Tales from life


Exploring beauties and history of southern Serbia


Questions asked on university lectureship interviews

A list of commonly asked interview question for university lectureship and fellowship positions


War crimes that may never see justice (20 years from NATO bombing of FR Yugoslavia)

On the other hand, the use of cluster bombs on civilians (e.g. bombing of a marketplace in Nis and couple of bombing of refugee columns, train, buses, bridges with people) can be clearly considered war crimes, breach of war methods. As it was said before, there was obstruction of the research of these topics from the west-leaning government in order not to offend their partners in other countries. Researchers trying to perform a study were reported that they were visited by the personnel of NATO mission in Serbia or Bosnia and were asked what they are doing. They reported different kinds of pressures not to publish these studies.


Stepping up the leagues of professional life

Professional life is a competition. However, it is not a competition like a simple race, where all you need to do is to be the best in the race. It is more like an athletic federation league or football league. There are multiple categories of players and you are one of them trying to find your place. You start small in the worst league there is. In most countries, the public primary schools are places that are mandatory for all kids and you are competing against people with all backgrounds. Now if you are successful, there are 3-4 kids of similar strength as yours. You have to do it for a while. Sometimes they let you compete with the best


PhD Viva survival story

Time to write about how my PhD viva went. It was a while ago, but I wanted all corrections to be acknowledged before writing this and to get the letter confirming my PhD award. Simple reason for writing this is: there are so many horror PhD viva stories and so little positive ones, even thought most of the PhD Vivas end up positive. Just people can’t be bothered to write about it. We like much more negative stores, that’s why the news portals look as they look.


Anyway, I have started my PhD in January 2014. at the University of Manchester, School of Computer Science. The topic I was doing my research on was Information extraction from tables in


Impressions from HealTAC2018 conference

On 18th and 19th April 2018, the first UK health text analytics conference (HealTAC) took place in Manchester.  The main conference venue was Pendulum hotel, located on Stackville street, close to the north University of Manchester campus, the former UMIST. I had a pleasure to participate and help with a certain organisational things, as a member of local organisation committee member.

On the first day of the conference, people started arriving between 8:30-9:00 for registration. During the registration people could have some coffee and pastry for breakfast. People having posters were directed to the poster room, so they can already hang their posters. The conference started at 9:00, with welcome speech, some health and safety procedures, which was followed


Submitted PhD thesis

As a title says, it is finally done, my PhD thesis is submitted. It was submitted on 18th December 2017. However, as overwhelmed with feelings as I feel, I wish to tell a short story how I felt in the last week before submission, during the submission and a few days after the submission.

The first draft of my PhD thesis was finished somewhere in may, however, my supervisor took a bit to read it properly and it needed some serious restructuring. Therefore, I took a job at the University in August for a part-time that turned into a full-time job in September. The position was research associate at one EU funded project that aims on creating social innovation database


SchumaNN: Recurrent neural networks composing music

With 2 friends of mine (Team was: Maksim Belousov, Mike Phuycharoen, Nikola Milosevic (myself)) on 12th and 13th November I participated at the GreatUniHack that was held in John Dalton building of Manchester Metropolitan University. We were implementing idea of machine learning-based music composer, for which we later came with name SchumaNN. For some time I wanted to experiment with this idea and this 24 hour hackathon came as a perfect match. We had couple of meetings prior to hackathon when we discussed some solutions and papers/blog posts we read. Some of the approaches we found are:

The decision we went at the end is to create a recurrent


Letter to the Earth from distant space

Recent events shocked the World. However, I don’t really want to talk about high casualties in Nice or Turkey in recent two days, event thought this post was motivated by these events. We live in a world that is shaking unstable. There are terrorist attacks almost on monthly bases, many Middle East and African countries are in civil wars, we see a lot of racism and religious non tolerance, etc. However, if you look at the bigger picture and what is causing these conflicts, they are irrelevant and even stupid. I would be brave enough to say that most of the conflicts people have (between people or between nations, groups, etc.) are usually motivated by stubbornness of a crazy little


Story behind Declaration of the Rights of the Child

I would like to share a story behind the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Since it is a story about conflict and international blockade, which I have also experienced, I will try to explain what happens in these situations from my experience as a child in a country under the blockade. I would do this so you can better picture how it is like for a child to live in these conditions and why it is important to stop international blockades and sanctions. So let me start.

Our story starts with year 1919. The First World War have finished in November 1918. Allied nations put earlier during the war blockade on Central powers (Austria, Hungary and Germany). This