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DIST Department of information sciences and technologies

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.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska (UP FAMNIT) is offering one fully-funded PhD scholarship at HICUP LAB

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.

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