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Katerina Taskova


I started my research career in Slovenia, while working as a research assistant at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. I received my Doctoral degree in Computer Science in 2012 from the International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan in Ljubljana. Most of my postdoctoral career continued in academia in Germany and New Zealand, before I joined the University of Auckland as a lecturer.

  • 2018 – 2019, Research Fellow in Data Science, Centre for Social Data Analytics, School of Economics, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

  • 2014 – 2018, Postdoctoral Researcher, Computational Biology and Data Mining Group, Faculty of Biology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH, Germany.

  • 2012 – 2014, Postdoctoral Researcher, Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics Group, Institute for Computer Science, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

  • 2012 – 2014, Research Associate, Intel Visual Computing Institute, University of Saarland, Germany.

  • 2011 – 2012, Independent Researcher, NELA Development Center for Electrical and Electronic Industry, Slovenia.

  • 2007 – 2011, Research Assistant (within the Young Researcher program), Computer Systems Department, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia.

Research | Current

Data Mining, Machine Learning, Mathematical Modelling, and Meta-Heuristic Optimisation, with applications in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences.

Teaching | Current

COMPSCI 760: Data Mining and Machine Learning

Areas of expertise

  • Large-scale general-purpose numerical optimization

  • Nature-inspired meta-heuristics

  • Automated modeling of nonlinear dynamic systems

  • Bionformatics analysis of omics data

  • Structural bioinformatics

  • Cheminformatics

  • Predictive risk modeling from linked administrative data

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Theobald, J., Ghanem, A., Wallisch, P., Banaeiyan, A. A., Andrade-Navarro, M. A., Taškova K, ... Reuter, S. (2018). Liver-Kidney-on-Chip To Study Toxicity of Drug Metabolites. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 4, 78-89. 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.7b00417
  • Taškova K, Fontaine, J.-F., Mrowka, R., & Andrade-Navarro, M. A. (2018). Evaluation of in vivo and in vitro models of toxicity by comparison of toxicogenomics data with the literature. Methods, 132, 57-65. 10.1016/j.ymeth.2017.07.010
  • Benedik, B., Taškova K, Tavčar J, & Duhovnik, J. (2015). Prediction of vacuum cleaner motor brush life: A regression approach. IET Electric Power Applications, 9 (9), 569-577. 10.1049/iet-epa.2014.0437
  • Dietzen, M., Kalinina, O. V., Taškova K, Kneissl, B., Hildebrandt, A.-K., Jaenicke, E., ... Hildebrandt, A. (2015). Large oligomeric complex structures can be computationally assembled by efficiently combining docked interfaces. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 83 (10), 1887-1899. 10.1002/prot.24873
  • Šilc J, Taškova K, & Korošec P (2015). Data mining-assisted parameter tuning of a search algorithm. Informatica, 39 (2), 169-176. Related URL.
  • Čerepnalkoski D, Tashkova, K., Todorovski, L., Atanasova, N., & Džeroski S (2012). The influence of parameter fitting methods on model structure selection in automated modeling of aquatic ecosystems. Ecological Modelling, 245, 136-165. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.06.001
  • Tashkova, K. (2012). Parameter identification in nonlinear dynamic systems with meta-heuristic approaches = Identifikacija parametrov v nelinearnih dinamičnih sistemih z metahevrističnimi pristopi International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia. K. Tashkova.
  • Tashkova, K., Šilc J, & Korošec P (2012). Exploring the Parameter Space of a Search Algorithm. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Bioinspired Optimization Methods and their Application (BIOMA 2012), 151-162. Bohinj, Slovenia: Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Related URL.

Contact details

Office hours

Wednesdays 2-4pm

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 493
New Zealand