Bener, Ayse

Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University

Ayse Basar Bener, B.S. (Business Administration, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey), M.A.S. (Management Information Systems, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA), Ph.D. (Information Systems, London School of Economics, UK) is a full professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. She joined Ryerson University in July 2010 as the director of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, a position she held till October 2012. Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr. Bener was a faculty member and Vice Chair in the Department of Computer Engineering at Bogazici University. She taught courses in software engineering, software quality, software economics, e-commerce, information systems design, and information systems security at graduate and undergraduate levels.


Dr. Bener's main research area is empirical software engineering: software measurement, software economics, and software quality. She mainly tackles the problem of decision making under uncertainty by using  learning methods to build predictive models, cognitive science to model human behaviour and game theoretic models to determine strategies. In the past 10 years she held various senior administrative positions at Bogazici University. She founded and directed Software Research Lab (Softlab) where many industry funded research projects were undertaken locally and globally. She supervised 40 MS and PhD students, and authored and co-authored more than 100 publications.


Dr. Bener worked as a TPC member, workshop chair in various IEEE conferences, steering committee member of Promise 2010, 2011, 2012 (International Conference on Predictive Models), PC member of ESEM 2010, 2011, 2012 PC member of student papers in ICSE 2010, PROFES 2012, Advisory Board Member of IEEE Software Magazine. She regularly reviews papers for IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, EMSE and Data and Knowledge Engineering journals.


Prior to joining academia, Dr. Bener held various senior executive positions in banking industry for more than 15 years in Turkey and in the UK. She was the deputy CEO of Citibank in Turkey, COO, CIO and Financial Controller of JP Morgan in Turkey, and the Regional Director of Advanced Technologies in Citibank UK for Europe, Asia, and Africa regions. She is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, ACM and AAAI.