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Burak Yetiştiren

I am Burak Yetistiren, welcome to my site! In this website, you can see all about myself. Please feel free to contact me! You can navigate to my LinkedIn, GitHub, and YouTube accounts from the top right of the page. See below for my CV. See my blog for my posts in different categories.

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University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, United States

Ph.D. in Computer Science

September 2023 - Current


Bilkent University - Ankara, Turkey

B.Sc. in Computer Science

September 2018 - June 2022


Waseda University - Tokyo, Japan

Exchange Study

April 2021 - September 2021


Bilkent University - Ankara, Turkey

Minor in Philosophy

September 2020 - June 2022


High School Diploma

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Graduate Student Researcher

September 2023 - Current

  • I have recently joined the Software Evolution and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL), directed by my advisor Prof. Dr. Miryung Kim.


Undergraduate Researcher

July 2021 – September 2023

  • I worked under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Dr. Eray Tuzun. We performed an exploratory research study on code generation tools like GitHub Copilot, Amazon Codewhisperer, and ChatGPT, producing two publications on this research project.

  • I regularly reviewed the papers of other members of our lab to find any possible errors, inconsistencies, and points to improve before their submission.

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Computer Vision Intern

July 2021 – September 2021

  • ArgosAI develops a product called A-FOD, which is an electro-optic system to detect the FOD’s (foreign object debris) and pavement anomalies on the runway surface of the airports.

  • I have trained a generative adversarial network, which was trained with the data captured on one airport to generate images which can be used as training data for another airport. I have used PyTorch for implementing the “SPAGAN: Spatial Attention GAN (Generative Adversarial Networks) for Image-to-Image Translation” architecture in my model.


JotForm Inc. - Ankara, Turkey

Software Development Intern

June 2021 – July 2021

  • I have worked with React.js framework to get information from submitted forms and show the submission information on a web application.


Bilkent University - Ankara, Turkey

Machine Learning Intern

July 2020 – August 2020

  • I have implemented a deep learning model using Python, which predicts COVID-19 negative and positive cases with 70% precision using lung CT scans. I have worked under supervision of Prof. Dr. Ciğdem Gündüz-Demir.

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  • Support to attend the MAPS'23 workshop sponsored by NSF through Columbia University.


September 2022

  • Support to attend the ESEC/FSE’22 and PROMISE’22 conferences sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT.


Honor Student (Cum Laude)

June 2022

  • I earned my B.Sc. in Computer Engineering degree with Cum Laude standing.

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Technologies used: Java, Android Studio

September 2021 – May 2022

• Capstone Project
• Online closet service
• Shopping suggestions considering the already existing clothes of the user, suggesting sustainable alternatives.

Airline Customer Satisfaction Predictor

Technologies used: Python

February 2021 – May 2022

• Project for EEE485 Statistical Learning and Data Analytics

• System that will predict the customer satisfaction for given parameters like Gender, Customer Type, Age, etc.

• Using Machine learning Techniques: PCA, Multi-layer Perceptron (Neural Network), Support Vector Machines (SVM), Random Forests, Naive Bayes

Annexation Game

Technologies used: Java, JavaFX

September 2020 – December 2020

• Project for CS319, Object Oriented Software Engineering

• Implemented classical RISK board game with new features.


Technologies used: C

September 2020 – November 2020

• Project for CS315, Programming Languages.

• Designed a programming language for drones.

• Implemented lexical analyzer and parser for the language.

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Technologies used: Java, Android Studio

February 2019 - May 2019

• Project for CS102, Algorithms and Programming.

• Allowed users to post their items and the tasks they can swap.

• Implemented lexical analyzer and parser for the language.

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Skills and Abilities


Natural Languages:

Turkish (Native)

English (Full-Professional Proficiency)

German (Professional Working Proficiency)

Japanese (Elementary)


Programming Languages (The best 4 languages I am most competent at):





Developer Tools:



GitHub Copilot




Visual Studio IDE

Android Studio

IntelliJ IDEA

PyCharm IDE

Microsoft Office


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TOEFL iBT English Proficiency Test

November 2021

• Score: 108/120

• Reading: 28/30, Listening: 29/30, Speaking: 23/30, Writing: 28/30


German Language Proficiency Certificate

May 2018

CEFR Level: C1

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Community & Extracurricular Activities



September 2021 – January 2022

• Graded quizzes of mostly first year students for the Introduction to Calculus (MATH101) course, which myself have taken at my first year.



February 2019 – June 2019

• Visited a village primary school in Tasova, Amasya, Turkey to provide some schools in need for a library by
building one. Made some fun activities for the kids.

• Collected donations to be delivered to the visited village school prior to the visit.



February 2019 – June 2019

• Visited a village middle school in Dursunbey, Balıkesir, Turkey to conduct science, arts, and sports activities. Informed the kids about the education opportunities they have for their future.

• I was the head for the periodic table team in this project. With my team, we collected supplies for a permanent periodic table construction for the science lab, and we constructed the table.

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Hobbies and Interests

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Visited USA 🇺🇸, UK 🇬🇧, Germany 🇩🇪, France 🇫🇷, Austria 🇦🇹, Italy 🇮🇹, Switzerland🇨🇭, Hungary 🇭🇺, Tanzania 🇹🇿, Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬, Thailand 🇹🇭, China 🇨🇳, Hong Kong 🇭🇰, Japan 🇯🇵, Singapore 🇸🇬, Malaysia 🇲🇾, South Korea 🇰🇷, and my homeland Türkiye 🇹🇷.

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Classical Music

I like to go to live classical music performances. Visit my YouTube channel to see some live performances I recorded.

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Formula 1

I like to follow Formula 1 races. In 2021, I had the chance to watch the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix live! 🏎

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UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Computer Science Department,

404 Westwood Plaza
Engineering VI, Room 486
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

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