Burak Suyunu

Boğaziçi University · Computer Engineering

Just a human being who needs something to learn and eat.

Something Needed: To be decided when I find a fair coin to toss.

Reasearch Interests: Bayesian Statistics, Machine Learning, Active Learning, Monte Carlo Methods, Matrix and Tensor Factorization

Office: BM 17B (PILAB Sigma) - North Campus


Boğaziçi University · MSc

Computer Engineering
Thesis Topic: Active Learning for Matrix and Tensor Decompositions

GPA: 3.88

September 2017 - Present

Boğaziçi University · BSc

Computer Engineering

GPA: 3.48

September 2012 - June 2017


Boğaziçi University


Teaching Assistant · Computer Engineering · Boğaziçi University
CmpE 150 Introduction to Computing (2018 Spring, 2019 Fall)
  • We teach C language to non-cmpe students. Weekly 3 hours lab sections filled with lecturing, question solving, Pokemon and other usual things.

CmpE 300 Analysis of Algorithms (2019 Fall)
  • Analysis of computer science algorithms: Sorting, searching, paging and parallelism. Analysis of mathematical algorithms: games and puzzles, network algorithms, and probabilistic algorithms.

CmpE 260 Principles of Programming Languages (2019 Spring)
  • main paradigms of computation, languages representative of these paradigms, techniques of implementing various programming language constructs, as well as basic concepts relating to the specification of programming languages.

CmpE 597 Deep Learning (2019 Spring)
  • Neural Networks but deeper. How to train and use them (with Keras). CNNs, RNNs, LSTMs, GRUs, GANs, word embeddings.


Conference Papers

  • B. Suyunu, G. Ayci and A. T. Cemgil, "Active selection of elements for Bayesian nonnegative matrix factorization," 2018 26th Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU), Izmir, Turkey, 2018, pp. 1-4.
    doi: 10.1109/SIU.2018.8404396
    Keywords: Nonnegative Matrix Factorization, Gibbs Sampler, Active Learning, Recommendation Systems, Bayesian Inference via Monte Carlo
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=8404396&isnumber=8404147

  • Suyunu, Burak, et al. "Semi-Supervised Psychometric Scoring of Document Collections." 2018 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW). IEEE, 2018.
    doi: 10.1109/ICDMW.2018.00194
    Keywords: Nonnegative matrix factorization, Semi-supervised learning, Schwartz theory of basic human values, Big five personality traits, Psychometric profiling, Personality recognition
    URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8637398

Nice Things




Teaching Assistant

Boğaziçi University - Computer Engineering

A regular teaching assistant that is in the search of different teaching experiences. Detailed information at Teaching section.

February 2018 - Present

Data Scientist

OpenMaker (EU Project)

Something Shiny - Part of the data insight team that creates community analytics and personalized recommendations

October 2017 - February 2019

Junior Data Scientist

TRT World

Social Media Analysis of TRT World Twitter account. Strong usage of Twitter API via Python to analyze TRT World followers. Visual report about influencing power of TRT World followers. Visual report with hierarchical graphs, comparing TRT World’s and its competitors’ follower profiles.

March 2017 - July 2017

Software Engineer Intern

Baykar Makina

Worked on vision systems of Bayraktar UAV and enhanced its vision control console. Continued and developed Mosaic Vision of UAVs with OpenCV

June 2016 - August 2016

Software Engineer Intern

Eksi Bir Artı Bir Yazılım (P1M1)

Prepared a detailed Transportation Management System Report and made an Analysis. Worked on routing and distance calculation problems. Made mapping and routing applications by using Google Maps API and Yandex Maps API.

July 2015 - August 2015

Security Engineer Intern

Ülker Yıldız Holding

Worked with Information System Security Professionals. Studied Python for security professionals and the basics of White hat hacking.

June 2015 - July 2015


Sustainable Development · Skiing · Travel · Food

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.- Epictetus

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.- Albert Einstein