Nurcan Yuruk, Ph.D.

Dr Nurcan Yuruk

Nurcan Yuruk, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Computer Science

Office Location: Caruth Hall 435

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  • Ph.D., Applied Science, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Dr. Yuruk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at SMU Lyle. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Computing from University of Arkansas at Little Rock under the guidance of Dr. Xiaowei Xu. Her dissertation title was “Structural Clustering Algorithms for Networks,” which yielded several publications in top-tier conferences and journals, including ACM-KDD. Before joining SMU, she was a faculty member in Computer Science department at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Yuruk is known for her engaging and innovative teaching methods, which blend theory with hands-on application, empowering students to grasp complex concepts and apply them to real-world challenges. 

Honors and Awards

  • The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, 2015




  • Data Mining
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Applied Machine Learning

Recent Publications

  • Xiaowei Xu, Nurcan Yuruk, Zhidan Feng, Thomas A. J. Schweiger: SCAN: A Structural Clustering Algorithm for Networks. 13th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. KDD 2007: 824-833
  • Nurcan Yuruk, Mutlu Mete, Xiaowei Xu, Thomas A. J. Schweiger: A Divisive Hierarchical Structural Clustering Algorithm for Networks. ICDM Workshops 2007: 441-448
  • Zhidan Feng, Xiaowei Xu, Nurcan Yuruk, Thomas A. J. Schweiger: A Novel Similarity-Based Modularity Function for Graph Partitioning. DaWaK 2007: 385-396
  • Nurcan Yuruk, Xiaowei Xu, Thomas A. J. Schweiger: On Structural Analysis of Large Networks. HICSS 2008:143
  • Mutlu Mete, Fusheng Tang, Xiaowei Xu, Nurcan Yuruk: A structural approach for finding functional modules from large biological networks. BMC Bioinformatics. 9(S-9) (2008)