Martin Takáč: Curriculum Vitae

Affiliation

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

Current position

associate professor

Education

Academic work experience

Project participation

  • 2014-17: Does language syntax mirror the structure of sensorimotor cognition? Marsden Fund 13-UOO-048, New Zealand (with Alistair Knott and Lubica Benuskova)
  • 2014-17: From sensory-motor processes to higher cognition: Computational modeling of mental development in an embodied cognitive agent. VEGA 1/0898/14 (deputy PI).
  • 2011-13: Constructivist modeling of early cognitive development in an embodied cognitive agent. VEGA 1/0439/11 (deputy PI).
  • 2009-10: The sensorimotor grounding of language: a computational model. BuildIT postdoc award, New Zealand (with Alistair Knott and Lubica Benuskova).
  • 2008-10: Modeling self-organization in complex systems with focus on language domain VEGA 1/0361/08 (with I. Farkaš and M. Markošová).
  • 2007: Integrated Model of Autonomous Meaning Construction JPD 3 BA 2005/1-043 (PI).
  • 2006-2008: Environment for Multi-Agent Systems Specification, grant APVV-20-P04805 (PI J. Šefránek) in cooperation with Whitestein Technologies, s.r.o.
  • 2006-2008: Non-standard Models of Computation: Specification, Complexity, Security, grant VEGA 1/3105/06 (with D. Gruska).
  • 2006: Cognitive Semantics for Dynamic Environments, young grant UK/402/2006 (PI).
  • 2003-05: Network Computing, grant VEGA 1/0172/03 (PI D. Gruska).
  • 2000-02: Models of concurrent, parallel and intelligent computations, grant VEGA 1/7654/20 (PI D. Gruska).
  • 1997-99: Specification Methods of Complex Programming Systems: from Principles to Applications (PI P. J. Voda).
  • 1995-96: Development of rule base tutor interpreter for the air-pollution monitoring system RAINS developed by IIASA Wien.

Research interests

  • Connectionist modeling of language production and acquisition
  • cognitive semantics, adaptive knowledge representation
  • cognitive science
  • artificial neural networks, self-organization
  • qualitative reasoning

Teaching experience

  • 2008, 2011-present: Cognitive Semantics and Cognitive Theories of Representation (within the Middle-European interdisciplinary master program in Cognitive Science MeiCogSci)
  • 2006-2008, 2011-present: Introduction to Cognitive Science (MeiCogSci)
  • 1998-2008, 2012-present: Qualitative Modeling and Simulation (lectures and seminars).
  • 2005, 2007-08, 2012-present: Communication Training (seminars).
  • 2001-2007: Cognitive Science (lectures and seminars).
  • 2001-2008: Internet Distance Education Program Cognitive Sciences (lectures, participation).
  • 1999-2000: Expert Systems (seminars).
  • 1999: Expert Systems (seminars as an external lecturer at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovak Technical University).
As of 2017, I have supervised 23 completed and 3 ongoing MSc. theses and 7 completed BSc. theses, and served as an external examiner (opponent) for more than 20 MSc., BSc and PhD. theses.

Professional activities/service

Awards

  • 2012 - Peter Fedor's Prize - for excellent results in computational modeling of language acquisition and evolution
  • 2008 - New Zealand BuildIT scholarship
  • 1997 - Slovak Literary Foundation award
  • 1997 - Chancellor/Rector's award for the best diploma thesis

Other Experiences