Invited Speaker: Mirjana Pejić Bach

Prof. Mirjana Pejić Bach, PhD

Department of informatics
Faculty of Economics and Business
University of Zagreb


Title of the invited lecture:
Operations Research meets Artificial Intelligence: Intersection or Union

Authors: Mirjana Pejic Bach

Operations research (OR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are fast-growing methods in methodology development and practical deployment. However, the debate is on the relations between these two fields, whether they are related or subordinated. The talk aims to present the results of the systematic literature review of OR and AI methods and to identify the applications that merge operations research and artificial intelligence methods. The talk will review the main topics extracted with the text mining approach. The findings shed extensive light on how OR and AI have evolved together. Finally, using the survey findings as a springboard, several avenues are suggested down which future research may go, including such themes as new approaches to research and techniques.

Short CV:

Mirjana Pejić Bach is a full professor at the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. She holds a PhD in system dynamics modelling from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. She was trained at the MIT Sloan School of Management in system dynamics and OliviaGroup in data mining. Mirjana is the leader and collaborator of numerous projects in which she cooperates with Croatian companies and international organizations, mainly through European Union projects and the bilateral research framework. Her research areas are the strategic application of information technology in business, data science, simulation modelling, research methodology, qualitative and quantitative, especially multivariate statistics and modelling structural equations. Mirjana is the editor of several scientific journals indexed in Scopus and WoS and has organized several conferences and given plenary lectures at congresses, such as IEEE Systems. She has won several international awards for her scientific work, such as the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. According to the Scopus scientific database, Mirjana Pejić Bach is among the 2% of the most cited scientists in 2020 and 2021. She received the largest number of citations from the field of Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing. The main goal of her work is to support aspiring researchers through mentoring doctoral theses and the development of their scientific careers.