Plenary session will be dedicated to the 50 years of high education in the field of electrical engineering in Banja Luka.
50 Years of Electronics in Banja Luka by Prof. B. Dokić and Prof. V. Litovski
Major role of electronics development in Banja Luka had Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Banja Luka and "Cajavec" company. In ex Yugoslavia, Banja Luka was regarded as the city of electronics. We were the first who had the technology for production of multilayered printed circuit boards, and, later, the technology of hybrid integrated circuits. The first microprocessor as well as the first pacemaker in ex Yugoslavia was made by "Cajavec" company. As a result of cooperation between "Cajavec" company and Department of Electronics, Electronic Faculty in Nis, the projects for production of Programmable Gate Arrays (PGA) in CMOS and I2L technologies were realized.
Prof. B. Dokić
Branko L. Dokic is full professor (from 1995) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineeing, University of Banja Luka and international member (from 2004) of the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences. He was vice-dean (1985-1987) and dean (1991-2000) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Banja Luka, and science adviser (1982-1990) at "Cajavec" company. He coordinated the teams on the many scientific-research and development projects that were realized as a result of cooperation between Faculty of Electrical Engineering and "Cajavec" company. He was author and co-author of more than 120 scientific and professional papers and six books. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the "Electronics" journal and Chairman of the Symposium INDEL.
Prof. V. Litovski
Prof. Vančo B. Litovski was born in Rakita, South Macedonia, Greece, in 1947. Since 1948 he is in refuge in Republic of Macedonia, Hungary and Serbia. He spent all working life with the Faculty of Electronic Engineering at the University of Niš, Serbia. He became a full professor of Electronics and Computer aided design of electronic circuits in 1987. Since 1978 he was leading a long list of strategic project funded by the Serbian and Yugoslav governments and JNA. He was leading several international projects funded by the British, Austrian, and German governments and The European Commission. He has a long and outstanding history of industrial cooperation. He was teaching at the Universities of Niš, Priština, Sarajevo, Istočno Sarajevo, and Banja Luka. In 1999 he was elected a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Southampton, UK. He proudly claims that at the home faculty he was the first to introduce: Integrated Circuit Design, Electronic circuits simulation, UNIX, C/C++, TCP/IP, Computer Graphics, Artificial Neural Networks, VHDL, membership to Europractice, Cadence IC design suit, Beowulf Cluster Technology, Virtual Instrumentation, and, in 1987, the first scientific laboratory named LEDA. He is author of more that 400 published papers and 23 text-books. He is winner of The Savastano Award, The Tesla Award and The ETRAN Award.
Cooperation with European (UK) Universities in Research and Education by Prof. P. Rapajic
Cooperation and Joint Effort in research and Education between universities (local, European, or international) does not need additional proof of its usefulness. This lecture provides argument that: 1) it is unlikely (though not entirely impossible) that individual researcher/educator can fundamentally change the existing environment, and 2) individual (person or small organizations) RESPONSE to existing circumstances gives still ample scope to mutual cooperation, mutual benefit and ultimately even personal benefit.
Many of us have even some answers to the questions asked above. However, many of us are not entirely happy with those answers, feeling that there is more to it than ‘meets the eye’. This plenary talk does not provide definitive answers to all questions; however it gives serious examination to ‘hidden cost of communication in cooperation’ which in many cases destroys potentially successful cooperative efforts.
Prof. P. Rapajic
Prof Predrag Rapajic is a graduate of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Banjaluka. He received his Bachelor degree in Telecommunications in 1982 and this year 2012. he celebrates 30th anniversary since his graduation which, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Institution itself. Prof Rapajic is a recipient of the Gold Medal, University of Banjaluka for the year 1982. Prof Rapajic received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1994. Currently he is a Professor of Communication Systems, University of Greenwich.
Prof Rapajic had productive international career as engineer, scientist and academic in the area of communications and information processing. He has been mentor and active collaborator to more than 40 successful PhD candidates and junior colleagues, where many of them achieved recognised international reputation in their own right. Prof Rapajic has been well known internationally for his part in discovery and formulation of ‘Adaptive multiuser detection’ which is the theoretical and practical framework for what became to be known commercially as MIMO concept in mobile communication systems.