Bülent Uyanıker

Physicist, PhD

About Me

Experienced physicist trained on magnetic fields & electromagnetics and complex signal detecting devices (detectors, sensors, antennae). Has strong understanding of measuring techniques, handling large data sets, security and data encryption, real time signal processing, machine learning & vision, imaging algorithms, 3D analysis, medical imaging & segmentation, and mathematical modeling. Led technical groups and scientists, established research labs and coordinated research at international institutes.



  • Magnetic fields and Polarization measurements
  • X-ray satellite measurements (ROSAT)
  • Physics of shocks and explosions
  • Properties of space plasma
  • Nuclear energy generation mechanisms
  • Oscillations and seismology of stars
  • Radioastronomy, interferometry techniques and image acquisition
  • Real time signal processing
  • Numerical Physics & Algorithm development
  • Satellite geodesy
  • Medical Physics

  • Author of Automatic Digital Breast density segmentation program "BDen"
  • Wrote a stand alone DICOM viewer using C++ and OpenGL
  • Attended on site water tank training given by Wellhofer/IBA
  • Worked on Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) film analysis of Gafchromic films using FilmQA.
  • Carried out Orthovoltage X-ray unit annual QA measurements.
  • Trained in performing annual Mammography physics testing.
  • Computers

    I am practically comfortable with any computing platform and any programming language

  • Basic, Fortran, Forth, C/C++, Java
  • Unix/Linux/Windows
  • Perl, Phyton, Tcl/Tk Scripting shell languages
  • C# and .NET programming
  • GUI design, OpenGL, QT wxWidgets, FLTK
  • PHP, JSP, HTML, CSS3 Javascript, jQuery
  • Apache server programming
  • Network and Archiving Systems
  • Mobile applications with Android and iPhone
  • Typesetting, LATEX
  • Machine Vision

    Machine Vision, Machine Learning & Automatization

  • Developed and implemented real time control of signal acquision from 100m Effelsberg radiotelescope.
  • Implemented radioastronomy and interferometer data reduction and large dataset data display software.
  • Wrote a stand alone DICOM viewer and image segmantation software from scracth employing clustering,
  • Gaussian process, feature selection, regression, Classification algorithms, Neural Network, and Support
  • Vector Machine algorithms for wide field digital mammography (including the UI).
  • Wrote algorithms for processing large datasets (magnetic fields) and vector display software which includes cross correlation, time series, FFT, histogram analysis, and spatial analysis.
  • Security

    Security and Encryption

  • Experienced with big data, data analytics, automatization and archival of real time large data sets.
  • Administered high security network servers (Sun, Debian/Linux).
  • Implemented various encryption algorithms (AES, Bluefish, PGP, SSL etc.)
  • Developed segmentation and automatic classification of biometric data, and finger prints. Implemented secure patient information storage algorithms.
  • Technical

  • Instrument Testing, Sensors
  • Detectors and receivers
  • Signal detecting devices
  • Radio Antennae, Interferometry
  • Photometry, Spectrometry
  • Infrared, X-ray, Radio, Optical
  • Real time data acquisition, signal processing
  • Teaching

  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Astrophysics (Astr 101, 102))
  • Introductory Physics I, Introduction to Mechanics (Phys 101, 112))
  • Introductory Physics II, Electricity & Magnetism (Phys 102, 122))
  • Computer Programming II (Java)
  • Cosmology: The Universe from Aristotle to Hawking (Phys 315))
  • Special Topics in Computer Science: Medical Imaging (Cosc 419) )
  • Computational Physics
  • Principles of Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Special topics in Physics: Techniques in Astrophysical Measurements
  • Mentored MSc and PhD students

  • Education

    PhD in Natural Sciences
    PhD in Natural Sciences, Bonn University, Germany, 1994 to 1997

    Thesis: 1.4 GHz Medium Latitude Galactic Polarization Survey
    Minor: Satellite Geodesy, VLBI techniques
    Specialization: Radio antennas, Polarization measurements, Instrumentation, Magnetic fields, Imaging, Real Time Signal Processing, Modeling. Image display and analysis algorithms. Image formats, archiving, compressing and transferring images

    MSc in Physics
    MSc in Physics, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey, 1990 to 1992

    Thesis: Nuclear Energy Generation Mechanisms, Stellar Evolution and Radial Oscillations
    Specialization: Modeling of nuclear energy generation mechanisms, Numerical analysis, FFT & regression analysis. Optical & CCD observations. Image acquisition and manipulation methods. Numerical Analysis to boundary value problems.

    BSc in Physics
    BSc in Physics, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey, 1984 to 1989

    Honorary Study: Infrared and optical detectors. Data processing methods. Stellar Seismology, Computational Physics.

    Work History

    University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2009 - Current
    Designing courses. Teaching physics, astronomy and computer science courses including Medical Imaging (C++) and computer programming (Java) courses. Implementing e-Learning techniques.
    Post Doctoral Fellow in Medical Physics
    British Columbia Cancer Agency, 2007 - 2009
    Worked on Breast Cancer and Automated Segmentation of Fibroglandular Breast Tissue from Full Field Digital Mammography Images. Worked on Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) film analysis of Gafchromic films using FilmQA and planning. Carried out Orthovoltage X-ray unit annual QA measurements. Trained in performing annual Mammography physics testing.
    Herzberg Institute, DRAO, 2004 - 2007
    Researched and published papers on magnetic field measurements and interaction of magnetic fields Developed image processing algorithms on magnetic fields.
    Project Scientist
    Max-Planck Institute, Germany, 2002 - 2004
    Led a team to test a new instrument, 8-Channel Polarimeter, for magnatic field measurements and developed data reduction methods, implemented software in C/C++, Fortran, Perl & Tcl/Tk. Developed GUI-based interface programs for signal processing from radio antennas (FLTK, wxWidgets and databases). Organized an international meeting on “Magnetized Interstellar Medium” (42 physicists) and edited a conference book (ISBN 3-936586-24-1). Mentored graduate students.
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Postdoctoral Fellow Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada 1999 – 2002
    Coordinated polarization research and data analysis of the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey: Developed reduction methods and implemented corre- sponding computer codes. Advised and provided technical support to the national and international communities using these data.


  • Sep 2007 – Sep 2009 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Dec 1999 – Jun 2002 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Jan 1994 – Apr 1994 Research Fellowship, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Jun 1992 – Jul 1992 Research Scholarship, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
  • Sep 1989 – Jun 1991 Graduate Scholarship, Higher Education Council, Turkey

  • Organized Meetings

  • The Magnetized Interstellar Medium (8-12 September, 2003 Antalya, Turkey).
    The conference book edited by B. Uyanıker, W. Reich & R. Wielebinski, and published by Copernicus Verlag, Germany (ISBN 3-936586-24-1).
  • Polarization Workshop, (1999, Bonn, Germany).
    About 40 scientists around the world contributed.
  • Referee

  • Physical Review Journals
  • The EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing
  • Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Observatory
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • American Physical Society Publications

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