Lucija Brezočnik won the first place in the finals of IEEE Region 8 student paper contest 2017

Lucija Brezočnik, a graduate of the Informatics and Technologies of Communication master’s study program and PhD student of Computer Science and Informatics, achieved a remarkable international success. She won the IEEE Regions 8 Student Paper Contest in the competition with the best student authors’ scientific papers in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Informatics from all over Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Lucija qualified for the finals as the winner of the competition organised by the IEEE Slovenia Section. The final competition took place between 6-8 July in the framework of the IEEE EUROCON 2017 International Conference held in Ohrid, Macedonia.

Her article Feature selection for classification using particle swarm optimization written under the mentorship of Prof. Dr Vili Podgorelec presents a new method for the problem of finding informative attributes in high-dimensional data, which can significantly reduce the number of attributes, thus achieving better classification results on complex data sets. With this remarkable achievement, the University of Maribor and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science rise among the most successful institutions within this prestigious competition because Lucija’s victory has been already the second one for the UM-FERI. Namely, Lucija’s mentor, then the student, Vili Podgorelec, won in the finals of this contest in 1999.

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