Ethem Alpaydın received his BSc from Department of Computer Engineering of Bogazici University in 1987 and the degree of Docteur es Sciences from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in 1990. He did his postdoctoral work at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley between Feb-Aug 1991.
In September 1991, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering of Bogazici University. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor in 2002 in the same department.
As visiting researcher, he worked at Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT in 1994, International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley in 1997, IDIAP, Switzerland in 1998, and TU Delft in 2014.
He was Fulbright Senior Scholar in 1997/1998 and received the Research Excellence Award from the Bogazici University Foundation in 1998 (junior faculty) and 2008 (senior faculty), the Young Scientist Award from the Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2001 and the Scientific Encouragement Award from the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council in 2002. He is a Member of The Science Academy, Turkey.
His book Introduction to Machine Learning was published by The MIT Press in October 2004; its German edition was published by Oldenbourg Verlag in May 2008, and Chinese edition was published by Huazhang Press in June 2009.
Introduction to Machine Learning, second edition was published by The MIT Press in February 2010; its Turkish edition was published by Bogazici University Press in April 2011 and Chinese edition was published by Huazhang Press in June 2014.
Introduction to Machine Learning, third edition was published by The MIT Press in August 2014. Its Chinese edition was published in January 2016 and German edition in May 2019.