ACM (https://www.acm.org/) is an international association for teaching and research in the field of computer science. It was founded in 1947. The Slovenian subsidiary ACM Slovenia (http://www.acm.si/) was founded in 2001 and is one of the main Slovenian computer science societies, which is working on the development of computer science in Slovenia. On Friday, 7 December 2018, ACM Slovenija Annual Assembly was held at UM FERI, where we also elected a new presidency. Prof. dr. Aleš Holobar had a lecture entitled Internet muscles: digital codes in our body.
The following employees of Institute of Computer Science received the awards at the FERI 2018 Day:
- Uroš Mlakar - award for research work,
- prof. dr. Marjan Mernik - award for research work,
- Ivan Kovačič - award for professional work,
- Dragana Božovič, Assist. prof. dr. Simon Kolmanič, Assist. prof. dr. Niko Lukač, Assoc. prof. dr. Damijan Strnad - award for professional work.
and students of study programs Computer Science and Information Technology:
- Nikolaj Čolić - award for the best undergraduate of the first-level professional study programs at FERI in the academic year 2017/18,
- Robi Novak - award for the best undergraduate of the first-level university study programs at FERI in the academic year 2017/18,
- Žiga Leber - award for the best undergraduate of the second-level university study programs at FERI in the academic year 2017/18,
- Vid Keršič, Niko Uremovič, Mitja Žalik - award for the exceptional student contribution,
- Aljaž Jeromel, Gal Meznarič, Jan Mikolič - award for the exceptional student contribution,
- Miha Antolinc, Niko Uremovič - award for the exceptional student contribution,
- Luka Bašek - award for the exceptional student contribution.
The Hour of Code, https://hourofcode.com/us, will be held this year from 3. 12. 2018 to 9. 12. 2018. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computing to demystify the code and show that everyone can learn the basics of programming. Namely, each student must have the opportunity to learn computer science, since improves problem solving, logic and creativity. As such, with early start they will have foundations for success in all professions of the 21st century. Check out the promotional video at https://youtu.be/KsOIlDT145A. The Institute of Computer Science will this year again realize over 10 events on the topic of computer programming.
On November 27, 2018 Clarivate Analytics, the Web of Science Group, published a list of highly-cited researchers for 2018 (https://hcr.clarivate.com/). Prof. dr. Marjan Mernik is for the second year in a raw on the list. His researches ranks among the top 1% most cited works in the field of Computer Science earning the mark of exceptional impact. More information about his research work is available at https://lpm.feri.um.si/en/members/mernik/. On the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list are only two researchers from Slovenia, all from University of Maribor. Besides prof. dr. Marjan Mernik, the highly cited researcher is also prof. dr. Matjaž Perc from Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The inclusion in the list of highly cited researchers is also important for the ranking of universities. The Shanghai Ranking (ARWU) is one of the most established universities rankings that has been preparing a review of the best universities since 2003. It uses 6 indicators (Alumni, Award, HiCi, N&S, PUB, PCP). The HiCi (high-cited researchers) indicator in the 20% range takes into account the list of highly cited researchers prepared by Clarivate Analytics.
The Institute of Computer Science participated in the study "Mapping of European AI ecosystem" with the aim of identifying the current artificial intelligence ecosystem in Europe. Slovenia has ranked high - among the rising star countries. Learn more about the report at https://www.rolandberger.com/fr/Publications/Joining-the-dots-A-map-of-Europe's-AI-ecosystem.html.
From 30 November 2018 to 2 December 2018, the CERC 2018 regional competition in Prague, Czech Republic (https://contest.felk.cvut.cz/18cerc/), attended two teams of the Computer and Information Technology study program. Champions of UM 2018: Vid Keršič, Niko Uremović, Mitja Žalik and the runner up team: Aljaž Jeromel, Gal Meznarič, Jan Mikolič. They took 38th and 60th place (https://contest.felk.cvut.cz/18cerc/rank.html). Other Slovenian teams took 44th, 45th, 53rd and 61st place.
Times World University Rankings has announced the ranking of the best universities in the world by subjects. For computer science (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/subject-ranking/computer-science) the University of Maribor ranked 401-500 and is thus the best rated Slovenian university.