Afra Feyza Akyürek

Afra Feyza Akyürek

PhD Student in Computer Science

Boston University

Hi there, this is Feyza!

I am a third-year Computer Science PhD student at Boston University, lucky to be advised by Derry Wijaya. Before that I received my masters in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. I earned my bachelors both in Industrial and Computer Engineering from Koç University, Istanbul. I am currently interested in natural language processing, multi-modal learning, transfer learning, ethics in NLP and learning with less labels.


  • Natural Language Processing
  • Continual Learning
  • Few-shot Learning
  • Ethics in NLP


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2024

    Boston University

  • MSc in Statistics, 2019

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2018

    Koç University

  • BSc in Industrial Engineering, 2018

    Koç University



Machine Learning Research Intern


Jun 2021 – Aug 2021 Cambridge, Massachusetts

Measuring and tackling gender bias in large-scale pretained language models.


  • Rohit Gernapudi.
  • Ilya Oparin, PhD.

Biostatistics Intern

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

May 2019 – Jul 2019 East Hanover, New Jersey

Responsibilities included high-dimensional statistical analysis of clinical trial data for CAR-T therapy, a highly promising personalized immunotherapy for cancer. I created an explainable predictive modelfor treatment efficacy, revealed outstanding findings and communicated them to clinical experts.


  • Kapildeb Sen, PhD.
  • Jufen Chu, PhD.

Operations Research Intern

PlusOneMinusOne (Arute Solutions)

Jun 2017 – Aug 2017 Istanbul, Turkey

Implementation of meta-heuristic algorithms such as genetic algorithm and simulated annealing to address cash management across ATM networks.


  • Ahmet Çınar, PhD.
  • Arif Arin, PhD.

Logistics Analytics Intern

LC Waikiki

Jun 2016 – Dec 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Responsibilities included determining optimal load factors for trucks using CPLEX Optimizer and dispersion analysis of goods across the logistics center.


  • Arda Şirin
  • Nur Eren
  • İsmail Kaya