Marko Horvat is a Vice-Dean for Science, International Cooperation and New Study Programmes at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia. He is a tenured Senior Lecturer in computer science at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia. He is an external Associate Professor at the University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia. Marko Horvat is a Director of the Undergraduate Professional Study Programme in Computing at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia (2015 – ). He successfully founded Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia which he still leads (2016 – ).
He holds the Diploma (1999), MSc (2007) and Ph.D. (2013) degrees in computer science from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia, respectively. He was a Doctoral Student and subsequently a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia (2008 – 2014). He was elected Research Associate in computer science (2014). He is a Member of the Scientific Council of the Croatian Mine Action Center – Testing Center for Development and Training d.o.o. (2017 – ). The Chair of Technology Management Chapter (TEMS) in IEEE Croatia Section (2016 – ). Editorial Board Member of the international scientific journal “Polytechnic and Design” (2016 – ).
Before fully joining academia he was employed with domestic and foreign ICT sector companies as a software engineer, project manager and finally department manager (1999 – 2008). In the ICT industry, he gained progressive experience in leadership and management, as well as the organization and development of complex enterprise-level core business, Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence systems.
At the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia, and before at the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, he teaches courses at Undergraduate and Master levels. At University of Zagreb participated in teaching activities in undergraduate and graduate courses “Algorithms and data structures”, “Software development”, “Real time systems”, “Interactive simulation systems”, “Defensive systems and technologies” and “Autocad”. At Zagreb University of Zagreb he teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses including “Introduction to artificial intelligence”, “Software Engineering”, “Object-oriented software development”, “Algorithms and data structures”, “Innovations in informatics and computer science” and “Seminar”. He supervised over 30 B.Sc. and M.Eng. dissertations in areas of informatics, computer science, and artificial intelligence.
He was a researcher on a scientific project “Adaptive Control of Scenarios in VR Therapy of PTSD” supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Republic of Croatia (2008 – 2014). A researcher in EU e-research framework COST actions IC1302 “Keystone” and IC1307 “iV&L Net” (2013 – 2017). A researcher on a science project “MULTISAB: A software system for parallel analysis of multiple heterogeneous time series with application in biomedicine” with the Croatian science foundation (2015 – 2018). He was an expert on a project “Politehnika 2025” with the Ministry of science, education and sports of the Republic of Croatia (2015 – 2016). He also participated in a number of national projects with industry and government. As a project leader, he successfully implemented a new information system for academic student polls for the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia in the academic year 2015/16.
He has published more than 70 textbooks and manuscripts in books, journals, conferences, and workshops, including 9 manuscripts in scientific journals indexed in scientific database Current Contents (CC), 16 manuscripts in the other scientific peer-reviewed journals, and presented more than 49 papers at international conferences. He was Reviewer for many respected journals and international conferences, as well as foreign project proposals and study programs. Marko Horvat gave several invited lectures and is actively engaged in the popularization of science. Current Senior Member of IEEE (2007 – ) and Croatian Astronomical Society (1990 – ).
His research interests include machine learning, automated reasoning, information retrieval, affective computing, and the semantic web.
Currently, he is working on affective multimedia and stimuli databases which includes, among other research directions, improving databases’ architectures, introducing data integration methods and formal knowledge representation schemes aligned with the semantic web paradigm and discovering relevant knowledge hidden in semantic and emotion multimedia annotations. Together with his students, he is developing new tools for multifaceted affective multimedia retrieval within the keyword- and ontology-based contexts, prediction of emotions, fatigue, and stress from physiology using Common-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware, and innovative software applications for stimuli delivery and emotion elicitation.
Besides computer science, Marko Horvat is also very interested in the theoretical aspects of Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Developing analytical models and stochastic simulations of parameters contributing to the Fermi’s paradox. Reconciling a gap between anthropocentrism and Copernicansm maintaining a plausible (and the most probable) perspective.