Oktay Cetinkaya

Oktay Cetinkaya, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Koc University

E-mail: cetinkaya@ku.edu.tr

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Dr Oktay Cetinkaya received his BEng degrees (H. Hons.) with a double major in Electrical Engineering (1st in the Department, 2nd in the Faculty) & Electronics and Communication Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He then started pursuing a PhD degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Koç University, Turkey, and was awarded in early 2018. After his PhD, he first worked as a Research Fellow in Networked Embedded Systems at the University of Southampton, then as a Research Associate in Wireless Network Performance at The University of Sheffield for two years each. In April 2022, he joined the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Associate to synthesise the diverse elements of the PETRAS research base. Dr Cetinkaya's research interests include energy harvesting-aided wireless-powered communications for the Internet of Things, on which he has published more than 25 scientific papers in highly-respected journals, conference proceedings, and book series.

Research Interests

    Energy Harvesting, Wireless Power Transfer, Internet of Things, Wireless-powered Communications, Molecular Communications, Simultaneous Wireless/Molecular Information and Power Transfer, Wireless Network Modelling and Simulation, UAV Networking, Cognitive Radios, Sensor Networks, Smart Buildings and Cities, Water Metering, Wearable Electronics, Textile Antennas, Embedded Systems, Transient Computing, Intermittent Networking.


  1. O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “System and Method of Electric Field Energy Harvesting from Lighting Elements for Internet of Things," International Patent Application, PCT/TR2016/050467, 2016.
[White Papers]
  1. T. Becker, V. Borjesson, O. Cetinkaya et al. “Energy Harvesting for a Green Internet of Thing", NJ, USA, PSMA, White Paper, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-7337815-2-7 [Online]. Available: https://www.psma.com/technical-forums/energy-harvesting/whitepaper
[Journal Papers]
  1. E. Longman, O. Cetinkaya, M. El-Hajjar, G. V. Merrett. “Mesh Networking for Intermittently-powered Devices: Architecture and Challenges", IEEE Network, 2022.
  2. M. Civas, O. Cetinkaya, M. Kuscu, O. B. Akan. “Universal Transceivers: Opportunities and Future Directions for the Internet of Everything", Frontiers in Communications and Networks, 2021.
  3. O. Cetinkaya, B. Zaghari, F. M. J. Bulot, W. Damaj, S. Jubb, S. Stein, A. S. Weddell, M. Mayfield, S. Beeby. “Distributed Sensing with Low-cost Mobile Sensors towards a Sustainable IoT", IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, 2021.
  4. O. B. Akan, H. Ramezani, M. Civas, O. Cetinkaya, B. A. Bilgin, N. A. Abbasi. “Information and Communication Theoretical Understanding and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries: State-of-the-art and Research Challenges", IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 2021.
  5. M. Wagih, O. Cetinkaya, B. Zaghari, A. S. Weddell, S. Beeby. “Real-World Performance of Sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz Textile Antennas for RF-Powered Body Area Networks", IEEE Access, 2020.
  6. D. Balsamo, O. Cetinkaya, A. Rodriguez, S. Wong, G. V. Merrett, A. S. Weddell. “A Design Flow for Transiently-powered Energy Harvesting Sensor Systems", IEEE Sensors Journal, 2020.
  7. O. Cetinkaya, D. Balsamo, G. V. Merrett. “Internet of MIMO Things: UAV-assisted Wireless-powered Networks for Future Smart Cities", IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, 2020.
  8. S. Sliper, O. Cetinkaya, G. V. Merrett, A. S. Weddell, B. Al-Hashimi. “Energy-driven Computing", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 2020.
  9. O. Cetinkaya, E. Dinc, C. Koca, G. V. Merrett, O. B. Akan. “Energy-neutral Wireless-powered Networks", IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 2019.
  10. T. Long, M. Ozger, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Energy Neutral Internet of Drones," IEEE Communications Magazine, 2018.
  11. O. B. Akan, O. Cetinkaya, C. Koca, M. Ozger, “Internet of Hybrid Energy Harvesting Things," IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2017.
  12. M. Ozger, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio Networking for IoT-enabled Smart Grid," ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) Journal, October 2017.
  13. O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Electric-field Energy Harvesting from Lighting Elements for Battery-less Internet of Things," IEEE Access, vol. 5, pp. 7423-7434, April 2017.
  14. O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Electric-Field Energy Harvesting in Wireless Networks," IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 34-41, April 2017.
[Conference Proceedings]
  1. S. Mileiko, O. Cetinkaya, A. Yakovlev, D. Balsamo. “A Non-intrusive Ultrasonic Sensor System for Water Flow Rate Measurement", in Proc. IEEE SAS, Aug. 2021.
  2. E. Longman, O. Cetinkaya, M. El-Hajjar, G. V. Merrett. “Wake-up Radio-enabled Intermittently-powered Devices for Mesh Networking: A Power Analysis", in Proc. IEEE CCNC, Feb. 2021.
  3. O. Cetinkaya, G. V. Merrett. “Efficient Deployment of UAV-powered Sensors for Optimal Coverage and Connectivity", in Proc. IEEE WCNC, Apr. 2020.
  4. E. B. Pehlivanoglu, M. Ozger, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Harvesting-Throughput Trade-off for Wireless-powered Smart Grid IoT Applications: An Experimental Study," in Proc. IEEE ICC, May 2018.
  5. O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “A ZigBee Based Reliable and Efficient Power Metering System for Energy Management and Controlling," in Proc. IEEE ICNC, Feb. 2015.
  6. O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “A DASH7-based Power Metering System," in Proc. IEEE CCNC 2015, Jan. 2015.
[Book Chapters]
  1. T. Khan, M. Civas, O. Cetinkaya, N. A. Abbasi, O. B. Akan. “Nanosensor Networks for Smart Health care", in Nanosensors for Smart Cities, Elsevier, 2020.
  2. O. Cetinkaya, M. Ozger, O. B. Akan, “Internet of Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radios," in Towards Cognitive IoT Networks, Springer Nature, Singapore, 2019.
  3. M. Ozger, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radios in Smart Cities," in Transportation and Power Grid in Smart Cities: Communication Networks and Services, John Wiley, UK, 2016.
  4. O. Ergul, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks in Smart Grid," in Smart Grid: Networking, Data Management, and Business Models, CRC Press, 2015.
  5. O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan, “Use of WSNs in Smart Homes," in Emerging Communication Technologies Based on Wireless Sensor Networks: Current Research and Future Applications, CRC Press, 2015.
[Submitted Papers]
  1. S. Mileiko, O. Cetinkaya, Darren Mackie, Rishad Shafik, D. Balsamo. “A TEG-based Non-intrusive Ultrasonic System for Self-sufficient Water Flow Rate Measurement", 2022.
  2. A. Das, B. Runwal, O. Cetinkaya, O. B. Akan. “Received Signal Modeling and BER Analysis for Molecular SISO Communications", 2022.
  3. O. Cetinkaya, N. A. Abbasi, O. B. Akan. “Self-Optimization for Capacity in Low-THz Band Indoor Wireless Networks", 2021.
  4. O. Cetinkaya, E. Dinc, C. Koca, O. B. Akan. “Internet of Wireless-powered Things: Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Energy Harvesting Wireless Autonomous Networks", 2020.
  1. O. Cetinkaya. “Next-generation Internet of Energy Harvesting Things", PhD Thesis, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 2018.