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European Commission promotes...

European Commission promotes FER's project CURE as an example of a successful FP7 project

Ana Filipović

During Nederlands Presidency of the EU Commission, the country delegations of all EU member states and non-member states Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey, were asked to choose one FP7 project per country that makes them proud. The chosen EU projects show the added value of research and innovation projects for the economy and for national, regional and local communities. Two programmes were particularly interesting: 'Regions of Knowledge' and 'Research Potential'. The booklet “Achievements of FP7 examples that make us proud” was produced with the assistance of these country delegations. Croatian delegation choosed, from the programme ‘Research Potential’, the project “Developing Croatian Underwater Robotics Research Potential” (CURE) that was coordinated by our Faculty (Laboratory for underwater systems and technologies; coordinator: Prof. Zoran Vukić). We are also proud that the project we coordinated is on this list of important projects that had a significant and real impact on Europe’s economy and society. Congratulations to Prof. Vukić and his team!

ConTEL2017 - 14th International...

ConTEL2017 - 14th International Conference on Telecommunications

Mario Kušek

The 14th International Conference on Telecommunications, ConTEL 2017, will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 28–30, 2017. Through its technical program, the conference will provide an opportunity for the academic and industrial communities to address new research challenges, share solutions and discuss issues in information and communication technology (ICT) referring to modern telecommunications.

HiPEAC Student Heterogeneous...

HiPEAC Student Heterogeneous Programming Challenge as part of CSW Zagreb 2017

Josip Knezović

During the upcoming Computing Systems Week in Zagreb , European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation ( HiPEAC ) is organizing a new instance of Student Heterogeneous Programming Challenge . We will provide you with a problem and your task will be to make it run as fast as you possibly can! How? That is entirely up to you! No restrictions will be imposed! What architecture? Again, up to you! GPU, that is fine! FPGA, go for it! Multicore APU system with dedicated GPU and FPGA board? Now we're talking! You have a heterogeneous programming framework? Now is the time to test it out! The only restriction is: this is a student only event (Professors and PostDocs are very welcome to advise, but team member can only be students). And here comes the problem: k-means clustering K-means is a popular approach for big data analytics and machine learning. There are several implementations available. A good starting point is Wikipedia, but there are also tons of research paper on different implementations. Maybe you can improve on top of them and this is the start of a new and exciting research project. You first need to investigate the problem and existing implementations. After that everything is up to you. Choose an algorithm. Choose a platform. Choose an implementation. Choose a framework. After you have optimised everything there is to optimise, we would like you to prepare a short presentation explaining your strategy, overcome obstacles and show how fast it now runs. We plan to present the results at the HiPEAC Student Heterogeneous Programming Challenge II. There you will be able to discuss your results with HiPEAC students from all of Europe. In addition, we hope to select a panel of senior HiPEAC members from industry and academia to provide you with feedback on your approach. In order to give every HiPEAC university a chance to present their results, we would like to ask you to only create only up to two teams per university and select a leader that will present the result (either in person or via a video link). Each team is able to implement as many different approaches as they like and present them in one short presentation. Please contact us, if you would like to form multiple teams per institution or a team with members from different institutions. Important dates: 20 April: Register your team (send an email to the organisers with team name, members and emails):  Chris Fensch , Marisa Gil , and Georgios Goumas . 27 April: Present your results.

Workshop for graduate students,...

Workshop for graduate students, doctoral students and early stage researchers: "Inspiring futures! Researchers 'careers” as part of the "HIPEAC Computing Systems Week" Zagreb 2017.

Josip Knezović

The Computing Systems Week, which is organized by: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the HiPEAC European network of excellence on the High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation, will host the workshop "Inspiring futures! Researchers' careers." This workshop is intended for graduate and doctoral students, postdocs, young researchers and mentors interested in cooperating in areas of interest of the HIPEAC network, and aims to provide advice and tips for career development, learn about the main skills employers look for, and hear from companies and research centres about potential job vacancies, internships or PhD programmes. The workshop will also provide the business partners and academics with the ability to connect with talented students. Registration for the workshop, as well as for the entire event, is free and must be done via online: Click here to register. Complementary to the workshop, Computing Systems Week will also host a competition Heterogeneous Programming Challenge , which is intended for graduate and postgraduate students with all the details on this link . This workshop organized by Career center FER in collaboration with the network HIPEAC.

Workshop "Modern challenges in...

Workshop "Modern challenges in continuum mechanics"

Mario Bukal

From April 3rd to 6th 2017 Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing will host an international workshop "Modern challenges in continuum mechanics". The workshop will bring together researchers working in related fields of continuum mechanics: fluid mechanics, fluid-structure interaction problems, elasticity, plasticity, multi-component mixtures, scaling laws, multi-scale problems, homogenization and stochastic homogenization, etc. Program of the workshop consists of mini-courses, invited talks and short oral poster presentations intended for young researchers. The workshop will be organized in course of the project "Mathematical Analysis of Multi-Physics Problems Involving Thin and Composite Structures and Fluids" (HRZZ 9477), under auspices of the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) and the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Zaklada HAZU). Detailed information about the workshop can be found on webpage: . Those who want to attend the workshop are kindly asked to register by sending an e-mail to by Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

FER won six projects in Croatian...

FER won six projects in Croatian Science Foundation Public Calls

Gordan Gledec

FER won five projects in the Croatian Science Foundation “ Research Projects ” framework, which was published in May 2016, out of twenty-one project proposals from the field of technical sciences. The “Research Projects” programme was developed with the aim of supporting research groups which deal with internationally and/or nationally relevant issues, and whose leaders are recognized for their scientific achievements and mentoring skills. In the “ Program for Encouraging Research and Development Activities in the Field of Climate Change ” framework, which was published in April 2016, FER won one project, out of 10 approved projects. The aim of this programme is to support research and development activities in the area of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. By encouraging Croatian research community to actively participate in solving nationally relevant problems related to climate change and related measures, with special emphasis on energetic sustainability and mutual cooperation of different sectors, an extra emphasis is placed on the development of a sustainable society. Total value of these six new FER projects is 5,288,570.00 HRK.

Novel de novo genome assembly method

Novel de novo genome assembly method

Gordan Gledec

A team of researchers from FER's Laboratory for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in collaboration with Ruđer Bošković Institute and A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore has developed a new method for de novo genome assembly. Compared to other similar methods, using this method it is feasible to assemble genomes several hundred times faster while maintaining similar accuracy. The authors of the paper are Robert Vaser mag.comp. and Prof. Mile Šikić from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Dr. Ivan Sović, from Ruđer Bošković Institute and Dr. Niranjan Nagarajan from A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore. The paper was published in a prestigious Genome Research journal with impact factor 11.351 .

FER won three projects within the...

FER won three projects within the Interreg program schemes with significant funding amount

Gordan Gledec

On the web pages of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme published are statistical data on project applications success on the 1 st call which was open from 23 September to 3 November 2015 (1 st step) and from 29 March to 9 May 2016 (2 nd step). On the first call overall 576 expressions of interest were submitted, and in the end finally 54 projects are accepted for funding. Among the accepted projects there is also the project "Smart Building - Smart Grid - Smart City" (acronym: 3Smart) coordinated by University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). This project has the highest funding among all 54 projects accepted for funding in the 1 st call. At the same time it is the only accepted Interreg Danube project coordinated by an institution in Croatia, one of the overall 60 projects applied by Croatian institutions as candidate coordinators . Statistical data related to the first call are available on the Interreg Danube web page . Besides that, FER participates in another two Interreg projects within the Interreg Mediterranean Programme. The overall value of all our Interreg projects is almost 7,1 million EUR out of which the funding for FER amounts at 1 million EUR. The accepted projects last between 1,5 and 3 years, and in them participates almost 30 partners from European countries. Accepted projects on which FER participates: Project coordinated by FER (Interreg Danube Transnational Programme) Project "Smart Building - Smart Grid - Smart City" is on FER led by Assoc. Prof. Mario Vašak. The overall project value is 3.791.343,41 EUR, and the project value on FER side is 640.566,01 EUR. Partners on the project are: Croatian electricity utility Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d., E3 ENERGETIKA, EKOLOGIJA, EKONOMIJA d.o.o., Municipality Idrija, Elektro Primorska d.d., European Centre for Renewable Energy Güssing, Municipality of Strem, Energy Güssing, University of Debrecen, E.ON distribution system operator for eastern Hungary (E.ON Tiszantuli Aramhaloztai), University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Bosnia and Herzegovina electricity utility JP Elektroprivreda Hrvatske Zajednice Herceg Bosne, University of Mostar Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Computing. On FER the project is jointly performed by Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems (LARES) and Smart Grids Laboratory (SGL) . Within the project new employments are envisaged – financial and communication manager and two technical persons in each of the laboratories. The project is performed from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2019. Projects where FER is a partner (INTERREG Mediteran) Project "Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean" is on FER led by Assoc. Prof. Nikola Mišković. The overall project value is 2.797.549,00 EUR, and the project value on FER side is 302.640,00 EUR. Partners on the project are: Atlantis Consulting SA, University of Calabria, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy, University of Cyprus, University of Patras, Fundation University Enterprise of the Region of Murcia, Dubrovnik Neretva Regional Development Agency - DUNEA, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Greece - Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. The project lasts from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2019. Project "Designing a network of cOOperating cReative communities for developing a Sharing economy" is on FER led by Prof. Mario Kovač. The overall project value is 510.000,00 EUR, and the amount envisaged for FER is 88.000,00 EUR. Patners on the project are: Anci Lazio Italy/Lazio, CNR Italy/Lazio, CNA Italy/Abruzzo, UM Slovenia, UNIZG-FER Croatia, UVEG Spain, TPLJ Slovenia. The project is performed from 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2018. The Interreg Danube Transnational Programme supports transnational cooperation in the heterogeneous Danube region and solves common challenges and needs in the following four specific areas – innovative and socially responsible Danube region, culturally and ecologically responsible Danube region, better connected and energy responsible Danube region, well governed Danube region. The overall goal of the INTERREG Mediterranean is to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area by substantiating innovative concepts and praxis and reasonable resources exploitation as well as supporting social integration through integrated territorial approach based on cooperation. In the Programme participate 10 EU member states: Croatia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, parts of France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Great Britain as well as three non-members: Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.