Computer Science Student Advancement Program – CSSAP

Computer Science Student Advancement Program (CSSAP) is a research program that offers a 3-month summer fellowship at Rice University Computer Science Department, Houston, TX, USA, for undergraduate students currently enrolled in a Computer Science program in Serbia.

Through this program, students get a first hand experience working on a word-class research project in an area of Computer Science of their interest. The students are placed in a dynamic environment, working closely with Rice University faculty members, Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. Most of the internship projects result in a research paper published in a leading scientific conference or journal, with the student one of the leading authors.

During the internship, the students are fully supported by the research project, and have an opportunity to interact with other CSSAP students that are participating in other projects, as well as experience the multicultural, diverse environment of Rice University and Houston Metropolitan area.

CSSAP was founded in 2013 and has so far hosted 28 students from University of Belgrade and University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Several of those students have enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Rice University after completing their internship and graduating from their University in Serbia.

SACCH signed an agreement with Rice University to provide logistics support for CSSAP student interns. To that end, CSSAP provides students with visa affidavit needed to obtain student visa in order to be authorized to work at Rice University. SACCH also purchases roundtrip airplane tickets to Houston, signs apartment rental agreement for student housing, pays monthly rental and helps students with transportation to and from the airport. The portionof the monthly student stipend not spent on airplane ticket and monthly apartment rental is paid to students by SACCH. In addition to providing logistics assistance, SACCH also promotes cultural exchange by organizing events where student interns are exposed to Texas life and culture, and meet and greet members of Serbian community in Houston.

CSSAP 2013 Students


Tea Prokic

 

Equally so, CSAP Program, dedicated to parallel computing and programming, has been able to help Tea learn latest scientific breakthroughs. “The opportunities to use new technologies and equipment, to work in a dynamic environment, take part in an innovative project, as well as learn from experts and cooperate with experienced people in computer science and information technologies are the benefits of this program” explains Tea.

Nonetheless, she is also able to enjoy working with experts and learning from them. “During this process, I have had an enormous help from my mentors, as well as from all the members of my team, who were wonderfully cooperative, making it easier for me to fit in. I would also like to express my gratitude to my mentors – Professor Vivek Sarkar and Dr. Zoran Budimlic – who have shown great understanding for my scientific curiosity” concluded Tea.

CSAP is a program that supports Serbian students who specialize in technological studies to broaden their knowledge by attending Rice University during summer semester.

This year, Rice University sponsored Tea Prokic as the only student with a possibility of opening doors to more students in the following year.

 

CSSAP 2014 Students

Jovan Stojanovic

Nevena Miletic

 

Jovan Stojanović is at his final year of master studies at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Signals and Systems, Subdivision Automation and Signal Processing. Jovan participated in Elektriada (International Science and Sport Games of Students of Electrical Engineering 2012 and 2013), Competition in Automatics, and he was Ranked first in both team and individual competition. After graduation, Jovan accepted an internship in Poland where he worked in Religa Foundation of Cardiac Surgery. He made a small but relevant contribution for a Robinheart robot development.

 

Nevena Miletic graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer Engineering and Information Theory. She is currently attending master studies. For the past year Nevena has been working as a Teacher Assistant. I came here as I got an exciting opportunity to do the research rather than just read about it. It is easy to work when you can potentially contribute answers to important questions about reality.

CSSAP 2015 Students

Branko Gvoka

Branko Gvoka is currently at his final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Novi Sad, specializing in “Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  – Information Systems”. He participated in several training seminars out of the country, summer schools, workshops and also helped to organize local events and seminars for foreign students at his faculty.

He was rewarded as the best participant at “EdIT – Education for Innovative Thinkers” summer school organized by Comtrade IT Solutions and Services. Because of his constant yearn in acquiring knowledge and skills, while studying, for the past year, Branko also worked as a part-time software developer in the company Execom from Novi Sad, Serbia, that specializes in “Custom software development”.

As part of Computer Science Student Advancement Program “CSAP”, Branko has opportunity to also work on one of his scientific interests – Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing at Rice University, mentored by Dr. Vivek Sarkar and Dr. Zoran Budimlic renound research scientists, that they truly admires.

CSSAP 2016 Students

Srdjan Milakovic

Nikola Djuza

Dimitrije Jankov

 

Srdjan Milakovic

(2012 – ) University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, GPA: 9.61 (max 10.00)

Programming Skills

Advanced Knowledge of : C/C++, Java, Android development Basic Knowledge of: Assembly, JavaScript, Python, C#, MATLAB, Angular, iOS development

Spoken languages: Serbian, English – upper intermediate level

Other Interests: Physics, Mathematics, Sports

 

Nikola Djuza has a Computer science, Bachelor’s degree

I love playing with various Linux distributions. Favorite distro is elementaryOS. Interested in web development, design and cloud computing. Everything I make or do must look good besides working as it should. In my free time I enjoy doing yoga, watching MotoGP or exploring new technologies in programming world.

 

Dimitrije Jankov

I am a student at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, expected to graduate in the June of 2016 with the professional title Bachelor with Honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have a exelent knowlege in software development, programming and mathematics, and I very excited about being in the CSAP this year.

 

CSSAP 2017 Students

Nives Kaprocki

Nemanja Milićević

Dragan Vidaković

Ljubica Vujovic

Kristijan Ziza

Vladimir Indjic

 

Nives Kaprocki is a Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering currently working as a firmware engineer in the Research and Development company RT-RK and as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. She finished Grammar School Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj in Novi Sad, where she received a Goethe Institute scholarship for studying German and regularly hosted student literary events.  Nives attended Bachelor and Master studies at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, study program Computing and Control Engineering, and graduated with the highest marks. During her studies she was an active member of a non-governmental organization European Youth Parliament and participated in a Konrad Adenauer Foundation scholarship program for gifted students. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and practicing Yoga and Pilates.

 

Nemanja Milićević was born in 1994. in Trebinje. He grew up in Bileća, where he graduated from elementary and high school with honors. During elementary and hgh school, he participated various competitions and won several prizes in mathematics, informatics, chess and karate.  Currently, he is student of final year of undergraduate studies at Faculty of Technical Sciences at University of Novi Sad, majoring in Applied Computer Sciences and Informatics with current GPA of 10.00/10.00. He won an award for Education Excellence for every year of his undergraduate studies. Nemanja participated an international competition for students from electrical engineering faculties. He is fellow of Foundation ‘dr Milan Jelić’ for talented students for 2016/17. Also, he finished Microsoft’s Machine Learning School held in Petnica research center and he is software engineering intern at Rendered Text in Novi Sad since third year of his undergraduate studies.

 

Dragan Vidaković was born on 21st February 1993 in Bijeljina, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He finished Elementary school in Janja and High school „Mihajlo Pupin“ in Bijeljina. During school time he participated in republic competitions in Physics and BiH olympiads in Informatics.  In 2012 he started Undergraduate Academic Studies of Computing and Control Engineering at Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. In 2016 he obtained Bachelor’s degree, finishing studies with GPA 9.70 of 10. After that, he started Master Academic Studies at the same study programme. During studies he won prizes on various hackathons. Since 2016, he works as a Teaching Associate at the Chair of Informatics. He’s the author of two scientific papers at international conferences.

During his free time, he enjoys sports (especially basketball), live concerts and explores the art of craft beer brewing process.

 

Ljubica Vujovic has graduated from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. She had finished The First Grammar School in Kragujevac as best student in class and one of the greatest achievements then was presenting Serbia on International Science Junior Olympiad. During undergraduate studies, she was student assistant at Department for Applied Mathematics, Fundamental Elentrotechniques and Computer Science. She had received BAFA award for best student, Google Scholarship for Women in Computer Science and she had attended the first conference “Women in Trading and Technology”. Besides her interest in science, she was part of debate section and drama studio.

 

Kristijan Ziza was born in Glina on the 3rd of September 1994, but he has lived in Belgrade since he was one year old. He finished Secondary School of Economics in Grocka with GPA 5.00/5.00 and was awarded ‘Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic’ prize. After that he enrolled at School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Department of Software Engineering, which he graduated from in July 2017 with GPA 10.00/10.00. During all four years of studying he was awarded ‘The best student of Department’ prize, and in 2017 he started working as a Teaching Associate at the Chair of Computer Engineering and Information Theory. As a member of Regional Center for Talented Youth he won several prizes on regional and republic competitions in informatics, and since 2016 he is a scholar of Serbian Government’s Fund for Young Talents. He used to play chess professionally for 10 years.

 

Vladimir Inđić was born in Šabac on the 20th of February 1995. In his hometown, he finished primary school “Jevrem Obrenović” with the GPA 5.00/5.00 and was awarded “The Student of The Generation” prize. The same success he achieved as a student of Sabac Grammar School. He had extraordinary results at National Competitions in mathematics, physics and Serbian Language and Grammar. Currently, he is a third year student at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. He is attending a Computer Science program called Software Engineering and Information Technology with current GPA 10.00/10.00. He used to play basketball for 10 years. Also, he has been playing the guitar since 14.

CSSAP 2018 Students

Ana Conev

Peter Djekanovic

Sara Peric

Stefan Radonjic

Dejan Grubisic

Ivana Munjas

Nikola Jovanovic

 

Anja Conev is at her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade, School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. Besides the conventional education gained through her studies she has a background in the fields of biology and biochemistry.  She was involved in summer seminars at Petnica Science Center in Serbia where she conducted research and has published two papers in those fields. She later enrolled in the Machine Learning seminar organized by Microsoft Development Center Serbia there. She has also had experience in the industry through internships in different companies.

 

Petar Djekanovic is a third year undergraduate at the Department of Software Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. For the past two years he has been working as a teaching fellow at his faculty, where he helps other students and professors with their assignments. He has also managed to find time to contribute to few projects with experienced teams along with his regular school work. When he was younger, he participated in many competitions in various areas such as mathematics, physics and computer science, where he had opportunity to broaden his knowledge and incline his curiosity towards proper direction.

 

Sara Peric is at her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Software Engineering and Informational Technologies Department. Because of her great interest in programming, Sara attended many workshops and courses as well as a 24-hour hackathon.  Sara was given Award of Achievement for Excellent Students of Novi Sad University for three successive school years from 2014 to 2017. In her 3rd year of studies, she accepted an internship at Execom, company from Novi Sad, Serbia. After successfully completing assigned project, she was offered a part-time job as a member of Execom’s mobile team, where she worked on mobile applications for more than a year, just before becoming part of CSSAP family.

 

Stefan Radonjic is an undergraduate student at University of Novi Sad, specializing in “Applied Computer Science and Informatics”.  In the last couple of years Stefan has been collaborating with University of Novi Sad where he got offered a job as a teaching fellow at course – “Introduction to Operating Systems”.  Besides the time he spends working at University, Stefan is also conducting private lessons in various programming courses such as Computer’s Architecture, and C Programming Language & Data Structures, where he had over a hundred of satisfied students.  Fascinated by the recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, Stefan has devoted most of his free time researching the field, and hoping that one day he would make an impact on it.

 

Dejan Grubisic got a bachelor’s degree at Electrical Engineering on the Department for Embedded Systems and Algorithms in the University of Novi Sad. During his education he attended in several workshops like Fusion days, IDEA LAB, he participated two times in the Regional Competition for Electrical Engineering and he did an internship in institute IHP (Innovations for high performance microelectronics) in Germany as a part of a program of Germain government. He learned a lot of theoretical principles of computer’s architecture and execution of programs, but it was the right time to gain more practical experience. The program at Rice enabled him to enforce his knowledge and contribute to the real scientific project. This was both a challenge and an adventure with a lot of ideas and making codes. The cooperation at Rice was such a great experience, not only because of the wonderful working environment, but also because of the constant support of the people in the Chamber of Commerce, who have been providing a comfortable and pleasant stay.

 

Ivana Munjas finished her junior year at School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, department Signals and Systems. She participated in multiple workshops and competitions in the field of Computer Science and Signal Processing. For the past year she has been working as a teaching assistant at her school and did internship in the company Mikroelektronika.   Her main interests are Biomedical Engineering and Image Processing. After the experience of working in the industry, she wanted to try doing research and facing some non-standard problems. This program was a perfect blend between her wishes for doing something new and innovative concerning science, traveling and getting to know another culture and lifestyle.

 

Nikola Jovanovic is at his third year of Software Engineering studies at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Blegrade. He is very active as an assistant in Petnica Science Center in Serbia, giving lectures to high school students in the field of computer science and participating in organization of seminars. Nikola also completed an internship in Microsoft Development Center Serbia, where he worked on high performance physic engine.  As a CSAP participant, Nikola worked under professors Dr. Robert Cartwright and Dr. Krishna Palem on a project regarding climate and weather forecasting. While working on the project, Nikola had a chance to improve his skills in the fields of parallel computing and machine learning.

CSSAP 2019 Students

Tijana Jovanovic

Aleksa Simovic

Vladimir Vincan

Filip Mandic

Lazar M. Cvetkovic

Aleksandar Nikolic

Milica Skipina

Dusan Svilarkovic

 

Tijana Jovanovic is the fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade, School of Electrical Engineering, department Software Engineering. During her studies, she achieved excellent results and therefore worked as a student demonstrator in various courses such as Operating Systems, Computer Architecture and Objected and Oriented Programming as well as student mentor where she shared her experiences and knowledge with freshmen in order to help them get familiar with new environment. For the last six months, she has been working as a junior software developer at CorewareLabs company in Belgrade. She shows great interest in parallel programming, and finds this program at Rice University as both challenging and inspirational. She enjoys travelling and dancing.

 

Aleksa Simovic is a forth year undergraduate student at the Department of Software Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. During his high school days, he had been highly ranked at national math’s competitions. He has been working as a student assistant at numerous courses related to programming, algorithms and data structures as well as computer architecture for three years. Previous summer, he participated in EDIT program in Comtrade, Belgrade, where he improved his knowledge related to blockchain technology. His main areas of interest include parallel computing and machine learning. During this program, he will be working with professor John Mellor-Crummey on improving HPCToolkit. He likes playing chess.

 

Vladimir Vincan is a fourth year bachelor student at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Serbia, majoring in Embedded Engineering and Algorithms. During his studies, he was a student demonstrator in Impulse Electronics, participated at the international competition in robotics “Eurobot” in France, and won the Serbian national competition for best student business idea. He was awarded with the “dr Vladan Desnica” prize for best student at the Department of Electronics, and each year was given the Exceptional Award for Academic Achievement. Additionally, he attended several schools for professional education in machine learning, control theory, nuclear fusion and physics, and during summer worked at companies such as Keba and Microsoft Development Center Serbia. Besides his interest in studies, he plays bridge, skis and likes jogging.

 

Filip Mandic was born on November 26th 1996. in Belgrade. He is currently at his final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade, School of Electrical Engineering at the department of Software Engineering. For the past three years he was very active as a student teaching assistant at his university, where he was helping students with their assignments and grading their work. Besides programming he developed an interest in the natural sciences and especially biology. Filip saw this program as a great opportunity to explore the field of computational cancer biology at the Rice University. He enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to music and playing board games.

 

Lazar M. Cvetković was born in 1997 in Kruševac, Republic of Serbia. He is currently a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Belgrade, School of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Computer Engineering and Information Theory. During his school years, he has participated in numerous competitions in physics and informatics, Petnica Science Center and has been granted several scholarships home and abroad. His area of interests includes embedded systems, parallelization, real-time data processing. Aviation is one of his huge passions. During the stay in Houston, he participated in research in the area of distributed stream processing under the guidance of Konstantinos Mamouras, Ph.D. Lazar is fluent in English and has elementary proficiency in Italian and Greek. He also plays the piano and sings in a choir.

 

Aleksandar Nikolić has graduated from the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Software Engineering and Informational Technologies Studies. After that, he started Master Academic Studies in the same study program. Aleksandar was given Award of Achievement for Excellent Students of Novi Sad University for all four years of his undergraduate studies. For the past two years, he has been working as a part-time software developer at Execom, a company from Novi Sad, Serbia. During his studies, he attended many workshops and courses, and also participated and won prizes on various hackathons. As a CSAP participant, Aleksandar worked on a project regarding climate and weather forecasting where he improved his skills in the fields of parallel computing and machine learning.

 

Milica Skipina is the third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Computing and Control Engineering. For the last two years, she has been helping students in coding tasks by working as a teaching fellow at the courses Computer Architecture and Operating Systems. In high school, she participated in many national competitions in mathematics, physics and computer science, and she was among the best in the Bosnia and Herzegovina. In her free time, she enjoys sports. She finds a very interesting area of machine learning and believes that this program is a great opportunity to improve her skills in this field.

 

Dušan Svilarković has recently graduated with a Bachelor in Electrical and Computing Engineering at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, specializing in Applied Computer Science and Informatics. During his study years he has participated in a Faculty work as a teaching assistant on courses of Compilers and Object Oriented Programming for two years. He has been on a Dean’s list for every year during his studies, and has received numerous awards like Faculty and University Excellence Scholarships, Scholarship for Youth Talents awarded by Ministry of Education, and Dositeja Scholarship by Ministry of Sport. He is interested in Machine Learning and Deep Learning implementations in Computer Vision, and thanks to this program is able to do that in a Computer Vision and Computational Imaging Lab at the Rice University with Ashok Veeraghavan and Anil Kumar Vadathya on problems regarding gaze estimation and face landmark localization.

The Serbian American Chamber of Commerce of Houston is a private, non-profit membership organization, founded in 2007 to develop business growth and economic relations between Serbia and the USA

EVENTS

September 21, 2019
2019 Cocktail Reception Party
The Downtown Club

Cocktail Dinner tickets



Sept 29th, 2018
2018 Annual Gala / Concert & Dinner

Sept 4th, 2018
Lecture Series a night on “Immigration law in United States”