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ROSUS 2024

Publish date: 2024/01/12 | Expire date: 2024/03/22

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We invite you to attend the 18th professional conference entitled ‘Computer image processing and its application in Slovenia 2024 (ROSUS 2024).’ This one-day conference will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Maribor. The afternoon section is practically oriented.

Detailed information and application form are available at http://rosus.feri.um.si/.

For students, an entrance to the conference is free of charge (registration is mandatory at e-mail rosus.feri@um.si).

Organizing Committee of the ROSUS 2024 Conference

40th anniversary of the enrollment of the first generation of computer science students at the University of Maribor

Publish date: 2024/01/09 | Expire date: 2024/02/29

40 years ago the first generation of computer science students enrolled at the then Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Maribor. The Computer Science study program at that time had three majors in the 2nd year: Software, Informatics, Logic and Systems. All first-generation students chose the Software major, which was the forerunner of today's Computer Science and Information Technologies study program.
At the 40th anniversary of the enrollment of the first generation of computer science students at the University of Maribor and, at the same time, the 35th anniversary of the first graduates in computer science at the University of Maribor, the former students visited the faculty again. They were received by the head of the Institute of Computer Science, prof. dr. Aleš Holobar, and visited the Laboratory for Geospatial Modelling, Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence (GeMMA).

Achievements of students at the IEEEXtreme 17.0 student programming competition in Maribor

Publish date: 2023/12/05 | Expire date: 2023/12/31

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The Slovenian part of the 24-hour virtual global programming competition IEEEXtreme (https://ieeextreme.org/) took place again this year at UM FERI on the last weekend of October, this time for the third time. At the same time, Slovenian teams competed with teams from all over the world in a single world competition, while the overall ranking was also updated live.

Among the registered teams in Slovenia, the CodeMonkeys team (Enej Krabonja, Oskar Forštnarič, Sven Wolf Zajšek - all three students of ŠP R-IT) took first place. This team is also the youngest team registered for these competitions in Slovenia. Among the teams in IEEE Region 8, the team achieved 717th place and was ranked 2361st out of 4221 ranked teams in the world ranking of this competition. This year, 1,229 more teams than last year entered this world ranking, making this year's competition the biggest ever (https://mga.ieee.org/news/32-ieee-news/504-mga-scoop-december -2023-ip).

This year's team competed under the mentorship of Assoc. prof. dr. Ales Zamuda. Both in the promotion of the event and the organization, the assistant Jani Dugonik helped, who also heads the IEEE Student branch of the University of Maribor. The event was sponsored by IEEE Slovenia and IEEE CIS Slovenia, the Institute of Computer Science and the Institute of Informatics.

More about this event at UM FERI is written in the report for IEEE (https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/381068), and the list of competition results is available on the website of the competition (https://ieeextreme.org/ ieeextreme-17-0-ranking/).

Congratulations!

INVITED LECTURE BY PROF. DR. RALF LAEMMEL FROM UNIVERSITY OF KOBLENZ-LANDAU

Publish date: 2023/09/03 | Expire date: 2023/09/12

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Prof. Dr. Ralf Laemmel from the University of Koblenz, Germany, will give an invited lecture entitled "The Paradigm Shift in SE & PL Research & Teaching due to LLMs" on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Beta lecture hall. More information at the link below. You are welcome!


Title: The Paradigm Shift in SE & PL Research & Teaching due to LLMs,

Abstract: AI has slowly (?) made it into the reality of software engineering (SE) and programming language (PL) research and teaching over the last 10-20 years. For example, in research, think of grammar inference and pretty-printing models in PL; think of bug-prediction models and search-based software re-engineering in SE. However, the capabilities of (contemporary) large language models (LLMs) in terms of understanding (?) of software languages and related tasks of evaluation, translation, summarization, etc. may be interpreted as reaching a new level of AI-related qualities in SE and PL research and teaching -- to the extent of challenging the status quo. In this meeting, let’s put on the SE/PL hat and discuss a few related questions such as these: i) How can stereotypical SE/PL "tasks" be differently approached in the view of contemporary LLMs and other AIs? ii) How do SE/PL courses need to be adjusted to appropriately develop student skills in the view of contemporary LLMs and other AIs? iii) How does SE/PL research need to be adjusted in the view of contemporary LLMs and other AIs? iv) How do SE/PL symbolic computation approaches of parsing, type checking, refactoring, etc. need to be reevaluated in the view of impressive (?) and contemporary LLM/AI capabilities -- does ML make symbolic computations redundant (to what extent)? v) How to usefully inject more classic SE/PL strongholds into LLM architectures so that we get a win-win (rather than hallucinating AIs and the lack of using strong symbolic computation capabilities)? vi) How to — in terms of (AI) ethics and policy —  redefine priorities or the value system in SE/PL research and teaching so that we — as a community — can make a useful contribution to a stable society in the near future?

The speaker: Prof. Dr. Ralf Lämmel, University of Koblenz, Germany
Joint work: Susanne Göbel, University of Koblenz, Germany

About the speaker: Ralf Lämmel held positions at University of Rostock, CWI & VU Amsterdam, Microsoft USA, University of Koblenz, Facebook London  as well as various appointments during sabbaticals. He is a W3 professor in CS and dean of the CS faculty at the youngest university of Germany — University of Koblenz. He is professor in software languages and his research and teaching interests relate to the intersection of the areas of software engineering and programming languages with particular interest in executable language definitions, software analysis and transformation, as well as AI applications in these areas. He is the award-winning author of the "Software Languages Book". He is a co-founder of the SLE conference and the GTTSE summer school series.

Links:
https://dblp.org/pid/l/RalfLammel.html
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rlhpWRQAAAAJ&hl=en

3rd ENAI Summer School on Academic Integrity

Publish date: 2023/08/28 | Expire date: 2023/12/31

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The 3rd Summer School on Academic Integrity was held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Informatics at the University of Maribor in Slovenia from the 21st to the 25th of August in the Erasmus+ project Facing Academic Integrity Threats (FAITH ) framework. For more information on the Summer School, please visit http://enai-summerschool2023.um.si/ . This website will also be used for posting presentations and videos of lectures and workshops. The main topics covered were research integrity, data management, academic and research integrity breaches, plagiarism, contract cheating, academic writing, ethical publishing and dissemination, academic integrity policies, and academic integrity in using artificial intelligence tools.

On Monday, 21st August, the Summer School focused on using AI tools in relation to academic integrity. On Tuesday, 22nd August, topics related to plagiarism, contract cheating (writing of assignments for students or writing of papers by researchers by third parties), and a portal for victims of academic integrity violations were presented. On Wednesday, 23rd August, the lecturers presented how to implement an appropriate academic and research integrity policy. On Thursday, 24th August, the Summer School participants learned about ethical publication and dissemination of research results and academic writing that aligns with the principles of academic integrity. On Friday, 25th August, they learned how to answer research ethics and data management questions. On Wednesday, 23rd August, the lecturers and students visited the Institute of Information Science. The focus of their visit was on the presentation of the Vega supercomputer, the largest supercomputer in Slovenia.

The summer school was attended by 18 Czech Republic, Georgia, Turkey, and Slovenia students. The Summer School was lectured by 12 lecturers from the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Turkey, and Slovenia. Two members of the FAITH project from Portugal also active participate in the Summer School. There were also 83 registered virtual participants (41 from Slovenia, nine from Ukraine, eight from Georgia, six from Kazakhstan, six from Oman, three from Latvia, three from Canada, two from Romania, one from Angola, one from Egypt, one from Ireland, one from India, and one from the UK) who listened to lectures and workshops via videoconference.

3rd ENAI Summer School of Academic Integrity

Publish date: 2023/08/16 | Expire date: 2023/08/26

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The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Informatics is organizing a 3rd ENAI Summer School of Academic Integrity from the 21st to the 25th of August. The main topics will be academic integrity in usage of artificial intelligence, plagiarism, contract cheating, academic writing, ethical publication and dissemination of research results, data management, breaches of academic and research integrity, and academic integrity policies. The lectures will be delivered in English. The schedule of lectures and workshops is available at http://enai-summerschool2023.um.si/#schedule.

Anyone interested in participating in the Summer School can apply via the online form. After successful registration, you will receive a web link to join the videoconference one day before the event.

Student Computing Research Symposium - SCORES 2023

Publish date: 2023/08/01 | Expire date: 2023/10/05

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Student Computing Research Symposium (SCORES) is an annual research conference jointly organized by University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana and University of Maribor. Its goal is to encourage students to present and publish their research work in the domain of computer science and to facilitate networking and collaboration.

There will be no registration fee, however we ask participants to register at earliest convenience.
Due to several requests the submission deadline is extended to August 31st, 2023 – see all important dates below:

Submission: August 31st, 2023
Notification: September 22nd, 2023
Registration: September 10th, 2023
Conference: October 5th, 2023
Venue: UP FAMNIT, Koper, Slovenia
Website: https://www.scores.si/

More infromation: https://www.scores.si/assets/SCORES23.pdf

HybridNeuro "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop at Imperial College London, UK

Publish date: 2023/07/11 | Expire date: 2023/08/15

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The HybridNeuro project set the stage for a series of dissemination and education events, commencing with the highly anticipated "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop that took place between the 4th and 6th of July at Imperial College London, UK. Esteemed researchers, neuroscientists, and engineers joined forces to demonstrate the cutting-edge advancements in brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and their integration with a wide range of neurophysiological modalities.

Kicking off the series of events was the 2nd HybridNeuro meeting, which served as a dynamic platform for exchanging knowledge and fostering collaboration among experts in the field. The "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop took centre stage, providing attendees with hands-on training on key aspects of neurophysiological recordings, neuromodulation tools, and advanced control techniques. The workshop's lectures were complemented by hands-on-training activities, including:

  1. EEG and hdEMG Recordings: Participants delved into the intricacies of electroencephalography (EEG) and high-density electromyography (hdEMG). These techniques enable the analysis of electrical signals emanating from the brain and muscles, respectively, providing valuable insights into neural activity and motor control.
  2. Non-invasive Neuromodulation Tools: The training shed light on the latest advancements in non-invasive neuromodulation tools. Attendees were introduced to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which offers exciting possibilities for modulating brain activity and augmenting cognitive and motor functions.
  3. Advanced Control in Simulation and Real-Life Prosthesis Control: Focus of this session was on advanced control strategies for simulated and real-life limb prosthesis control. Participants received expert guidance on state-of-the-art algorithms and approaches that enhance the precision, dexterity, and intuitiveness of movements in prosthetic devices, ultimately empowering individuals with limb loss or motor impairments.
  4. Intramuscular EMG Acquisition: This session explored the realm of intramuscular electromyography (EMG) acquisition. Attendees gained insights into the intricate process of inserting wire electrodes into specific muscles to capture and analyse their electrical activity. This technique complements the hdEMG and enables a deeper understanding of motor control mechanisms and muscle functionality.

The HybridNeuro "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop marked a significant milestone in our ongoing journey towards seamless interaction between the human brain and external devices. It showcased the potential of integrating various neurophysiological modalities into BCIs, paving the way for scientific advancements in neurorehabilitation, assistive technologies, and augmentation of human movement. As the field of neuroengineering continues to develop, events like the "Leap to Hybrid BCI" workshop serve as catalysts for collaboration, knowledge exchange and joint innovation activities of scientific, clinical and industrial partners.

Stay tuned for future HybridNeuro events, including forthcoming “Data management and Ethics in Research” and “Validation of results” webinars (autumn 2023) and “Brain connectivity and inverse modelling” workshop in Barcelona, Spain (February 2024).

HybridNeuro project is coordinated by Prof. Aleš Holobar and has received funding from the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under GA No. 101079392.

Austrian-Slovenian HPC Meeting 2023 – ASHPC23

Publish date: 2023/07/04 | Expire date: 2023/07/29

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Between June 13 and 15, the Austrian-Slovenian HPC Meeting 2023 - ASHPC23 took place in Maribor at IZUM. The meeting, whose program committee member was assoc. prof. dr. Aleš Zamuda, was intended for scientists and technicians from the field of supercomputing, where many topics from High-Performance Computing (HPC) and related topics were discussed.

The program included interesting examples from the field of supercomputing with examples from industry and academia, presentations of new HPC infrastructure in Europe, HPC initiatives of EuroCC competence centers and much more.

Hybrid conference GECCO 2023 in Lisbon organized with a hybrid digital virtual experience with the help of the Institute of Computer Science at UM FERI

Publish date: 2023/07/04 | Expire date: 2023/07/20

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The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2023 (The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference), will take place between July 15 and 19, 2023, which will be held for the second time this year in a digital and physical hybrid format.

The organization of the conference will take place internationally: the responsibility for the digitized experience (hybridization) is assoc. prof. dr. Ales Zamuda from UM FERI.

In addition to the 17-member core team of organizers, thirty members and dozens of volunteers participate in the preparation of the conference, members of the ACM, many of whom have already participated in the past as prominent members of the European Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology (COST) in action CA15130 (ImAppNIO), which was also included in the project at UM FERI and the H2020 DAPHNE project, also included in the project at UM FERI.

More than 1,000 participants from more than 500 organizations worldwide are expected at the conference, and more than half of the participants will be remote (virtual). To the efforts of dr. Lately, digital participation is particularly simplified (Who's and ACM interface), and registration for participants with digital experience is also free for SIGEVO members. This year's conference experience via digital platforms includes a specially prepared application in Whova, meetings will take place via Zoom and Gather.Town tools, and scientific contributions are published on the SIGEVO website and will be available in the ACM digital library. As part of the digital experience, a schedule of contributions and meetings is available, which arranges more than one hundred scientific presentations and one hundred topics in more than ten parallel timetables.

Different competitions are also held at the conference, which are mainly attended by doctoral students and many other researchers:

The organizer and sponsor of the conference is ACM SIGEVO (Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation), otherwise Abzu (from discovery to computer search for drug targets), Google, Cognizant, Autogenetics, and Springer are also sponsors.

More information about the conference is available on the conference website and social networks:

INVITED LECTURE BY PROF. DR. MARJAN MERNIK AT INTIS 2023

Publish date: 2023/06/02 | Expire date: 2023/06/30

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Prof. Dr Marjan Mernik gave an invited lecture on May 26, 2023, at the 11th Conference on New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Data, INTIS 2023, Tangier, Morocco, where he talked about Formal and Practical Aspects of Domain-Specific Languages. More information about INTIS 2023 and his talk is available at https://intis2023.sciencesconf.org/.

Institute of Computer Science at UM FERI coordinates the HybridNeuro project, which addresses the design of advanced brain-machine and muscle-machine interfaces

Publish date: 2023/05/31 | Expire date: 2023/06/30

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Imagine having a third arm that you can control separately? While skiing, you use two arms to keep the balance and the third arm to record the skiing with camera or write an e-mail. Scenarios that used to be a figment of the imagination or the theme of sci-fi movies are now becoming reality.

At the Institute of Computer Science, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FERI) of the University of Maribor, we are coordinating the HybridNeuro project, which offers insight into the future of non-invasive muscle-machine and brain-machine interfaces. New methods and ideas are created, which will enable users to test such "sci-fi" use cases in the future. Recently, the project goals and methods were presented by prof. dr. Aleš Holobar in the article that was published by the Maribor24.si portal. In this contribution, Prof. Holobar gave more examples of the use of developed technologies and non-invasive human-machine interfaces, such as the third arm, improved rehabilitation, non-invasive signal acquisition and mind reading. He also emphasized that UM FERI is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of muscle-machine interfaces. The HybridNeuro project joins the effort of leading research institutions in the fields of brain-machine and muscle-machine interfaces: Chalmers University from Sweden, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, Imperial College London, UK, and UM FERI, and is financially supported by the European Commission within Horizon Europe Framework Program for Research and Innovation, (GA No. 101079392).

Student conference SCORES'23

Publish date: 2023/05/09 | Expire date: 2023/10/05

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SCORES (Student Computing Research Symposium) is an annual research conference jointly organized by University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor, and University of Primorska.

The 9-th conference SCORES’23 will take place on the 5th of October 2023 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, University of Koper. We invite all students to participate actively with scientific and research manuscripts. The accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings. You can read more about the conference and manuscript submission at https://www.scores.si

KEYNOTE TALK BY PROF. DR. MARJAN MERNIK AT IOCMA 2023

Publish date: 2023/05/03 | Expire date: 2023/05/30

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Prof. Dr Marjan Mernik gave a keynote talk, "On Inferring Syntax and Semantics of Domain-Specific Languages," on May 2, 2023, at IOCMA 2023 (https://iocma2023.sciforum.net/), the 1st International Online Conference on Mathematics and Applications: A Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Mathematics' Impact on Our Wellbeing.

INVITED LECTURE BY PROF. DR. MARJAN MERNIK AT ICAISE 2023

Publish date: 2023/03/23 | Expire date: 2023/04/29

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Prof. dr. Marjan Mernik gave a keynote lecture on March 16, 2023, at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Software Engineering, Kochi, Indija, https://icaise.cusat.ac.in/, entitled "From Grammar Inference to Semantic Inference". The best papers from the conference will be invited to the "Journal of Computer Languages" (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-computer-languages) and "Applied Soft Computing" (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/applied-soft-computing) journals , where prof. Marjan Mernik is acting as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor, respectively.

Assoc. prof. Damjan Strnad was a guest of Omizje show on TV Maribor

Publish date: 2023/02/06 | Expire date: 2023/03/31

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On Wednesday, 1. 2. 2023, assoc. prof. dr. Damjan Strnad, a member of Institute for computer science, attended the Omizje show aired at 8pm on TV Maribor (https://365.rtvslo.si/arhiv/omizje-tv-maribor/174933037). The discussion topics included safe use of Internet, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence, in particular its impact on Internet safety and task automatization.