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Thursday, 7 January 2021 Daring creativity: about the new project LOOSE CELLS – Innovating at the Crossfield of Art and Science and how to become part of it

Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT

is inviting you to the Monday Seminar on Computer Science


» Daring creativity: about the new project LOOSE CELLS – Innovating at the Crossfield of Art and Science and how to become part of it«

The seminar is to be held online on

Monday, 11 January 2021, at 16.00,

 and is hosting:

Peter PURG (introductory presentation) and

Črtomir TAVZES (short presentation of InnoRenew CoE laboratories).


The project LOOSE CELLS – Innovating at the Crossfield of Art and Science is dedicated to creation and innovation based on the blending of science, art and technology. In this way, it joins those intersectoral collaborations, which have already aroused a lot of international interest, as they can inspire the development of social and economic innovations. Innovation is also the goal of the project. The main activity will be the co-creation of an “art-science object”, which will be designed and created by students of diverse levels and backgrounds. It will be realised under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Peter Purg, PhD from School of Arts at University of Nova Gorica, with the advices of InnoRenew CoE experts and with the support of Assoc. Prof. Tilen Žbona, PhD from the Faculty of Education as well as the artists, producers and technicians within the PiNA association or the RUK network. In the seminar, you will learn more about the programme of the project and how to become part of. You will be also invited to discuss any questions with the representatives of the project.


Peter Purg currently leads the New Media module in the Digital//Media Arts and Practices graduate//postgraduate programme at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, where he acts as Associate Professor, projects coordinator as well as expert across realms of digital culture and media. Having obtained a PhD in media art, communication science and literature from the University of Erfurt (Germany), his scientific inquiries now include media arts pedagogy, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, media art and media ecology. His artistic interests range from (lecture) performances and intermedia installations to public-space interventions as well as participatory creative processes. He is active in the field of cultural and higher education policymaking, assessment and quality assurance. Peter Purg currently leads the interdisciplinary MAST – Module in Art, Science and Technology project (DG Connect) – as well as School of Arts' teams in projects such as KONS - Platform for Investigative Arts (EU Cohesion), DIVA - Art:Biz Innovation Ecosystem (Interreg SI-IT), EmindS (Erasmus+) and TV Free Europe (Creative Europe). He curated the 20th international media/contemporary art festival Pixxelpoint 2019. Full CV at

Dr. Črtomir Tavzes is a researcher at the InnoRenew CoE, an assistant research scientist at the University of Primorska, and conservation restoration adviser at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia. He earned his PhD in biotechnology in 2003 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the following two years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he continued working until 2008. Upon the return to Slovenia, he also served as the director of the Institute of Wood Science and Technology, and Sustainable Development (until 2014). His research experience spans from enzymatic wood degradation and wood liquefaction through wood pest control to the immunological detection of material substance of cultural heritage objects.


The lecture will be held in English via Zoom through the following link:


Monday, 4 January 2021 Assoc. Prof. Marko Tkalčič, PhD, ACM UMAP 2021 Programme co-chair

This year, the roles of the highest scientific officers as the Program Chairs at the ACM UMAP 2021(29th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization) are going to be shared by Nava Tintarev from the University of Maastricht and Marko Tkalčič from the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at UP FAMNIT.

ACM UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users or to groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information. The conference will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in a hybrid format in June 2021.

ACM UMAP covers a wide variety of research areas where personalization and adaptation may be applied. This includes a number of domains in which researchers are engendering significant innovations based on advances in user modelling and adaptation, recommender systems, adaptive educational systems, intelligent user interfaces, e-commerce, advertising, digital humanities, social networks, personalized health, entertainment, and many more.

Assoc. Prof. Marko Tkalčič, PhD, has been a leading member of the UMAP research community for several years now and is an editorial board member of the Springer UMUAI journal (A").

This is an important publicity outreach for the University of Primorska, as it will be positioned as one of the leading research centres in user modelling and personalization.

We sincerely congradulate Professor Tkalčič on his appointment!