Our Story

We are a group of female staff members of the Institute of Informatics who founded an initiative called Ladies in Informatics, uniting female scientists with related research interests in the domains of computer science and informatics.

To break down stereotypes and strengthen our bond, the members of Ladies in informatics challenged their male colleagues in futsal, frequently believed to be a male sports game. This sport connects women into a team ready to inspire others to reduce gender gap differences in STEM fields.

You are invited to look at our story and look for opportunities where you could collaborate with us.

Individuals in our team are members of the following societies:

Our Team

Tina Beranič

Assistant, PhD, CISA
Research fields: Software Quality,
Software Metrics,
IT Audit

Lucija Brezočnik

Research fields: Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Intelligent Systems, Software Engineering

Aida Kamišalić Latifić

Assistant professor, Phd
Research fields: Blockchain Technology,
Medical Informatics

Mateja Kocbek Bule

Research fields: Business process management

Katja Kous

Assistant, PhD
Research fields: User Experience, IT Project Management, ICT Governance, Standards and Quality

Saša Kuhar

Research fields: Information visualization,
User experience,
Graphic design

Lili Nemec Zlatolas

Assistant, PhD
Research fields: User aspects on security,
User privacy,
Cyber security

Maja Pušnik

Assistant Professor, PhD
Research fields: XML and connected technologies, Quality evaluation process, Business process optimization

Tatjana Welzer

Professor, PhD
Research fields: Databases, Conceptual modeling, Security, Cross-cultural communication

Selected Publications

KOUS, Katja, POLANČIČ, Gregor. Empirical insights of individual website adjustments for people with dyslexia. Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, 2019, vol. 19, iss. 10, str. 1-25, doi: 10.3390/s19102235

KAMIŠALIĆ, Aida, RIAÑO, David, KERT, Suzana, WELZER-DRUŽOVEC, Tatjana, NEMEC ZLATOLAS, Lili. Multi-level medical knowledge formalization to support medical practice for chronic diseases. Data & Knowledge Engineering, ISSN 0169-023X. [Print ed.], Jan. 2019, vol. 219, str. 36-57, doi: 10.1016/j.datak.2018.12.001.

BERANIČ, Tina, PODGORELEC, Vili, HERIČKO, Marjan. Towards a reliable identification of deficient code with a combination of software metrics. Applied sciences, ISSN 2076-3417, 2018, vol. 8, no. 10, str. 1-24, ilustr., doi: 10.3390/app8101902.

KAMIŠALIĆ, Aida, RIAÑO, David, WELZER-DRUŽOVEC, Tatjana. Formalization and acquisition of temporal knowledge for decision support in medical processes. Computer methods and programs in biomedicine, ISSN 0169-2607. [Print ed.], May 2018, vol. 158, str. 207-228, doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2018.02.012.

KOUS, Katja, PUŠNIK, Maja, HERIČKO, Marjan, POLANČIČ, Gregor. Usability evaluation of a library website with different end user groups. Journal of librarianship and information science, ISSN 0961-0006. Print ed., First Published May 28, 2018, str. -16, doi: 10.1177/0961000618773133.

KAMIŠALIĆ, Aida, FISTER, Iztok, TURKANOVIĆ, Muhamed, KARAKATIČ, Sašo. Sensors and functionalities of non-invasive wrist-wearable devices : a review. Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, 2018, vol. 18, no. 6, str. 1-33, ilustr., doi: 10.3390/s18061714.

BREZOČNIK, Lucija, FISTER, Iztok, PODGORELEC, Vili. Swarm intelligence algorithms for feature selection : a review. Applied sciences, ISSN 2076-3417, 2018, vol. 8, no. 9, str. 1-31, ilustr., doi: 10.3390/app8091521.

TURKANOVIĆ, Muhamed, HÖLBL, Marko, KOŠIČ, Kristjan, HERIČKO, Marjan, KAMIŠALIĆ, Aida. EduCTX: A blockchain-based higher education credit platform. IEEE access, ISSN 2169-3536, 5 Jan. 2018, vol. 6, iss. 1, str. 5112-5127, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2789929.

BERANIČ, Tina, HERIČKO, Marjan. Approaches for software metrics threshold derivation: a preliminary review. V: BUDIMAC, Zoran (ur.). SQAMIA 2017, (CEUR workshop proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073, Vol. 1938). Novi Sad: Department of mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Sciences. cop. 2017, str. 1-8. https://perun.pmf.uns.ac.rs/pracner/down/sqamia2017/paper-ber.pdf.

BREZOČNIK, Lucija. Feature selection for classification using particle swarm optimization. V: KARADZINOV, Ljupco (ur.), CVETKOVSKI, Goga (ur.), LATKOSKI, Pero (ur.). IEEE EUROCON 2017 : 17th IEEE International Conference on Smart Technologies, 6-8 July 2017, Ohrid, Macedonia : conference proceedings, 17th IEEE International Conference on Smart Technologies, IEEE EUROCON 2017, 6-8 July 2017, Ohrid, Macedonia. cop. 2017, str. 966-971, doi: 10.1109/EUROCON.2017.8011255.

WELZER, Tatjana, DRUŽOVEC, Marjan, NEMEC ZLATOLAS, Lili, HÖLBL, Marko, JAAKKOLA, Hannu, IVANOVIĆ, Mirjana, RADOVANOVIĆ, Miloš. Introducing cultural issues and cultural awareness in conceptual modelling education. V: WELZER-DRUŽOVEC, Tatjana (ur.), et al. Information modelling and knowledge bases XXVII, (Frontiers in artificial intelligence and applications, ISSN 0922-6389, vol. 280). Amsterdam; Berlin; Washington (DC): IOS Press. cop. 2016, str. 314-320.

NEMEC ZLATOLAS, Lili, WELZER-DRUŽOVEC, Tatjana, HERIČKO, Marjan, HÖLBL, Marko. Privacy antecedents for SNS self-disclosure : the case of Facebook. Computers in human behavior, ISSN 0747-5632. [Print ed.], April 2015, vol. 45, str. 158-167, doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.12.012.

PUŠNIK, Maja, HERIČKO, Marjan, BUDIMAC, Zoran, ŠUMAK, Boštjan. XML Schema metrics for quality evaluation.Computer science and information systems, ISSN 1820-0214. [Print ed.], 2014, vol. 11, no. 4, str. 1271-1289. https://dk.um.si/IzpisGradiva.php?id=66727, doi: 10.2298/CSIS140815077P.

KUHAR, Saša, PODGORELEC, Vili. Ontology visualization for domain experts : a new solution.V: BANISSI, Ebad (ur.). Information Visualisation : visualisation, biomedical visualization, visualisation on built and rural environments & geometric modelling and imaging, 16th International Conference on Information Visualisation, 11-13 July 2012, Montpellier, France. Montpellier: IEEE Computer Society. cop. 2012, str. 363-369, ilustr., doi: 10.1109/IV.2012.67.

ŠUMAK, Boštjan, HERIČKO, Marjan, PUŠNIK, Maja. A meta-analysis of e-learning technology acceptance : the role of user types and e-learning technology types : review. Computers in human behavior, ISSN 0747-5632. [Print ed.], Nov. 2011, vol. 27, iss. 6, str. 2067-2077, doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.08.005.

WELZER, Tatjana, ROZMAN, Ivan, GYÖRKÖS, József. Automated normalization tool. Microprocessing and microprogramming, ISSN 0165-6074, 25(1989), 1-5 ; str. 375-380.


We are collaborating in the following projects.
CONCORDIA - Cyber Security Competence for Research and Innovation

CONCORDIA is a major H2020 consortium to interconnect Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities. It will establish a pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network and will lead the development of a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap for Europe.
A dedicated EU-wide consortium involving prominent industry, academia, SMEs and especially national cyber security centers launches the H2020 project CONCORDIA (Cyber Security Competence for Re-search and Innovation). CONCORDIA will pilot an EU Cybersecurity Competence Network to provide technological, societal and policy leadership for Europe. CONCORDIA aims to implement a common Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap for Europe.


Alpine space rural communities are deprived of highly needed jobs, good provision of services as well as a favorable climate for enterprenuership and social innovation, which result in a brain drain. Digitalization is a promising approach to counter the situation. However, the digital divide between rural and urban areas has even increased in the last years. A Smart Village (SV) approach for mountain areas could unlock the potential of local actors to make their region a more attractive place to live and work. The project aims to apply a SV approach and bring together - in so-called Regional Stakeholder Groups (policy makers, business, academia and civil society) to improve the framework for innovation through new forms of stakeholder involvement facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).The project contributes to better framework conditions for innovation on two aspects – the organizational and societal part (working with Regional Stakeholder Groups) and the technical part (Digital Exchange Platform and Toolbox with new digital products) and combining the strengths of both sides. Finally, the transfer of the results to the policy level contributes to improve the political framework conditions for digital innovation.

Certified Digital Accessibility Training

Aim of this project is to develop Certified VET training modules and Accessible web platform focused on digital accessibility to improve the knowledge, skills and competencies of key stakeholders according to web accessibility standards and in order to enable them to respond to the needs of visual, auditory, physical or cognitive disabled as well as older persons or low literacy website visitors / apps users, so they in turn are able to fully access and benefit from the digital era. The project will: - contribute to better access to training and qualifications for all, through making all materials accessible to all and freely downloaded from web portal, - have impact on social inclusion of people with disabilities by promoting and encouraging learning about accessible webs and apps - strengthen professional development of trainers, teachers.

EduCTX: Ecosystem for managing digital micro certificates

EduCTX ecosystem - a global decentralized platform aimed at awarding digital micro-certificates to trusted institutions. The platform offers a comprehensive and unified digital environment for managing, assigning and presenting certificates for individuals and educational institutions and other potential stakeholders, such as companies and educational institutions and organizations. At the same time, it will enable the development of its own digital services, which offer organizations the opportunity to automate the evaluation of skills and knowledge of individuals. The platform is the foundation of the EduCTX initiative (www.eductx.org) that seeks to bring together different stakeholders to combine strengths and create a globally effective, simplified and comprehensive environment with the aim of avoiding language and administrative barriers. Development on the Ethereum Platform Using Smart Contracts - The Alfa version of the EduCTX platform is available at platform.eductx.org


The purpose of the EkoSmart program is to develop a smart city ecosystem with all the support mechanisms necessary for efficient, optimized and gradual integration of individual areas into a unified and coherent system of value chains. The program focuses on three key domains of smart cities: health, active living and mobility; and forms strategic relationships with municipalities and other areas of smart cities, such as energy, smart buildings, involvement of citizens, smart communities, etc. EkoSMART introduces the universal architecture of a smart city, based on the combination of self-learning and self-optimizing agents able to find a common Nash equilibrium even between inhomogeneous sources; this architecture enables the realization of all the concepts of smart cities, such as interoperability, self-adaptivity and self-configurability, open data, semantic interoperability, and integration of social capital. In terms of economy, the vision of the EkoSmart program is to launch Slovenian solutions in the field of smart cities on the world market. The realization of this vision is based on several major approaches: concentration of knowledge and experience, focus on the user, evolutionary development, and flexible architecture.


Blended AIM (Blended Academic International Mobility) is an Erasmus+ project, that enable educational program that combines physical mobility and the blended learning approach. In a blended mobility setting the students can get international experience, without being a full semester abroad. Typically the students will participate in a project for several months, communicate virtually and are abroad for two weeks. In the Blended-AIM project the blended mobility approach is promoted and we research the positive (& negative) impacts on the students careers.

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