Altan Çakır

Researcher, Ph.D CERN- Associate Professor, Istanbul Technical University (ITU)


Altan-Cakir-300x450pxAltan Cakir received his M.Sc. degree in theoretical particle physics from Izmir Institute of Technology in 2006 and then went straight to graduate school at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, from which he earned a Ph.D. in experimental high energy and particle physics in 2010. During his Ph.D., he was responsible for a scientific research based on new physics searches in the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at European Nuclear Research Laboratory (CERN). Thereafter he was granted as a post-doctoral research fellow at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchotron (DESY), a national nuclear research center in Hamburg, Germany where he spent 5 years, and then recently got his present a full professor position at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, Altan Cakir is a group leader of ITU-CMS group at CERN and leading a data analysis group at the CMS detector. Furthermore, he was a visiting faculty at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Illinois, USA in 2017. His group’s expertise is focused around machine learning techniques in large scale data analysis. However, their research is very much interdisciplinary, with expertise in the group ranging from science, detector development R&D and big data synthesis to economy and industrial applications. Today, he is consulting various companies worldwide, and sharing his expertise in big data application areas, strategies, skills and competencies based on the real world scenarios.

Altan Cakir involved a large number of high profile research projects at CERN, DESY and Fermilab last thirteen years. He enjoys being able to integrate his research and teaching key concepts of science and big data technologies. It’s rewarding to be part of the development of the next generation of scientist, and help his students move on to careers all over the world, in academia, industry and government.

The following lectures on big data are periodically given by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Altan Cakir in Big Data and Business Analytics Program ( at Istanbul Technical University: Big Data Technologies and Applications, Machine Learning with Big Data. All in all, Altan Cakir was one of the lecturer of Cambridge Big Data Iniative in BigDat2019, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Further informations can be found