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  • 3033 North Engineering Research Center
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Dr. Sevgi Zubeyde Gurbuz

Assistant Professor


  • 3033 North Engineering Research Center
  • phone (205) 348-4382
  • Email


  • B.S. , Electrical Engineering with Minor in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998
  • M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

Sevgi Z. Gurbuz (S’01–M’10–SM’17) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering with minor in mechanical engineering and the M.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2009. From February 2000 to January 2004, she worked as a Radar Signal Processing Research Engineer with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Rome, NY, USA. Since 2017, she has been an Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Gurbuz’s main focus of research lies in the advancement of RF-enabled Cyber-Physical Human Systems (CPHS), radar signal processing and machine learning algorithms to address the challenges of robust, accurate human micro-Doppler signature analysis, automatic target recognition (ATR) and control of CPHS for automotive, health, human computer-interaction, and defense applications.  She has pioneered radar-based American Sign Language (ASL) recognition, for which she was awarded a patent in 2022, and is developing novel, interactive RF sensing paradigms built upon physics-aware machine learning and fully-adaptive (cognitive) radar that provide for unique AI/ML solutions to radar perception problems.

Dr. Gurbuz is a recipient of a 2023 NSF CAREER Award, the 2022 American Association of University Women Research Publication Grant in Medicine and Biology, the 2019 IEEE Harry Rowe Mimno Award, 2020 SPIE Rising Researcher Award, EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship, and the 2010 IEEE Radar Conference Best Student Paper Award.  Since 2020, she has served as a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Radar Systems Panel, where she is co-chair of the Publications Committee, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (TAES) and IEEE Transactions on Radar Systems (TRS), and an editorial board member of the IET Radar, Sonar, and Navigation journal.  She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and member of the SPIE and ACM.

Affiliated Areas
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Alabama Transportation Institute, Alabama Cyber Institute, Alabama Life Research Institute

Selected Publications

  • S.Z. Gurbuz, A.C. Gurbuz, C. Crawford, and D.J. Griffin, “Radar-based methods and apparatus for communication and interpretation of sign languages,” U.S. Patent # 11,301,672 B2, April 12, 2022.

Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2023
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine and Biology, 2022
  • IEEE AESS Harry Rowe Mimno Award for Excellence in Technical Communications, 2021
  • SPIE Defense+Commercial Sensing (DCS) Rising Researcher Award, 2020

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Gurbuz Receives Prestigious Research Publication Grant

Dr. Sevgi Zubeyde Gurbuz, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named the recipient of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) 2022-23 Research Publication Grant in...

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UA CyberSeed Program Funds More Campus Research

Four promising research projects received funding from Year 2 of The University of Alabama Cyber Initiative’s CyberSeed program, part of the UA Office for Research and Economic Development.

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