SELÇUK BAYRAKTAR

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BAYKAR  CTO

T3 Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Selçuk Bayraktar is the CTO of Baykar, founding chairman of the T3 Foundation, and chief architect of Turkey’s first indigenous, operational UAV Systems.

Selçuk was born in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul in 1979. He completed his primary education in Sarıyer Primary School and graduated from Robert College in 1997. He then pursued his undergraduate education in Istanbul Technical University’s (ITU) Electronics and Communication Engineering department. While at ITU, he was offered a scholarship by the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) where he received his Master’s Degree in 2004. While at UPenn, he was awarded a second scholarship by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a research assistant in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he then completed a second Master’s Degree.

As a graduate student at Penn in 2003, and for the first time in world history, he successfully carried out air-ground coordination of UAVs in formation flight alongside terrestrial robot teams. He continued to set record-setting milestones at MIT with his research in the autonomous, aggressive maneuvering of Unmanned Helicopter Systems, publishing his work in leading journals of controls engineering.

He returned to Turkey in 2007 and has since been serving as the CTO of Baykar, which developed the first national UAVs to serve the Turkish Security Forces in excess of hundreds of thousands of hours. He has advanced his applied research in the fields of avionics system architecture, flight control, navigation algorithm development, system kinematics and dynamics, electronic hardware and embedded software development. Throughout his work, he has emphasized the indigenization of unmanned technology and underlined its importance as a national priority.

For the contributions of Baykar’s indigenous and locally developed Bayraktar TB2 UAVs during the liberation of Karabakh from the Armenian occupation, Selçuk Bayraktar was awarded with the Karabakh Order of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Karabakh Order was presented to Bayraktar by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev during a ceremony held in Baku on April 1, 2021.

Selçuk Bayraktar’s prime focus is the development of Bayraktar Akıncı – Turkey’s first UAV in its class – weighing in at a sizeable 5.5 tons. At the same time, in his capacity as a pioneer of Turkey’s “National Technology Initiative”, he has built a series of technology products. They include Cezeri, Turkey’s first flying car, and a medical respirator built to address the challenge presented by the COVID pandemic. The latter was done in cooperation with Turkey’s premiere firms (Biosys, Aselsan, and Arçelik) and was exported internationally.

In addition to his professional work, Selçuk is the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Turkey Technology Team Foundation (T3 Foundation). T3 aims to ensure that talented young people and adults in kind participate in the development of high technology in Turkey. T3 also supports youth camps, entrepreneurship, and research and development activity geared towards indigenizing high technology into world class products made in Turkey.

Selçuk is married with a child and is an avid private pilot…

Achievements

Designed guidance and control systems for the Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System, which broke Turkish Aviation History records
Designed the Bayraktar Mini UAV, the first indigenous UAV to enter the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces
Successfully fired an indigenously-made missile with the Bayraktar TB2 UAV System (Turkish Patent Institution Registration Number: 2015 03023)
Designed Turkey’s first rotary-winged UAV system, “Manzikert”

Awards and Recognition

Appreciation Award at the Robot Technologies Summit (2012) for having created the first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle
Appreciation Award from the Eurasia Foundation for contributions made to the world of Turkish culture
Appreciation Award from the Aviation Department of the Turkish General Directorate of Security
Contributor to Projekent 2011, hosted by Istanbul Technical University’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Student Branch
Certificate of Participation and Appreciation from Mekatro-Tek ‘11 Event, hosted by Yıldız Technical University
Yıldız Technical University’s 3rd Defence Industries Event Participation
Appreciation Award from Yıldız Technical University’s “Build-Design-Fly” Team (17th March 2015)
Jury Membership and Scientific Consultancy for the “Future Flight Design” Competition, Air Force Academy, FFD 2013

Patents

Autonomous Takeoff and Landing System for Aerial Vehicles (Turkish Patent Institution 2015/07928)
Electromechanical Servo Motor-Controlled Actuator System and Control Method for Detecting Dynamic Working Conditions  (Turkish Patent Institution 2015/14111)
Triply-Redunant Flight Control System (Turkish Patent Institution Ref: PT2015-00693)
EKG Device (Turkish Patent Institution Ref: PT2015-00693)

Scientific Publications

Scientific Article (scholar.google)

Number of Citations

Years

Experimental Cooperative Control of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

S Bayraktar, GE Fainekos, GJ Pappas
Decision and Control, 2004. CDC. 43rd IEEE Conference on 4, 4292-4298

125 2004
Synergies in Feature Localization by Air-Ground Robot Teams

B Grocholsky, S Bayraktar, V Kumar, CJ Taylor, G Pappas
Experimental Robotics IX, 352-361

38 2006
HD Blauwe, S Bayraktar, E Feron, F Lokumcu AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, 6818

B Grocholsky, S Bayraktar, V Kumar, G Pappas
Proc. of the AIAA 3rd” Unmanned Unlimited” Technical Conference

22 2004
Flight Modeling and Experimental Autonomous Hover Control of a Fixed Wing Mini-UAV at High Angle of Attack

HD Blauwe, S Bayraktar, E Feron, F Lokumcu
AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, 6818

17 2007
Experiments With Small Helicopter Automated Landings at Unusual Attitudes

S Bayraktar, E Feron
arXiv preprint arXiv:0709.1744

16 2007
Experiments With Small Unmanned Helicopter Nose-Up Landings

S Bayraktar, E Feron
Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 32 (1), 332-337

16 2009
Real-Time Image Stabilization and Mosaicking by Using Ground Station CPU in UAV Surveillance

T Buyukyazi, S Bayraktar, I Lazoglu
Proceedings of the IEEE 6th International Conference on Recent Advances in …

11 2013
Hybrid Modeling and Experimental Cooperative Control of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

S Bayraktar, GE Fainekos, GJ Pappas

10 2004
Hybrid Modeling and Experimental Cooperative Control of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

S Bayraktar, G Fainekos, GJ Pappas
Technical Report, Department of CIS, University of Pennsylvania

9 2004
Aggressive Landing Maneuvers for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

S Bayraktar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

8 2006
Aggressive Landing Maneuvers for 3-DOF Helicopter UAV

S Bayraktar, E Feron
AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control, Keystone, Colo

4 2006
A Novel Mosaic Quality Measurement Method for UAV Surveillance and Remote Sensing

T Buyukyazi, S Bayraktar, I Lazoglu
ISPRS-International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and …

1 2013
Design Features of Bayraktar Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Haluk Bayraktar, Selçuk Bayraktar, HASEM 06, Kayseri

0 2006
An Unmanned Aircraft Project from Ideal to Reality

Selçuk Bayraktar, Haluk Bayraktar; HITEK 2004 Symposium, Air Force Academy

0 2004
Real-Time, Hardware Independent Stabilization and Mosaicing in Low Altitude UAV Surveillance

Tolga Büyükyazı, Selçuk Bayraktar, Prof. Dr. İsmail Lazoğlu;
Journal of Field Robotics: Special Issue on Low Altitude UAV Flight

0 2013
Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Technology: Design and Development Studies

Ömer İnak, Haluk Bayraktar, Selçuk Bayraktar, SAVTEK 2006, ODTÜ

0 2006
Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Technology: Design and Development Studies

Ömer İnak, Haluk Bayraktar, Selçuk Bayraktar, SAVTEK 2006, ODTÜ

0 2006
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