I’m a researcher studying computational mechanisms underlying cognitive functions and behaviours pertaining to natural language. The ability to communicate using language is uniquely human, and it is realized by networks of hundreds of millions of neurons in the brain. In my PhD thesis, I investigated how aspects of linguistic function could be realized in the brain by using biologically constrained neural networks.
I completed my PhD in Computer Science in 2020 at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where I was a student in the Computational Neuroscience Research group (CNRG). I received my Master’s degree in Computational Neuroscience from the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, and my undergraduate degree from FER at the University of Zagreb. My (occasionally updated) CV is available here.
I come from Croatia, which is a small beautiful country in the Mediterranean whose contours on a map, some people say, look a bit like those of a bird in flight (imagining Istria as the bird’s head). To pronounce my name as a Croatian would, try saying E-va [sounds like “va” in lava]-na [“na” like in retina] Ka-[sounds like “ca” in cartoon]-yeech. Croatians speak Croatian, which is a Slavic language and contains lovely vowelless words such as trg (town square), vrh (peak) and Krk (name of an island). Instead of getting lost while trying to find a trg on a vrh at Krk, one can also visit Plitvička Jezera, Dubrovnik or Paklenica.