Savaş Yıldırım graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Department of Computer Engineering and holds a Ph.D. degree in Natural Language Processing (NLP). Currently, he is an associate professor at the Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, and is a visiting researcher at the Ryerson University, Canada. He is a proactive lecturer and researcher with more than 20 years of experience teaching courses on machine learning, deep learning, and NLP. He has significantly contributed to the Turkish NLP community by developing a lot of open source software and resources. He also provides comprehensive consultancy to AI companies on their R&D projects. In his spare time, he writes and directs short films, and enjoys practicing yoga.