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Kurtulus Izzetoglu, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor affiliated with Drexel University School of Education
Affiliated Faculty

Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD


PhD, Drexel University
MS & BS, Middle East Technical University

Program Affiliation

PhD, Biomedical Engineering
MS & BS, Electrical Engineering
  1. Izzetoglu, K., Ayaz, H., Merzagora, A., Izzetoglu, M., Shewokis, P. A., Bunce, S. C., … Onaral, B. (2011). The Evolution of Field Deployable fNIR Spectroscopy From Bench to Clinical Settings. Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences.
  2. Aksoy, E., Izzetoglu, K., Baysoy, E., Agrali, A., Kitapcioglu, D., & Onaral, B. (2019). Performance Monitoring via Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy for Virtual Reality Based Basic Life Support Training. Frontiers in Neuroscience13
  3. Harrison, J., Izzetoglu, K., Ayaz, H., Willems, B., Hah, S., Ahlstrom, U., … Onaral, B. (2014). Cognitive Workload and Learning Assessment During the Implementation of a Next-Generation Air Traffic Control Technology Using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems44(4), 429–440.
  4. Curtin, A., Izzetoglu, K., Reynolds, J., Menon, R., Izzetoglu, M., Osbakken, M., & Onaral, B. (2014). Functional near-infrared spectroscopy for the measurement of propofol effects in conscious sedation during outpatient elective colonoscopy. NeuroImage85 Pt 1, 626–636.
  5. Sela, I., Izzetoglu, M., Izzetoglu, K., & Onaral, B. (2014). A Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Study of Lexical Decision Task Supports the Dual Route Model and the Phonological Deficit Theory of Dyslexia. Journal of Learning Disabilities47(3), 279–288.

Books & Chapters

  1. Izzetoglu, K., Richards, D. (2019). Human Performance Assessment: Evaluation of Wearable Sensors for Monitoring Brain Activity. In M. Vidulich & P. Tsang (Eds.), Improving Aviation Performance through Applying Engineering Psychology: Advances in Aviation Psychology (1st ed., pp. 163–180). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  2. Ayaz, H., Izzetoglu, M., Izzetoglu, K., & Onaral, B. (2019). The Use of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Neuroergonomics. In Neuroergonomics (pp. 17–25). Elsevier. 
  3. Izzetoglu, K., Ayaz, H., Hing, J. T., Shewokis, P. A., Bunce, S. C., Oh, P., & Onaral, B. (2015). UAV Operators Workload Assessment by Optical Brain Imaging Technology (fNIR). In V. G. Valavanis K. (Ed.), Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (pp. 2475–2500). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. 
  4. Bunce, S. C., Harris, J., Izzetoglu, K., Ayaz, H., Izzetoglu, M., Pourrezaei, K., & Onaral, B. (2013). Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Addiction Treatment: Preliminary Evidence as a Biomarker of Treatment Response. In F. C. M. Schmorrow D.D. (Ed.) Foundations of Augmented Cognition. AC 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (pp. 250–258). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. 
  5. Bunce, S. C., Izzetoglu, K., Ayaz, H., Shewokis, P., Izzetoglu, M., Pourrezaei, K., & Onaral, B. (2011). Implementation of fNIRS for Monitoring Levels of Expertise and Mental Workload. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (pp. 13–22).


  1. Kerr, J., Reddy, P., Kosti, S., & Izzetoglu, K. (2019). UAS Operator Workload Assessment During Search and Surveillance Tasks Through Simulated Fluctuations in Environmental Visibility. In Augmented Cognition (pp. 394–406).
  2. Aksoy, E., Izzetoglu, K., Onaral, B., Kitapcioglu, D., Sayali, M. E., & Guven, F. (2019). Assessing Correlation Between Virtual Reality Based Serious Gaming Performance and Cognitive Workload Changes via Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. In Augmented Cognition (pp. 375–383).
  3. Armstrong, J., Izzetoglu, K., & Richards, D. (2018). Using Functional near Infrared Spectroscopy to Assess Cognitive Performance of UAV Sensor Operators during Route Scanning. In Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (pp. 286–293). SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications.
  4. Richards, D., Izzetoglu, K., & Shelton-Rayner, G. (2017). UAV Operator mental workload - A neurophysiological comparison of mental workload and vigilance. In AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. Reston, Virginia: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  5. Izzetoglu, K., Richards, D., Ding, L., Ling, C., & Willems, B. (2017). Human Performance Assessment: Evaluation and Experimental Use of Wearable Sensors for Brain Activity Measures. In 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology (pp. 504–511). Retrieved from
  • Learning 
  • Human Performance and training
  • Human-system, human-autonomy teaming
  • Neuroimaging
  • Functional brain imaging
  • 2001 Application Developer, MEDIS medical imaging systems, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2008 Assistant Research Professor, Drexel University
  • 2014 Associate Research Professor, Drexel University

Kurtulus Izzetoglu is a faculty member of School of Biomedical Engineering and an affiliated member of the School of Education at Drexel University. Dr. Izzetoglu’s research and teaching interests are in functional brain imaging, human performance, learning, training, medical sensor development, biomedical systems and signal processing. He has background in both electrical and biomedical engineering coupled with experience of developing a highly portable functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system for use in field applications and translational neuroimaging.

Over the last decade, Dr. Izzetoglu has been focusing on development of performance and training assessment biosensors and metrics, joint human-system performance enhancement and anesthesia care monitoring in the field settings. He has served as the principal or co-investigator in research projects funded by US federal agencies and industry partners. Some examples of his current research include: 1) cognitive workload assessment in operational environment, 2) role of neurotechnology to improve training for aviation and medical personnel, 3) effects of immersive VR manipulative interventions on spatial visualization, transfer of learning, and student retention.

Dr. Izzetoglu has been institutional principal investigator and the lead for the Drexel University’s efforts for the FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (TTHP), and for the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS-ASSURE). He serves on the boards and program committees, including International Conference on Augmented Cognition / International Conference on Human – Computer Interaction; program committee member of International Conference for Research in in Air Transportation; program committee member of International Symposium on Aviation Psychology.