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A growing interest in all FER study...

A growing interest in all FER study programs

Petra Škaberna

Year after year, FER study programs are at the top of the list of the most popular programs among high school graduates . We are already used to the exceptional interest of candidates in our study programs in the Croatian language, where this year we are also seeing an increase in the number of applicants compared to the same period last year. Namely, the total number of registered high school graduates in mid-July 2022 (just before the announcement of the provisional results of the state matura exam) rises to 2,759, of which 1,273 chose FER as their first choice . However, we are even more pleased with the high school graduates' interest in our programs in English , which we launched last academic year. Interest in these study programs has almost tripled compared to the previous academic year. Together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, FER also conducts a very attractive, unique and up-to-date study program Study of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources in the town of Šibenik. This year, we are enrolling the eighth generation of students, and the interest of graduates has increased by 84 per cent compared to the same period last year. FER traditionally attracts the best students from Croatia which is supported by the fact that out of the thousand best high school students in mathematics and/or physics, almost half of them enrol on FER.

The fastest pure silicon bipolar...

The fastest pure silicon bipolar transistor from FER's laboratory

Petra Škaberna

Daily newspapers Poslovni dnevnik has written an article about the remarkable success of our researchers from the Micro- & Nano-Electronics Laboratory ( MiNEL ), the development of the world's fastest pure silicon bipolar transistor, which you can read here. In addition to the head of the Laboratory, prof. Tomislav Suligoj, PhD, the team working on this project consists of assoc. prof. Marko Koričić, PhD, Ivan Berdalović, PhD, Lovro Marković, MEng, Josip Žilak, PhD, Željko Osrečki, PhD, and Filip Bogdanović, MEng. In the article, you will learn about the principle on which the HCBT (Horizontal Current Bipolar Transistor) works and what other projects and research our MiNEL scientists are working on. In the extended news version, you can find the translation of the entire article.

STEM Games: 19 medals for FER!

STEM Games: 19 medals for FER!

Petra Škaberna

Our students showed enviable results at STEM Games 2022, the largest student STEM competition in the region where participants compete in knowledge, sports and eSports, winning a grand total of 19 medals! In sports, our students received 13 medals in a total of 17 sports categories, of which 6 are gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze. The eSports arena brought us three gold medals out of the possible four, our technology and mathematics arena teams scored second, while in the engineering arena our team scored third. Results for all competing faculties are available here , while the achievements of FER students are available below.

FER wins another challenge in the...

FER wins another challenge in the road-scene understanding

Petra Škaberna

The ACDC Challenge 2022 is a major competition in road-scene understanding. The challenge has aimed at evaluating semantic segmentation performance in adverse visual conditions, such as fog, nighttime, rain, and snow. The challenge was organized by researchers from the ETH University of Zurich. Over 80 submissions from all over the world were received before the challenge deadline in June 2022. The submission of our colleague Matej Grcić, Msc , has attained the best performance in two out of four Tracks of the challenge: T2 - Supervised semantic segmentation in adverse conditions, and T4 - Uncertainty-aware semantic segmentation. His submission also won in 2/4 subtracks of T3 - Supervised semantic segmentation in individual adverse conditions. Matej has delivered an invited presentation of his work at the workshop Vision for all Seasons: Adverse Weather and Lighting Conditions , which was held in conjunction with the CVPR 2022 conference in New Orleans. The remaining text brings some more information about Matej, his method and a few photos from the competition.

Prof. Emer. Stanko Tonković elected...

Prof. Emer. Stanko Tonković elected as Honorary Life Member

Petra Škaberna

Prof. Emer. Stanko Tonković, PhD , was elected as Honorary Life Member (HLM) in International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering ( IFMBE ). HLM is recognition for long-term work and promotion of BMI. Professor Tonković made a pioneering and significant contribution to the development of biomedical engineering internationally and in Croatia and in introducing biomedical engineering to University programs in the southeast region of Europe fulfilling by his activities the educational mission of the IFMBE. During his many years of work and academic activity, Professor Tonković held many administrative positions at the Faculty, including the position of Dean of the Faculty from the adacemic year 1994/95 to 1997/98. The title of IFMBE Honorary LifeMember is bestowed on individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the Federation. In 2022 a total of 10 recipients have received the IFMBE Honorary Life Member Award which is inducted every 3 years during each World Congress for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) is primarily a federation of national and transnational organizations that represent national interests in medical and biological engineering: building up biomedical engineering and health research and professional networks, exchange of knowledge, fostering international mobility of researchers and students, making medical and engineering knowledge and health care available to all. The objectives of the IFMBE are scientific, technological, literary, and educational.

The international conference...

The international conference Combinatorial Constructions Workshop

Lenka Mihoković

The three-day international conference Combinatorial Constructions Workshop was held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing from June 27 to 29, 2022. The conference brought together researchers working in the fields of discrete mathematics, combinatorics, design theory, finite geometry, graph theory, coding theory, cryptography and algebraic combinatorics. FER and the Department of Applied Mathematics hosted 50 domestic and foreign participants. The conference was opened with welcoming speeches by the president of the organizing committee, Assoc. Prof. Anamari Nakić and deputy head of ZPM, Assoc. Prof. Josipa-Pina Milišić.

Call for applications to the doctoral...

Call for applications to the doctoral study programme

Petra Škaberna

University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Unska 3, 10000 Zagreb is announcing C A L L   F O R   A P P L I C A T I O N S to the Postgraduate doctoral study programme Electrical engineering and Computing for obtaining the academic degree of Doctor of Science (6 semesters, the first enrolment period in the academic year 2022/2023) in the area of technical sciences, scientific fields of ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING and COMPUTING. Students can enrol in the 3-year study (full-time study) or the study with an extended duration of research work, in the duration of 5 years (part-time study). Enrolment quota: 60 students. Students of the doctoral study pay the tuition fee in the amount of HRK 60,000.00, paid in instalments of HRK 10,000.00 per semester. Classes begin in October 2022. Applications are submitted to the Registry Office at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Unska 3, every working day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from the day of the announcement of the Tender until 25 August 2022 inclusive. Interviews with candidates, which are an obligatory part of the enrolment procedure, will be held on 30 August and 31 August 2022 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Candidates will receive notifications on the exact time of their interviews via email. More information is available by telephone at (01) 6129 920 or via email: doctoral.study@fer.hr , and information on the postgraduate doctoral study can be found at https://www.fer.unizg.hr/en/studies/doctoral .

Croatia has a good energy heritage

Croatia has a good energy heritage

Petra Škaberna

Assoc. Prof. Tomislav Capuder, PhD, participated in a panel discussion entitled "European Circuit" held on 3 May 2022 as part of the conference "Green Plan in the Croatian Economy - Energy: RESISTANCE IN CRISIS". Topics of discussion were electricity generation, Croatia's energy self-sufficiency, electricity prices and stability, the European Green Plan, and smart grids. Professor Capuder pointed out that Croatia has had a good energy heritage in terms of installed capacity of hydropower potential for about 50 years. He added that wind energy has gone through a good development curve and still has room for growth, but he believes that we are not using the potential of solar energy enough. Regarding the infrastructure for RES, he stressed that new technologies bring new requirements, especially considering that new advanced grids have to be built. Read more about the conference in the article published in Poslovni dnevnik, and a video of the panel can be found here .

Second season of the urban garden at FER

Second season of the urban garden at FER

Katarina Mandarić

Considering the great success of the urban garden set up at FER last year, the members of the Laboratory have set up an even bigger urban garden in the yard of FER again this year! As well as last year, various sensors will monitor the condition of the tomatoes and peppers planted by our colleagues from the  Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb . The aim is to determine the influence of the selected substrate (which one part of the seedlings are enriched with) through the collected data from the sensors, plant condition and yield. The garden was set up as part of the project “ IoT-field: Ecosystem of networked devices and services for the Internet of Things with application in agriculture “, a three-year interdisciplinary research project in the field of smart agriculture that began in March 2020 so it is in its last year now. It is coordinated by FER in cooperation with the  Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek  (FERIT) and the  Agricultural Institute Osijek  (PIO). Check out how the set-up of the garden and sensors took place last year, here . Watch a video about the urban garden at FER, from September 2021 (in Croatian)  here. Find out more about the project here .

Job Fair celebrated its 15th birthday...

Job Fair celebrated its 15th birthday by breaking all records!

Petra Škaberna

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12 , the 15th Job Fair took place. Martinovka Sports Hall switched its primary role those two days and became a meeting spot for 134 companies from 15 different industries and over 5 thousand STEM students. A rich program at Martinovka The whole-day program included 129 booths which students could visit and a big part of them had their own additional activities in which students could participate, such as trying out modern technologies such as VR headsets, competing in riddles or trying out their luck in different games and win interesting gifts. A special program took place on the stage at the same time. Company representatives talked about their experience in 24 talks divided into 3 categories : Career Switch, What the Tech?! and Recycled Technology. The first day was completed as a whole with a midday panel discussion about "How does artificial intelligence impact our society?" in which representatives from the economy and academic community found out how artificial intelligence came to be, how they use it, what the benefits are and what we can expect from the future. The second day got spicy with an interview better known as Hot talk in which Luka Drezga, COO at Ars Futura participated by answering questions about the work and home parts of life, all while trying out hot sauces. His victory is proudly marked with the highest score.

Marsela Polic awarded...

Marsela Polic awarded L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Petra Škaberna

Research associate from the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems ( LARICS) , Marsela Polić, PhD, is one of this year's scholarship holders of the National Scholarship Program "For Women in Science" organized by L’Oréal Adria and the Croatian Commission for UNESCO at the Ministry of Culture and Media. The scholarship program has been running in Croatia for sixteen years, and by decision of leading Croatian scientists, four scholarships in the amount of 5,000 euros are awarded to the four best Croatian scientists under 35 from the field of natural sciences, including interdisciplinary fields, which are in the final year of their PhD studies. Congratulations Marsela!

FER is the leading institution in...

FER is the leading institution in terms of the number of active projects

Petra Škaberna

By the end of 2021, FER was conducting over 260 scientific research projects , further consolidating its status as the most sought-after partner for applied research and innovation development in the Republic of Croatia. According to numerous key figures, FER ranks first among domestic research institutions , and our quality is recognised beyond the country's borders. FER draws more money from the European Union for hiring researchers and purchasing research equipment than almost all the faculties of the University of Zagreb combined. The total value of projects in which FER was involved in 2021 was almost 3 billion Kuna, of which about one seventh was allocated to the Faculty and used for hiring researchers and purchasing research equipment . We also note that 10 per cent of the funding for research projects financed by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 framework programme in Croatia goes to FER. Thanks to the projects, the Faculty employs 350 people (which is almost half of the total number of staff) whose income does not depend on the state budget, as they are financed from numerous projects carried out by FER. Looking at the structure of projects by funding source, it can be seen that the ratio between domestic and international projects in 2021 was clearly in favour of projects funded from domestic sources. Most projects were funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (58 per cent), followed by the European Regional Development Fund (35 per cent) and the European Social Fund (0.7 per cent). In terms of international projects, the Horizon 2020 programme dominated (30 per cent), followed by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Programme - COST (21 per cent), Erasmus + (14.5 per cent), bilateral projects (13 per cent), INTERREG (6.5 per cent) and others (16 per cent). FER works continuously to expand its research, innovation, and development capacities and to improve the quality of its own research and innovation work. It also promotes research aimed at pushing scientific boundaries, in line with the needs of the economy and in cooperation with Croatian and European institutions. We are proud that for years FER has played a leading role in building a strong ecosystem that drives the Croatian economy based on knowledge and innovation.

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