Why Should I study/live in Slovenia?

Slovenia is an attractive location reaching into the Alps and the Mediterranean, a European Union member state with a high quality of life and well preserved environment. The capital, Ljubljana, is a charming middle size European city, the European Green Capital 2016, with a lively cultural and academic life.

University of Ljubljana is the best national and a strong regional educational institution ranked among top 500 universities in the world. Faculty of Computer and Information Science (FRI) employs 170 research, teaching and administrative staff and enrolls approximately 1300 undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty research, funded by EU, national and industry grants, is particularly strong in fields related to Artificial Intelligence, an area traditionally researched by our Faculty since the 1970s. In 2014 the Faculty moved to newly constructed $100 million premises in Ljubljana.

PhD position in Distributed Machine Learning with KAUST, Saudi Arabia

We have fully and generously funded positions for a student interested distributed deep learning. This exciting opportunity is provided in collaboration with KAUST, Saudi Arabia and involves a two-year stay at KAUST, with two additional years in Slovenia. More information about the oppotunity can be found here.

PhD and Internship positions in Approximate Mobile Computing

We have fully-funded positions for highly motivated students interested in approximate mobile computing. More information about the opportunities can be found here.

Master and Diploma thesis topics (for FRI students)

I am highly dedicated in my mentoring and I expect the same level of dedication to work from your side. Please contact me only if you are willing to work on the thesis right away and persistently in the following months. Please do not contact me with topics that are outside of the one's listed here (however, your idea within these topics are welcome). Most of the theses I mentor result in a workshop/conference/journal publications and represent a great way for you to obtain research experience and significnatly increase your chances of getting accepted for MS/PhD studies in Slovenia or abroad.

Topic (Diploma or Master): Accuracy-adaptable on-device mobile deep learning

In our previous work in collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne we have built a framework that compiles Android apps running deep learning models in a way that allows the model to be ran with varying approximations. In this thesis you will use the above framework to develop mobile apps that sense the context of a user (e.g. location, physical activity, etc.) and then adapt deep learning model approximation accordingly. The goal is to provide high-quality service while using the minimal amount of resources (i.e. battery) of the device. Note: Android programming is a necessary prerequisite.

Topic (Diploma): Investigating the relationship between in-vehicle information system interaction and driving behaviour

Distracted driving is one of the main reasons for road accidents in the world. We have collected a modest data set of sensor data pertaining to vehicle parameters as well as the data on professional drivers' interaction with a on-board information system. The goal of this thesis is to assess how the driving parameters vary, as a driver is engaged in different interactions with the information system. Further, the thesis should provide guidelines on how future interaction systems should be designed, so to reduce the effect on the driving behavour.

NOTE: Python proficiency is essential. Previous knowledge of deep learning is desired. Must be written in English.

Open positions for postdocs

If you are passionate about resource-efficient mobile computing, on-device deep learning, have experience with mobile and/or embedded programming and have a PhD in computer science, please check my recent publications and send me a brief email describing why and how you believe you could work with me. We might have some limited funding available for postdoctoral researchers. Furthermore, highly-motivated postdoctoral candidates who want to apply for EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) fellowships are encouraged to contact me. MSCA fellowships are an excellent opportunity for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to build their independent career. The fellowships are open to any nationals and provide a very generous funding for a research and her/his family to move to Slovenia. The University of Ljubljana provides strong support for crafting a successful MSCA application. Please read the following webpage for more information, and email me (Veljko.Pejovic [at] fri.uni-lj.si) with your CV and a breif ressearch outline if interested.