Mihailo Pupin Institute

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Homepage: www.institutepupin.com

Gender Equality Plan: PDF

Institute Mihajlo Pupin (Pupin) is a leading Serbian R&D institution in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), the biggest and the oldest in the whole South Eastern Europe area. The institute was founded in 1946 and has 250 researchers. At the Pupin Institute, the ICT projects of critical national importance have been conducted, combining systems engineering and information technology to develop innovative solutions in the area of knowledge and content technologies and applications, Web services, telecommunications and computer networks, management information systems, e-government, e-business, e-education, electrical power system management, water supply management, traffic control, etc. For projects on a large scale, the Pupin Institute assembles a team with the best mixture of expertise appropriate to that specific engagement. Pupin also provides a wide range of products and services. Its service scope covers customized IT solutions, HW/SW outsourcing, technology consulting, engineering, prototyping, and system design and integration. ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Certificate that Pupin holds guaranties that it meets the value and quality expectations of its customers. Leading world companies such as Raytheon, BASF, NCR and Philips had benefited from MPI's solutions and services. Pupin is currently involved ELEVEN running FP7 projects (REFLECT, PERFECTION, AgroSENSE, WBC-INCO Net, HydroWEE, ICT-WEB-PEROMS, HELENA, EMILI, EnergyWarden, PROCEED, CESAR). Although operating in male dominant research area, information and communication technologies, Pupin has got almost perfect gender balance (with more than 40% female researcher, one of them occupying the highest research post – Scientific director). Pupin has already taken part in one FP6 project dealing with gender issues (PROEMETEA) and is currently involved in similar FP7 project (HELENA). Being and ICT institute, Pupin undertakes all task regarding the IT support to the project (Web portal, data-bases, e-collaboration tool, polling tools, etc.), but also takes an active part in gender related research issues and information acquisition at the national and regional level.

Persons involved:
Prof. Dr. Sanja VraneÅ¡ is jointly appointed as a Scientific Director of the Mihailo Pupin Institute and as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Belgrade. From 1999 she has been engaged as a United Nations Expert for information technologies. Her research interests include semantic web, knowledge management, intelligent agents, e-collaboration, decision support systems, multicriteria analysis algorithms, gendering research, research policy development, etc. In these areas she published over 170 scientific papers. She serves as a reviewer of respectable international journals, like IEEE Transaction on Computer, IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine, and also as a reviewer and evaluator of FP6 and FP7 projects. She was a visiting professor at the University of Bristol, England during the 1993 and 1994 years. In the period 1999-2004 she was a Scientific Consultant at the ICSUNIDO, International Center for Sceince and High Technology in Trieste, Italy. She has been involved in 11 Framework Programme projects and 2 Interreg/Cadses projects. Currently she is coordinating FP6 project web4WeB (Web technologies for West Balkan Countries). She has also served as a project leader and/or principal architect of more than 20 complex software projects. She is a member of IEEE, ACM and AAAI. She is also a member of Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences and of National Scientific Council. As a member of National Scientific Council she is involved in National R&D Strategy and Policy Development as well as National ICT Strategy Development where she ialso nsists on covering a gender aspect.
Jelena Jovanović, senior software engineer, graduated from University of Belgrade, Computer Science Dept. Since 2002, she has been employed with the Mihajlo Pupin Institute. She took part in design and implementation of CyberSchool (School management and distance learning system, 2003), WiseChoice (multi-criteria decision support system, 2004), FP6 SARIB project (Sava River Basin: Sustainable Use, Management and Protection of Ressources, 2004–2007) and FP6 Prometea project (project “Empowering women engineers in scientific and research carriers” 2005-2007). Within the previous gender related project PROMETEA she was in charge of Web portal development, as well as e-collaboration tool enabling not only easy cooperation among the project partners but also facilitating data acquisition and analysis. She is currently taking part in another gender-related project HELENA.
Dr Valentina Janev, Senior Researcher, acquired her MSc thesis at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and her Phd thesis at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has been employed at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute for 15 years now, working mostly on the EU Framework Programme Projects (Web4WeB, EMILI, HELENA, LOD2, GeoKnow). She has published more than 80 scientific papers in the area of knowledge management, human resources, semantic web, and gender research. She takes part in current gender related FP7 project, where she is responsible for implementation of the Gender Equality Action Plan of PUPIN.