Born in Kutahya, Turkey, Himmet received the B.E. degree in geodesy and photogrammetry engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in geomatics engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Institute of Science and Technology, Turkey.
He worked as a research scholar for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between 2006 and 2007 at the Mid-America Earthquake Center specialising in the development of MAE-viz software.
In 2009, he joined the Department of Geomatics Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering in Istanbul Technical University as an Assistant Professor, and in 2015 became an Associate Professor.
Since December 2015, Himmet has been the director of the GIS Lab of the Civil Engineering Faculty and is a member of the Civil Engineering Faculty Board of Directors. He is also serving as vice department head of Geomatics Engineering Department and the consultant of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Department of Earthquake Risk Management and Urban Improvement.
Himmet's current research activity includes resilience, disaster management, geographic information science, decision making, earthquake engineering, surveying, and precise positioning.
Dr. Karaman is a Fellow of the Board of Scientific Dictionary of Turkish Academy of Science and the member of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority’s Earthquake Advisory Board since 2009. He has thirteen scientific articles published in respected journals.