Prof. Adalı was born on 5th of January 1948 in the Eğirdir town of Isparta,  and currently lives in Istanbul. He graduated from Pertevniyal high school in 1965 and started to studying at the Electrical Engineering Faculty of  Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He graduate from the graduate program in 1971 and started to work as a research assistant at the same Faculty.

He received his PhD degree from ITU in 1976. He became as associate professor in 1980 and a full professor in 1988. Founding dean of Computer and Informatic Faculty in 2010 and retired as Dean in 2015.