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, and Senior Member of IEEE.

My primary expertise is in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI).

My research focuses on the development and innovative application of AI technology in various practical scenarios and areas, such as personalized education, e-learning, medicine, psychotherapy and emotion regulation, cognitive training, non-technical survey, and humanitarian demining. In this context, I’m especially interested in knowledge representation formalisms like ontologies, knowledge graphs, and linked data, as well as automated reasoning services and large language models (LLMs) for information and document retrieval, decision-making, affective computing, and the semantic web. In addition, as a physics buff, I work on microsat satellite projects, quantum communications and the impact of quantum computing on cybersecurity.

Currently (April 2024), I am working in parallel on three major science projects:
1) RANMI – The aim of this project is to create innovative cloud-based data platform architectures for the consolidation of minefield information obtained in the non-technical survey using data observatories, description logic, ontologies, expert systems, and blockchain.
2) CroQCI – The CroQCI project aims to implement experimental quantum communication systems and networks, which will be supplemented and integrated with a range of classical secure communication technologies. This includes developing and testing devices and systems that combine the best of quantum, post-quantum classical, and quantum-enhanced techniques. My focus is on quantum machine learning.
3) KAZIMIR – Personalized education tutor in computer science fundamentals based on open-source chatbot intelligent agents utilizing generative AI LLMs.

As part of my multi-year ongoing research, I’m investigating novel approaches based on ontologies and knowledge graphs for the improvement of affective multimedia databases with different applications in mental health and wellbeing. Also, over the years, I worked on a number of other scientific challenges and thought-provoking problems, such as AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

At the moment, I’m serving as a project leader for three projects and participating in another three. Previously, I have participated in many EU-funded research projects (H2020, COST, ESF, Erasmus+) and a number of development 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 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 over 25 years of work experience in IT, telecommunications, computer science, and computer engineering.

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 also held the position of Vice Dean for Science, International Collaboration, and New Study Programs.

Concerning scientific research, I’m the author of more than 95 scholarly publications, including book chapters, textbooks, journal and conference articles, and I’ve given more than 50 presentations at international conferences and workshops. As a part of many formal and informal research collaborations and projects, many of them ongoing, I have developed several 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 STEM.

Currently, I’m serving as president of the Scientific Council of the Croatian Mine Action Center—Testing Center for Development and Training d.o.o. (HCR-CTRO) Chair of Technology Management Chapter (TEMS) in IEEE Croatia Section. Previously, I was a 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.


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