I’m a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo working in the Computational Neuroscience Research group (CNRG) headed by Chris Eliasmith. My interests are in biologically constrained representations of language. In particular, I investigate distributed representations of the linguistic content such as words and sentences that can be efficiently implemented in a large-scale network of spiking neurons. To do so, I use a compressed, vector-based representations of words and sentences called semantic pointers that can be manipulated to mimic aspects of syntactic and semantic processing.
I received a Master’s degree in Computational Neuroscience at the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin and my Bachelor in Computing from FER at the University of Zagreb. I also worked as a Research Fellow in the Cognovo group at the Plymouth University in England, where I built neural networks of a verbal association task. My (occasionally updated) CV is available here.
I come from Croatia, which is a small beautiful country in the Mediterranean whose contours on a map, some people say, look a bit like those of a bird in flight (imagining Istria as the bird’s head). To pronounce my name as a Croatian would, try saying E-va [sounds like “va” in lava]-na [“na” like in retina] Ka-[sounds like “ca” in cartoon]-yeech. Croatians speak Croatian, which is a Slavic language and contains lovely vowelless words such as trg (town square), vrh (peak) and Krk (name of an island). Instead of getting lost while trying to find a trg on a vrh at Krk, one can also visit Plitvička Jezera, Dubrovnik or Paklenica.