Prof. Erçil has received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and in Mathematics from Boğaziçi University in 1979, M.S. and PhD in Applied Math from Brown University in 1980 and 1983 respectively, has worked at General Research Laboratories for five years. She has been a faculty member and founding director of BUPAM Pattern Analysis and Machine Vision Laboratory at Boğazici University in 1988-2001 and has been a faculty member and founding director of VPALAB Computer vision and Pattern Analysis Laboratory at Sabancı University since 2001. Prof. Erçil has directed many international projects (Nato, FP4, Eureka, NSF, FP6, Nedo, FP7). She has been the founding president of TOTIAD – Turkish Pattern REcognition and Image Analysis Society and executive board member of IAPR, International Association of Pattern Recognition. Her work has received many awards including ‘International Achievement award, Eureka Success story, Endeavor Entrepreneur, technology award finalist, Veuve Clicquot high impact female entrepreneur of the year award – Turkish representative, First price in Machines and Accessories Production Technologies award, ‘Turkey’s female entrepreneur’ award, ‘Crystal Tree woman entrepreneur of the year’ award, ‘ANSIAD academician of the year’ award. Prof. Ercil was the founding partner and CEO of Vistek A.Ş. since 2006 which was acquired by ISRA Vision A.G. in 2013. She is currently a founding partner of Rebuslabs Ltd. and the majority share holder and CEO of Vispera A.Ş.