Prof. Erçil has received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics from Boğaziçi University in 1979, M.S. and PhD in Applied Math from Brown University in 1980 and 1983 respectively. She has then worked at General Research Laboratories for five years as senior research scientist and staff research scientist. She has been a faculty member and founding director of BUPAM Pattern Analysis and Machine Vision Laboratory at Boğazici University in 1988-2001 and has been a faculty member and founding director of VPALAB Computer vision and Pattern Analysis Laboratory at Sabancı University from 2001 to 2013. Prof. Erçil has directed many international projects (Nato, FP4, Eureka, NSF, FP6, Nedo, FP7, Horizon 2020). She has been the founding president of TOTIAD – Turkish Pattern REcognition and Image Analysis Society and executive board member of IAPR, International Association of Pattern Recognition. Her work has received many awards including ‘International Achievement award, Eureka Success story, Endeavor Entrepreneur, technology award finalist, Veuve Clicquot high impact female entrepreneur of the year award – Turkish representative, First price in Machines and Accessories Production Technologies award, ‘Turkey’s female entrepreneur’ award, ‘Crystal Tree woman entrepreneur of the year’ award, ‘ANSIAD academician of the year’ award, “Microsoft Woman leader in Information Technologies” award. She is a member of the Arcelik International Advisory board, member of Allianz International Advisory board, member of Swiss Innovation Valley advisory board and a member of the joint scientific and industrial advisory board of European Machine Vision Association.
Prof. Ercil was the founding partner and CEO of Vistek A.Ş. since 2006 which was acquired by ISRA Vision A.G. in 2013.
She is currently co-founder and CEO of Vispera A.Ş. She is also a certified angel investor and a member of the Keiretsu Angel Investment Network.