prof. dr. sc. Ivana Podnar Žarko

Full professor, Department of Telecommunications

Function: Research Support Centre Manager, Department of Telecommunications

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Podnar Žarko, Ivana; Mueller, Szymon; Płociennik, Marcin; Rajtar, Tomasz; Jacoby, Michael; Pardi, Matteo; Insolvibile, Gianluca; Glykantzis, Vasileios; Antonić, Aleksandar; Kušek, Mario; Soursos, Sergios The symbIoTe Solution for Semantic and Syntactic Interoperability of Cloud-based IoT Platforms // Proc. 2019 Global IoT Summit (GIoTS) Aarhus, Denmark, 2019. pp. 1-6 doi:10.1109/GIOTS.2019.8766420
(best paper award)

Benčić, Federico Matteo; Skočir, Pavle; Podnar Žarko, Ivana. DL-Tags: DLT and Smart Tags for decentralized, privacy-preserving and verifiable supply chain management. // IEEE Access. 7 (2019) , 1; 46198-46209 (journal article).

Benčić, Federico Matteo; Podnar Žarko, Ivana; Hrga, Alen.  Aurora: a robust and trustless verification and synchronization algorithm for distributed ledgers // 2019 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain Atlanta, USA, 2019. pp. 1-7

Marjanović, Martina; Antonić, Aleksandar; Podnar Žarko, Ivana; Edge computing architecture for mobile crowdsensing // IEEE Access, 6 (2018), 1; 10662-10674 doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2799707 (journal article).

Pripužić, Krešimir; Podnar Žarko, Ivana; Aberer Karl. Time and Space Efficient Sliding Window Top-k Query Processing. // ACM transactions on database systems 40 (2015) , 1; 1-44


Ivana Podnar Žarko is Full Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia (UNIZG-FER) where she teaches courses on distributed information systems and Internet of Things. She received her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from UNIZG-FER, in 1996, 1999 and 2004, respectively.

She is affiliated with the Department of Telecommunications at UNIZG-FER from 1997. She was a guest researcher and research associate at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She was promoted to Full Professor in December 2017 and currecntly leads UNIZG-FER's Internet of Things Laboratory.

Prof. Žarko has participated in 9 research projects in the last 5 years funded by national and EU funds and was the Technical Manager of the H2020 project symbIoTe: Symbiosis of smart objects across IoT environments (2016-2018). She is currently leading two national projects: IoT-Field funded by European Structural and Investment Funds, and IoT4us funded by Croatian Science Foundation. She is also participating as a researcher in the Centre of Research Excellence for Data Science and Advanced Cooperative Systems, which is the first national center of excellence in the field of technical sciences in Croatia.

She has co-authored more than 70 scientific journal and conference papers in the area of large-scale distributed systems, IoT, and Big data processing. Recently she focuses on research problems related to IoT interoperability and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). She has served as a program committee member for many international conferences and workshops (e.g., IEEE Globecom, IEEE 5G World Forum, Global IoT Summit, IEEE ICC) and is co-organizing a series of research workshops Int. Workshop on Interoperability and Open Source Solutions for the IoT (InterOSS-IoT) from 2014. She was a track chair of the 19th Annual IEEE/ACM Int. Symposium in Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2019) and member of the editorial board of Automatika: Journal for Control, Measurement, Electronics, Computing and Communications since 2016.

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  • Computers and information processing
    Edge computing Big Data applications Distributed computing Collaborative work Crowdsourcing Distributed information systems Publish-subscribe
  • Computational and artificial intelligence
    Context awareness Cooperative systems
  • Communications technology
    Overlay networks Peer-to-peer computing Crowdsourcing Internet of Things

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List of select projects

symbIoTe:  Symbiosis of smart objects across IoT environments, H2020 RIA project H2020-ICT-2015, no. 688156, (01/2016-12/2018), Role in project: Technical Manager.

OpenIoT: Open Source Solution for the Internet of Things into the Cloud, FP7 project ICT-2011.1.3, no. 287305, (06/2013-02/2015), Role in project: leader of the FER research team in project.

HUTS: Human-centric Communications in Smart Networks - research project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (10/2014–09/2017). Role in project: researcher.

ACROSS: Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems - FP7-REGPOT project (2013-2014). Role in project: researcher.