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Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.07.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Computer science and informatics   

Code Science Field
1.02  Natural Sciences  Computer and information sciences 
Keywords
artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, data mining, data integration, qualitative modelling, intelligent robotics, evolutionary computation, heuristic search, intelligent tutoring systems, automatic commenting, multiagent systems, ambiental intelligence, explanation
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
14,329.47
A''
2,074.56
A'
5,150.39
A1/2
7,252.82
CI10
36,665
CImax
8,646
h10
71
A1
47.56
A3
25.1
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 19, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  807  32,294  30,905  38.3 
Scopus  1,082  44,239  42,131  38.94 
Researchers (54)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  52211  Andrejaana Andova  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  22 
2.  57743  Simon Bele    Technical associate  2022 
3.  28779  PhD Zoran Bosnić  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  214 
4.  02275  PhD Ivan Bratko  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  745 
5.  23399  PhD Tomaž Curk  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  254 
6.  53247  PhD Carlo Maria De Masi  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  18 
7.  16324  PhD Janez Demšar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  340 
8.  31049  PhD Erik Dovgan  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022  144 
9.  32930  Aleš Erjavec    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  12 
10.  29485  PhD Jana Faganeli Pucer  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  38 
11.  05026  PhD Bogdan Filipič  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  483 
12.  08501  PhD Matjaž Gams  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  1,703 
13.  30915  PhD Dejan Georgiev  Neurobiology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  220 
14.  29523  PhD Anton Gradišek  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  450 
15.  33187  PhD Vida Groznik  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  78 
16.  35424  PhD Tomaž Hočevar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  30 
17.  38246  PhD Vito Janko  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  63 
18.  55783  Emilija Kizhevska  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
19.  54043  Primož Kocuvan    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  32 
20.  55755  Jaka Kokošar  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
21.  55599  Žiga Kolar    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
22.  52047  PhD Tine Kolenik  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  46 
23.  04242  PhD Igor Kononenko  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  475 
24.  32317  PhD Jana Krivec  Psychology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  126 
25.  14565  PhD Matjaž Kukar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  220 
26.  23581  PhD Mitja Luštrek  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  480 
27.  52097  Teodora Matić  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
28.  32926  PhD Miha Mlakar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022  54 
29.  29021  PhD Martin Možina  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  77 
30.  52096  Amra Omanović  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
31.  57702  Neža Pajek Arambašič  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2023 - 2024 
32.  19365  PhD Matjaž Pančur  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  97 
33.  53630  Aleš Papič  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
34.  57109  Ela Praznik  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 
35.  50956  Nina Reščič  Computer science and informatics  Technical associate  2022 - 2024  39 
36.  20389  PhD Aleksander Sadikov  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  195 
37.  50929  Gašper Slapničar  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  42 
38.  51054  Maj Smerkol    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  15 
39.  54708  David Susič  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  25 
40.  15656  PhD Tomaž Šef  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  394 
41.  31917  PhD Domen Šoberl  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  42 
42.  57111  Martin Špendl  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
43.  32318  PhD Aleš Tavčar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  93 
44.  30142  PhD Marko Toplak  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  27 
45.  24894  PhD Tea Tušar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  209 
46.  52212  Jakob Valič    Technical associate  2022 - 2023  13 
47.  37486  PhD Anita Valmarska  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022  35 
48.  39266  PhD Aljoša Vodopija  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022  56 
49.  31563  PhD Petar Vračar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  31 
50.  54820  Marko Zeman  Computer science and informatics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
51.  12536  PhD Blaž Zupan  Computer science and informatics  Head  2022 - 2024  533 
52.  29020  PhD Jure Žabkar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  133 
53.  30921  PhD Lan Žagar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  17 
54.  30657  PhD Bojan Žunkovič  Physics  Researcher  2023 - 2024  33 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1539  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science  Ljubljana  1627023  16,704 
2.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,961 
Abstract
In our fast-changing world, one of the technologies sticks out. The technology that will change our daily routines, change the way we learn, how we work, how we buy goods, how we spend our free time, how we commute, the way we find friends and communicate, and the way we reach out to the stars. The technology that will change everything. Artificial intelligence. We, a group of fifty researchers, innovators, and educators, are proposing to continue to explore new ways, methods, and algorithms that build up artificial intelligence. In the past, we have already invented techniques and tools that have contributed to its growth and that the scientists have recognized as its key components. We created ways to make artificial intelligence and its models easier to understand, ways to explain its predictions, and means to integrate large volumes of heterogeneous data. We embedded these methods into tools and offered them to the community of scientists, researchers, and educators. We enriched local industry with our knowledge of data-driven management and production, devised applications to help some of the most prominent Slovenian industries to grow and keep the comparative advantage, and collaborated with startups to define their cutting-edge technologies. We have collaborated with hospitals and clinical centers to improve the health care system and clinical treatments, devised means for the assisted living of the elderly, and contributed to advancements in other research fields, such as molecular biology and ecology. We will continue to develop, innovate, disseminate, collaborate, and educate. We are here proposing a continuation of our Programme. In developing new methods and tools, we still focus on explainability, interpretation, use of domain knowledge, visual presentation of data, models, and discovered patterns, engagement of domain experts, and data fusion. These areas have formed the foundation of our research in the past and have recently become the hottest research topics with the omnipresence of AI and the success of deep neural networks. We propose to structure our work to address the development of AI methods, applications, tools, and education. We will innovate data mining and visualization, deep learning, recommender systems, argument-based learning, qualitative modeling, evolutionary computation and heuristic search, and agent-based learning. In all these approaches, we will specifically address explanation, interpretation, and, where applicable, fairness of derived models. We will collaborate with industry, healthcare providers, and the public sector to apply AI and deliver cutting-edge technology to our community. We will continue to make some of the world's best software tools for AI and continue to impress our peers with their utility and robustness. And finally, we plan further to develop our approach to conceptual training of AI, and promote its deliverance to schools, universities, industry, and community.
Significance for science
We propose to research several crucial and timely topics in artificial intelligence that are very important due to the impact and applicability of this fast-developing area of science. The programme will significantly contribute to the development of new methods that address these topics, create practical and useful software environments that support both research and utility of these methods, and confirm the applicability of our new scientific results in practice. We will continue to address the problems of explainability and interpretation of AI models and the inclusion of humans in the model development loop. The creation of transparent and human-readable models that can include available domain knowledge has been a determining trait of our programme since its beginnings. We have already contributed world-renowned techniques to address these problems in feature scoring, model explanation, and data fusion approaches. The recent emergence and popularity of deep models, the availability of large data sets, and surge of AI applications in all, including sensitive, areas of life have exposed the need for explainability, interpretability and faithfulness. We are pleased that we have a head start in this area of research and can continue to make significant contributions in the future. Our proposed research addresses disciplines beyond computer science. The AI methods, including machine learning, data mining, exploration of domain knowledge, data fusion, search and optimization, and design of intelligent systems, became vital for the infrastructure of other scientific disciplines, both in natural and social sciences. Today, AI impacts all the fields where data abounds, and with digitalization, AI is becoming omnipresent. The programme addresses these other disciplines through applied research and collaborations with partner institutions. Our mission is to develop AI approaches to contribute to the development of science, and our duty to use it wisely and educate about its reach and impact.
Significance for the country
Digitalization and its upgrade with AI have recently been set as top priorities in the technological development of the EU and Slovenia. Public administration in Slovenia has recently crafted a "National Program to Promote the Development and Use of AI until 2025" (NpAI), which is now being signed by the Slovene Government. Our programme proposes actions that will contribute to education, training, transfer of knowledge, and implementation of AI techniques both in industries and the public sector. Our proposed programme is well-aligned with recent developmental initiatives, including NpAI. We have and will continue to design AI approaches that can advance our industrial partners. We will continue to collaborate with major industries and SMEs in the country, including industries in steel and appliance manufacturing, pharmacy, retail, and automatization (see Section 32). We have creative collaboration with selected SMEs that can place our products and services on the market. And we will strive to innovate in developing end-user AI software, including our flagship data mining toolbox Orange. An important part of our programme addresses emerging needs in healthcare and assisted living. AI is a crucial component of emerging healthcare tools, thus helping healthcare systems cope with the aging population and increasing chronic patients. It also demonstrated that it could assist in emergencies such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Personal health systems are an affordable way of bringing quality healthcare to a broad population, improving equality of access to health services. Assisted living systems powered by AI can help seniors age in place, preserving their quality of life and contributing to the sustainability of social care systems. The research programme - in collaboration with domain experts from various fields, such as molecular biologists and clinical experts - will contribute by developing medical data analysis methods, devices and methods for assisted living, tools for personalized medicine, and by searching for novel biomarkers and diagnostic/screening methods based on emerging sensor technologies (e.g. eye-tracking, wearables, etc.). We build on our long-term collaboration with medical professionals; some of these collaborations even predate this programme (est. in 1999). AI can enhance cultural experiences. While this is not a major direction of our research, the programme has contributed to providing access to digitized and physical cultural heritage for citizens and tourists in the past. We will be on the lookout for opportunities to do so again. We also closely collaborate with several public administration institutions, including the Ministry of Public Administration and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. This collaboration aims to advance their digital infrastructures and seek opportunities where AI implementation would improve the quality of their services and support decision-making. We offer hands-on courses designed for public administration employees and have carried out about ten workshops that showcased the use of machine learning. We aim to continue with such training and carry on with pilot projects that demonstrate the use of AI in the public sector. At present, our collaboration with the Ministry of Public Administration in the development of semantic analysis of documents has been recognized as a flagship R&D project in the public sector that uses AI. Many members of the programme group are university teachers. With the importance of the AI methods and their great potential socioeconomic influence, it is essential to teach these methods and their practical use to new generations of students. Our strong collaborations with foreign partners will additionally enrich socioeconomic impact. The group established relations with numerous prestigious foreign institutions and brought several foreign scientists on shorter and longer visits to Slovenia. We also plan to involve them in teaching at the University of Ljubljana and Jožef Stefan Institute.
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