Fatih Topak, PhD

Middle East Technical University

 

Current Affiliation

Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University - archweb.metu.edu.tr
Üniversiteler Mah., Dumlupınar Bulvarı No:1 06800, Ankara | Turkey ph: +90 312 210 6217

Contact: ftopak[at]metu.edu.tr

 

Research Fields

  • Intelligent buildings and building automation systems
  • Advanced building control
  • Human-building interactions
  • Occupant behaviors
  • Indoor localization technologies
  • Building information modeling systems

 

Appointments

  • Research/Teaching Assistant, October 2014 – Present
    Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Visiting Scholar, October 2021 – October 2022
    Architectural Engineering Department, Penn State University, United States
  • Architect, July 2013 to June 2014
    Celal Abdi Guzer Architectural Workshop, Ankara, Turkey ​
  • Intern, July 2012 Erginoglu - Calislar Architecture, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Intern, August 2012 Yazgan Design, Ankara, Turkey
  • Intern, June - August 2011
    Via Twins Construction Site, Ankara, Turkey ​
  • Intern, July 2010
    Architectural Documentation of Traditional Turkish Houses, Inebolu, Turkey

 


Python

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Autodesk Revit

90%
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ANSYS Fluent

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Photoshop

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Microsoft Office

100%
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Google Sketchup

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Education

  • 2023
  • Middle East Technical University
  • Ph.D. in Building Science
    Thesis: Leveraging Divergences: Building Control, Personal Comfort and Indoor Climate
  • 2016
  • Middle East Technical University
  • M.Sc. in Building Science
    Thesis: Evaluation of Bluetooth Low Energy Technology for Indoor Localization in Built Environments
  • 2013
  • Middle East Technical University
  • B.Arch in Architecture
    CumGPA: 3.4/4.0

Publications

Journal Articles:

Refereed Conference Papers:

  • Topak, F., Pavlak, G.P., Pekericli, M.K., Wang, J. (2022). Energy Efficiency and Comfort Optimization in Shared Indoor Spaces. Next Built - International Conference on Challenges for the Next Generation Built Environment, Bologna, Italy.
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K. (2020). Towards Using Human-Computer Interaction Research for Advancing Intelligent Built Environments: A Review. The 6th International Project and Construction Management Conference - IPCMC 2020. İstanbul, Turkey.
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2019). Human Building Interactions in Intelligent Built Environments. II. International Conference on Digital Transformation & Smart Systems - DTSS 2019 (pp.89-92). Ankara, Turkey.
  • Topak F., Tokdemir O. B., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2018). Turkish Architectural and Civil Engineering Education within the Scope of Sustainable Construction. The 5th International Project and Construction Management Conference - IPCMC 2018 (pp.200-208). Girne, Cyprus.
  • Kızılkaya Öksüz N., Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2017). Integration of Fire Vulnerability and Indoor Localization in Built Environments. MSTAS 2017 - 11th Computatonal Design in Architecture Natonal Symposium (In Turkish) (pp. 228-237). Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2016). An Assessment of Bluetooth Low Energy Technology for Indoor Localization. International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction - 33rd International CIB W78 IT in Construction Conference. Brisbane, Australia, (ISSN: 2706-6568),  http://itc.scix.net/paper/w78-2016-paper-048
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2016). A Bluetooth Low Energy Based Framework Approach for Real-time Occupancy Detection. Sustainable Built Environments 2016 - SBE16 (pp. 716-725). Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2016). A Review of Indoor Localization Use Cases in the Built Environment. International Conference on Advanced Technology & Science - ICAT16 (pp. 967-972). Konya, Turkey.
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2016). Yapılı Çevre İçin Kapalı Alanlarda Konum Belirleme Kullanım Potansiyellerinin İncelenmesi. 3rd National Building Congress and Exhibition (In Turkish). Ankara, Turkey.
  • Topak F., Pekericli M. K., Tanyer A. M. (2016). Kapalı Alanlarda Konum Bulma Teknolojilerinin Yapılı Çevre için Değerlendirilmesi. 4th Project and Construction Management Congress (In Turkish) (pp. 831-842). Eskisehir, Turkey.

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2015 - Spring 2018 - Spring 2019 - Spring 2020
    ARCH 204 Digital Media in Architecture, Middle East Technical University
  • Teaching Assistant, Fall 2018
    ARCH 251 Building Materials Technologies, Middle East Technical University
  • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2019
    ARCH 252 Building Construction Technologies, Middle East Technical University
  • Teaching Assistant, Fall 2014 - Fall 2015 - Fall 2016
    ARCH 331 Structural Design in Architecture I, Middle East Technical University
  • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2015 - Spring 2016 - Spring 2017 - Spring 2020 - Spring 2021
    ARCH 332 Structural Design in Architecture II, Middle East Technical University
  • Teaching Assistant, Fall 2014 - Fall 2015 - Fall 2016 - Fall 2017 - Fall 2019 - Fall 2020
    ARCH 351 Building Detail Modeling, Middle East Technical University ​
  • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2018
    ARCH 452 Professional Practice, Middle East Technical University
  • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2021
    ARCH 478 Analysis of Building Envelope Design Through Case Studies

 

 

 

 

Participation & Awards

  • Participant, 2022 -
    IEA EBC Annex-87 Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Performance of Personalised Environmental Control Systems
  • Participant, 2021 - 2023
    IEA EBC Annex-79 Occupant Centric Building Design and Operation
  • Award, October 2018
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - International Scientific Publication Incentive Award 
  • Award, September 2018
    METU Development Foundation - Periodical Scientific Publication Award, with SCI-Indexed Article
  • Participant with full scholarship, August 2018
    Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Summer School on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Berlin, Germany
  • Award, June 2018
    METU Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences Course Performance Award in Building Science (Ph.D.)
  • Participant, February 2015
    Erbaa Camlik Social Habitat Project Competition, Architectural Project Competition
  • Participant, June 2014
    Adana Chamber of Commerce Service Building, Architectural Project Competition
  • Award, 2009-2013
    METU Dean's High Honor List
  • Participant, May 2013
    Solar Decathlon China 2013 – 1st Workshop, Datong, China
  • Participant, January 2012
    Winter School of International Research and Education, Gazi University
  • Member, 2010 - 2013
    Solar Decathlon China 2013 – Team Turkey 
  • Member, 2010 - 2013
    METU – IEEE Power and Energy Society
  • Member, 2013 – Present
    TMMOB Chamber of Architects