Assoc. Prof. Dr. Satyendra Tomar (Head of the center)
P: +386 5 62 05 831
Biography: Satyendra Tomar was awarded PhD in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in May 2002. His PhD thesis work was on parallel h-p spectral element methods for elliptic problems on non-smooth domains. During November 2001 to October 2004, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Twente, Netherlands. During January 2005 to March 2014, he worked as independent researcher at Radon Institute of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Austria. During October 2010 to February 2011, he also held a full professor position at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. During February 2015 to June 2015, he worked as Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the University of Cardiff, UK. Since July 2015, he has been working as a senior researcher at the University of Luxembourg. In October 2018, he joined University of Nova Gorica as Head of Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics.
His main research expertise and interest lie in computational mathematics and scientific computing. It encompasses following topics (1) development of robust numerical methods for various model problems in computational engineering, e.g. isogeometric methods, discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods, h-p spectral/finite element methods, (2) development of fast direct/iterative linear algebra solution techniques, (3) development of robust and fully reliable a-posteriori error estimates, and their application in real-time surgical simulations, and (4) development of scientific software on sequential and HPC platforms.
Role: He teaches Mathematics at the School of Engineering and Management and is affiliated with the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics.
Research interests: computational mathematics, scientific computing, computational engineering, applications in real-time surgical simulations.
Prof. Dr. Tanja Urbančič
P: +386 5 62 05 831
Biography: Tanja Urbančič received the doctorate in computer science in 1994 from the University of Ljubljana with a thesis related to artificial intelligence. She started her research career at the Jozef Stefan Institute, where she is still part-time involved in the activities of the Department of Knowledge Technologies. As a postdoctoral fellow she worked at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. From 1996 until 2002 she headed the Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technologies at the Jozef Stefan Institute. From 2000 until 2003 she coordinated the educational part of the European project »Data Mining and Decision Support for Business Competitiveness: A European Virtual Enterprise«. From 1999 on she cooperates with the University of Nova Gorica, where she is full-time employed from 2002 and heads the School of Engineering and Management. From 2006 until 2010 she also headed the Centre for Systems and Information Technologies at the University of Nova Gorica.
Role: Tanja Urbančič is full professor of computer science. She is a Dean of School of Engineering and Management at the University of Nova Gorica, where she also teaches knowledge management, coordinates students’ team projects and acts as a supervisor at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also works as a researcher in the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics. She also started the project of the career centre at the University of Nova Gorica.
Research interests: modeling of human skill, knowledge discovery with data mining, knowledge management and its applications in medicine, public health and education.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irina Cristea
P: +386 5 62 05 833
Biography: Irina Elena Cristea received the PhD in Mathematics, with specialization in Algebra, in 2007, from the University of Constantza, Romania. She started the research career in 2003 at the University of Iasi, Romania, where she worked as Teaching Assistant for 4 years. After a postdoctoral position at Udine University, Italy, in January 2012, she was employed at the University of Nova Gorica, as Assistant Professor in Mathematics, conducting research in Algebraic Hyperstructure Theory. Since 2017, she is Associate Professor in Mathematics, being affiliated with the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics.
Role: She is currently teaching Mathematics at the School of Engineering and Management, School of Environmental Sciences, School of Applied Sciences. She is also the coordinator of several Erasmus agreements and member of the senate of the School of Engineering and Management. She was deputy head of the centre from February 2016 till September 2018.
Research interests: algebraic hyperstructures and connections with fuzzy sets and their generalizations; mathematical models based on cluster analysis (hard and fuzzy version).
P: +386 5 62 05 833
Biography: Donatella Gubiani obtained her PhD in 2008 at the University of G. d’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara (Italy) in spatio-temporal databases modeling. Her original research work includes the development of a spatio-temporal conceptual model of a database, called ChronoGeoGraph (CGG), which extends the classical Enhanced Entity-Relationship (EER) model with constructs for representing spatio-temporal information. After her doctoral studies, she worked at the University of Udine (Italy) collaborating on data management, from modeling to their analysis, with different departments. From 2014, she is employed at the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics of the University of Nova Gorica where she is currently working also in positioning and tracking systems and knowledge discovery in large text databases (also called literature data mining).
Role: Donatella Gubiani is teaching assistant of several courses in computer science subject at the School of Engineering and Management, School of Environmental Sciences and School for Viticulture and Enology. She is also member of the e-learning Committee of the University of Nova Gorica.
Research interests: data modeling, databases, geographic information systems, positioning and tracking systems, data mining.
Prof. Dr. Juš Kocijan
P: +386 5 62 05 832
Biography: Juš Kocijan received the doctorate in electrical engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His past experience in the field of control engineering includes teaching and research at the University of Ljubljana and visiting research and teaching posts at several European universities and research institutes.
Role: He is currently a senior researcher at the Department of Systems and Control, Jozef Stefan Institute and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Management, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. His other experience includes: running a number of international and domestic research projects, serving as editor and on editorial boards of research journals, serving as a member of IFAC Technical committee on Computational Intelligence in Control. Prof. Kocijan is a Senior member IEEE, IEEE Control Systems Society, a member of SLOSIM – Slovenian Society for Simulation and Modelling and Automatic control society of Slovenia.
Research interests: modelling of dynamic systems with Gaussian process models, Control based on Gaussian process models, Multiple-model approaches to modelling and control, Applied nonlinear control, Individual Channel Analysis and Design.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Henrik Gjerkeš
P: +386 5 62 05 830
Biography: Henrik Gjerkeš graduated at the Faculty of Technology in Maribor. He finished his Masters and in 1999 PhD study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, where he worked as a researcher and assistant until 2006, when he started work as a fellow researcher and university professor – assistant professor at the School of Engineering and Management and the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Nova Gorica. His scientific-research work is supplemented with cooperation in national and international project activities in the field of sustainable development and innovative systems for renewable energy sources utilisation, in cooperation with economy, local and regional communities, non-government organisations and/or government offices. From 2009 to 2011 he was Minister for self-government and regional policy in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Since 2011 he is employed at the University of Nova Gorica and at the Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK in Ljubljana.
Role: Henrik Gjerkeš is a lecturer of the subject Introduction to the modern technological systems at the School of Engineering and Management, and the subject Optimization procedures in environmental protection at the School of Environmental Sciences. He is a member of the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics, mentor to numerous graduates, and a member of the Study affairs committee at the School of Engineering and Management.
Research interests: heat transfer, process engineering, sustainable development, renewable energy sources, efficiency energy use, environmental technologies, measurement techniques, modern technological systems, regional development, European cohesion policy.