Research Areas ǀ Decision Support and Artificial Intelligence


In this area, we are addressing two fields; decision support and explainable artificial intelligence.

In the field of decision support, our long-term goal is to develop methods and techniques of decision modeling, support them with software and integrate them with data mining systems. We are developing a new generation of DEX software for the construction and use of decision models according to the qualitative multi-criteria method DEX. We are extending DEX with novel leatures (such as integration of qualitative and quantitative elements, advanced analyses of alternatives), implementing it using the state-of-the-art technological design and supporting it in different environments. The software called DEXi Suite currently consists of five components: DEXiLibrary, a central class library implementing DEX, DEXiWin, an interactive desktop program implementing DEX-modelling functionality, and DEXiEval, DEXiPy and DEXiR, packages for using DEX models from the command line, Python and R environments, respectively. In the context of decision support systems for agriculture, we also developed the DEXiWare tool, which is intended for efficient integration of modules that make up decision support systems based on multicriteria decision models.

In the field of explainable artificial intelligence, we are developing and evaluating methods for variable importance estimation and feature ranking in several contexts. This includes novel methods for feature ranking in multi-class and multi-label classification, based on low-dimensional manifold embeddings of the input and output spaces and the Relief method. Similarly, this includes new approaches for unsupervised feature ranking based on the predictive clustering framework as well as the Relief family of methods, on one hand, and based on attribute networks, on the other hand. Moreover, we have developed and evaluated a method for comparing ordered lists (named fuzzy Jaccard index), which can be applied in a range of contexts, including feature rankings, information retrieval, etc.

Projects in the field of Decision Support and Artificial Intelligence:



Smart mobility measures for sustainable mobility in Slovenia, 1.05.2022-30.04.2024, Marko Bohanec


Knowledge technologies, 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2027, Sašo Džeroski


European Soil-Biology Data Warehouse for Soil Protection, 11.7.2019-31.12.2023, Marko Debeljak


Multicriteria decision modeling for transparent tunnel design, 15.4.2019-31.05.2021, Bernard Ženko, Martin Žnidaršič


New Approach to Reactor Safety ImprovementS, 1.9.2017-28.02.2022, Marko Bohanec


LAND Management: Assessment, Research, Knowledge base, 1.3.2017-31.10.2019, Marko Debeljak, Sašo Džeroski


Understanding and managing biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems by data mining and decision support, 1.1.2016-31.12.2018, Sašo Džeroski


Personal Decision Support System For Heart Failure Management, 1.1.2016-31.12.2018, Marko Bohanec


Knowledge technologies, 1.1.2015-28.2.2021, Nada Lavrač


Development of Cost efficient Advanced DNA-based methods for specific Traceability issues and High Level On-site applicatioNs, 1.12.2013-30.11.2016, Marko Bohanec

Sustainability appraisal of energy policy development in Slovenia by 2030 with the emphasis on nuclear option

Sustainability appraisal of energy policy development in Slovenia by 2030 with the emphasis on nuclear option, 1.1.2013-30.4.2014, Marko Bohanec


Evaluation of existing models and development of new decision-making tools to prevent diffuse pollution caused by phytopharmaceutical products, 1.1.2012-31.12.2015, Marko Debeljak


Forecasting Financial Crises, 1.9.2011-28.2.2014, Igor Mozetič, Miha Grčar


Prototype Decision Support System, 26.2.2009-30.4.2009, Nada Lavrač, Petra Kralj Novak


Knowledge technologies, 1.1.2009-31.12.2014, Nada Lavrač


Decision Support System for a Safe Vegetable Production on Garden Soils in Urban Environments, 1.1.2009-1.1.2010, Marko Debeljak


Integrated Decision Support System for HEALTH THREATS and crises management, 31.5.2007-30.5.2010, Nada Lavrač


GM and non-GM supply chains: their CO-Existence and Traceability, 1.4.2007-31.8.2009, Marko Bohanec, Martin Žnidaršič


Land planning, evaluation and decision-making, 1.2.2007-5.3.2007, Marko Bohanec


Sustainable Introduction of GMOs into European Agriculture 3.5.2004-2.11.2007, Sašo Džeroski, Marko Bohanec


Knowledge technologies 1.1.2004-31.12.2008, Nada Lavrač


Soil ecological and economic evaluation of genetically modified crops 1.1.2002-31.10.2006, Sašo Džeroski