“I did a Masters degree in Statistics and Operational Research in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
at the University of Essex after completing a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters degree in
Operational Research at one of the top three universities in Turkey. I also worked as a project analyst and evaluation
engineer in an electronics defence company while doing my Masters degree in Turkey.
After three years of work following my Masters degree in Turkey, I decided to study the same subject abroad. This
is because I liked my subject and I wanted to see a different approach to the same subject. I chose the University
of Essex because I found a supervisor who studies the subjects I wanted to study, after a thorough search for the
best place for myself.
The MSc programme offered at the University of Essex satisfied my requirements as it had a well balanced content
blending statistical modelling, graph theory, abstract mathematics, optimization and data mining as well as other topics.
My dissertation dealt with solving complex optimisation problems using a multi-agent system based on game theory.
While enjoying the facilities and the multi-national culture of the University, I enjoyed the programme which made
me a specialist in applied combinatorial optimization with exact algorithms and meta-heuristics that I was already
familiar with. I also learnt more on statistical modelling, graph theory, data mining and neural network systems. I
enjoyed every bit of the summer dissertation with my supervisor. The project enabled us to subsequently write two papers
and participate at many conferences. The topic of my thesis was on the application of a multi-agent system to a political
problem concerning the potential membership of Turkey to the EU. We approached the problem as a clustering one, which we
turned into a combinatorial optimization one, which we then solved using a number of agents playing a game. This meant
that I also had to learn more on game theory.
Turning back to work after a year, all the notions I gained made my life easier with multi-criteria, multi-dimensional
and multivariate analyses of complex and risky defence projects.”