Mladen Karan

Welcome visitor! While roaming the internet, you seem to have stumbled upon my professional page (well, my only page :). In the case this was unintentional, I recommend escaping via the front page of the internet . Otherwise, my name is Mladen and I love NLP. When not doing NLP I like to spend time playing computer games, learning to play keyboards (not computer keyboards : ), and reading. If you’d like to discuss anything ranging from NLP to squirrels, feel free to contact me.

Work experience
Research assistant at TakeLab, FER, University of Zagreb
May 2011 – present
Education
2009 – 2011: M.Sc. in Computer Science
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb
Master thesis: Possibilities of using parallel algorithms in linear optimization.
2005 – 2009: B.Sc. in Software Engineering
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb
Bachelor thesis: Illustration of tree balancing algorithms.
2001 – 2005: Highschool education
First Gymnasium, Varaždin
Matriculation thesis: “Oscar Wilde: The picture of Dorian Gray.”
Teaching
Publications
2016
Martin Tutek, Ivan Sekulić, Paula Gombar, Ivan Paljak, Filip Čulinović, Filip Boltužić, Mladen Karan, Domagoj Alagić and Jan Šnajder (2016). TakeLab at SemEval-2106 Task 6: Stance Classification in Tweets Using a Genetic Algorithm Based Ensemble. Proceedings of the Tenth International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2016). To appear.

2014
Karan, Mladen; Pintar Damir; Skočir Zoran; Vranić Mihaela; Alajković, Adrian; Milojević, Jelena; Pleša, Marina., The impact of training data tailoring on demand forecasting models in retail, MIPRO 2014 37th International Convention Proceedings / Biljanović, Petar (ur.). Rijeka : GRAFIK, 2014. 1636-1641
2013
Karan, Mladen; Žmak, Lovro; Šnajder, Jan. Frequently Asked Questions Retrieval for Croatian Based on Semantic Textual Similarity, Procedings of the 4th Biennial International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Natural Language Processing. Sofia : Association for Computational Linguistics, 2013. 24-33
Karan, Mladen; Glavaš, Goran; Šarić, Frane; Šnajder, Jan; Šilić, Artur; Dalbelo Bašić, Bojana. CroNER: Recognizing Named Entities in Croatian Using Conditional Random Fields., Informatica (Ljubljana). 37 (2013) ; 165-172
2012
Glavaš, Goran; Karan, Mladen; Šarić, Frane; Šnajder, Jan; Mijić, Jure; Šilić, Artur; Dalbelo Bašić, Bojana. CroNER: A State-of-the-Art Named Entity Recognition and Classification for Croatian, Proceedings of the Eighth Language Technologies Conference / Erjavec, Tomaž ; Žganec Gros, Jerneja (ur.). Ljubljana : Information Society, 2012. 73-78
Karan, Mladen; Šnajder, Jan; Dalbelo Bašić, Bojana. Distributional Semantics Approach to Detecting Synonyms in Croatian Language, Proceedings of the Eighth Language Technologies Conference / Erjavec, Tomaž ; Žganec Gros, Jerneja (ur.). Ljubljana : Information Society, 2012. 111-116
Karan, Mladen; Šnajder, Jan; Dalbelo Bašić, Bojana. Evaluation of Classification Algorithms and Features for Collocation Extraction in Croatian, Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’12) / Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Mehmet Uğur Doğan and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis (ur.). European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 2012.
Šarić, Frane; Glavaš, Goran; Karan, Mladen; Šnajder, Jan; Dalbelo Bašić, Bojana. TakeLab: Systems for Measuring Semantic Text Similarity, *SEM 2012: The First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics / Agirre, Eneko ; Bos, Johan ; Diab, Mona ; Manandhar, Suresh ; Marton, Yuval ; Yuret, Deniz (ur.). Montreal, Canada : Association for Computational Linguistics, 2012. 441-448
2011
Karan, Mladen; Skorin-Kapov, Nina. A Branch and Bound Algorithm for the Sequential Ordering Problem, Proc. of 34rd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics MIPRO, CTI – Telecommunications and Information. 2011.