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DIST Department of information sciences and technologies

A new generation of graduates were awarded the graduation certificates on Friday, May 22, at UP FAMNIT. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the graduation ceremony due to the existing measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. As every year, the faculty also awards students who have been particularly successful in their studies or research or who have excelled in extracurricular activities.

Marko Tkalčič from HICUP Lab was invited to present a keynote talk at AI Journey conference. This is a 2-day conference with leading international and Russian experts in AI and data analysis, top companies in the development and application of AI in business. This was a high stakes event visited also by the head of state Vladimir Putin. 

On Halloween night of the 31rd of November, HICUP Lab organised a Projection Mapping Hackathon. Participants were experimenting with projection mapping software such as Map Map, Resolume Arena,  Motive motion tracking software with Optitrack Prime 13 cameras. Curated projections were on display for the visitors of the Halloween party. See video for more...

More than 29,000 participants participated in more than 230 locations in 80 countries. International NASA Space Apps Challenge was also held in Sežana. Between 19th and 21st of October, 6 teams with 31 participants participated in the 1st Round of NASA Space Apps Challenge held in Sežana. Amongst the teams were also students from UP FAMNIT, where two come from HICUP Lab:  Maheshya Weerasinghe, Cuauthli Campos. Other students in the team were Nina Klobas from UP FAMNIT and Nikola Nakov and Lukasz Popowicz from UP Management. They created an educational Augmented Reality game and won 1st place.

Doctoral students Nicko Reginio Caluya (from the Philippines) and Varunyu Fuvattanasilp (from Thailand) from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology NAIST visited UP FAMNIT for three months. At the end of the visit Nicko described his interesting experience.

Our partners from iMotions and G-tec help us run an on-site two day workshop @FAMNIT UP. The workshop covered an overview of sensors (e.g. GSR, EMG, ECG, EEG) for capturing physiological response signals. This was followed by EEG data capture using a 64 channel EEG device. We also looked at data capture using Tobii-pro 2 glasses and advanced API features of iMotions software. Big thanks to instructors Kiara, Bart, Mike and Francisco.

Our partners from Target3D run a workshop on how to use OptiTrack system and how to integrate the tracking into various game engines. As part of the workshop Ashely conducted basic Motive software training that included system calibration, motion tracking of rigid bodies and full body motion capture. We also experimented with recording and streaming of data. Big thanks to instructors Ashley Keeler and Allan Rankin.


Hirokazu Kato is Full Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan and a director of Interactive Media Design Lab (IMD). He is currently visiting UP FAMNIT and HICUP Lab. As part of his visit Kato gave an inspiring talk "What is the next stage of AR encouraging students to think differently, pursue non popular research topics, work on small steps whilst trying to keep the big ambitious goal in sight.  

Hirokazu KATO will present a  seminar on Monday, 24th of June 2019 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska. (Room VP1)

Hirokazu KATO received Dr. Eng. degrees from Osaka University, Japan in 1996. He has worked for Osaka University and Hiroshima City University. Since 2007 he has been working for Nara Institute of Science and Technology directiong Interactive Media Design Lab. Dr. Kato has studied  Augmented Reality for more than 15 years. He developed a vision-based tracking library called the ARToolKit in 1999 which has had a significant impact on the growth of Augmented Reality research. Dr. Kato received Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award from IEEE VGTC in 2009 and Lasting Impact Award at the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality in 2012.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Workshop on eye tracking by iMotions

Eye tracking specialist Kiara Heide from iMotions run a workshop on eye tracking using iMotions software with Tobii Pro Nano, Tobii Pro Spectrum and Tobi Pro Glass 2 trackers.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Workshop on 3D printing by Audax

Our partners from Audax, 3D printing specialist run a workshop on FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technology. We worked with two 3D printers we now have here at our laboratories the FDM printer Stratasys F170 and PolyJet printer Stratasys Object 260 CONNEX. As part of the workshop we learned how to maintain, operate and safely use these two 3D printers. Special thanks to instructor Rok Plevnik.

Expert Tomaž Travnik from K-print run a workshop on laser cutting and engraving. In the workshop we learned how to install, maintain and safely operate Trotech Speedy 400 with 120 Watt CO2 laser. We succesfully made a few sample cuts with the new laser we now have here at our laboratories at University of Primorska.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering an assistant professor/lecturer position at Department of Information Sciences and Technology (DIST) with the possibility for tenure position.

We welcome applicants from EU as well as Internationally who are enthusiastic about working as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on applied computer science research in the following areas:

  • Computational Interactions
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning
  • Data Science/Big Data
  • Computer Graphics and Computer Vision
  • Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing

UP FAMNIT students (among them also CS students) will have a posibility to upgrade their knowledge with practical experience in projects run by industry partners and academic supervisors. UP FAMNIT was succesfull with five new projects under the call "Creative Path to Practical Knowledge". These projects aim to  involve students in innovative, problem-solving and team-solving challenges in the working environment of companies and other organizations.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Informativa 2019

University of Primorska has for the 11th consecutive year presented itself at the traditional and largest Slovene education, scholarship and employment fair called Informativa. The fair took place at the Gospodarsko razstavišče in Ljubljana on 25 and 26 January. Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies and the Department of Information Sciences were also there.

In 2014, Klen received his PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster, UK. He is currently working as one of the heads of the Laboratory for Human-Computer Interaction (HICUP Lab) at the University of Primorska, where he is also an assistant professor. He is researching new ways to increase human abilities by using digital technologies. The main challenge is the user interface that creates a bottleneck between a person and the ubiquitous high-end processor performance and the potential of large amounts of data.

Researchers from the University of Primorska and the department DIST have had accepted another research programme by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). In the next six years the researchers will under the guidance of prof. dr. Enesa Pasalica, a top scientist in the field of cryptography of symmetric keys and head of the Center for cryptography at UP FAMNIT. They will work with an international and interdisciplinary team of researchers, together wiuth doctoral and postdoctoral students working at our University and the InnoRenew CoE.

Our guest lecturer dr. Andreea Nechifor will hold two linguistic related lectures on Thursday, October 4, 2018:

  • Contextualizing Foreign Language Teaching (at 9.30 am, lecture room FAMNIT-MP4)
  • English Language Teaching and Computer Science (at 11.00, lecture room FAMNIT-MP4)
Friday, 28 September 2018

European Researchers' Night 2018

University of Primorska (UP) organized various activities during the European Researchers' Night 2018 for the third consecutive year, which were a part of the activities of the project "SAWE - Safe with Science", on Friday, 28 September.

Monday, 3 September 2018

HICUP lab and new staff

In addition to the doctoral student Maheshya Weerasinghe from Sri Lanka, the doctoral student Cuauhtli Campos from Mexico and the postdoctoral researcher Julie Ducasse from France joined the HICUP Laboratory.

The department got a new doctoral student Maheshya Weerasinghe. She joined the HICUP Laboratory.

Internationalization program came to an end.  We hosted 13 fantastic speakers, researchers and visionaries @HICUPLab over past two years. Dear friends, you left lasting impact! Thank you all again and thx to EU for this great opportunity.

Peter CHANTHANAKONE, the award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films will run a workshop on "Creating Animated Models with Recap and Maya". Organized by HICUP Lab @University of Primorska.

In the workshop you will learn how to use photogrammetry to reconstruct 3D objects from images alone. In this process we will use Recap software from Autodesk. In the second part of the workshop you will learn how to animate the curated models.


Peter CHANTHANAKONE will present a  seminar on Monday, 28th of May 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Peter Chanthanakone is an award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films. He won numerous film festival awards and his works has been selected in major film festivals around the world such as Germany, France, Austria, Canada, China, Belgium, S. Korea, Pakistan, India, Australia, Italy as a retrospective at the 2013 VIEW Animation Video Festival and on a giant screen in Times Square in the NYC International Film Festival.


A seminar titled "Grand Challenges in Shape-Changing Interface Research" will be presented by Jason ALEXANDER, on Monday, 21st of May 2018 at 16.00 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies of the University of Primorska.

Jason ALEXANDER is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University (UK) and specializes on the development of shape-changing interfaces—surfaces that can dynamically change their geometry based on digital content or user input and in particular their application to data physicalization.

Dr. Tim Bell from University of Canterbury New Zealand presented a lecture titled "Computer Science... without computers?!" through the presentation of Computer Science Unplugged programme, which is a fun and interesting way to study computer-based concepts without the use of computers through games, puzzles and magic tricks.

Our professors Klen Čopič Pucihar  and Matjaž Kljun visited the University of St Andrews where they delivered two seminars titled "The Missing Interface: Micro Gestures on Objects for Augmented Reality Interaction" and "Large scale studies of habit changing interface design". They were guests of prof Aaron Quigley.

The trial round of the University Programming Marathon is taking place in the Computer Lab 1 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information technologies. The contest is taking place at three Slovenian Universities: University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana and University of Maribor.


The visit came to an end. We had great time together. Matthew surprised us with many things including a video of him and Bill Gates demonstrating live the systems he built with his Vision Technology Group.

Jens Grubert is Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Internet of Things at Coburg University. He is curently visiting UP FAMNIT and HICUP lab. As a part of the visit Jens will give several lectures on Augmented and Virtual reality and his research to both undergraduate and grauate students as well as discuss future collaboration with the HICUP lab.

Representatives of companies and educational institutions from Italy, Serbia, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Slovenia (representatives from the University of Primorska and Abelium doo) gathered in Koper in order to discuss the advancement of  the education pilot training program for Data Scientist within the project DA.RE = Data Science Pathways.

We are looking for 2 assistants in the field of Computer science and informatics. The selected candidate will be offered one year full time contract (40 hours a week), starting from 1st February 2018.  The candidate needs to have an MSc (or equivalent of 2nd Bologna cycle) in Computer Science, valid habilitation title of Assistant in the field of Computer Science.

Application deadline 14th of January 2018. For more information visit this link.

Project Pan map (Klen Čopič Pucihar, Bojan Simončič, Peter Simončič, Leo Gombač) won first prize at startup competition Podjetna Primorska 2017. Pan map — panoramic map of the future, is a mobile application that enables users to point their phone camera into panoramic map and reveal digital content such as weather report, icons at important landmarks that can be clicked to show image gallery, videos, opening times or simply start the navigation to the selected point of interest. For more information see gallery of images or visit website of our start-up company https://www.panoramske-karte.si/pan-map.

HICUP Lab visited Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR). ATR is one of the leading research institutions in Japan and specialises in robotics and telecommunications research. Amongst others, we visited the famous  Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, one of the most famous humanoid robotics laboratory in Japan and met with humanoid robot Lucy.  The trip was exceptional in the amount of out-of-the-ordinary that we were able to see in just a single day. Let the pictures tell you the full story.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

HICUP Lab visits Osaka University

On 14th of October HICUP Lab visited Sato Laboratory at the Department of Systems Science and Applied Informatics, Osaka University. We were hosted by professor Daisuke Iwai and his students and engaged in informal workshop exchanging knowledge and research ideas though lab demonstrations. Pictures will tell you the rest of the story. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts!


Champions of University of Primorska  2017 are: Mikita Akulich, Daniil Baldovski, Anton Uramer (ekipa PSPACE')!

Results of the final round can be found here.  Foto gallery of the event is published at FAMNIT web site.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

HICUP Lab visits University of Tokyo

On 11th of October Matjaž Kljun and Klen Čopič Pucihar visited University of Tokyo and gave talks at International Workshop on CG, AR/VR and Human Augmentation. As part of the visit Matjaž and Klen visited User Interface Research Group known (IGARASHI Lab), Cyber Interface Lab, and Living Lab Hongo. The laboratories are leaders in the field of User interface design and Human Computer interaction. The visit opened new collaboration possibilities for researchers and students through graduate student and research internships.  

Assistant professors Matjaž Kljun and Klen Čopič Pucihar gave lectures to masters and PhD students at the Graduate School of Information Science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. Their lectures were also visited by invited professors from the school. Titles and abstracts available in read more section.

Bachlor student Patrik Kocjančič recieved honorary mention for his final year project titled "Experiential learning in the case of reliving echolocation".

Bachelor student Leo Gombač received honorary mention for his final year project "3D Virtual Tracing and Depth Perception Problem in Mobile AR"

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship for a planned Joint PhD (co-tutelle) in computer science with University of St Andrews (UK). The planned collaboration with St Andrews is dependent on finalising arrangements on the co-supervision of the Joint PhD.

We welcome applications from EU as well as International students who are enthusiastic about working as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on applied computer science research in the following areas:
Human-computer Interaction
Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality
Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing.

The selected candidate will be offered a tailored research project at UP FAMNIT. It's planned that this will be in collaboration with the University of St Andrews (UK) subject to approval. The intention is that upon the successful completion of PhD the candidate will be awarded a joint degree under a planned Joint PhD (co-tutelle) agreement.

The Rector prof. dr. Dragan Marušič bestowed 13 awards to professors and students at the 14th Ceremonial Academy of the University of Primorska (16.3.). Among awards were the title of professor emeritus, gold medal, honorary certificate, awards for scientific and teaching excellence, and awards "Srečko Kosovel" and "University of Primorska" for students.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hosting professor Aaron Quigley

We have a pleasure to host professor Aaron Quigley from 5th of March to 24th of March. He is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. He is also the ACM SIGCHI Vice President for Conferences (and former ACM SIGCHI Adjunct Chair for Specialised Conferences). Visit his Orcid profile to get a full list of his education.

He will give several lectures in the fields of Human-computer interaction, Augmented and Virtual reality and Information visualisation.

University of Primorska has successfully obtained the funding for 26 projects under the Public call on The creative path to knowledge 2016/17 financed by the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund.

Monday, 30 January 2017

DIST and UP FAMNIT at Informativa 2017

Informativa - the biggest Slovenian education and profession fair - was held on Saturday 28 January, at the Ljubljana Exhibition centre. The stand of the University of Primorska was visited by a large number of future students and current students have presented them our study programmes. In addition to the events on the stand various lectures were also organised for interested audience. Member of the department DIST Matjaz Kljun has introduced augmented reality.

Among the guests of this year's Informativa 2017 (education and professions fair) were also representatives of the Moscow State University Lomonosov. Prof. dr. Alexandr Razgulin,  Vice Dean for International Cooperation from the Faculty of computer, mathematics and cybernetic, was a part of the delegation, which visited UP FAMNIT on Friday, 27th of January.

Doc. dr. Iztok Savnik from the Department of information sciences and technologies at UP FAMNIT has in collaboration with Yahoo Japan Research successfully submitted a patent titled Search Method and device for RDF data. The patent was accepted by the Japan Patent Office under the number 5978253.

Branko Kavšek from DIST visited the secondary school Veno Pilon in Ajdovščina. He presented the profession of a software engineer to 2nd year students together with their teacher of informatics Urška Kompara, which was our former student.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Wolfgang Hürst hosted by DIST

We had a pleasure to host Wolfgang Hürst form 28.11. to 11.12. Wolfgang works in the Multimedia & Geometry Group, Information and Computing Sciences, at the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, which is one of the Europe's best universities listed as 86th on the Times World University Rankings 2016-2017

MSc DIST student Saša Nikolić has successfully completed a summer program GSOC2016 - Google Summer of Code.

The visitors on the Slovenian Book Fair (23. 11. 2016 at 18:00) had a possibility to see excerpts from a documentary film about the discovery of the oldest surviving wooden wheel with the axis of the world (Ljubljana Marshes, 2002). They coul also meet the creators of the animated film and contemporary interactive comic book "Bobri VOZ": Miha Čelar, Klen Čopič Pucihar and Iztok H. Šuc.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Training before CERC 2016 competition

The team of students who will compete next weekend in the CERC 2016 competition in Zagreb spent a Saturday training. The team representing University of Primorska is (in the photo from left to right) Marko Palangetić, Daniel Sijađi and Anton Uramer.

"The Higher Education and Scholarships Fair" was held on 13th of October at the University of Rijeka. Among other European Universities and countries were also University of Primorska and UP FAMNIT. DIST presented a couple of student projects, which attracted many students. More in photos.

Today, on 10th of October 2016, prof. dr. Tomaž Pisanski received the "Donald Michie and Alan Turing" award for his lifetime achievements. He received the award at the opening ceremony of the 19th International Multiconference Information Society - IS 2016 organized by the Department of Intelligent Systems, Jozef Stefan Institute.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Researchers' night in pictures

Researchers' Night was held throughout Slovenia on 30. 9. 2016. The members of DIST department were present in Taverna in Koper. We presented echolocation learning experience in cooperation with the Škocjan caves Park, comic Beaver carts with augmented reality content, making of 3D digital statue, and Head-mounted display controllable remote camera.

Below are some pictures from the event.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

DIST on MTMarathon

The MTMarathon workshop took place in the week between 9.12.2016 and 9.17.2016 and was attended by a representative of the DIST (Jernej).

The members of HICUP lab virtualy presented three papers at the 12th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference. The conference is organised by the International Federation of Information Processing’s (IFIP) Technical Committee 9 (TC9) that focuses on the understanding how ICT innovation is associated with change in society and it works to shape socially responsible and ethical policies and professional practices in the information society.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

FAMNIT Lan Party