Photonics and Optical Wireless Communication Laboratory (POWCOL)

The “Photonics and Optical Wireless Communication Laboratory – POWCOL” is directed by Associate Professor Dr. Heba Yüksel. Dr. Yüksel was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1975. She received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) in 1996, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from UMCP in 2005. In 2005, she was a post-doctorate research associate at UMCP. In 1998, she worked as a system engineer at Conexant Systems, Newport Beach, California. Between 1999 and 2002, she worked as a hardware design engineer at Ciena Corporation in Linthicum, Maryland. She is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Yüksel is also the Erasmus/Exchange coordinator within the department and the Chair of Bogazici University's Student Exchange and Placement Committee (ÖDYK - Öğrenci Değişim ve Yerleştirme Komisyonu). Dr. Yüksel has published numerous conference and Journal papers as well as managed research projects mainly in the field of Optics & Photonics as well as in the design and security issues of optical communication links. Dr. Yüksel is a member of professional engineering societies like IEEE, OSA, SPIE, and SWE. From 2012 to 2019, she was with the Organizing Committee for the SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference held annually in San Diego, CA. The main research conducted at POWCOL is: atmospheric turbulence, transmitter/receiver design, aperture averaging, and image sensing for free-space optical communication (optical wireless) links, visible light communication (VLC), vehicle-to-vehicle VLC,  security in optical fiber communication, design and development of 3-D light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems, 3-D surface topography using optical systems, design of optical touch sensors, optical temperature sensors, and antennas.