Marko Horvat, PhD is an Assistant Professor at University of Zadar and tenured Senior Lecturer, director of the Undergraduate professional study programme in Computing, founder and leader of the Artificial intelligence laboratory at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences (also Polytechnic of Zagreb, Tehničko veleučilište u Zagrebu, TVZ), in Zagreb, Croatia.

He received the Diploma, MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), Croatia in 1999, 2007 and 2013, respectively. Elected research associate and Lecturer in computer science in 2014, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Professor in 2018. Before fully joining academia from 1999 until 2008 he was employed with domestic and foreign ICT sector companies as a software engineer, project manager and finally department manager. He gained progressive experience in leadership and management, as well as organization and development of complex enterprise-level core business, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) systems.

From 2008 until 2014 he was a research associate and later a postgraduate fellow at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He participated in domestic and international academic conferences, and also in EU research projects and a number of national projects with industry and government. 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”.

From September 2014 Marko Horvat is employed at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Department of computer science and information technology (INRO). 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”. Since 2015 he is the director of undergraduate professional study programme in computing and in 2016 he founded Artificial intelligence laboratory, both at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences. Supervised over 30 BSc and MEng dissertations in areas of computer science and artificial intelligence.

From 2016 he is the chair of IEEE Technology Management Chapter in IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society for IEEE Croatia Section. From 2013 he is a research member of EU e-research framework with COST actions IC1302 “Keystone” and IC1307 “iV&L Net”. Since 2015 he is a researcher on a project “MULTISAB: A software system for parallel analysis of multiple heterogeneous time series with application in biomedicine” with the Croatian science foundation, and an expert on a project “Politehnika 2025” with the Ministry of science, education and sports of the Republic of Croatia. As a project leader successfully implemented a new information system for academic student polls in the academic year 2015/16. Reviewer for many projects, journals and international conferences. Gave many invited lectures. Active in popularization of science. Marko Horvat is current member of IEEE and Croatian Astronomical Society. Previous memberships include Project Management Institute (PMI) and International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, and Rehabilitation (iACToR) professional societies.

His research interests are focused on machine learning, automated reasoning, formal knowledge representation, affective computing, linked data, information retrieval 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 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.