University of Donja Gorica – UDG

University of Donja Gorica
Faculty of information systems and technologies
81000 Podgorica
University of Donja Gorica
Prof. Biljana Stamatovic
81000 Podgorica

Institution Background

First department of University of Donja Gorica (UDG) is founded in 2007. Now, on the university exist ten departments. On ofe the departments is Faculty of Information Systems and Technology (FIST). One of the main concepts of studies at the FIST is interdisciplinary. The initial premise of such an approach is an understanding that just as “economy can’t be explained by economy alone”, so the information technology knowledge should be acquired for the purposes of direct application and facilitation of solving the real-life business problems. Those studies are for high-school graduates who want to have an entrepreneurial approach towards their own knowledge and skills. Thus, at UDG, we are creating enabling conditions and raising the quality of teaching so that students can acquire knowledge, skills and character that enable him/her to work in any country of the world, not only Montenegro. The current generation of students will retire in 50-60 years. No one knows what will happen and what will change in the world until then. But it is certain that such a vortex increasingly requires not only technologies, but fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge. To graduate high-school students, this Faculty will offer knowledge that will have practical applicability in all areas of business. The knowledge of informatics and IT technologies is sought in the market especially in the fields of economy and business. The job market requires economists with knowledge in the area of information technologies or IT specialists who are able to apply their knowledge directly to economy and business. The FIST  will educate young people in a way to enable them to meet such demands of the job market. Those studies will at the same time ensure good positioning of students at the international job market. The program of the studies is compatible with similar programs of many European and world universities, primarily with the study program for Information Technologies at the University of Albany in the State of New York.


Research Group Background

Professors of FIST have experiences in architecture, hardware, and systems software R&D. Some of the professors are full time engaged on the FIST. Although it is a relatively young institution, FIST is engaged in many projects, both national and international. It is important to point out projects:

  1. Discrete structures and dynamic models with applications, which is a national scientific project
  2. A Collaborative Platform to Support Research and Technology Transfer, which is an Adriatic IPA financed project,
  3. Fostering students’ entrepreneurship and open innovation in university-industry collaboration, a TEMPUS project called
  4. Studying Protein Evolution Model Based on Cellular Automata, a bilateral scientist project with Republic of China
  5. Finite and cellular automata in structure recognition, a bilateral scientist project with Slovenia

In last few years researchers from the FIST are interesting in Cellular automata (CA), which is a simplest mathematical representation of complex systems. On the two bilateral projects and the national project our R&D group used CAs, which have application in material science (porous materials-image processing) and biology (protein evolution model). Our group believe that this call is challenge for us and will prepare us for next EU project calls in domains of the large scale distributed systems. As a member of the European research network we will have contacts for realization of more serious projects. Interdisciplinary of the project is also very important because of meeting researchers in separate areas for exchanging ideas.

Our group has great experience in large scale of interests. It is involved in Graph theory, Combinatorics, Algorithms and Programming, Database theory. We have experience in software development (database projecting, software development and implementation for information systems, automata simulation (in C++, NetLogo, Java)…), about twenty years.


Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics

UDG’s interest in NESUS span two Workgroups:

  • WG2: Programming models and runtimes
  • WG6: Applications