Beyond the scientist: Mehmet Dalmis


Where and when were you born?

I was born in May 1982, in Adana, which is a large city in the south coast of Turkiye. 

Where do you live and with whom?

I am living in Nijmegen, in a student house provided for PhD students.

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I didn't have a specific person as a role model, but in my high school years I was impressed by physicists studying on fundamental mysteries of universe, such as Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

I am still on the way of being a scientist, but not in physics. At first it wasn't possible for me to study physics and I studied electrical and electronics engineering. And after that, problems of biomedical engineering aroused my interest and i got into this field.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

In the graduation project in my bachelor school, our task was to design and implement an autonomous robot and I was the team leader. We came up with a very interesting and efficient design. And in the end we received "innovative design" award by the professors of our department. 

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

I am currently more focused on completing my PhD within the next 2 years, so it is difficult to plan much more at the moment. But in general, I would like to make a significant contribution in applying computer intelligence to medicine, for either improving diagnosis or treatment, or reducing workload of clinicians.

For what can we wake you up?

For a hiking in mediterranean coasts in a nice weather.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

Mainly nature and yoga. I like long walks in nature and I am interested in creating sustainable living within nature. For yoga, how regularly I can do it changes from time to time. Sometimes I do regularly everyday and therefore I am good at it, but sometimes I miss doing it for several weeks.

What is your biggest irritation?

Conceited ignorance.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

David Chalmers, and important philosopher of our times. 


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