Ozlem Kalinli received the B.S. degree (summa cum laude and with honors) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey, in 2001, and the M.S. degree (with outstanding academic achievement) in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, in 2003. She has received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, in 2009. Since February 2017, she is a senior research scientist in SIRI at Apple, Cupertino, CA.

Before joining to Apple, she was a senior research scientist in the R&D Group at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), San Mateo, CA, from 2010-2017. Prior to that, she was a research assistant in the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) at USC from 2005-2009 and the Immersive Audio Laboratory at USC from 2003-2005. In the summer of 2008, she was a visiting researcher in the Speech Technology Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA.

Her research interests include bio-inspired signal processing for speech and audio applications, auditory perception, auditory attention, speech recognition, speech analysis, deep learning, pattern recognition and statistical techniques for speech and audio applications. She has published her work in the signal processing community and is the winner of the Siemens Outstanding Engineering Award in 2001.