Dr. Bekir O. Bartin is a full time associate professor at Özyeğin University. Prior to his current position he was the founding chair at Civil Engineering Department at Altınbaş University (formerly Istanbul Kemerburgaz University). Dr. Bartin worked as a full-time research associate at Rutgers University from 2006 to 2012, where he conducted research projects, supervised a team of graduate students, and taught graduate and undergraduate courses. He has a Ph.D. (’06) and M.Sc. (’00) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, and a B.Sc. (‘97) in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University. His research expertise lies in the development of simulation models of large scale complex transportation systems, application of reinforcement learning methods in traffic simulation, economic evaluation of transportation investment projects, traffic safety and security. He has served as the principal and co-principal investigator of more than 20 research projects. Dr. Bartin has published 33 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters and nearly 50 conference proceedings. He is an affiliate of the C2SMART center, a first tier University Transportation Center at New York University (NYU), funded by the U.S Department of Transportation.