I’m Una, an electrical engineer working on biomedical applications of electronics, wearable devices, and machine learning.

Recently I finished PhD at EPFL in Lausanne working on designing machine learning algorithms for biomedical applications. I focused on using a new approach of hyperdimensional computing with a focus on epileptic seizure detection from EEG signals. Previously, I spent 2 years working in the lab applying tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) for the recovery of stroke patients and enhancement of motor learning.

However, I’m passionate about science in general, mostly new trends for open science, science communication, and how to use science for good and society. I recently co-organized summer school on topics of science and policy: How to bridge the gap? which also opened other perspectives on science. I’m considering going in the direction of meta-research and research on publication practices, peer review, reproducibility, research integrity, and evaluation.

For years I have been co-leading the non-profit organization Penkala, which focuses on young Croatian scientists and researchers in academia and industry and tries to bring them together to foster connections, share experiences and knowledge, and promote projects and collaborations. Some of the projects we are leading are „Slušalica“ – the first Croatian scientific podcast, „Penkalin blog“ – a blog with the research of Croatian scientists, and many science talks and events, of which the biggest is Mutimir. If you are Croatian and would like to know more or get involved, please write to me! 😊

Currently, I’m figuring out post-PhD life and what next challenges I want to take as my next job. If you have ideas for jobs that combines machine learning and AI for neuroscience or healthcare applications, or are at the interface of research on global health and decision-making, please write me! If you are working in the field of meta-research I would really like to chat, too!
I would be happy to challenge myself in the project management roles for projects that promote open science, global health, or sustainability.

Please feel free to contact me at una[dot]pale[at]gmail[dot]com or through contact form! 😀

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