Pembe Gizem Özdil

Ph.D. Student | Google Ph.D. Fellow

about me

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student at EPFL, Switzerland, lucky to be advised by Pavan Ramdya and Auke Ijspeert. My research interests broadly lie at the interface of neuroethology and artificial intelligence. I primarily focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms of goal-directed limb movements in Drosophila melanogaster using behavior and computational models. My long-term goal is to gain a holistic understanding of motor coordination in flies with the hope of inspiring the development of bioinspired robotic controllers.

Prior to joining EPFL, I received my B.Sc. Degrees in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Mathematics from Boğaziçi University, Turkey where I worked on robot localization at Işıl Bozma's Intelligent Systems Laboratory. During my undergraduate studies, I was an exchange student at Queen's University, Canada, working with Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad on haptic systems. I also spent a summer as an undergraduate research intern at Engin Erzin's Multimedia, Vision, and Graphics Laboratory at Koç University, Turkey, working on emotion recognition.


March 2024

I presented at COSYNE in March in Lisbon, Portugal. Here is my poster.

Oct 2023

I was awarded a Google Ph.D. Fellowship! See my interview with EPFL Research Office here.

Sept 2023

I presented at Beyond the Connectome and Simulated Bodies in September at Janelia Research Campus, the USA.

Sept 2023

I presented a poster at the 67th Benzon Symposium in September in Copenhagen, Denmark.

March 2023

I gave a talk at the Internal Sensorimotor Symposium at EPFL.

Nov 2022

I presented a poster at Neuroscience 2022 in San Diego, the USA.

Sept 2022

I presented a poster at the EPFL School of Life Sciences Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland.

July 2022

I presented a poster at the annual meeting of Neural Control of Movement in Dublin, Ireland.

June 2021

I virtually presented at the symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines and received an Honorable Mention!

Oct 2020

I started my Ph.D. at Neuroengineering and Biorobotics Laboratories at EPFL.

recent publications

For a list of my publications, please visit my Google Scholar profile.

NeuroMechFly, a neuromechanical model of adult Drosophila melanogaster

Victor Lobato-Rios, Shravan Tata Ramalingasetty*, Pembe Gizem Özdil*, Jonathan Arreguit, Auke Jan Ijspeert, Pavan Ramdya
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