I research, teach and develop.

Rocking the science in many ways.

Research

I am a PhD student at University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing working in professor Branko Mikac's research group at Department of Telecommunications.

My PhD research work is on the application of simulation methods, including Monte Carlo, for estimation of optical telecommunication network reliability and availability and evaluation of methods that improve it. I am also interested in applications of heterogeneous parallel and distributed computing in network simulation and molecular dynamics software to optimize it for usage on high performance computers.

Teaching

At InfUniRi I teach the following

  • Computer Networks 1 and 2,
  • Operating Systems 2,
  • Parallel Programming on Heterogeneous Systems (supported in part by NVIDIA within CUDA Teaching Center Program),
  • Distributed Systems and
  • Network Systems Management.

At RiTeh I teach Computer Networks undergraduate course.

Teaching materials can be found at HeterogeneousWiki (in Croatian, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0).

Development

I am a developer of ns-3 optical telecommunication network model (PWNS project at GitHub). Parts of it utilize Open MPI and NVIDIA CUDA. (Contact me for more information.)

I am interested in tools such as NEPI/NEF/NETNS, IMUNES/CORE, OpenFlow, Named Data Networking, Theano, Thrust, CUB, Modern GPU and GROMACS.

I am a big fan of Debian GNU/Linux and Fedora distributions, NetBeans and Eclipse IDEs, Git version control system and Clang C++ compiler.


List of Professional and Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Prototype WDM Network Simulator (PWNS), no external funding, timeframe 2012--today;
  • Establishment of CUDA Teaching Center at University of Rijeka, funded by NVIDIA, timeframe 2012--today;
  • Recommender system for computer aided learning, funded by MZOS/UniRi, timeframe 2013--2015;
  • RFID (Internet of Thing) based animal individual behavior intelligent identification technology and application in traceability (REMALLOY), funded by MZOS, timeframe 2014--2015;

Past Projects

  • Distance learning system based on a dialogue for e-business, funded by MZOS, timeframe 2007--2013;
  • Development of e-learning materials for Computer Networks 2 course, funded by UniRi, timeframe 2012;

I like reading about ideas.

Quotes are picked solely on personal preference.

Ayn Rand

"The present state of the world is not the proof of philosophy’s impotence, but the proof of philosophy’s power. It is philosophy that has brought men to this state -- it is only philosophy that can lead them out."
(For the New Intellectual)

"Man's mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His mind is given to him, its content is not. To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action. He cannot obtain his food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it. He cannot dig a ditch -- or build a cyclotron -- without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it. To remain alive, he must think."
(Atlas Shrugged)

"I want to see, real, living, and in the hours of my own days, that glory I create as an illusion. I want it real. I want to know that there is someone, somewhere, who wants it, too. Or else what is the use of seeing it, and working, and burning oneself for an impossible vision? A spirit, too, needs fuel. It can run dry."
(Introduction to 25th Anniversary Edition of The Fountainhead)

More info: Ayn Rand Institute, Ayn Rand Lexicon, Atlas Shrugged.

Chuck Palahniuk

"People do it everyday, they talk to themselves... they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it."

"I say never be complete. I say stop being perfect. I say let's evolve. Let the chips fall where they may."

"We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't."

"We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra."

"We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need."
(Fight Club movie, screenplay by Jim Uhls, directed by David Fincher)

More info: The Cult

Others

"I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile and cunning."
(A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce)

"You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down -- up to a man's age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course."
(A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan)

"Science is woefully underfunded compared to the scale of the problems it’s trying to solve."
(Scienceogram UK)

I like

life, integrity, honesty, reason, self-esteem; working as a teaching and research assistant, my colleagues at InfUniRi, RiTeh and at FER, my courses, my students, my friends, my family; PhD studies (well, most of the time), doing network modelling and simulations, writing research papers, mathematics and its aplications in engineering disciplines, computer networks; free software and its community, Debian, Fedora (sometimes), ns-3 (many amazing people work on it), NetBeans (Eclipse comes close), GROMACS (it is very cool), Git (no explantion necessary); GitHub, the new Facebook, and Bitbucket, the new Myspace; working with high-performance computers using CUDA and MPI, accelerating molecular dynamics; biotechnology students, especially those who claim that I invented Linux and nobody else is using it besides me for teaching; teaching, both auditory and lab exercises, guest lectures about Linux, LibreOffice and Python; tourist animation, entertainment, summer and being at the beach, fine coctails, ice cream, interesting girls and people in general, many star hotels with fine food (and lots of it); fine food regardless of the hotels, cakes, especially fruit cakes and and Schwarzwald; peaches, strawberries, pears and cherries combined with (ice) cream; conferences and summer schools, meeting other researchers; people who have standards of right and wrong, people who know what they want, people who can recognize the work done well and from the work done badly, people who do good work; lead and participate in successful projects; yoga, running, gym, basically anything that can serve as stress relief; Python and most of the time C++, tools like GDB/LLDB, Clang static analyzer, Valgrind, SystemTap; Croatian Railways and trains in general; high school literature such as Sorrows of Young Werther, Anna Karenina and other works by Tolstoy; Ayn Rand's literary and philosophical works ...

I dislike

negatvity, lack of desire and initiative to do the right thing, boring lectures; foggy and imprecise rules, to be stretched at arbitrary whim, don't blame me mentality; non-free software, closed data formats, research results closed behind a paywall; danglers, ridged and fake people; students who bother me about getting points as an alms, without any rational base, students who have no idea what the course is about and jump out to quote the laws and rule books; injustice, lies, people who don't know what to do with their lives and use that as an excuse to bother others with their problems, gossips, the whole blaming others for personal issues culture; living on someone else's earnings (physically and spiritually), looters (physical and spiritual), including fake spiritual teachers who are in the game for money and sell crap in return, religion and religious institutions; evasion and running away from reality, getting away from any responsibility; boring kids addicted to constant stimulation, raised on MTV and sweets, parents who allow the children to run over their heads and have weak standards of right and wrong, the whole permissive parenting idea; fast food (despite that fact that it can be tasty), whole rushing everywhere culture (despite the fact that sometimes you have to accept it); doing work the crappy way just to get it done, publishing bad papers just to publish a certain number of them and get promoted, viewing the world superficially, juding people and situations without looking at the depth; television and crap TV shows, especially stuf like My Super Sweet 16, Jersey Shore and other wannabe dramatic or funny shows; completely pointless modern literature junk that is assigned in high school, including Waiting for Godot by Beckett, Chairs by Ionesco and The Metamorphosis by Kafka; the whole fame behind Madamme Bovary and overvaluation of such mentality ...

Want to contact me?

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