Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic is a new professor of Computer Science at MDH

Oct 01, 2013 | Research/Cooperation

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic has been promoted to professor of Computer Science at the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. Her research concerns computation models for information processes. She teaches related subjects at the third-cycle and first-cycle levels at Mälardalen University.

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic

– Doing research on computation processes is very exciting and rewarding. My research means freedom and creativity for me as a researcher at the same time as it benefits society in terms of new knowledge and understanding, says Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic.

Research on computation processes combines among other things Computer Science, Computational Science, Bioinformatics, Information Science, Cognition Science, Philosophy and classical natural sciences.

Gordana’s research in this field is part of a new paradigm. It involves examining what computing means, how better and more effective computation models and devices can be constructed, and thus how information is created and structured and how it changes in dynamic processes.

– At the moment we are at a stage when theory has not been brought up to date with practice. The dominant classical Turing model of the computation process describes an isolated device which calculates a mathematical function – something which was typical of early computers. Today we have the Internet and other networks which compute in a parallel manner and communicate information, and we lack a robust and general model for computation processes like the Turing model. Recently, we have seen the development of a new type of computations inspired by nature. Some of these are well established, for instance genetic algorithms, while others, for instance quantum computers and cognitive computing, are developments in progress. My research project investigates what we can learn from nature about possible conceptual and material/physical computation mechanisms and whether or not there are general principles applicable to all computation processes inspired by nature, says Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic.

Today, researchers study nature as a network of computation processes/structures and learn in the process both how natural systems can be simulated and modelled and how these new principles for computation can be used to construct new computers. 

More information about Gordana

Gordana has doctoral degrees in Physics and in Computer Science. She has published a number of books, such as Information and Computation Nets (2009), Information, Computation, Cognition (2007) Information and Computation (2011) and Computing Nature (2013).