Erdal Cayirci graduated from Army Academy in 1986 and from Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1989. He received his MS degree from Middle East Technical University, and a PhD from Bogazici University both in computer engineering in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He was assigned various military posts between 1987 and 2005. He was a faculty in Istanbul Technical University, Yeditepe University, Naval Sciences and Engineering Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology between 2000 and 2005. He retired from the Army when he was a colonel in 2005. He founded Genetlab in 2005, ETE in 2015. He was Head, CAX Support Branch in NATO’s Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway, and also a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of Stavanger between 2005 and 2018. He is currently the Chairman of the Board in Dataunitor AS, Stavanger.
His expertise includes modelling and simulations, computer assisted exercises and wargames, computer and network security, cloud computing, blockchains, risk and trust modelling, mobile communications and internet of things.
He co-authored two books titled as “Security in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks,” and “Computer Assisted Exercises and Training: A Reference Guide” both published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009. “Security in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks” has been translated also to Chinese. He authored a book on privacy and technology titled “You are known! Are you aware!” in Turkish in 2016. He published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals and conferences.
He received the “2002 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper” Award for his paper titled “A Survey on Sensor Networks” published in the IEEE Communications Magazine in August 2002, the “Fikri Gayret” Award from Turkish Chief of General Staff in 2003, the “Innovation of the Year” Award from Turkish Navy in 2005, the “Excellence” Award in ITEC 2006, and the “Scientific Achievement” Award from NATO Science and Technology Office both in 2016 and 2018.