Private universities in Serbia are facing less administrative difficulties in attracting Serbian talents from abroad to decide to return. School of Computing (Računarski fakultet) is a good example of systematic effort to collaborate with Serbian scientific diaspora.

One of its projects is the return of researchers for a period of time during which working conditions, funds and necessary equipment would be provided. Although a relatively young institution, the School of Computing takes pride in the following scientific returnees: 

Vušković L. Kristina, Full Professor

Obtained a PhD in the area of Algorithms, combinatorics and optimization, from the Carnegie Mellon University, USA in 1994. Completed her postdoctoral studies at the Department of combinatorics and optimization of the University of Waterloo, in the period from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000, Kristina Vušković was working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, Department of mathematics. She was a guest lecturer at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1998. Since 2000, she has been working at the University of Leeds School of Computing, where she has been elected for different lecturing positions, including the position of Full Professor. Since 2007, she has been cooperating with the School of Computing, and, since 2008, she has been employed there as a Full Professor.

Janković J. Vladimir, Full Professor

Obtained a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, Department of History and Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, in 1998. He was working as a lecturer at the University of Kentucky from 1996 to 2000. Since 2000, he has been working at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, of the University of Manchester, at different research positions. Since 2007, he has been cooperating with the School of Computing, and, since 2008, he has been employed there as a Full Professor. 

Pržulj B. Nataša, Associate Professor 

Dr Nataša Pržulj graduated in 1997 from Simon Fraser University, Department of Mathematics and Computing Science, BC, Canada. She published her Master`s thesis at the University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science in 2000. In 2005, she defended her Doctoral thesis, “Analyzing Large Biological Networks: Protein-Protein Interactions Example”, from the same university. From 1995 to 1996, she was working at the position of Quality Assurance Engineer for the company Hughes Aircraft of Canada Ltd., Richmond, BC, Canada. In 1996, she started working at the Simon Fraser University, Canada. She was also working for the company Westech Information Systems, Vancouver, Canada, in the period from 1997 to 1998. From 1999 to 2002, she was employed as a lecturer for the area of discrete mathematics at the University of Toronto. In 2005, she became a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, University of Toronto, where she was working on analyzing models of protein-protein interaction networks. Since 2008, Nataša Pržulj has been a member of the University of California Irvine (UCI) Cancer Center. She was elected an Associate Professor at the School of Computing the same year, where she has been teaching several doctoral study courses from the area of Algorithms, combinatorics and optimization.

Dr Podlesnik V. Dragan, Associate Professor

Dr Dragan Podlesnik defended his Doctoral Thesis "Laser-controlled aqueous etching of GaAs" in 1986, from the Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA. In the period from 1986 to 1990, he was working at the same university at the position of Research Professor, for the area of electrotechnics. After that, he started working for IBM Corporation, Yorktown, New York, firstly at Plasma R&D, as an Advisory Scientist, where he stayed until 1993, and then moved to the Logic and DRAM Integration Department as a Senior Scientist. In 1994, he moved to California and started working for Applied Materials, Santa Clara, California, at the position of Senior Technologist. In the period from 1999 to 2004, he was working simultaneously as a Managing Director at Etch Organization, The Conductor Etch Organization and Silicon Etch Division, The Applied Materials. Since 2005, he has been working at the positions of Technical Director at New Business/New Product Organization and Managing Director of the company Lam Research Corporation, where he has had the responsibility over research and development of new technologies in semiconductor industry. Since 2008, he has been engaged as an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, at the doctoral study programme from the area of signal processing in telecommunications.

Dr. Borislav Agapiev, Assistant Professor

Dr. Borislav Agapiev obtained a PhD in the area of Computer sciences from the Oregon Health & Science University. He was employed with Intel Company at the Intel Pentium Pro Microprocessors Development Department. After that, he was the founder and manager of the company Vast, Inc., specialized in vertical search engines. In 2006, Borislav Agapiev came up with the idea of creating a distributed search engine. That was the dawn of Wowd.com, the last generation real-time search engine that enables one to find the most recent and most popular Web pages. From the very beginning, the major part of Wowd development team has consisted of the students from the School of Computing , while, at the present moment, more than one half of 27 developers, (precisely 18), are current or graduate students from the School of Computing. After graduation, some of them stayed at the School, where they are working as Assistants. Dr Borislav Agapiev has been engaged at the position of Assistant Professor at the School of Computing since 2010. 

Partnership with the diaspora

Another form of the School`s strategic orientation is partnership with the diaspora through joint projects. The capacity and quality of the scientific diaspora in the area of computing is very significant. The School of Computing is working on identification of our people abroad and collecting information about them. A number of leading scientists have been included in the scientific research at the School through an interesting model of cooperation achieved through participation in doctoral study programmes. The scientists employed abroad have been included in lecturing process at the major doctoral study courses. They are also going to mentor PhD students in the process of their scientific specialization. The researchers are organizing regular courses from their areas of specialization, available to broader scientific circles.