22:39 Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Name: Jani
Surname: Bizjak
e-mail: jani.bizjak@gmail.com
Phone: +386 1 477 3147
Address: Department of Intelligent Systems
Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
1000 Ljubljana

About me

Since I got my first computer I found it intriguing and wanted to know how it works and why. Thirst for knowledge only increased as I got older and for this reason I enrolled into Faculty of Computer and Information science and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics in an interdisciplinary study of mathematics and computer science, both undergraduate and master’s programme.

I chose interdisciplinary study of mathematics and computer science because backbone of most computer programs is mathematics. With extended knowledge of mathematics I gained better understanding of principals behind algorithms and most importantly knew why something works, not only how to use it.

After school I often had some free time which I used to learn something extra about Android systems. I found great interest in developing games and applications for Android devices. I have learned enormous amounts about how to design a game/an application so users will like it, how to implement various algorithms for different tasks and how to use internet to connect people playing/using the game/application.

Ever since enrolling in college I toyed with an idea of going to a foreign country to expand my horizons, to see how education is in different parts of the world and to acquire new connections all over the world from my field of study. In 2013 I got my chance and got Erasmus scholarship for exchange students in Europe. Soon after northern Sweden became my new home.

Sweden experience was incredible. Never have I thought I will love it so much. I met tons of interesting people with a lot of whom I still keep contact. I learned about Swedish culture and explored whole Scandinavia through multiple trips and excursions. I loved the education system, which is much different from Slovenian, more hands on with smaller groups of students per professor. I still can’t believe that most of the professors knew us by our names at the end. There I also got a chance to help at a multimedia conference (MUM 2013) which the faculty was organising. In the end all I can say is that this was probably one of the best experiences of my life.

After coming home from Sweden I got a job offer at “Jožef Stefan” Institute, where I worked as a student/intern before I left for Sweden. After some consideration I accepted the job of Teacher Assistant in Department of Intelligent System, JSI.

My research area is Signal analysis using Deep neural networks. In 2015 I finished my master’s thesis with the title “ECG signal analysis using deep neural networks”. The results of the thesis were exceptional as I got nominated for best thesis award (Prešernova nagrada) at University of Ljubljana.

In 2015 I’ve enrolled in a Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and am currently working on a PhD thesis with working title: “Human activity recognition using Deep neural networks”.