Hello, I’m Marko Horvat. I’m a tenured Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Computing, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb.

My main research focus is in the areas that intersect machine learning, information retrieval, formal representation of knowledge, and automated reasoning with different applications mainly in affective computing and cognitive sciences. In this respect, I’m interested in the development of applied computer systems enhanced with AI for use in mental health and wellbeing. Also, I have a keen interest in a variety of other scientific challenges and different problems.

Currently (May 2022), I’m leading one project and participating in a further four. Previously, I have participated in several EU-funded research projects (H2020, COST, Erasmus+, ESF) and a number of national projects with industry and government. The research projects were concerned with the management of emotion and stress using intelligent computer systems, data mining of EEG time series data, linking of semantic and affective knowledge, and development of affective multimedia databases with tools for multifaceted document retrieval. Before my current position, I was a Senior Lecturer in computer science at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences where I founded the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. There I was also a vice-dean for science, international cooperation, and new study programmes.

Before fully joining academia I was employed with domestic and foreign ICT sector companies as a software engineer, project manager, and finally department manager. In total, I have accumulated 22 years of work experience in IT and computer science.

Concerning scientific research, I have published more than 80 manuscripts and textbooks in books, journals, conferences, and workshops, and gave more than 50 presentations at international conferences. As a part of many formal and informal research collaborations and projects, several of them ongoing, I have developed many novel computer applications and application programming interfaces for knowledge management, automated reasoning, and document retrieval.

I am a reviewer for many respected journals and international conferences, as well as study programs and project proposals for foreign science foundations. Over the years I had the privilege to give several invited lectures, and I enjoy being actively engaged in the popularization of science.

I’m president of the Scientific Council of the Croatian Mine Action Center – Testing Center for Development and Training d.o.o. (HCR-CTRO). Also, I’m IEEE Senior Member and current Co-Chair of Technology Management Chapter (TEMS) in IEEE Croatia Section. Previously, I was Chair of Technology Management Chapter (TEMS) in IEEE Croatia Section and member of the Thematic Innovation Council for Health and Quality of Life of the Republic of Croatia.

This site showcases some of the research I’ve done, including my CV and a selection of software tools I have developed and which can be freely downloaded for academic purposes, and also (at a moment, unfortunately, a rather diminutive) blog on scientific topics that spark my curiosity.

Research interests: ontologies, knowledge representation, automated reasoning, machine learning, information retrieval, decision support systems, recommender systems, augmented cognition, affective computing, and the semantic web.


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Please feel free to contact me regarding research cooperation, project opportunities, and other common professional topics.