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Mitja Lustrek

I was born in 1978 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I live in the town of Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

I finished primary school in Komenda and nearby Moste in 1993. It was during this period that I got interested in computers. My first computer was a ZX Spectrum and I attended several programming courses at  Jožef Stefan Institute. Towards the end of my primary education I switched to PC and learned to program in Pascal.

I attended gymnasium in Kamnik, from which I graduated in 1997. During this period I won 1st (1994) and 2nd (1996) place in national competition in logic and 2nd place (1994) in national competition in physics. I was involved in an interesting project called Impossible Objects dealing with objects best known from M. C. Escher's pictures (published as a special issue of Logika magazine). I learned to program in C/C++ and Delphi and did a little programming for Avtohiša Real.

In 2002 I received my B. Sc. degree in computer and information science from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer in Information Science with the thesis Računalniško igranje iger s kartami (Computer Card-game Playing) under the supervision of Ivan Bratko - more on this under Research. During this period I won 2nd place (1998) in national competition in recreational mathemtics. I attended summer school on programming at Hermes Softlab and did quite a bit of programming for Bocosoft (now Utrdba), most notably the eKompenzacije project for Finea holding.

Since 2002 I have been employed by the Department of Intelligent Systems at Jožef Stefan Institute (until 2007 as a junior researcher under the supervision of Matjaž Gams). In the winter of 2005/06 I visited the University of Alberta, Canada for four months to work with Vadim Bulitko on the pathology in real-time single-agent heuristic search. More about my work can be found under Research.

In 2007 I received my Ph. D. degree in computer and information science from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer in Information Science with the thesis Patologija v hevrističnih preiskovalnih algoritmih (Pathology in Heuristic Search Algorithms) under the supervision of Ivan Bratko and co-supervision of Matjaž Gams - more on this under Research.

In 2010 I worked as a postdoc at the University of Rostock, Institute for Biostatistics and Informatics in Medicine and Ageing Research to get acquainted with bioinformatics. My work was on epitope prediction and pluripotency - more on this under Research.

In 2011 the Group for Ambient Intelligence was established at Department of Intelligent Systems, and I became its head.