I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University where I work with Katja Hose and I am part of the Center for Data-Intensive systems (DAISY). My research interests in general are querying in semantic web, spatial keyword querying and spatio-temporal data analysis. I got my Ph.D. from the same department in May, 2018 under the supervision of Christian S. Jensen and Simonas Saltenis. During my PhD studies, I worked on the evaluation of ranking functions used for spatial keyword queries. In addition to that I worked on processing spatial keyword clusters queries.

Prior to joining to DAISY, I was a research assistant at the Department of Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU) for 3 years (2011 - 2014). I was part of the team of system administrators and our team was responsible for administration and maintenance of the department servers. I completed my masters in computer engineering under the supervision of Ismail Hakki Toroslu at the same department in 2014. My thesis was the result of a SANTEZ (University Industry Collaboration Project) project with AVEA (one of the largest mobile phone operators in Turkey) and the title of the project was "Predicting Location of Mobile Phone Users". I also completed my BSc in computer engineering at METU in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Semantic Web
  • Spatial Keyword Querying
  • Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis and Mining
  • Crowdsourcing

Professional Activities


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science (May, 2018)
    Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
    Thesis Title: Spatial Keyword Querying: Ranking Evaluation and Efficient Query Processing (PDF)
    Supervisors: Christian S. Jensen and Simonas Saltenis
  • M.Sc. in Computer Engineering (2014)
    Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
    Thesis Title: Methods for Location Prediction of Mobile Phone Users (PDF)
    Supervisor: Ismail Hakki Toroslu
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering (2011)
    Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Contact Details

Department of Computer Science Room: 3-2-57 Aalborg University Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300 DK-9220 Aalborg Ø, Denmark e-mail: ilkcan "at" cs aau dk