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QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Maribor between ranks 551-600 in the list of the best higher education institutions in the field of Computer science and Information Systems

Publish date: 2020/03/11 | Expire date: 2020/05/31

QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Maribor between ranks 551-600 in the list of the best higher education institutions in the field of Computer science and Information Systems. The QS World University Ranking conducts an annual Academic and Employer Reputation Survey to collect data on the reputation of a higher education institution from employers and employees of universities and other institutions related to higher education. Between 2015 and 2019, 94,000 academic respondents and 44,000 employers participated in the QS survey. This year's QS Rankings by Subject ranked 1,368 universities from 137 countries. The University of Maribor has been involved in assessment in 32 study areas and has accumulated enough points to be ranked among the best higher education institutions in Mathematics and Computer science and Information Systems.

CodeWeek - Certificate of Excellence in Coding Literacy.

Publish date: 2020/02/24 | Expire date: 2020/03/31

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In the framework of CodeWeek 2019, the Institute of Computer Science (UM FERI) organized more than 10 events and computer programming trainings at schools in the vicinity of Maribor. For this, the European Commission awarded the Institute with the Certificate of Excellence in Coding Literacy. More information about the CodeWeek 2019 can be found on https://codeweek.eu and https://codeweek.si.

Workshop: Developing Applications with the MIT App Inventor

Publish date: 2020/02/14 | Expire date: 2020/03/14

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On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, we organized a workshop on programming for mobile devices at Slave Klavore Elementary School, Maribor. We used the MIT App Inventor. Children were taught by Marjan Horvat, technical staff of the Laboratory for Programming Methodology and Dragana Ostojić, a student from program Computer Science and Information Technologies at FERI, UM.

Students developed the following applications: application text(numbers)-to-speech in a specific language (Italian, German, Spanish and French), a multimedia application, a game using a tablet accelerometer, a shape calculator, etc. Students actively participated as programmers in the workshop and learned a lot about programming for mobile devices.

Prof. Silvo Muršec once again made sure that we were warmly welcomed at the Slave Klavore Maribor Elementary School and we thank him for the invitation.

Invited lecture of Assoc. Prof. P. N. Suganthan

Publish date: 2020/01/30 | Expire date: 2020/02/29

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On Monday, 27th of January 2020, prof. dr. Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, gave his invited talk "Randomization-Based Deep and Shallow Neural Networks" at UM FERI. Assoc. Prof. dr. Suganthan is the new Honorary Doctor of UM. He is one of the top researchers in the field of evolutionary computation and particle swarm algorithms. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of several international awards and recognitions. With his scientific and research achievements he has made a significant contribution to the development of science on an international scale. For many years, he has collaborated with researchers of UM FERI and made significant contribution to the development of the University of Maribor.

Assit. Prof. Matej Črepinšek received the "Prometheus of Science for Excellence in Science Communication" award

Publish date: 2020/01/30 | Expire date: 2020/02/29

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Slovenian Science Foundation – SZF awarded Prof. Matej Črepinšek with the "Prometheus of Science for Excellence in Science Communication" award for year 2019, exposing his contributions to raising the awareness of young people about the importance of technical professions for the future of the society and the country. The award was presented at the ceremony, which was held in the Hall of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia on January 28, 2020.

Assit. Prof. Matej Črepinšek has been a member of the RINOS Expert Group since 2016. The RINOS Group is part of the National Education Institute Slovenia and aims to introduce the core contents of computer science into elementary and secondary school curricula. In 2018 they submitted a final report to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, where they reviewed the teaching of computer science in over 12 countries and made a more detailed analysis of computer science teaching in four OECD countries. Doc. dr. Matej Črepinšek is further actively involved in the preparation of computer science competitions for elementary and secondary schools. In 2017 and 2019, he was the organizational leader of the ACM Bober State Competition at UM FERI .

Prof. Aleš Holobar received the University of Maribor Award for Research, Art and Educational Work

Publish date: 2020/01/28 | Expire date: 2020/02/29

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At the Rector's Day ceremony, on 27th of January 2020, Prof. Aleš Holobar received the University of Maribor Award for scientific research, artistic and educational work. His research focus is in the field of digital signal processing, especially in the field of biomedical signal analysis. In the last five years, he has published 34 articles in JCR journals and three chapters in a monograph. He has been leading one EU and two national research projects. Through his scientific research and educational work, he contributed significantly to the overall development of the University of Maribor.

Assit. Prof. Matej Črepinšek received the Recognition of the University of Maribor for Research, Art and Educational Work

Publish date: 2020/01/28 | Expire date: 2020/02/29

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At the Rector's Day ceremony, on 27th of January 2020, Assit. Prof. Matej Črepinšek received the Recognition of the University of Maribor for Research, Art and Educational Work. Assit. Prof. Matej Črepinšek is active in the field of evolutionary computing and domain-specific languages. In period from 2014 to 2019, he co-authored 10 articles in JCR journals (A '' = 130.21, A '= 304.96, A1/2 = 328.91). His research work is highly cited with 1055 citations in the last ten years. Through his scientific research and educational work, Assit. Prof. Matej Črepinšek contributed significantly to the overall development of the University of Maribor.

Žiga Leber received the Rector's Award

Publish date: 2020/01/28 | Expire date: 2020/02/29

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At the Rector's Day ceremony, on 27th of January 2020, Žiga Leber received the 2019 Rector's Award for the best academic achievement of students at the University of Maribor. Žiga graduated with the highest marks from the "Computer Science and Information Technology" Master's Degree Program at UM FERI and is currently enrolled in the "Computer Science and Informatics" Doctoral Program. His research focus is in the field of programming languages.

Presentations of the 11th generation of student projects of the Computer Science and Information Technology study program

Publish date: 2020/01/26 | Expire date: 2020/01/30

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The presentations of the 11th generation of the student projects of the Computer Science and Information Technology study program will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the G2-ALFA Lecture Room (Koroška cesta 46, 2000 Maribor):

  • 12.00 - 14.00: "Blockchain", "Drone" and "Passive Floating Probe" projects (The academic-degree study programme)
  • 14.00 - 16.00: "Big Data" and "My Mobile App" projects (The professional higher education programme)

In order to better prepare our students for project and team work, the First Cycle Bologna Study Programmes are based on the idea of ​​project work, where students perform exercises in the framework of a larger project that is conducted in two semesters (the summer semester of the 2nd and the winter semester of the 3rd year). You can read more about student projects that we have been implementing for the eleventh year at https://cs.feri.um.si/za-studente/studentski-projekti/.

Hour of Code

Publish date: 2019/12/18 | Expire date: 2020/01/10

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In December 2019, the Institute of Computer Science UM FERI organized 7 workshops on different primary schools in the Koroška and Štajerska region. The workshops were organized in the framework of »Hour of Code« Computer Science Education Week (https://www.acm.org/chapters/students/csedweek2019).

100-Digit Challenge on Real-Parameter Single Objective Optimization

Publish date: 2019/12/07 | Expire date: 2019/12/31

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In the '100-Digit Challenge on Real-Parameter Single Objective Optimization' competition at the CEC'2019, GECCO'2019 and SEMCCO'2019 international conferences, the members of the Institute of Computer Science, UM FERI, won the first, second and the tenth place with the algorithms jDE100 (J. Brest, MS Maučec-TK, B. Bošković), DISHchain1e + 12 (A. Zamuda) and rjDE (A. Alič et al.). For more information, see the '100-Digit Challenge Analysis of Results.pdf' file on https://github.com/P-N-Suganthan/CEC2019.

IEEE COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE CHAPTER FORMED

Publish date: 2019/11/07 | Expire date: 2019/12/15

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On 29th of September 2019, Computational Intelligence Society (CIS, https://cis.ieee.org) chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has been formed at IEEE Slovenia Section. This is the first chapter in the section ever formed upon initiative from University of Maribor. Chapter chair is asst. prof. dr. Aleš Zamuda. Congratulations!

THE "CODE WEEK 2019" HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

Publish date: 2019/10/20 | Expire date: 2019/12/05

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During the "Code Week 2019" event (https://codeweek.eu/; https://codeweek.si) the Institute of Computer Science, UM FERI, organized the following workshops:

  • My first neural network
  • The first creative steps in computing
  • Visual programming with Blockly
  • Create your first 3D game
  • Android Apps
  • Programming for high school in Python
  • The basics of game programming in Unity
  • Creating simple games

Main goal of the event is bringing computers and computer programming closer to the broader audience. At the same time to demonstrate advantages of using and adapting computational power. Computers are entering in every aspect of our life. The question is if we know how to fully use this fast growing technology. Previous two weeks we organized seventeen events, which were spread in region of Eastern Slovenia, from Ravne na Koroškem to Ormož.

In a case you missed events this year, you might check again for them next year.

The University Programming Marathon

Publish date: 2019/10/16 | Expire date: 2019/12/01

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The University Programming Marathon (http://tekmovanja.acm.si/upm) is an all-Slovenian competition for students in their programming skills with an emphasis on knowledge of data structures and algorithms. The ASMx64 team, consisting of Vid Keršič, Niko Uremović, Mitja Žalik won this year's title of the Champion of the University of Maribor. Second place went to Martin Domajnko, Tilen Koren and Jakob Kordež. Members of both teams are students of the Computer Science and Information Technologies study programme. Both teams will participate in the regional competition CERC 2019 (https://contest.felk.cvut.cz/19cerc/), which will be held from 29th of November to 1st of December 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic, hosting teams from Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The best teams will continue to the World Finals 2020 in Moscow, Russia.

AWARD “DONALD MICHIE AND ALAN TURING” FOR LIFE ACHIEVEMENTS

Publish date: 2019/10/13 | Expire date: 2019/11/20

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At the Information Society Conference, IS 2019 (https://is.ijs.si/?lang=en), the awards were presented on October 11, 2019. The “Donald Michie - Alan Turing” Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Information Society for 2019 was awarded to Prof. dr. Marjan Mernik for his research in domain-specific languages ​​and evolutionary computing. His research work is internationally recognized as a journal editor, reviewer and highly cited researcher.

First place in the Student Competition at the ERK2019 Conference

Publish date: 2019/10/06 | Expire date: 2019/11/15

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Our student Kristjan Stopar won the first prize in the student competition at the 28th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference ERK 2019 (https://erk.fe.uni-lj.si/erk19.html), organized by IEEE Slovenia Section. Together with his student colleagues Pia Žnidaršič and Urban Košale, Kristjan developed a device for kinesthetic navigation of the blind and visually impaired. Kristjan will represent University of Maribor at the IEEE Region 8 student competition.

EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS' NIGHT 2019

Publish date: 2019/10/02 | Expire date: 2019/11/15

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The Institute of Computer Science participated at the European Researchers’ Night 2019 (http://www.ern.um.si/en), which took place on 27 September 2019. In the "research site" of Europark Maribor, the Institute of Computer Science participated with projects: The Challenges of Evolutionary Computing, Introducing Personality Identification Systems, and Modern Virtual Reality. There was a lot of interest.