Didem cares about the future of the world and nature. She is a computer scientist with a Ph.D. in mechatronics, which can give you an idea about how much she loves to talk about the future and emerging technologies. She is a data person, always finds a way to talk about how important it is to know your data, use it to make decisions, and at some point expect her to talk about art, visualizations, and visual analytics. Didem is a person who does not hesitate to talk about inequalities and point out her ethical concerns. She dreams of a better world and actively works on improving inequalities regardless of their nature. She is an analytical thinker with a passion for design thinking, a researcher with a future perspective, an engineer who likes problems more than solutions, and a teacher who likes to play during lectures. She is a good reader, sailor, divemaster, photographer, and drone pilot.

Didem is an experienced transdisciplinary researcher. She is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow. She has been granted this prestigious fellowship to conduct research on her own project on human-centered and sustainable cyber-physical systems at Stanford University. Her research focuses on data-centric methods, methodologies and implementations for human-centered, sustainable, intelligent, and autonomous systems. She uses tools from data science, systems thinking, design thinking and future studies.

Didem’s research does not only focus on designing human-centered future cyber-physical systems but also aims to provide tools for sustainable systems. Didem has a multidisciplinary background from arts, computer science and mechatronics. She strongly advocates the importance of the cross-disciplinary, collaborative research. She has been granted IEEE Senior Member due to her significant performance and excellence over the last five years. She is a member of European AI Alliance and actively contributes to the discussions of all aspects of artificial intelligence development and its impact on the society. She is listed on the Women in AI Ethics list of Lighthouse3 and mentors three young women on AI ethics through this initiative. She published many articles in top ranking journals, conferences. She was guest editor of Designs — Open Access Engineering Design Journal’s Special Issue "Challenges and Directions Forward for Dealing with the Complexity of Future Smart Cyber-Physical Systems". Currently, she is the editor for two special issue calls on “Human-centered Cyber-physical Systems” and “Sustainable and Responsible Artificial Intelligence”. She is acting as Associate Editor in Discover Artificial Intelligence, Journal for Industrial Information Integration and Topic Editor in Technologies. Moreover, she is in the technical committee of several conferences such as IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security, and so on.

Honors & Awards

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow on Human-centred and Sustainable Cyber-physical Systems, European Commission (2021-2023)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Senior Member, IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2019 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Postdoc, University of Cambridge, Cyber-physical Systems (2021)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan (2019)

Stanford Advisors

Research Interests

  • Data Sciences
  • Gender Issues
  • Research Methods
  • Science Education
  • Technology and Education

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Data science and thinking models for human-centred cyber-physical systems with a focus on sustainability, interoperability, and complexity challenges related to these systems.


  • Designing Human-centred and Sustainable Cyber-physical Systems, Stanford University



Lab Affiliations

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