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Jožef Stefan Institute Institut "Jožef Stefan"

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)


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Year Established

Before 1960


Jamova cesta 39, 1000, Ljubljana (Slovenia)


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Contact information

Dr. Špela Stres, MBA, Master of Law
00386 1 477 3243



The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 960 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. The subjects concern production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies, and nuclear engineering. 

The mission of the Jožef Stefan Institute is the accumulation - and dissemination - of knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology to the benefit of society at large through the pursuit of education, learning, research, and development of high technology at the highest international levels of excellence.

In order to increase the flow of knowledge and technology into the domestic and foreign economies and to promote the Jožef Stefan Institute as a Centre of excellence for technological progress for all segments of society an internal Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation (CTT) is established.

The primary task of CTT is to enable and facilitate the transfer of new technologies and innovations, developed at the Institute and its Departments, to the  industry.

Our key activities encompass:

(1)  technology testing facilities, reference experimentation facilities and technology consulting services;

(2) initiating new industrial cooperation: the search for industrial partners, including creating market analyses and support for contracting; 

(3)  establishing of new spin-off / spin-out companies, including the search for investors for licensing and the financing of spin-off / spin-out companies; 

(4) marketing intellectual property, including support for negotiations and licensing contract relations establishment;

(5) supporting active integration of economy and science with internationalization;

(6) supporting the protection of intellectual property including raising awareness about it;

(7) support and assistance in applying to national and EU tenders, including provision of information on suitable Calls for application and full proposal revision, focused on the marketing, IPR, UVP and customer segment related issues;        

(8) support and assistance to the competence centres (e.g. the competence centre in the domain of customized and low-energy computing).

(9) measures for the popularization of science amongst young population: organization of visits to the Jožef Stefan Institute, mentoring for students and providing special services for young researchers employed at the Institute.

Through our activities, we complement and enrich innovative research, innovation management and knowledge transfer, as well as organization of focused meetings between researchers and industry representatives, thematic workshops, and trainings at the Institute. Our activities are driven by the desire to increase the visibility of the Institute, to raise companies’ awareness of the Institute, and thereby encourage their cooperation with us. At the same time our activities are implemented with the goal to promote entrepreneurial mentality among researchers, as well as with sincere concern for the education and popularization of science among young people.

The main goal of the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Jožef Stefan Institute is to increase the flow of knowledge and technology into domestic and foreign economy and to promote the Jožef Stefan Institute as a Centre of excellence for technological progress for all segments of society.

Support at Experimentation

Jožef Stefan Institute consists of different departments, which are to be considered as focal point of development, digitization and industry relations nationally and internationally.

The research departments are listed here:

Participation in EU Networks and Consortiums

Enterprise Europe Network Slovenia
The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.
The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations – all renowned for their excellence in business support.
Member organisations include:
•     technology poles
•     innovation support organisations
•     universities and research institutes
•     regional development organisations
•     chambers of commerce and industry

We are the coordinators of the Slovenian EEN consortium. Our partners are Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Craft, University of Primorska, University of Maribor, SPIRIT and Development Agency of Maribor.

Technology transfer consortium of Slovenia unites the main technology transfer offices in Slovenia and serves the researchers and other beneficiaries by assisting them in IP identification and protection, marketing, financing etc.

We are the coordinators of the Slovene consortium. Our partners are all Public Research institutions in Slovenia, active in natural sciences.


Link to digitization

Helps researchers and enterprises to innovate, transfer scientific results into practice and to digitalize the industry.

EU-wide Competence Centre Network is set up within the Department of Communication systems of Jožef Stefan Institute, in the domain of customized and low-energy computing (CLEC) for cyber-physical systems and the IoT providing “one-stop-shop” and the cross-border technology brokerage services over EU.

We support a competence centre at the JSI which is a contact point for the local ecosystem in Slovenia.



Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Jozef Stefan Institute is part of numerous national and European initiatives for digitising industry.


Led by Jozef Stefan Institute, Strategic Partnership for Research and Innovation SRIP Smart Cities and communities partnership brings together over 150 companies and research institutions from all over Slovenia. Its main purpose is to connect businesses and research institutions in a particular field in the value chain, to set priorities for development investments and coordinate research and development activities.


Led by Jozef Stefan Institute, Strategic Partnership for Research and Innovation SRIP ToP will compile and integrate Slovenian research and innovation know-how, experience from the industrial and academic spheres, and highlight the priority breakthroughs of new products, technologies and services for the Factories of the Future. This will enable the possibility of efficient production in homeland with the introduction of production processes that are capable of automatic modification, adaptation and learning in order to achieve the required quality at an acceptable price, which enables competitiveness and further development within the global economy.


VideoLectures.NET is an award-winning free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science. The portal is aimed at promoting science, exchanging ideas and fostering knowledge sharing by providing high quality didactic contents not only to the scientific community but also to the general public. All lectures, accompanying documents, information and links are systematically selected and classified through the editorial process taking into account also users' comments.


The Slovenian government has appointed Marko Grobelnik, a researcher at the Jozef Stefan Institute, as Slovenia's new digital champion, a position created in 2012 at the initiative of the European Commission, with its main role being the promotion of the use of the latest technologies.


The Slovene research infrastructure CLARIN.SI is established as a long-term project in the framework of the European consortium CLARIN ERIC (European Research Infrastructures Consortium). The aim of CLARIN is to promote research activities, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, with the construction and operation of a federation of infrastructures in common use, which provide language resources, technology and expertise for the research community. The Slovene CLARIN, CLARIN.SI, was established in 2013, and became a member of CLARIN ERIC in 2015.


The digital library 'IMP language resources for historical Slovene' contains over 650 units (books, newspapers and some manuscripts) from the end of the 16th century to 1918 with the majority from 1850 onwards. Each document contains the header (metadata), facsimile and transcription.


The public procurement project "Smart Factories in new EU Member States" contributes to the efforts to build a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in Europe, where companies - especially SMEs - can have access to expertise, development and testing facilities of digital technologies, as well as finance and innovation services. Within the Smart Factories Training and Mentoring Programme, Jozef Stefan Institute joined the External Good Practice Webinar. The peer learning plays a crucial role in facilitating the exchange of experience, ideas, best practices and expertise amongst DIHs. The Peer Learning Programme includes Monthly Good Practice Sharing Sessions and three External Good Practice Webinars. 

The hub also participates in the Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) and Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiatives of the European Commission through the H2020 funded projects ReconCell and Tetramax respectively. 

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Fishing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets
  • Financial intermediation

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Manufacturing with machine learning

Kolektor Group is a global company based in Slovenia with a network of companies and branches in Europe, America and Asia. Kolektor is active in the field of electrical engineering with emphasis on Components and Systems, Electric Power Engineering and Engineering and Technology Systems.

Together with the Slovene industrial partner Kolektor Group and international partners, the Jozef Stefan Institute developed a procedure for product quality control that is based on machine vision, machine learning and optimization, and operates on an embedded computer architecture. The procedure is now used in manufacturing of graphite commutators for automotive industry in Kolektor. It supports dimensional measurements, assessment of the cooper-graphite joints and non-contact measurements of commutator roughness.

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Digitalisation of a motorhome

Adria Mobil is a company from Novo Mesto, Slovenia, that produces caravans and motorhomes, under the ADRIA brandname and sells 99 percent of the total turnover to the West European markets. The company has a 6.5 percent market share on the European market and ranks sixth among the most successful European producers in the basic programme, caravans and motorhomes.

Adria Mobil and the Jozef Stefan Institute cooperate in the development of a motorhome of the future, which will be able to fully autonomously operate. To this end, Adria's latest model was equipped with a host of sensors and an artificial intelligence system.

The aim of cooperation is to find as much as possible services relevant for the user, and at the same time develop a sensor and artificial intelligence system that will enable the camper to meet the user, adapt to his mode of living and use, and take care of security and tasks such as filling up fuel and water or discharging wastewater.


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Speech synthesiser and screen reader eGovorec

Amebis from Kamnik is a major company in Slovenia in the field of language technologies. The company has published a number of machine-readable dictionaries and encyclopedic dictionaries (e.g. ASP(32) dictionaries), and developed spell checkers, grammar checkers, hyphenators and lemmatizers for Slovene, Serbian and Albanian languages. In co-operation with the Jozef Stefan Institute they have developed a speech synthesiser and screen reader eGovorec (eSpeaker). They have also provided technical support for the largest text corpus of Slovene language, called FidaPLUS.

Amebis developed the system of machine translation Amebis Presis (sl), which incorporates Slovenian language.

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Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources


Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce


University of Primorska

Partner Type



University of Ljubljana

Partner Type



Development Agency Maribor

Partner Type

Economic development agency


National institute of chemistry

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Agricultural institute

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


University of Maribor

Partner Type



University of Nova Gorica

Partner Type



SPIRIT Slovenia - Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Fore­ign Investments and Technology

Partner Type

National government


Chamber of craft and small business of Slovenia

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce


National institute of biology

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies
  • Other
Last updated: 03/08/18 13:33