He was elected to the National Council as a representative of research activities.
Member of the Interest Group of Non-Commercial Fields.
Member of the Commission for Culture, Science, Education and Sport.
Member of the Commission for Social Care, Labour, Health and Disabled.
Personal website: https://dis.ijs.si/Mezi/
He was born on October 23rd 1954 in Ljubljana, where he later graduated with honors from Bežigrad Gymnasium, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and earned a doctorate from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1989.
He is employed at the Jožef Stefan Institute, as a professor at the University of Ljubljana and at the International Postgraduate School of Jožef Stefan. He previously taught at 11 pedagogic institutions: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport, and Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana, as well as Faculty of Management at the University of Primorska, University of Applied Sciences in Zweibrücken, Germany, European Center Maribor, and Higher Education Professional School for Business, Management and Informatics in Novo mesto.
He is employed as a researcher and department-head at the Jožef Stefan Institute, and contractually works with multiple institutions; both pedagogical institutions and firms: Špica, d.o.o., Lotrič, d.o.o., Elgoline, as well as the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate school.
He cofounded the Slovenian Artificial Intelligence Society, The society of cognitive sciences, ACM Slovenia, Educational and science Trade Union of Slovenia SVIZ, and Slovenian Academy of Engineering. He is a member of numerous international societies and a representative of Slovenia for the IFIP Technical Committee 12 – Artificial Intelligence. He has been a member of multiple national councils, namely the National Council for Science and Technology, and is currently a national councilor for research activity.
During the independence war in Slovenia, he among other things organized a memorandum in Sobotna priloga of Delo newspaper for all institutes, which appeared simultaneously with respective memoranda of the University of Ljubljana and the Church representatives. For two mandates, he had served as president of the Union of Education, Science and Culture of Slovenia (SVIZ) where he actively pursued the equating of pedagogical and research professions with medical professions, and therefore attaining an adequate status and income in both spheres. During the time of intense pressures on Faculties and Institutes, his analysis of publications after the Shanghai study demonstrated the position of Slovenian institutions – including universities and institutes, in the global peak concerning results per employee (or per GDP), whereas the contrary is true in absolute terms. Similarly, his analyses and publications made in collaboration with other colleagues demonstrated how high education levels (university education, science, patents, export portion) are some of the most significant elements correlating to the GDP of the country. He has been particularly active in securing an appropriate status of research, science, development and higher education. He participated in organizing responsive action in all cases when unjustifiable pressure was exerted on institutes.
He is a member of programme committees of 10-20 international conferences annually, including IJCAI and AAAI – two of the most prestigious conferences in artificial intelligence, as well as a member of PO of 12 international publications, some with the SCI factor. For decades, he has been the main organizer of the traditional conference the Information Society – one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with as many as 300 contributions and the award ceremony of Michie-Turing Awards (Alan Turing is known as the Einstein of computer science). Additionally, he has been a contact editor of journal Informatica.
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