Burcu Ayşen Ürgen
◾ Assistant Professor in UMRAM
◾ Assistant Professor in the Psychology department
Burcu Ayşen Ürgen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology and National Magnetic Resonance Research Center(UMRAM), Bilkent University. She directs the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Lab.
Dr. Ürgen received her PhD in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego (USA) in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Ayse P. Saygin. Prior to her PhD, she did her BS in Computer Engineering at Bilkent University, and MS in Cognitive Science at Middle East Technical University. Following her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma (Italy), with Professor Guy A. Orban.
Dr. Ürgen’s primary research area is human visual perception with a focus on biological motion and action perception. In addition to behavioral methods, she uses a wide range of invasive and non-invasive neuroimaging techniques including fMRI, EEG, and intracranial recordings to study the neural basis of visual perception and cognition. Her research commonly utilizes state-of-the-art computational techniques including machine learning, computer vision, and effective connectivity. Besides her basic cognitive neuroscience research, Dr. Ürgen also pursues an interdisciplinary research between social robotics and cognitive neuroscience to investigate the human factors that lead to successful interaction with artificial agents such as robots.