Igor Farkaš: Curriculum Vitae


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


  • 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

  • 2020-2023 - H2020 952215: Foundations of Trustworthy AI - Integrating Reasoning, Learning and Optimization (PI at Comenius U.)
  • 2018-2020 - VEGA 1/0798/18: Learning of a robotic system in a human-robot interaction (PI at Comenius U.)
  • 2017-2021 - APVV-16-0202: Enhancing cognition and motor rehabilitation using mixed reality (PI at Comenius U., in collaboration with Institute of Measurement Science of Slovak Academy of Sciences, and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical U. Košice)
  • 2017-2019 - 002UK-2/2016 (Ministry of education... SR): Going Global: Increasing the quality of education at Comenius University in Bratislava through internationalization - educational project
  • 2016-2018 - KEGA 017UK-4/2016: Development of middle-European interdisciplinary master programme cognitive science in English (PI at Comenius U.) - educational project
  • 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, deep learning
  • explainable artificial intelligence
  • cognitive robotics, human-robot interaction
  • reinforcement learning, intrinsic motivation
  • motor imagery and action understanding

Teaching experience

  • Neural networks (2003-present, Comenius University)
  • Computational cognitive neuroscience (2009-2015
  • 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 (since 2013)
  • member of the scientific board of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics (since 2011)
  • member of the scientific board of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, STU in Bratislava (since 2019)
  • member of the panel in Slovak Grant Agency for Science (VEGA) (2008-2016)
  • member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Network Technical Committee (2013-2015)
  • member of the 16th working group (for informatics, automation and telecommunications) of the Accreditation Committee in Slovakia (since 2014-2019)
  • ad hoc reviewer for international journals (IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, ...) and international conferences (CogSci, IJCNN, ICANN, ESANN, ...)
  • board member of the Center for Artificial Intelligence (since 2020)
  • head of Department of Applied Informatics (since 2015)
  • General chair of International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN) 2020, 2021; editor of the proceedings
  • ad hoc member of the working group of Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (since 2020)


  • 1998 - Fulbright research scholarship
  • 2005 - Humboldt research scholarship
  • 2004 - Peter Fedor Prize (from Jan Hus Foundation, Open Society) - for excellent results in connectionist models of language acquisition
  • 2010 - Donation from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - for starting experimental research related to cognitive science
  • 2019 - Rector's award - for development of the master programme in cognitive science (within MEi:CogSci consortium)

Membership in professional organisations / networks

  • Cognitive Science Society
  • 2nd European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics (2009-2012)
  • Slovak society for Cognitive Science (since 2015)
  • International / European Neural Network Society
  • IEEE