Aysel Sabuncu Beyin Arastirmalari Merkezi
Bilkent University
Bilkent, Ankara, 06800, Turkey

Contact Information

Call: +90 312 290 3091 (UMRAM) or +90 312 290 1807 (Psyc)


Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Burcu Ayşen Ürgen

◾ Assistant Professor at UMRAM
◾ Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology

Bilkent University

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 NeuroscienceUniversity 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.

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Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Lab (Ürgen Lab): 


  1. 2009-2015


    Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), CA, USA
  2. 2007

    M. S.

    Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  3. 2004

    B. S.

    Computer Engineering and Information Science, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Professional Appointments

  1. 2015-...
    Postdoctoral researcher
    Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
  2. 2009-2015
    Research and teaching assistant
    Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
  3. 2005-2009
    Research and teaching assistant
    Cognitive Science Program, Informatics Institute, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Awards & Prizes

  • 2016
    Travel Award
    Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2015
    Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Course, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2015
    Travel Fund Award
    Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD, La Jolla, CA (VSS & HRI meetings)
  • 2014
    Dean of Social Sciences Travel Fund Award
    UCSD, La Jolla, CA (VSS Meeting)
  • 2014
    Travel Fund Award
    Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD, La Jolla, CA (VSS Meeting)
  • 2013
    Interdisciplinary Scholars Award
    UCSD, La Jolla, CA