Vili Podgorelec

Vili Podgorelec
Full Professor , Intelligent Systems Laboratory
Title:full professor
Telephone:(02) 220 7353
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LinkedIn profile:link

Research areas

  • data analytics, data science
  • intelligent systems, systems theory
  • machine learning, data mining, knowledge discovery
  • semantic technologies, knowledge management
  • complexity, complex systems, complexity metrics
  • software engineering, medical informatics

Professional history

  • Full Professor of Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia (since 2012)
    • Deputy Head of the Institute of Informatics, University of Maribor, Faculty of EE&CS (since 2016)
    • Senior research advisor, Centre of Open Innovation and Research, Slovenia (2013–2015)
    • Visiting researcher, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (jul 2015–aug 2015)
    • Visiting professor, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia (may 2012)
    • R&D project coordinator/member (since 1997)
  • Associate Professor (Comp. Sc.), University of Maribor, Slovenia (2007–2012)
    • Visiting professor, University of Szeged, Hungary (may 2009)
    • Visiting professor, University of Applied Sciences Seinäjoko, Finland (feb 2008)
  • Assistant Professor (Comp. Sc.), University of Maribor, Slovenia, 2002–2007
    • Visiting researcher, University of Madeira, Portugal (dec 2002–jan 2003)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Maribor, Slovenia (2001–2002)
  • Research engineer, University of Maribor, Slovenia (1996–2001)
    • Visiting researcher, University of Osaka, Japan (nov 2000–dec 2000)
    • Visiting researcher, University of La Laguna, Spain (jan 2000–apr 2000)
    • Visiting researcher, University of Nantes, France (dec 1997, dec 1998)
  • System Technician, University of Maribor, Slovenia (jan 1996–sep 1996)
  • Computer programmer, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain (oct 1995–nov 1995)

Teaching & lectures

  • Undergraduate study (BSc degree):
    • Introduction to information systems (ITK 1 uni)
    • Decision making models and systems (ITK 2 uni)
    • Decision support systems (ITK 2 vs)
    • Informatics in media (MK 1 uni)
    • Practical course: Web systems (MK 3 uni)
  • Graduate study (MSc degree):
    • Development technologies for intelligent solutions (ITK 1 mag)
    • Communication research methods (MK 1 mag)
    • Data mining and knowledge discovery (FZV, BioInf 1 mag)
  • Post-gradute study (PhD degree):
    • Intelligent information solutions (RI dr)
    • Expert systems and knowledge management (RI dr)
    • Innovative information solutions for media (MK dr)

Selected R&D projects

  • Information systems research programme, Slovenian Research Agency, Slovenia (jan 2014–dec 2017) – senior researcher & key expert
  • Data analytics tool for automatic collecting and extracting of information about infrastructural business investments, Mikropis Ltd, Slovenia (mar 2016–feb 2017) – researcher & key expert
  • Operational programme for strengthening regional development potentials – Core@UM, Centre of Open innovation and research UM, European Regional Development Fund, EU (mar 2013–jun 2015) – researcher & scientific coordinator of the area of advanced computational methods
  • Analysis and upgrade of the Current Research Information System (SICRIS) with semantic component, Institute of Information Science (IZUM) Maribor, Slovenia (mar 2012–sep 2016) – researcher & project supervisor
  • Knowledge base development and implementation aiming at establishment of advanced Contact Centre, Employment Service of Slovenia (jun 2010 – feb 2011) – researcher & project leader
  • The conceptual design of a semantic service platform, COT Ltd, Slovenia (jun 2009 – sep 2009) – researcher & project leader
  • e-Health Service Platform research and development, SRC Ltd, Slovenia (oct 2010 – sep 2011) – researcher & key expert
  • E–learning support to data mining and security, Slovenian Research Agency and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Serbia (jan 2008 – jun 2010) – senior researcher & lecturer
  • The Introduction of the Knowledge Management System and the Approach for Continuous Education of the Employees in IT Sector, R&D Center IRC Celje, Slovenia (oct 2007 – sep 2008) – senior researcher & lecturer
  • Ontology based information integration using semantically annotated services, Slovenian Research Agency (oct 2007 – mar 2011) – senior researcher

Editing, reviewing

Guest editor

  • Journal of Medical Systems, Springer.
  • Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Elsevier.


  • IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine, IEEE
  • Applied Soft Computing
  • Expert Systems with Applications
  • Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Elsevier
  • Artificial intelligence in medicine, Elsevier
  • Information Processing Letters, Elsevier
  • Organizacija, UM FOV
  • Uporabna informatika, SDI


Selected peer-reviewed journal papers:

Awards, competitions

  • Rector's Award for best student in generation (mentor)
    Marko Kompara received the Rector's award for academic achievements of students of the University of Maribor in their enrollment generations, January 2017.
  • IEEE Region 8 Student Papers Competition, First Prize (mentor)
    Lucija Brezočnik awarded first prize at the 25th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference ERK 2016, Portorož, Slovenia, 2016.
  • Best PhD paper award
    The 10th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference ERK'2001, Portorož, Slovenia, September 2001.
  • SIAM Student Travel Grant Award
    Recipient of the SIAM travel grant at the First SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, Chicago, IL, USA, april 2001.
  • 1999 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest Finals Winner
    Winner of the 1999 IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest Finals, within the scope of the ISIE'99 Conference, July 1999.
  • Best presentation award
    International ICSC Congress on Computational Intelligence Methods and Applications CIMA 1999, Rochester, NY, USA, June 1999.
  • Best student paper, honorable mention
    At the 12th IEEE Conference on Computer Based Medical Systems, Stamford, CT, USA, June 1999.
  • GECCO'99 Graduate Student Workshop
    Finalist at the GECCO'99 Graduate Student Workshop, Orlando, FL, USA, July 1999.
  • IEEE Region 8 Student Papers Contest, National Competition, First Prize
    At the 7th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference ERK'98, IEEE Region 8 Student Papers Competition, Portorož, Slovenia, 1998.
  • Best Student Paper Award
    At the 10th IEEE Conference on Computer Based Medical Systems, Maribor, Slovenia, 1997.
  • IEEE Region 8 Student Papers Contest, National Competition, Third Prize
    At the 6th International Electrotechnical and Computer Science Conference ERK'97, IEEE Region 8 Student Papers Competition, Portorož, Slovenia, 1997.
  • ACM Programming Contest 1997
    Coach & team member of the University of Maribor team at the ACM Regional Programming Contest, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 1997.
  • ACM Programming Contest 1996
    Team member of the University of Maribor team at the ACM Regional Programming Contest, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 1996.

Organization and chairing of conferences


  • KM 2017, Knowledge Management Conference, Novo mesto, Slovenia, 2017.
  • ECOOP 2010, European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Maribor, Slovenia, 2010.
  • CBMS'2007, Computer-based medical systems, Maribor, Slovenia, 2007.
  • KMO-2006, Knowledge Management in Organisations, Maribor, Slovenia, 2006.
  • AISM-2004, Applications of Intelligent Systems in Medicine, Budapest, Hungary, 2004.
  • AASE-2004, Alternative Approaches in Software Engineering, Vienna, Austria, 2004.
  • DMSPD-2004, Data mining software prohects databases, Cambridge, USA, 2004.
  • CBMS'2002, Computer-based medical systems, Maribor, Slovenia, 2002.
  • ISM-EIS'2002, Intelligent Systems in Medicine, Malaga, Spain, 2002.


  • Program co-chair, Knowledge Management KM 2017, 2017.
  • Program chair, Computer-based Medical Systems CBMS'2007, 2007.
  • Tutorial chair, Software Engineering Conference ~SE 2005~, 2005.
  • Publicity chair, Computer-based Medical Systems CBMS'2002, 2002.


Other information

Professional bodies

  • IEEE TC on Computational Medicine (former Vice President), Computer-Based Medical Systems Conference (Steering Committee Member), ACM Slovenia (Executive Board), NESSI Slovenia (Research Area Coordinator), SLAIS (Honorary Tribunal)

Key qualifications and skills

  • expertise in the fields of computational intelligence, data mining & knowledge discovery, data & information integration, applications of medical informatics;
  • 21 years of professional experience in the field of computational intelligence and designing knowledge-based systems (primarily in medical informatics and bioinformatics);
  • over 15 years of experience in implementation of international and national IT projects related to analysis, design, implementation, integration and evaluation of intelligent information systems as Project Leader, Coordinator, Technical Expert and Researcher/Developer, in particular within the fields of medical informatics, bioinformatics, software development and healthcare (over 25 projects);
  • over 5 years of managing complex information systems development projects as leader/supervisor/coordinator (6 projects);
  • over 15 years in lecturing and teaching as Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FERI) and Faculty of Health Sciences (FZV), as well as at several foreign Universities as a visiting professor;
  • over 10 years of coordinating study programmes at the bachelor, master, and PhD level of study (from curricula preparation and programme accreditation, to the planning and execution of courses);
  • the leading role in the world in the field of research and applications of decision tree classification (especially in medicine) – intelligent predictive methods to automatically learn patterns in the data and search for knowledge in a large amount of data; prominent role in the use of other methods of machine learning and data mining (8 projects);
  • in-depth knowledge of systems integration technologies and methods applied to intelligent data analysis, classification and prediction of human-centered data with recent experience (since 2006) in the implementation of several projects (12 projects);
  • large experience in implementing and managing IT projects, both with (inter)national research projects and R&D projects for the public sector and the industry – oriented towards the holistic development and management of knowledge-based information systems (IS) and services (17 projects);
  • highly skilled in the methodological aspects of IS development, in using new, more effective techniques, methods and methodologies for intelligent data analysis (data mining, knowledge discovery, prediction); in software and service engineering that focuses on innovation of information systems; in integration of information resources and enterprise services with the use of intelligent systems and approaches (10 projects);
  • over 10 years of experience in preparing and lecturing courses at the bachelor, master and PhD level: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Models and decision support systems, Decision Support Systems, Development Technologies for Intelligent systems, Expert Systems;
  • author of the university textbook Intelligent Systems, monograph Intelligent Systems and a Professional’s Everyday;
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