Bülent Yılmaz was born in 1974 in Giresun, Turkey. He was accepted to Eskişehir Fatih Science High School in 1989. Later in 1992, he was accepted to Middle East Technical University, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department. In 1997 he graduated from this department by specializing in telecommunication and biomedical tracks. In the last year of his undergraduate education he worked as an “intern engineer” focusing on the mobile phone production department in ASELSAN Inc. located in Ankara, Turkey. After graduation he pursued his career in academia as a research assistant in the same department and worked on the subject “Optical Loop Memories.” He defended his master’s thesis at the end of 1999 and started his graduate education towards PhD in the Bioengineering Department of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. His thesis work dealt with localization of focal cardiac arrhythmias using intravenous catheters combined with statistical signal processing techniques. The Whitaker Foundation sponsored his graduate study.
Immediately after his graduation he got a position as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in Baskent University, Ankara. He contributed to the education of the first biomedical engineers of Turkey in this institute where he also initiated an MSc program. In 2009, he joined a group of academicians in the establishment of a new university in Gaziantep. In this university (Zirve University) he served as the department chair and the head of vocational school. He was also a member of the university senate. Later in 2011, he was invited to become a part of the founding faculty member team to Abdullah Gül University, Kayseri. He is working as the interim chair of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department.
His major research interests are biomedical signal and image processing, brain-computer interface, sleep signal analysis, computational cardiology. He taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in the abovementioned institutions. He participated in several projects as the principle investigator and investigator. He served as the panelist and referee for many academic or industry projects. He published 18 refereed journal papers and almost 30 national and international conference proceedings. He is on the editorial board of Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which is on the SCI-expanded journal list.