Igor Farkaš: Curriculum Vitae

Affiliation

Centre for Cognitive Science
Department of Applied Informatics
Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics
Comenius University in Bratislava

Education

  • 1986 - graduation from Grammar school (Gymnazium) in Kosice, Slovakia
  • 1991 - MSc. in electrical engineering, at former Department of Automation and Control, Slovak Technical University (STU) in Bratislava (currently within a Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology)
  • 1995 - PhD. in applied informatics, at former Department of Computer Science and Engineering, STU (currently a new Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies)
  • 2007 - habilitation (Docent) in informatics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava.
  • 2014 - Professor of informatics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava.

Work experience

  • 10-12/1998 - Fulbright research scholar at the Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, neural nets research group led by Prof. Risto Miikkulainen
  • 09/2000 - 08/2002 - research fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Richmond, cognitive science lab led by Dr. Ping Li
  • 09/2002 - 05/2003 - visiting assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Richmond
  • 06/2003 - until present, Department of Applied Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava
  • 09/2005 - 2/2006 - Humboldt research fellow at the Department of Computational Linguistics, Universitaet des Saarlandes, psycholinguistics lab led by Prof. Matt Crocker

Project participation

  • 2014-2016 - VEGA 1/0898/14: From sensory-motor processes to higher cognition: Computational modeling of mental development in an embodied cognitive agent (PI, at Comenius U.)
  • 2013-2017 - APVV-0668-12: Brain-computer interface with robot-assisted training for rehabilitation (in collaboration with Institute of Measurement Science of Slovak Academy of Sciences, and Faculty of Medicine, Comenius U.)
  • 2013-2015 - VEGA 1/0503/13: Grounded cognition paradigm, interaction between perception and action in the brain–computer interface (in collaboration with Institute of Measurement science of Slovak Academy of Sciences)
  • 2013-2015 - KEGA 076UK-4/2013: Development of the middle-European interdisciplinary master programme Cognitive science (PI at Comenius U.) - educational project
  • 2013-2015 - ASFEU 001/2012/4.2/OPV: Preparation of master programmes in mathematics and informatics at FMPI Comenius University in English language (educational project funded by EU)
  • 2011-2013 - VEGA 1/0439/11: Constructivist modelling of early cognitive development in a simulated embodied agent (PI, at Comenius U.)
  • 2010-2012 - VEGA 2/0019/10: New methods of classification and prediction in biosignal analysis and in biologically inspired computer vision (in collaboration with at Slovak Academy of Sciences, SAS)
  • 2009-2011 - VEGA 1/0602/10: Philosophy of fundamental paradigms in cognitive science (at Comenius U.)
  • 2009-2011 - KEGA 3/7300/09: Cognitive Science - Middle European Interdisciplinary Master Programme in Cognitive Science (deputy of PI, at Comenius U.)
  • 2008-2010 - VEGA 1/0361/08: Modeling language as a complex system with self-organization (PI, at Comenius U.)
  • 2006-2008 - VEGA 1/3612/06: Cognitive science and traditional philosophical theories (at Comenius U.)
  • 2005-2007 - VEGA 1/2045/05: Modelling complex systems using neural networks with focus on linguistics (PI, at Comenius U.)
  • 2003-2005 - VEGA 2/4026/04: Analysis of EEG using methods of mathematical statistics, artificial neural networks and nonlinear dynamics (at SAS)
  • 2000-2002 - NSF BCS-9975249: A self-organizing neural network model of language acquisition (U. of Richmond, VA, USA)
  • 1999-2000 - VEGA 22/5088/2000: The use of methods of self-organization and dynamical systems in signal analysis using neural networks (at SAS)
  • 1996-1998 - VEGA 22/3430/1998: Flexible architectures in applications of artificial neural nets for signal processing (at SAS)

Research interests

  • artificial neural networks and their applications
  • connectionist natural language processing
  • cognitive robotics
  • motor imagery and action understanding
  • philosophy of mind, mind-body problem, mental causality

Teaching experience

  • Neural networks (2003-present, Comenius University)
  • Neurocomputing (2003-2015, Comenius University), in 2009 renamed to Computational cognitive neuroscience
  • Grounded cognition (2009-present)
  • Introduction to computational intelligence (2008-present)
  • Introduction to artificial intelligence (2014-2015)
  • Introduction to cognitive science (2002, University of Richmond)
  • Connectionist modelling of cognitive proceses (2002, University of Richmond)
  • Introduction to statistical methods in psychology (2002, University of Richmond)

Professional activities/service

  • local coordinator (of Comenius University) for the Middle European Interdisciplinary Master Programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci) (since 2007)
  • contact person for CEEPUS and Erasmus mobility programmes related to cognitive science (since 2006)
  • chair of examining boards for state exams in master programmes: Applied Informatics and Cognitive Science
  • member of the scientific board of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics (since 2011)
  • member of the panel in Slovak Grant Agency for Science (VEGA) (since 2008)
  • member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Network Technical Committee (since 2013)
  • member of the 16th working group (for informatics, automation and telecommunications) of the Accreditation Committee in Slovakia (since 2014)
  • reviewer for international journals (Neural Network World, Neural Computing and Applications, Computing and Informatics) and international conferences (CogSci, ICANN, ESANN, IDEAL, ...)
  • head of Department of Applied Informatics (since 2015)

Awards

  • 1998 - Fulbright research scholarship
  • 2005 - Humboldt research scholarship
  • 2004 - Peter Fedor Prize (from Jan Hus Donation) - for excellent results in connectionist models of language acquisition
  • 2010 - Donation from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - for starting experimental research related to cognitive science

Membership in professional organisations / networks

  • Cognitive Science Society
  • 2nd European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics