About Me

Burak Özpoyraz

  • Current Role: Ph.D. Candidate and Research & Teaching Assistant
  • University: RWTH Aachen University
  • Institution: Mobile Communications and Computing
  • Supervisor: Prof. Marina Petrova
  • Research Topic: Joint Communication and Sensing for 5G and Beyond


Koç University – Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Master of Science (Jan. 2020 – Jan. 2022)

  • Master Thesis: Next-Generation MIMO Systems: From Index Modulation to Deep Learning
  • Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Ertuğrul Başar
  • Courses:
    1. Wireless Communications / Assoc. Prof. Ertuğrul Başar
    2. Deep Learning / Prof. Deniz Yüret
    3. Random Process / Assoc. Prof. Ertuğrul Başar
    4. Information Theory / Prof. Özgür Barış Akan
    5. Machine Learning in Wireless Networks / Prof. Sinem Çöleri
    6. Advances in Deep Learning / Assoc. Prof. Aykut Erdem
  • GPA: 3.77

Istanbul Technical University – Electronics and Communication Engineering

Bachelor of Science (Sep. 2014 – Jan. 2020)

  • Bachelor Thesis: Index Modulation-Based Secure Wireless Communication Systems
  • Supervisor: Prof. İbrahim Altunbaş
  • GPA: 3.77


Research Experience

Koç University – Communications Research and Innovation Laboratory (CoreLab)

Research & Teaching Assistant (Jan. 2020 – Jan. 2022)

  • Mentor for newcomer students:
    1. Preparing a document including fundamental theoretical and MATLAB programming details of the physical layer of wireless communications
    2. Assigning simulation tasks for the understanding of basic concepts of the physical layer prior to beginning comprehensive research
  • A senior researcher studying the following research topics:
    1. Physical Layer Security
    2. Index Modulation Techniques
    3. Deep Learning in the Physical Layer of Wireless Communications
    4. IEEE 802.11be (Wi-Fi 7) Standard
    5. Single Carrier Communications with USRPs

Research Projects

Open Science Paper Implementation

Self-Project In Collaboration With MathWorks (Jan. 2023 – …)

  • MATLAB simulations of the papers from the physical layer of wireless communications literature
  • MATLAB algorithms, results, and figures of the following papers can be found on GitHub:
    1. Spatial Modulation: Optimal Detection and Performance Analysis | Fig.2
    2. Generalized Spatial Modulation | Fig.2 – Fig.5
    3. Quadrature Spatial Modulation | Fig.2 – Fig.6
    4. Transmitter Preprocessing Aided Spatial Modulation for Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Systems | Fig.1 – Fig.5
    5. Generalized Pre-Coding Aided Spatial Modulation | Fig.1 – Fig.7

PhyLAB: Introduction to Physical Layer with MATLAB

Self-Project In Collaboration With MathWorks (Sep. 2022 – …)

  • Turkish handbook about the fundamentals of the physical layer of wireless communications using MATLAB
  • Theoretical analyses, MATLAB simulations, and brainstorming examples for the basic physical layer concepts
  • Content:
    1. An Overview of the Physical Layer in Wireless Communications
    2. Phase Shift Keying and Quadrature Amplitude Modulation – Theory and Simulation
    3. Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
    4. Final Project: Image Transmission
  • Expected to be published in January 2024

Deep Learning-Based Next-Generation Wireless Communications Systems

Koç University – CoreLab (Jan. 2021 – Jan. 2022)

  • Developing revolutionary DL-aided physical layer techniques to satisfy the stringent physical layer requirements of the next-generation wireless communications
  • TUBITAK (State Research and Science Funding Institute) Project Proposal: DL-based innovative physical layer techniques in four main research directions with three more contributors:
    1. DL for Emerging MIMO Systems (My Field of Study)
    2. DL for Multi-Carrier Waveform Designs
    3. DL-aided Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface Based Systems
    4. Physical Layer Security Meets DL

Next-Generation Wi-Fi Physical Layer Designs

Koç University – CoreLab (Sep. 2020 – Jan. 2022)

  • Developing novel transceiver designs, signaling algorithms, and multi-carrier waveform designs for next-generation Wi-Fi standards.
  • My Field of Study: Innovative single-carrier MU-MIMO system models based on sophisticated IM and DL techniques for the physical layer of next-generation Wi-Fi technologies.

Index Modulation Techniques for Secure MIMO Systems

Koç University – CoreLab (Jan. 2020 – Sep. 2020)

  • Developing cutting-edge IM methods that allow extremely reliable, secure, and high-throughput multi-user (MU) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems
  • Low-complexity and low-cost IM-based MU-MIMO transceiver designs that provide high spectral efficiency and data rate
  • Physical layer security schemes for MU-MIMO systems utilizing sophisticated precoding schemes, artificial noise, random nature of channel environment, and advanced IM techniques

Single-Carrier Communications with USRPs

Koç University – CoreLab (Sep. 2018 – Jan. 2020)

  • [TX] Frame Structure Design
  • [RX] Frame & Timing (Symbol) Synchronization
  • [RX] Channel Estimation & Equalization
  • [RX] Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) Estimation
  • Text, Image, and Speech Transmission

Research Interests

Index ModulationPhysical Layer SecurityAI for CommunicationsJoint Communication and SensingSpace & Satellite Communications



Professional Development


Work Experience

Mikrop Robotics

Android Software Developer (June 2017 – Jan. 2018)

  • Designing swarm robots called Mikro-P with a robotic learning and entertainment platform
  • Developing an Android application for the motor-controlling task
  • Circuit design and programming of Mikro-P


Android Software Developer (July 2016 – May 2017)

  • News portal of Istanbul Technical University
  • Developing an app for arı24 which aims to reflect the arı24 website


2022 – Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa
2022 – Istanbul Technical University
2022 – Middle East Technical University
2021 – Izmir Institute of Technology
2021 – Gazi University
2021 – Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University
2021 – Izmir Institute of Technology
2021 – Hacettepe University

Voluntary Work


Istanbul Technical University (Sep. 2016 – June 2018)

  • Leading participant in the autonomous drone project
  • Organization committee member of Istanbul Technical University Robotic Olympics
  • Leader of the robotic team named OTOKON Robotics

MEMS Research Group

Istanbul Technical University (Sep. 2017 – Sep. 2018)

  • Electronic circuit designer of the diagnosing cancer mechanism project

APIS RND Satellite Team

Istanbul Technical University (Jan. 2019 – Oct. 2019)

  • The electronic team leader of the model satellite project


  • 2022 – IEEE ComSoc Turkey Master Thesis Competition – Special Success Award
  • 2019 – Teknofest Istanbul – 4th Place (APIS RND Satellite Team)
  • 2018 – Teknofest Istanbul – 2nd Place (MEMS Research Group)

Licence and Certificates


Turkish Classical Music
Cooking & Fine Dining


If you have any questions, any project suggestions related to my research area, or a need for a MATLAB-101 course, please contact me. If you get an error with the contact form below, you can directly send an email to burakozpoyraz@gmail.com.