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Serkan Sulun

Deep Learning Researcher


I use deep neural networks on music and video.


INESC TEC, Portugal | Mar 2019 - Present

Enhancement of complex music signals using deep neural networks

Video-based symbolic music generation

Research assistant
Koc University, Turkey | Sep 2016 - Nov 2018 (2 years 2 months)

Video compression and frame prediction using deep neural networks, including generative adversarial networks

Teaching assistant
Koc University, Turkey | Sep 2016 - Nov 2018 (2 years 2 months)

Leading laboratory sessions and occasionally lectures on programming with MATLAB

Sound engineer
Telfs Youth Center Studio, Austria | Oct 2014 - Aug 2015 (11 months)

Recording and mixing music performed by local youngsters

Champalimaud Neuroscience Program, Portugal | Jul 2013 - Oct 2013 (3 months)

Processing neural signals and videos obtained by rat experiments, designing the controller board. Article acknowledgement: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4721960

Peer instructor
Sabanci University, Turkey | Feb 2010 - Jun 2014 (4 years 3 months)

Lecturing in small study groups and occasionally in amphitheaters on freshman chemistry and biology


Symbolic music generation conditioned on continuous-valued emotions (2022)
IEEE Access
DOI:10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3169744   |   arXiv:2203.16165
On Filter Generalization for Music Bandwidth Extension Using Deep Neural Networks (2021)
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
DOI:10.1109/JSTSP.2020.3037485   |   arXiv:2011.07274
Can Learned Frame-Prediction Compete with Block-Motion Compensation for Video Coding? (2021)
Signal, Image and Video Processing
DOI:10.1007/s11760-020-01751-y   |   arXiv:2007.08922
Deep Learned Frame Prediction for Video Compression (2018)
Koc University, Masters Thesis
Thesis:531218   |   arXiv:1811.10946


  • Doctoral Fellowship | Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal
    Doctoral Fellowship | la Caixa Foundation
  • Graduate Fellowship (Masters) | Koc University
  • Ranked 9 out of 204,392 in Turkish Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam
  • Excellence Merit Scholarship (Bachelors) | Education Foundation of Turkey
  • Excellence Merit Scholarship (Bachelors) | Sabanci University
  • Employment Scholarship | Sabanci University
  • Bachelors Scholarship | Prime Ministry of Turkey
  • Ranked 297 out of 1,349,782 in Turkish University Entrance Exam
  • Erasmus+ Exchange Grant | European Commission
  • Erasmus+ Internship Grant | European Commission
  • Interviews

    SIC Notícias (2022)
    Portugal vai receber Turquia: 2.500 adeptos turcos vão estar no Estádio do Dragão
    Website   |   Youtube
    Observador (2020)
    Generating music from videos
    Portuguese original   |   English translation
    Olhar no progresso (2021)
    Deep learning, multimedia and music
    Newspaper website   |   YouTube


  • International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference
  • Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval
  • IEEE Access
  • Teaching experience

  • Introduction to deep learning (invited talk) | Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
  • Deep learning for music generation (invited talk) | University of Porto, Portugal
  • Deep learning for music information retrieval (invited talk) | University of Porto, Portugal
  • Introduction to MATLAB | Koc University, Turkey
  • Freshman mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology (peer teacher) | Sabanci University, Turkey
  • Supervision

    Pedro Miguel Pereira de Oliveira
    Emotion classification of MIDI lyrics using transformers (Masters thesis, 2022)