Slavko Milekic holds a medical degree and MSci in Neuropsychology (Belgrade School of Medicine), as well as Ph.D. in Cognitive Science (University of Connecticut). His research interests include digital design, the psychology of human/computer interaction and building of WWW-based tools for knowledge transfer.
Dr Milekic's innovative, child-friendly digital environment (KiddyFace) for art exploration has been implemented in a number of museums. He has been engaged as a consultant for the development of interactive digital environments by a number of institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Phoenix Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Interactive Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Milekic's work has been recently featured in a PBS series exploring early childhood creativity, "Art to Heart."
As an artist, Slavko Milekic is exploring the tension that exists between the real and the virtual, the tangible and the intangible. His installations combine physical interactions with the digital domain, using touch, gestures and gaze-tracking. His main interest is in creating tangialities, in-between domains where virtual information is coupled with tangible, physical experience. His other interests include digital photography, large scale mosaics and playing with resin.
(2009) interactive installation for Cleveland Museum of Art to make the Chinese scroll "The Literary Gathering at a Yangzhou Garden" accessible to young audiences (landscape by Fang Shishu, figures by Yeh Fanglin)
(2009) interactive installation for the Philadelphia Zoo (in collaboration with five UArts students as interns)
(2008) development of ShowMe Tools(tm), an interactive presentation package designed for Art educators
(2007) solo exhibit of interactive applications ("interFaces") during artist-in-residence program at the University of Art & Design, Pori School of New Media, Finland
(2004) Science & Arts Research Labs Exhibit (SARLE '04), interactive installation, Berlin, Germany, August 30-September 2
Milekic, S. (2012) "Using eye- and gaze-tracking to interact with a visual display" in Dunn, S. with J. Bowen and K. Ng (eds.): EVA London 2012: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts. Proceedings of a conference held in London 10-12 July, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 2012.
Milekic, S. (2010) "Inside Your Head: Use of Eye-tracking for Museum Installations and Web Sites," presentation at NODEM'10, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 24-26.
Milekic, S. (2010) "Gaze-tracking and museums: current research and implications" (Trant J., Bearman D., Ed.). Museums and the Web 2010.
Milekic, S. (2009) "Action, affection and control: Interface guidelines for complex visual content" in Trant J., Bearman D., Ed. Museums and the Web 2009.
Milekic, S., (2007) "Toward Tangible Virtualities: Tangialities," invited chapter for: "Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage," edited by: F. Cameron and S. Kenderdine (MIT Press, 2007)
Milekic, S., Gaia, G., Boiano, S., Pasquali, F., Reichlin, L. (2006) Magic and Multimedia, presentation at Museums and the Web, an International Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 23-25
Haapalainen, R., Maenpaa, M., Milekic, S.: (2004) Collaborative teaching & learning between continents: a case study, paper at the Museums & Web 2004 Conference, Washington DC, March 31- April 3
Milekic, S. (2003) The More You Look the More You Get: Intention-based Interface using Gaze-tracking, in Bearman, D., Trant, J. (eds.) Museums and the Web 2003: Selected papers from an international conference, pp 57-72, Archives and Museum Informatics, Pittsburgh
2009 granted U.S. Patent US 7,561,143 B1 for using gaze-tracking as a mechanism for interacting with a visual display
2005 granted U.S. Patent US 6,920,619 B1 for an original way of interacting with a touch-sensitive visual display