Volume 9, Number 16
18 February 2003

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Bilkent Graduate at Microsoft

Kıvanç Mıhçak, a 1996 Bilkent graduate from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, is currently working at Microsoft’s Research Facility in Seattle, Washington. His main research focus is in Cryptography and Anti-Piracy, where he is an active member of an on-going research group. The Microsoft Research Center is a small facility staffed by mostly Ph.D. researchers who are encouraged to publish scientific articles in their respected fields. Mıhçak’s main research area is in Multi-media Security, focusing on the problems of watermarking, information hiding, data embedding, and fingerprinting for images and audio tracks. Watermarking refers to the process of embedding secret information into the digital music and video tracks to prevent copyright piracy.
After graduating from Bilkent in 1996, Mıhçak went to the University of Illionis, Urbana-Champaign where he received his Masters and Ph.D. When asked about his education he said “When I came to UIUC, I realized that many of the courses I took at Bilkent were also offered here. I believe that Bilkent University is the most important reason for my academic success.”

Spring Semester Academic Calendar

Below is the academic calendar through the spring semester:

February 24Last day for Adding
/ Dropping courses
April 23National Holiday
May 16Last Day of Classes
May 19National Holiday
May 20Beginning of Final
May 30End of Academic Year

Also in this issue:

TDP Project Seeking Dedicated Volunteers

Have you heard about the Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri TDP? The TDP is a project carried out by Bilkent students. Volunteers tutor elementary school students in underprivileged areas, teach sports and art or visit elderly people in retirement homes.
The Student Union invites all Bilkent students to participate in the TDP project.
Here are some of the TDP Projects:
Volunteer Education Project: TDP volunteers go to 6 different primary schools every weekend. They provide primary school lessons in math, science, Turkish and English along with social activity lessons in chess, theater, and Turkish folk dancing.
Retirement Home Project : The TDP has been visiting retirement homes in different parts of Ankara, communicating with senior citizens and thereby making them feel less neglected.

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International Art Exhibition to Include Bilkent Ph.D. Student

Can Altay, a Ph.D. student at the department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, has been invited to participate in an international exhibition. The exhibition is entitled “How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age” and is curated by Philippe Vergne at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, from February 8 to May 4.
The show, the result of research on global art, includes artists and scholars that the Walker Art Center has been assisting for the past 4 years, particularly in Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, and the U.S.A. The tour will be exhibited in Europe and North America until 2005. Altay’s work, “Minibar Projections” is the result of ongoing research and documentation on architecture, transgression, and social space. The exhibition also presents an accompanying book which includes texts and visuals by internationally acclaimed scholars and artists.
For more information about the exhibition go to: http://www.walkerart.org/

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