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Arzu Çöltekin
Since Nov 2006, I work at the GIScience Center, at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to this I was in Finland, dividing my time between Helsinki University of Technology's (now Aalto) Foto Lab and Carto Lab. I also worked at the Media Lab at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (also Aalto now). And prior to that, I was in Istanbul, Turkey; living, studying, working & growing up.

E-mail: arzu.coltekin AT
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057, Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 635 5440 | Fax: +41 44 635 6848

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Quick Notes
I am a group leader, senior researcher/lecturer, doing what I do in a 'geovisualization' unit (GIVA) at the UZH's GIScience center. I work on a number of interdisciplinary visualization-motivated projects. My "track A" research interests link what we know about human vision into (geo)visualization, and in that I work both in basic and applied concepts in various domains such as geographic information science, computer science, biology, optics. My "track B" is on user experince studies (psychology and cognitive science), which informs/contributes to track A. The results from both tracks inform visualization design, and efficient data management. These days the containing word seems to be 'visual analytics'.

I also have been doing Photogrammetry and some GIS. My PhD research was on stereoscopic vision and technology. You can read my thesis online (abstract, linked to full text PDF). While my background is in technology, as every digital era researcher should be, I am also interested in HCI (Human Computer Interaction) issues and usability of what we do.

I chair the ISPRS WG II/6: Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality.
I am a member of the ICA Commissions Visual Analytics, Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and Use and User Issues.
I have also been a member of The International Society of Optical Engineering, and I triple e.

I previously worked with Virtual Reality and 3D web interface issues.
From beginning of 1999 to end of 2005 I worked as a teaching assistant in HUT's Geoinformatics Lab.
Once I was actively involved in FIG's Commission II (1998-2002).

Publications: Some of the stuff I've published.

(old)  Scientific Reading: Other poeple's articles that I read. My compilation of links to scientific journals.

A few (often neglected) hobbies:

Photography and such:
... Stuff that I stumbled upon. A mix of photos and webpage reviews with a touch of 'blog-like' thing. Confused? Well, that was on purpose.
(an old) ..Photo Gallery : Just like every other person, I am a photography enthusiast. An unorganized gallery of about 200 pictures here.

...GrecoTurco : A list of common words in Greek and Turkish.
...Turkishlearner : Language talk with the learners of Turkish

Dancing was once something I've tried to learn. Also kept the website for the dance club, a copy can be found right here (more for online archiving then anything really):

Other links of interest

General interest
... TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. For the curious: Behind TED is a non profit foundation called "Sapling Foundation". A review is here.
... Hans Rosling speaking on poverty (video, ~20 mins), an example "idea worth spreading"
... Life Expectancy . E.g. Switzerland 81.7 (average), Swaziland 31.88 (average), UN listing 2005-2010
... Medecins Sans Frontieres
... Engineer Aid
... Maps for change Volunteer GIS skills for NGOs!

... Alma mater I (BSc, MSc)
... Alma mater II (PhD)

... Expats in Zurich
...Zuhtu (Zurich Turks)

Last touched, December 2007