Matjaž Humar from Condensed Matter Physics department at Jožef Stefan Institute won 1st Place Poster Prize at prestigious Nobel Laureate Meeting 2016. The meeting has taken place in Lindau, Germany from 26. June to 1. July. There were 400 invited young scientists from 80 countries and 29 Nobel laureates attending the 66. Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The attendees of the meeting are carefully selected by a committee giving priority to young scientists who are strongly committed to science and research. This year meeting was focused on physics. Matjaž presented a poster about lasers embedded into single live cells. His poster got the most votes given by the young scientists and Nobel laureates.
Researchers from the Department of Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics at Jožef Stefan Institute in collaboration with the colleagues from Technical University Darmstadt in Germany have revealed mechanisms of how human central nervous system controls the motion of our body during physical interaction with the environment. They examined adaptation to systematic postural perturbations while the human subjects had to perform a series of goal oriented movements. By employing a novel probabilistic modeling approach, the researchers established a computational model that explained how our brain arbitrates between goal oriented movements and maintaining postural balance. The findings of the study were published by Nature Scientific reports.
On May 23 and 24, 2016 Prof. Kiyoshi Tanaka, a Vice-President of Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan, and Hernán Aguirre, an Associated Professor at Shinshu University, were visiting the Jožef Stefan Institute. The purpose of the visit was to start a scientific cooperation between the two institutions supported by the Slovenian Research Agency and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. To this end, the two sides agreed on a memorandum that was signed by the Director of JSI Prof. Jadran Lenarčič on May 24. The joint research focuses on multi-criteria optimization for space exploration and infrastructure networks. At JSI it is conducted by the Computational Intelligence Group of the Department of Intelligent Systems led by Prof. Bogdan Filipič.
The journal Scientific Reports published on May 20, 2016 the article entitled "Points, skyrmions and torons in chiral nematic droplets", by Gregor Posnjak, Simon Čopar and Igor Muševič, members of the Solid State Department (F5) of JSI and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. They discovered a new method of reconstructing 3D orientational field of a liquid crystal, labelled with fluorescent molecules and imaged with a confocal optical microscope. Using this method they were able for the first time to determine unambigously the topological properties of a chiral liquid crystal, captured in a micro-droplet, as tiny as a hair. They could see singular point-like topological defects, separated by 3D topological objects, which are known in physics as skyrmions and torons.