047


Research Assistant Positions Available

I am looking for students who are interested in a research assistant position in the areas of computer graphics (human animation, perceptually driven graphics...) and human computer interaction. If you are interested in these areas, please send me an email to set up an appointment. This email should also include a CV and possibly a short description of your possible research interests.


Currently teaching (Spring 2013):

Previously taught:

Earlier years:

  • CS 101: Algorithms and Programming I
  • CS 112: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS 202: Fundamental Structures for CS II
  • CS 466: Computer Graphics II
  • CS 468: Principles of User Interface Design
  • CS 563: Real-Time 3D Graphics and Game Programming
  • CS 567: Computer Animation
  • CS 566: User Interface Design
  • CS 569: Mobile and Ubiquitous Graphics
  • CS 590: Research Topics
  • CS 690: Advanced Research Topics


  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Animation
  • Perceptually Driven Graphics (saliency,...)
  • Mobile Graphics
  • Mobile User Interfaces

A list of recent publications.


Program Chair:

  • Computer Graphics International 2008
  • Computer Animation and Social Agents 2013

Guest Editor for Journals:

  • The Visual Computer
  • Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds
  • IEEE Transactions on Multimedia

Reviewer for journals:

  • ACM Trans Mobile, ...
  • Springer PUC, CAVW, The Visual Computer...

Program committee member for conferences:

  • CASA 2002-
  • CGI 2007-
  • Cyberworlds 2002-

Grad Students and Alumni

Current Graduate Students:

  • Sami Arpa (Ph.D.)
  • Zeynep Çipiloğlu (Ph.D.)
  • Zümra Kavafoğlu (Ph.D.) (co-supervised with Haşmet Gürçay)
  • Can Telkenaroğlu (Ph.D.)
  • Gökçen Çimen (M.S.)
  • Ufuk Çelikcan (M.S.)
  • Hüseyin Dirican (M.S.)
  • Elif Bengü Kevinç (M.S.)
  • Yağız Salor (M.S.)
  • Arhan Bakan (M.S.)

Graduate Alumni:

  • Abdullah Bülbül (Ph.D., graduated 2012) - first employment as post-doc researcher at University of California, Berkeley.
  • İlker Yaz (M.S., graduated 2012) - first employment at Microsoft, Seattle.
  • Sami Arpa (M.S., graduated 2012) -  Ph.D. student at Bilkent University.
  • Can Telkenaroğlu (M.S., graduated 2012) -  Ph.D. student at Bilkent University.
  • Işıl Doğa Yakut (M.S., graduated 2012) - Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University.
  • Cansın Yıldız (M.S., graduated 2012) - first employment at Udemy, a start-up in San Francisco, CA.
  • Emre Akatürk (M.S., graduated 2011).
  • Cihan Halit, (M.S., graduated 2010) - first employment at Microsoft, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Adil Yalçın, (M.S., graduated 2010) - Ph.D. student at University of Maryland.
  • Mustafa Kabak (M.S., graduated 2010) - first employment at TUBITAK, Turkey.
  • Yeliz Yiğit (M.S., graduated 2010) - first employment at "Yogurt Technologies", an animation company in Istanbul.
  • Sercan Pekin (M.S., graduated 2010) - first employment at a startup company on mobile gaming.
  • Mehmet Yıldırım (M.S., 2010) - first employment at ASELSAN, Turkey.
  • Zeynep Çipiloğlu (M.S., 2010) - Ph.D. student at Bilkent University.
  • Rıfat Aras (M.S., 2009) - Ph.D. student at the Department of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
  • Duygu Ceylan (M.S., 2009) - Ph.D. student at EPFL, Switzerland.

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