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

Professional activities/service

  • Since 2020: member of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Regulation of Artificial Intelligence at the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic
  • Member of examining boards for state exams in Artificial Intelligence, Applied Informatics and Cognitive Science
  • Founding member of the Slovak Society for Cognitive Science (SSKV).
  • Member of the Cognitive Science Society (2013, 2016).
  • Member of the consortium for the preparation of the Central European Joint Master's Program in Cognitive Science MEi: CogSci (2007-08, 2011-present).
  • Member of the External Advisory Board of the FP7 EU Man4Gen project “Manual Operation for 4th Generation Airliners” - cognitive aspects of aviation safety (2012-2015).
  • Program committee member for ICANN (2020, 2021) and Cognition and Artificial Life (2014, 2016-2019) conferences.
  • 2009-18: associate editor of the International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems (IJATS).
  • Book reviewer for MIT press

Research interests

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

Teaching experience

  • 2019-present: Science, technology and humanity: opportunities and risks
  • 2019-present: Pedagogical communication.
  • 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 2021, I have supervised 3 ongoing PhD theses, 29 completed and 2 ongoing MSc. theses and 7 completed BSc. theses, and served as an external examiner (opponent) for 25 MSc., BSc and PhD. theses.

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

Project participation

  • 2021-23: Computational modelling of early development of social skills in human-robot interaction. VEGA 1/0645/21 (deputy PI).
  • 2018-20: Learning of a robotic system in a human-robot interaction. VEGA 1/0796/18 (deputy PI).
  • 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).
  • 2012-15: FP7 EU project Man4Gen “Manual Operation for 4th Generation Airliners” (member of external advisory board).
  • 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.

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