Senior Assist. Mr. Ali Osman Kusakci awarded a title of Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

On June 15th, 2013, in grand Amphitheater room of the International University of Sarajevo, senior assistant in Industrial Engineering Program of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Mr. Ali Osman Kuşakçi defended his PhD thesis titled: "Constrained Optimization with Evolution Strategies: Adaptive Approaches".

The candidate defended his thesis in front of the Committee members and invited audience. The Chairman of the Committee was Prof. Dr. Zikrija Avdagić, a Professor at the Computer Science department of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sarajevo.

Among the Committee members were also Emeritus Prof. Dr. Mehmed Can, the mentor, Prof. Dr. Fehim Fındık, the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and examining Committee member, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haris Gavranović, Industrial Engineering Program Coordinator and Asst. Prof. Dr. Haris Memić, Program Coordinator in the Computer Science and Engineering Program of the FENS faculty.

Before the beginning of the PhD defense, IUS Rector, Prof. Dr. Őzer Cınar said in his address:" As it is well known, education is the one that gives you freedom. Your research and your dedication to the science has most certainly enriched the academic community. Dear Ali Osman, enjoy your freedom ".

Mr. Kusakci based his PhD dissertation on research in the field of constrained optimization with nature inspired algorithms with Mentor and Member of the Examining Committee, Emeritus Professor Dr. Mehmet Can, with whom he recently published an article.

Dr. Can is a Professor of Mathematics at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and in cooperation with Senior Asst. Ali Osman Kuşakçi they have published an article in "Computers & Operations Research" journal (Volume 40, Issue 10, October 2013, Pages 2398-2417, ISSN 0305-0548), titled: "An adaptive penalty based covariance matrix adaptation–evolution strategy". DOI Link of the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cor.2013.03.013.

After successful completion of presenting and answering the question of the Committee members, Senior Assistant Ali Osman Kuşakçi was awarded a title of Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering.

In his address the Mentor of Kusakci's thesis , Prof. Dr. Mehmet Can said "if you have a hardworking student such as Ali Osman, you are endlessly rewarded".

As a token of appreciation for the hard work done, Dr. Ali Osman Kusakci was presented a gift. The gift was presented to Dr. Kuşakçi by Asst. Prof. Dr. Hasan Korkut and Dr. Mehmet Can as well as to Prof. Dr. Zikrija Avdagić for the support of our University.

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