Yavor received his B.S. in control engineering in 2007 from Istanbul Technical University and an M.Sc. in control and automation engineering from the same university in 2010, the same year he started an earthquake engineering Ph.D. at Bogazici University. In 2012, he enrolled in ETH Zürich where he received a Ph.D. in earthquake forecasting in 2015. His Ph.D. work was done under the supervision of Didier Sornette, Guy Ouillon, and Edi Kissling. His research interests include statistical seismology, pattern recognition, multifractal analysis, and data-driven model parameterization.