Maria Bielikova is a full professor in program and information systems at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU). She is a head of User Experience and Interaction Research Centre at the same university. She has more than 30 years background in artificial intelligence and software engineering (starting in 1987 working as a student on the project of developing an expert system in the domain of agriculture), teaching and research. Maria currently acts as the dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies STU. She is active in several professional bodies, in particular she is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (currently serving as a vicechair of the Slovakia Chapter), registered as Chartered Engineer in Engineering Council UK. For 13 years she served as a member of the executive board of the Slovak Society for Computer Science. She was a member of the Accreditation Commission established by the government of the Slovak Republic as its advisory body.