During his tenure at ANAHEI. Professor Cobanoglu has initiated and led numerous innovative programs. Some of these projects include:
In addition, Dr. Cobanoglu is a visionary board member of Hospitality Technology magazine and editorial board member of Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. Dr. Cobanoglu also serves the industry as consultant. He is the founder of International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA), Global Conference on Education and Research, Graduate Student Research Conference in Business and Economics and Global Conference on Services Management. Dr. Cobanoglu created curriculum for hospitality software: innRoad Property Management System, M3 AccKnowledge Hotel Accounting System, and M3 Link Hotel Business Intelligence System.
His research involves the use and impact of technology in hospitality and tourism industries. He is particularly interested in smart tourism within the scope of smart cities. He founded and managed the eXperimental Guestroom (X-Room) at the University of Delaware’s Courtyard by Marriott from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Cobanoglu’s work has been featured in national and international media outlets such as BBC, NBC, ABC, CN8, Futurist Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe and Lodging Magazine. He published in scholarly journals such as The Service Industries Journal, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Tourism Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and International Journal of Market Research. His articles have been cited in more than 2500 times. He is a frequent speaker in national and international conferences and events. He received “Excellence in Research-Tenured” award from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in 2016. He received 13 best paper awards from International conferences. In 2013, he was named as a “Fellow” by Academy for Global Business Advancement (AGBA).
Prior to joining the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Dr. Cobanoglu served as an Associate Professor of hospitality information technology at the University of Delaware. Dr. Cobanoglu is the recipient of University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education’s (I-CHRIE) John Wiley & Sons, Innovation in Teaching Award in 2009.