M. Ilhan Akbas

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engr Dept
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus


Dr. M. Ilhan Akbas has research interests in autonomous vehicles, cyber-physical systems, software defined networks, vehicular networks, modeling and simulation. His research work on developing novel solutions for the testing and validation of autonomous vehicles has been covered by media, including Spectrum Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Business Journal and News 13. He gave invited talks about this research project at Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2018 and 2019. For his research project on a mobile crowdsourcing solution for connected and autonomous vehicles, Dr. Akbas is co-awarded with the NSF Grant titled as “Incentive Mechanisms for Mobile Crowdsourcing, Reaching Spatial and Temporal Coverage Under Budget Constraints”.

Dr. Akbas’ industry experience started in defense industry when he was a senior in college. He participated in multinational projects and became a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Before joining academia as a professor. He was a database analyst and he taught at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST). Dr. Akbas served on the faculty of Florida Polytechnic University from 2016 to 2019, where he was one of the leading faculty for the emerging autonomous vehicle research capability. He taught at every level of computer science/engineering curriculum, served as the accreditation coordinator and participated in the development of two new concentrations “Software Engineering” for computer science department and “Intelligent Mobility” for data science department. 

Dr. Akbas is a member of IEEE, ACM and Complex Systems Society. He is the author of more than 50 articles, which have appeared in prestigious venues such as IEEE Transactions, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) edge reports and flagship conferences of IEEE and ACM. He is an NSF Panelist and serves as an Editor for Hindawi Journal of Sensors.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering, University of Central Florida

  • CEC 420: Computer Systems Design I
  • EE 420: Avionics Preliminary Design
  • SE 320: Software Construction
  • SYS 417: Systms Eng Capstone Prjct I