Background and activities

I am an associate professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Oslo as a member of Logic and Intelligent Data research group. I was also a visiting researcher at University of Oxford and a postdoc at University of Leuven. I received my PhD degree in computer science in 2012 from University of Leuven. I received my M.Sc and B.Sc. degrees in computer engineering from Işık University in 2008 and 2006 respectively.

I took part in several EU projects (FP7, FP6, Erasmus etc.) such as iCamp, ROLE, LEGIS, LEFIS, and TREE. I am presently conducting research on visual query systems within the Optique project (FP7).

My main research interests fall into ontology-driven information systems and ontology-driven design of information systems from a human-computer interaction perspective. My current research, within Optique project, addresses visual query interfaces for ontology-based data access, where ontologies are exploited both for scalable end-user query formulation and for query answering for Big Data.

My research interests also include: pervasive computing, context-aware computing, adaptive computing systems, human-machine interaction, end-user development, metadata and semantics, ontological engineering, semantic web, formal modelling, knowledge representation, software engineering, database systems, model driven development.

I currently sit on the editorial boards of Journal of Web Semantics and International Journal of Privacy and Health Information Management.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Brandt, Sebastian; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Kotidis, Yannis; Lamparter, Steffen; Mailis, Theofilis P.; Neuenstadt, Christian; Özcep, Özgür; Pinkel, Christoph; Soylu, Ahmet; Svingos, Christoforos; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Horrocks, Ian; Ioannidis, Yannis; Möller, Ralf; Waaler, Arild. (2016) Enabling semantic access to static and streaming distributed data with optique: demo. Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Distributed and Event-based Systems, DEBS '16, Irvine, CA,USA, June 20 -24.
  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Mailis, Theofilis P.; Bereta, Konstantina; Bilidas, Dimitris; Brandt, Sebastian; Jimenez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Lamparter, Steffen; Neuenstadt, Christian; Özcep, Özgür; Soylu, Ahmet; Svingos, Christoforos; Xiao, Guohui; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Calvanese, Diego; Horrocks, Ian; Giese, Martin; Ioannidis, Yannis; Kotidis, Yannis; Möller, Ralf; Waaler, Arild. (2016) A Semantic Approach to Polystores. Proceedings 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin. (2015) Qualifying Ontology-Based Visual Query Formulation. Flexible Query Answering Systems 2015 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference FQAS 2015, Cracow, Poland, October 26-28, 2015.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Jiménez-Ruiz, Ernesto; Giese, Martin; Horrocks, Ian. (2015) Ontology-Based Visual Query Formulation: An Industry Experience. Advances in Visual Computing 11th International Symposium, ISVC 2015, Las Vegas, NV, USA, December 14-16, 2015, Proceedings, Part I.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Horrocks, Ian. (2014) Why not simply Google?. NordiCHI '14 : Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational, Oct 26-30 2014, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Giese, Martin; Calvanese, Diego; Haase, Peter; Horrocks, Ian; Ioannidis, Yannis; Kllapi, Herald; Koubarakis, Manolis; Lenzerini, Maurizio; Moeller, Ralf; Oezcep, Oezguer; Rodriguez-muro, Mariano; Rosati, Riccardo; Schlatte, Rudolf; Schmidt, Michael; Soylu, Ahmet; Waaler, Arild. (2013) Scalable End-user Access to Big Data. Big Data Computing.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Horrocks, Ian. (2013) OptiqueVQS—Towards an Ontology-based Visual Query System for Big Data. Fifth International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES '13, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, October 29-31, 2013.
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Skjæveland, Martin G; Giese, Martin; Horrocks, Ian; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Kharlamov, Evgeny; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy. (2013) A Preliminary Approach on Ontology-Based Visual Query Formulation for Big Data. Metadata and Semantics Research 7th Research Conference, MTSR 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece, November 19-22, 2013. Proceedings.
  • Mödritscher, Felix; Taferner, Wolfgang; Soylu, Ahmet; De Causmaecker, Patrick. (2011) Visualization of Networked Collaboration in Digital Ecosystems through Two-mode Network Patterns. Proceeding of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES'11).
  • Soylu, Ahmet; Wild, Fridolin; Mödritscher, Felix; Desmet, Piet; Verlinde, Serge; De Causmaecker, Patrick. (2011) Mashups and Widget Orchestration. Proceeding of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES'11).


  • Soylu, Ahmet; De Causmaecker, Patrick; Duval, Erik; Desmet, Piet. (2012) Exploiting metadata, ontologies and semantics to design/enhance new end-user experiences for adaptive pervasive computing environments. Leuven University Press. 2012. ISBN 978-90-8649-518-4.
  • Kolmos, Anette; Kuru, Selahattin; Hansen, Hans; Eskil, Taner; Podesta, Luca; Flemming, Fink; De graaff, Erik; Uwe wolff, Jan; Soylu, Ahmet. (2007) Problem Based Learning. 2007.


  • Kharlamov, Evgeny; Giese, Martin; Jimenez-ruiz, Ernesto; Skjæveland, Martin G; Soylu, Ahmet; Zheleznyakov, Dmitriy; Bagosi, Timea; Console, Marco; Haase, Peter; Horrocks, Ian; Marciuska, Sarunas; Pinkel, Christoph; Rodriguez-muro, Mariano; Ruzzi, Marco; Santarelli, Valerio; Fabio Savo, Domenico; Sengupta, Kunal; Schmidt, Michael; Thorstensen, Evgenij; Trame, Johannes; Waaler, Arild. (2013) Optique 1.0: Semantic Access to Big Data: The Case of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's FactPages. International Semantic Web Conference 2013 (Posters & Demos) ; Sydney. 2013-10-23.