My name is Milan Z. Bjelica. I am a perseverant seeker for innovation. However, the innovation which shall transform the society. Currently, I am grasping all possibilities for innovating as a Head of Innovation in RT-RK Institute ( Innovating is also all about empowering others to join the path. Therefore, I love teaching the crafts to students, currently in the role of an Associate Professor at the University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Today’s innovation has digitalization at its core. Everything goes digital. We, as consumers, also go digital. To create a consumer innovation nowadays, one needs a grasp of electronics, market analysis, computer engineering, cloud and web development, application development and user experience and user interface / human-machine interaction design. Therefore, I am also dwelling over all these technoimg_20160905_160051logies; recently, I helped create an innovative UX and service for set-top boxes and TVs; immersive in-vehicle experience; Internet of Things infrastructure for modern home automation scenarios; interactive lighting controls for shops, airports and the Empire State Building; digital cockpit software design and HMIs; middleware stacks for autonomous cars where we could cage the AI to stop Skynet from becoming self-aware.

See some of these which were finally marketed as products here: C-More, Oblo Cloud, Insight, ColorKinetics, AMV, ALPHA

During my research career, I have published over 150 publications, including journals and conferences. I have participated in Technical program committees, seven times in a TPC chairing role (IEEE ICCE Berlin 2015, 2017 and 2019 and ZINC 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). Being highly product-oriented, I also hold 27 patents (pending and granted).

My core education is in Computer Engineering, with a Ph.D. degree from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. My thesis: “Methods of implementation of context-aware platforms and context-aware user interfaces for applications in consumer electronics“.

I have 10 years of professional experience as a software engineer, software architect, team leader, product owner, market specialist, research and innovation division lead.

See my official profiles (e.g. LinkedIn) for more formal information.

And keep on seizing the day.