Systems Laboratory

Welcome to Systems Laboratory

About Us

We specialize in the modeling and control of cyber-physical human systems, where the human, the physical system, and enabling cyber-technologies are interconnected through multifarious interactions to accomplish a certain goal. Our lab is highly interdisciplinary, drawing ideas from control theory, physics, mathematics, game theory, machine learning, and statistics. Our engineering applications cover aerospace, automotive and robotics fields. Click here to reach the introduction article written by Yildiray Yildiz for the “Cyber-Physical Human Systems” special issue of IEEE Control Systems journal.

Join Us!

In Systems Lab, we are developing theories and algorithms to understand and build complex intelligent systems. If you want to study and contribute to the fields of autonomy, human behavior, adaptation, and interaction between natural and artificial intelligence, come and be a part of us. If you always feel like a beginner, like to think out of the box, and don’t like conventional approaches to problems, you are welcome here. Just send a short email to Yildiray Yildiz ( and tell us why you want to be a part of us. Undergraduates, graduates, and students from all departments and all universities are welcome. (Please attach a CV to your email.)


Yıldıray Yıldız presented a recent work with
Abdullah Habboush on developing adaptive pilot models for adaptively controlled systems at American Control Conference #ACC2022.

With this model, we hope to help adaptive control designers by providing a pilot model that has similar adaptation capabilties of a real human pilot. This work also appeared in IEEE Control Systems Letters. Here is the link:

(Photo credit Tansel Yucelen)

18June 2022

We developed two human pilot models for use in flight control system development. One will appear at IEEE Trans Ctrl Sys Tech (with experiments) and the other is already published at IEEE Ctrl Sys Letters. Here are the links:

3 March 2022

When we are not doing research, we prepare math questions 🙂 Our new lab member Seymanur Al’s math problem is published at Crux Mathematicorum (CRUX), which is an internationally respected source of unique and challenging mathematical problems published by the Canadian Mathematical Society. CRUX is “the best problem solving journal in the world”! If you are up to the challenge, you can reach the problem here. (problem 4641)

28 November 2021

Our paper “A 3D Game Theoretical Framework for the Evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Concepts” is accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.

28 September 2021

We are awarded TÜBİTAK grant to conduct research on “Development of Supervised Cognitive Control Algorithms”.

We will be developing theories and methods to enhance automation by incorporating human cognitive skills. There will be lots of fun experiments too.

5 September 2021

Our new graduate student member Emirhan İnanç, and his team “FEMRE” got to the finals in TEKNOFEST (, to which approximately 40,000 teams applied this year in total. The team competes in the “Health and First Aid” category of the “Technology for Humanity” competition. With the designed compact finger exoskeleton system, it is aimed to improve the rehabilitation process of stroke patients. The project is conducted at Emirhan’s undergraduate school, Izmir Institute of Technology.

28 August 2021