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BESTE ÖZCAN  >>>  CV.pdf 

bestesi@gmail.com

Personal website: http://www.beste-ozcan.com/

Designer of “+me Project”: http://www.plusme.it/

Interaction designer in “science2mind” association: www.science2mind.org

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beste-%C3%B6zcan-a5a59074/

Research projects and related conference, seminar attending

Socially Assistive Robotics (SAR) and child-robot interaction (CRI) projects

  1. Invited speaker for “Care and Rehabilitation Expo China: The Belt and Road High-level International Forum on Assistive Technology – The 7th International Forum on Assistive Technology Innovation and Adaptation Services”, (2017): Giving presentation about the project “+me: transitional wearable companion (TWC) to motivate children with autism spectrum disorder”, Beijing, China.
  2. Seminar about the project “+me: transitional wearable companion (TWC) to motivate children with autism spectrum disorder”, (2017): Giving presentation and discussions about the project at the Natural Computing and Robotics Laboratory (natuRO), Politehnica University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania.
  3. “+me: Transitional wearable companion for the children with autism”, (2014-present): As a founder of the conceptual design, we have been developing a novel product to motivate children with autism to communicate socially in the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy. Recently we are collaborating with the Italian Neurotraumatology Institute INI, shared with Villa Dante, Rehabilitation Centre and Diagnostic of Developmental Age in terms of experimenting it with children, Rome, Italy (plusme.it).
  4. Özcan B., Sperati V., Moretta T., Aliberti M., Baldasssarre G., “Transitional Wearables Based on Bio-Signals to Improve Communication and Interaction of Children with Autism”. In: New Friends 2015: The 1st International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy & Education, 2015, Almere, Netherlands.
  5. Educational activity with elementary school students about “Social robots and emotions”, (2017): Giving presentation and design activities with the students in Istituto Comprensivo “Giovanni Falcone”, Rome, Italy. Recently, we have been organizing educative child-robot interaction activity emphasizing the importance of empathy in our society and its implications through prototyping personalized low-cost social robots and teaching how to make Do It Yourself robots to children
  6. Seminar about “Research journey: designing socially assistive robots, for the 11th International Week”, (2017):  Giving lectures to design students in IADE Creative University, Lisbon, Portugal.
  7. Fosch-Villaronga E., Barco A., Özcan B., Shukla J., “An Interdisciplinary Approach towards a Better Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction – A Novel Emotion-Based Model”, Ro-bo Philosophy Conference, 2016, Aarhus, Denmark.
  8. “CASPER” Cognitive assistive social pet robots for hospitalized children design, (2016): During my stay in La Salle-Universitat Ramon Llull, I have developed conceptual designs and 3D prototype for CASPER social robot with the collaboration of Technical University of Catalonia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Fundació Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain (https://casperresearchproject.wordpress.com/).
  9. Curley, D., Barco, A., Pico, S., Gallego, P., Zervas, D., Angulo, C., Özcan, B., Delvaux, J., Lhoir, M., Albo-Canals, J., CASPER Project: Social pet robots facilitating tasks in therapies with children with ASD., New Friends 2016: The 2nd International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy & Education, 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
  10. Özcan, B., Caligiore, D., Fosch Villaronga, E., Sperati, V., Moretta, T. and Baldassarre, G., Designing Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) for Cognitive Child-Robot Interaction (CCRI) with Autism Spectrum Disorder – The Case of “+Me”, New Friends 2016: The 2nd International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy & Education, 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
  11. “SAR design workshop” Designing socially assistive robots that bring educational and therapeutic benefits to children, (2016): Organizer of the workshop during the “New Friends” conference in Barcelona, Spain (http://www.beste-ozcan.com/nf16/).
  12. Seminar about how to design more efficient socially assistive robots (SAR), (2016): Organizer of the seminars in La Salle-Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain

Social Innovation

  1. “H+ design: time, space, human, machine” Ph.D. thesis at the Department of Civil Engineering, Design, Construction Industry and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Second University of Naples, (2009-2014): Development of the innovative design approach based on the new technological advancements towards social innovation focusing on “what does it mean to be human in the future?”, Naples, Italy.
  2. Özcan, B., H+ Design: Thinking About a Post-Humanitarian Design Approach Through Social Interaction, Giornate Scientifiche di Ateneo, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy, 2013.
  3. “ID:M web platform” International Ph.D. collaboration at Escuela Politecnica Superior, Universidad de Málaga, (6 months, 2013): Working with prof. Sebastian Garcia Garrido for the concept and interface development of the Mediterranean common cultural identity website, Malaga, Spain.
  4. Özcan, B., Euro Mediterranean Countries Common Cultural Identity, Conference of Sustainable Development Symposium, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2014.

User Case Studies

  1. Cultural probe tests with design students in Portugal and Italy (international Ph.D. collaboration at CIAUD, Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), (6 months, 2013): Working with prof. Rita Almendra about the cultural probe test to evaluate the visions of the future technologies of design students.
  2. Özcan, B., Almendra, R., Are Designers Ready for the Future? A Cross-Cultural Probe Test, International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 2015.
  3. Acceptability of +me device with children (Experimental protocols with the collaboration of ISTC-CNR and INI Villa Dante, Rome, Italy), (November 2016-present): Recently, we have been experimenting the device with children.

Other attending as a speaker

  1. Ayanoğlu H., De Crescenzo A., Özcan B., Interactive System for Customization: Proposal for an Evolution of Creative Platforms, CIPED. VI Congresso Internacional de Pesquisa em Design, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011.

International Research Experiences

  1. Research fellow in social robotics (6 months, 2016) in the Robotic lab, University of La Salle, Barcelona, Spain.
  2. Research fellow in cognitive sciences and applied psychology research, Interactive wearables for children with autism 
(6 months, 2017) at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy (ISTC – CNR).
  3. Co-tutor, assistant professor, visiting researcher (6 months, 2015) in Department of Planning, Design, and Technology of Architecture, The University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  4. Visiting researcher in cognitive sciences and applied psychology research, Interactive wearables for children with autism 
(2014-ongoing) at Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy (ISTC – CNR).
  5. Visiting researcher (6 months, 2013) in Escuela Politecnica Superior, Universidad de Málaga, Spain, Málaga, Spain.
  6. Visiting researcher (6 months, 2013) in CIAUD, Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
  7. A. research fellowship for the International Exchange Program (2009-2010) in Deparment of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Valle Giulia, University of La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
  8. D. Student Volunteer (2014), TEI, International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Munich, Germany.
  9. D. Student Volunteer (2013), SIM, International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, Lisbon, Portugal.

Education

  1. International Ph.D. in Design and Innovation (2011 – 2014) in Department of Civil Engineering, Design, Construction Industry and Environment Faculty of Engineering, Second University of Naples, Italy.
Dissertation: “H+ design: time, space, human, machine” (SDS: ICAR/13). Excellent grade.
  2. Master of Arts (2006 – 2009)
in Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design
Faculty of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Supervisor: Meltem Yilmaz. Dissertation: “Sustainable city squares and the examination of Piazza del Popolo”. First-degree grade.
  3. Bachelor of Science (2001 – 2005)
in Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design
Faculty of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Smart Wearable, Interface, Website and Logo Designs

  1. “Up! Bra” Intelligent bra for the women’s posture control), (2015): Co-tutoring and prototyping the students graduation project at the design department in the University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy (http://www.beste-ozcan.com/upbra-co-tutoring/).
  2. “Material Design Lab” http://www.materialdesignlab.it/;
  3. “+me project” http://www.plusme.it/;
  4. “my personal website” http://www.beste-ozcan.com/;
  5. “SAR design workshop” http://www.beste-ozcan.com/nf16/;
  6. (logos only) “GOAL-Robots” http://www.goal-robots.eu/;
  7. “IMOL-workshop” http://www.imol-conf.org/;
  8. “E-FAI workshop” http://www.e-fai.org/;
  9. “Computation Master” https://computationmaster.org/;
  10. “Science2Mind” http://science2mind.org/ (work in progress)

International Journal and Conference Publications

  1. Fosch-Villaronga E., Özcan B, “Progettazione e disciplina dell’esoscheletro: L’inestricabile co-evoluzione tra umani e robot”, ISBN: 978-88-6857-144-3, pp. 89-117, Nuova corrente: Rivista di critica letteraria e filosofica, vol. 159, Interlinea, Novara, 2017.
  2. Curley, D., Barco, A., Pico, S., Gallego, P., Zervas, D., Angulo, C., Özcan, B., Delvaux, J., Lhoir, M., Albo-Canals, J., “CASPER Project: Social pet robots facilitating tasks in therapies with children with ASD”, In: New Friends 2016: The 2nd International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy & Education, ISBN: 978-84-945603-9-2, pp.33-34, New Friends 2016 & Omnia Science (Omnia Publisher SL), 2016, Barcelona.
  3.  Özcan, B., Caligiore, D., Fosch Villaronga, E., Sperati, V., Moretta, T. and Baldassarre, G., “Designing Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) for Cognitive Child-Robot Interaction (CCRI) with Autism Spectrum Disorder – The Case of ‘+me’”. In: New Friends 2016: The 2nd International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy & Education, ISBN: 978-84-945603-9-2, pp.69-70, New Friends 2016 & Omnia Science (Omnia Publisher SL), 2016, Barcelona.
  4. Sperati, V., Özcan, B., “Technical report of the experimental device +me (version1.0)”, http://puma.isti.cnr.it/dfdownloadnew.php?ident=/cnr.istc/2016-TR-001&langver=en&scelta=NewMetadata, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3201.8166, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, ISTC-CNR.
  5. Özcan B., Sperati V., Moretta T., Aliberti M.,Baldasssarre G., “Transitional wearable companions: a novel concept of soft interactive social robots to improve social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder”, 471-481, Springer Social Robotics Special Edition, vol. 8, issue 4, DOI: 10.1007/s12369-016- 0373-8, 25.07.2016, 2016.
  6. Özcan B., Sperati V., Moretta T., Aliberti M., Baldasssarre G., “Transitional Wearables Based on Bio-Signals to Improve Communication and Interaction of Children with Autism”. In: New Friends 2015: The 1st International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy & Education, pp. 58-59, Windesheim Flevoland, 2015, Almere
  7. Sperati, V., Özcan, B. “Un dispositivo che aiuta a comunicare ed interagire”, pp.30-33, DA Giornale: per la ricerca e l’innovazione 45, n.1, Indalo Comunicazione s.r.l.
  8. Özcan, B., Almendra, R., “Are Designers Ready for the Future? A Cross-Cultural Probe Test”. In: International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6, 7237-7242, IATED, Seville, Spain, 2015.
  9. Özcan, B., Sperati, V., Caligiore, D., Baldassarre, G., “Motivating Children with Autism to Communicate and Interact Socially Through the ‘+me’ Wearable Device”. In: Nea Science – Giornale Italiano di Neuroscienze, Psicologia e Riabilitazione, ISBN: 978-88-6857-144-3, 5 pp. 59 – 65. Neapolisanit, 2014.
  10. Özcan, B., “H+ design: un approccio innovativo al design di domani”, DIID Disegno Industriale, vol. “Smart design” n. 58, 98-101, ISBN: 978-888981945-6, 2014, Rome.
  11. Özcan, B., Garrido, S., “What If…: A Design Manifesto”, ISSN: 1889-433 x, Diseño Revista internacional de investigación, innovación y desarrollo en Diseño, Vol. 9, April, Grupo de investigación Lenguaje Visual y Diseño Aplicado, Malaga.
  12. Ayanoğlu H., De Crescenzo A., Özcan B., Interactive System for Customization: Proposal For An Evolution Of Creative Platforms, abstract published in AA.VV., CIPED. VI Congresso Internacional de Pesquisa em Design – Abstract book|Program, Pag.264, publication of CIAUD_Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design. Lisbon, Portugal, 2011.
  13. Özcan, B, “Nowhere citizens: through science and technology, we will evolve, Serious Wonder, http://www.seriouswonder.com/nowhere-citizens-science-technology-will-evolve/, 2015.
  14. Özcan, B, “+me: connecting children with autism’s inner voice with the outer world”, Serious Wonder, http://www.seriouswonder.com/connecting-children-autisms-inner-voice-outer-world/, 2015.

Honours and Awards

  1. “+me” project is selected as the best creative design in “New Technology” category, “Lazio Creativo, 2018”.
  2. “+me” project is selected as one of the best projects, “Torno Subito, 2015”.
  3. “+me” project GLOBAL ELEVATE AWARDS 2016, runner-up winner.
  4. “+me” project The Best Social Innovation Project 2015, StartCup Lazio
  5. Italian Government research fellowship, “Transitional interactive wearables with biosensors to improve the communication of children with autism”, six months in the University of La Salle-Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain, 2016. (The project is selected as one of the most innovative projects from thousands of projects)
  6. Turkish Government M.E.B. research fellowship, 6 months in the design department of the University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 2015.
  7. Region of Campania Ph.D. scholarship, 3 years at the University of Naples, Italy, 2009-2013

Oral and Written Communications

  1. DOMUS, “Beste Ozcan: +me” domusweb.it/en/news/2015/10/26/beste_ozcan_me_.html#tw
  2. DA, “Un dispositivo che aiuta a comunicare e interagire” http://www.daonline.info/sito/pagine/dynamic_art.php?id=232&table_name=da2011_n1
  3. RAI CULTURE SCIENZA, “Un cuscino per aiutare i bambini autistici: dal Maker Faire l’idea di un architetta turca” http://www.scienze.rai.it/gallery-refresh/un-cuscino-per-aiutare-i-bambini-autistici-dal-maker-faire-l%E2%80%99idea-di-un%E2%80%99architetta-turca/1243/0/default.aspx
  4. TV2000-SIAMO NOI, http://www.tv2000.it/siamonoi/video/siamo-noi-puntata-del-19-ottobre-2015/
  5. RAI 1-UNOMATTINA, http://www.raiplay.it/video/2015/10/Unomattina-del-13102015-30fb7330-0227-4e34-9c24-d8675996335f.html
  6. REPPUBLICA TV, http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2015/10/17/news/maker_faire_la_fiera_dell_innovazione-125275430/?ref=search
  7. IL MESSAGGERO, http://video.ilmessaggero.it/tech/maker_faire_2015_me_il_cuscino_per_comunicare-71181.shtml

Patents: “+me” brand.

Languages: Turkish (mother tongue), Italian (excellent), English (excellent), Spanish (basic level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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