M. Kerem Aydın

Northwestern University · CS · mkeremaydin@u.northwestern.edu

Hi! I am an Ph.D. student at Northwestern University Computer Science Department, advised by Emma Alexander!

My interests involve building new imaging tools by combining our knowledge of signal processing, optics, and optimization.


Research Assistant

NU - Vision Group, P.I. Dr. Emma Alexander

− Our exciting new work will soon be anounced here!.

October 2021 - July 2022

Candidate R&D Engineer

Kuartis Technology - Consultancy

− Work on a high-speed optical laser line scanning system for 3D recovery of objects.
− Reconstructed 3D objects are later used to detect, classify and track incoming threats for an active protection system.

October 2021 - July 2022

Undergraduate Researcher

METU - Computational Imaging Lab, P.I. Dr. Sevinç Figen Öktem

− Develop methods to bridge the gap between classical iterative methods and deep neural networks used in imaging.
− Work on algorithm unrolling techniques that would let a DNN learn iterative methods. Using algorithm unrolling, we hope tolet the neural network effectively use prior knowledge aboutthe restoration task at hand while also decreasing the amountof data needed for training.

February 2021 - March 2022

Research Intern

Kuartis Technology - Consultancy

− Developed two blind image watermarking methods for a streaming service in Turkey.
- The first method utilizes classical image processing methods. Watermark is embedded in the transformdomain for added robustness and imperceptibility.
- The second method utilizes generative adversarial networks, trained end to end.
- The project is partially funded and supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
- Completed a Report

July 2021 - September 2021

Research Intern

BAMA Technology

− Developed an active splint prototype designed to assist hand flexion movement for patients with flexor tendon raptures.
− The splint actively monitors the flexor muscle surface EMG levels and the load applied by the splint to assist hand movement when necessary.
− Completed a Report

July 2020 - September 2020

Undergraduate Researcher

METU Advanced Photonics & Photovoltaics Lab, P.I. Dr. Selçuk Yerci

Silicon solar cell performance analysis using machine learning tools.

June 2020 - October 2020


Northwestern University

Ph.D. - Computer Science
Area: Graphics
September 2022 -                    

Middle East Technical University

B.Sc. - Electrical Electronics Engineering
Area: Signal Processing

GPA: 3.83

September 2017 - June 2022


  • Programming Languages: Python, Matlab, C, C++
  • Tools: OpenCV(C++ & Python), Pytorch, Scikit-Learn, NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, PyWavelets, Matlab DSP Toolbox
  • Simulation and Design Environments: Spice
  • Graphics: Siemens NX (Basic 2D and 3D design)


What Else?..

  • In my free time, I enjoy being in the countryside, away from the city's turmoil. I am an avid mountain biker and hiker. In the future, I am hoping to add camping to the mix.

  • I am advocate for the Right to Repair movement. I enjoy fixing devices that would otherwise become e-waste. I also support and teach people around me to exercise their rights to repair however possible.

  • Previously as a hobby, I liked dealing with challenging math/programming problems and tutored a group of high school senior students in their physics and maths classes.

  • Recently I started a project that would generate realistic/high-quality renders of retro games using the original outputs of the game engine in real-time. Currently, the project is halted until I get my hands on some better hardware.