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  • PhD: University of Grenoble, France, 2014
  • MSc: RWTH Aachen, Germany, 2010
  • BSc: Trakya University, Turkey, 2008


  • Assistant Professor at University of Amsterdam and Scientific Manager of UvA-Bosch Delta Lab, 2017 –
  • Senior Researcher leading Multimodal Deep Learning Group at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, 2017 –
  • Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, 2016-2017
  • Post Doctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, 2014-2017

Short Bio

Dr. Zeynep Akata is an Assistant Professor with the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Scientific Manager of the Delta Lab and a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany. She holds a BSc degree from Trakya University (2008), MSc degree from RWTH Aachen (2010) and a PhD degree from University of Grenoble (2014). After completing her PhD at the INRIA Rhone Alpes with Prof. Dr. Cordelia Schmid, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics with Prof. Dr. Bernt Schiele and a visiting researcher with Prof Trevor Darrell at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include machine learning combined with combine vision and language for the task of explainable artificial intelligence (XAI).


  • Leren (Introduction to Machine Learning), November-December 2017
  • Philosophy of AI (Guest Lecture), March 2018
  • Computer Vision 2 (Guest Lecture), May 2018

External Activities

  • Area Chair: WACV 2016,  IJCAI 2018, ECCV 2018
  • Reviewer for Conferences:
    • ICCV 2015,17; ECCV 2016; ACCV 2016; CVPR 2015,16,17,18;
    • NIPS 2016,17,18; AISTATS 2017;  AAAI 2018; ICLR 2018, ICML 2018
  • Reviewer for Journals: TPAMI 2015,16,17; IJCV 2015,16,17
  • Tutorial on Embeddings and Metric Learning, GCPR 2016, Organization Committee
  • Gender Diversity in STEM fields, Springboard training program, 2015, Organization Committee
  • Lise Meitner Award Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science 2016, Organization Committee
  • Tutorial on Zero-Shot Learning, CVPR 2017, Organization Committee
  • CD-Make 2018, Cross Domain Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction, Organization Committee
  • DSSV 2018, Conference on Data Science, Statistics and Visualization, Invited speaker

Awards and Funding


  • Stephan Alaniz @ University of Amsterdam
  • Yongqin Xian @ Max Planck Institute for Informatics (with Prof. Bernt Schiele)
  • Victor Garcia @ University of Amsterdam (with Prof. Max Welling)
  • Sadaf Gulshad @ University of Amsterdam (with Prof. Arnold Smeulders)
  • Maartje ter Hoeve @ University of Amsterdam (with Prof. Maarten de Rijke)
  • Rodolfo Corona @ UC Berkeley (with Prof. Trevor Darrell)