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Panel discussion: Future Symbiosis of...

Panel discussion: Future Symbiosis of Autonomous Robots and Society

Petra Škaberna

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Croatia is organizing a panel discussion entitled " Future Symbiosis of Autonomous Robots and Society ", which will be held on 21 October 2021, starting at 11 am. As a special guest we announce Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University, Department of Systems Innovation, who is one of the most famous robotics in the world. His astonishing achievements are based on the development of hyper realistic android robots . During his presentation, prof. Ishiguro will present the technologies of autonomous robots and remote-controlled robots (avatars) that he has developed so far, and he will also look at the symbiotic society of avatars that he is trying to achieve with the support of the Japanese government. Presentation by prof. Ishiguro will raise key issues and serve as a starting point for the round table discussion that will follow, where prof. Sven Lončarić Ph.D., prof. Zdenko Kovačić, Ph.D. and assoc. prof. Matko Orsag, Ph.D. will join prof. Ishiguro in the discussion. The moderator of the round table will be the Vice Dean for Research prof. Nikola Mišković, Ph.D. You can follow the panel discussion via the MS Teams link or via FER's YouTube channel , and download the program here . We have prepared a survey for all participants in the panel discussion, which is available here . More information about the speakers can be found in the detailed news content.

Start of classes at FER

Start of classes at FER

Petra Škaberna

On Monday, 4 October 2021 was the first day of classes in the new academic year, which will be held in person at FER. This means that the classrooms and corridors of the Faculty have come back to life and are filling up with the hustle and bustle of our students! At the end of last week's induction ceremony, we welcomed a new generation of first-year students , our promising young people, the vast majority of whom achieved the best results in their state exams in Mathematics and Physics. Of the 653 freshmen enrolled, 403 were among the top 1000 in Mathematics (higher level) and 483 among the best in Physics in the state exam. We organised an event called New Student Orientation for foreign students studying at FER on a short-term mobility stay or as part of study programmes in the English language. For about 80 students, who came to FER from 12 countries and a total of 16 cities around the world, we gave a lecture in which we provided them with the most important information about studying at our Faculty. To help them find their way in the new environment, we paired our dear guests with some nice FER students, the so-called buddies, who we are sure will let them in on all the secrets of student life in Zagreb and beyond! We are very excited that classes will be held live for the academic year 2021/2022 and wish everyone a successful start to their studies at FER! More photos from the listed events can be found in the gallery here .

Croatian scientists develop a new...

Croatian scientists develop a new method of deep learning

Petra Škaberna

The first prize in the Data Challenge competition , held as part of the Extreme Value Analysis 2021 conference , was won by Assistant Professor Domagoj Vlah, PhD , from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Tomislav Ivek, PhD, from the Institute of Physics . The CMIWAE (Conditional Missing data Importance Weighted Auto-Encoder) method developed by the Croatian researchers, which secured their victory in the Data Challenge competition, is based on an advanced variant of so-called variational autoencoders, artificial neural networks used to reconstruct data in the presence of noise, damage, or other difficulties. In contrast to competing methods, the CMIWAE method enables the neural network to independently find important regularities in the available data, so that neither expert information nor manual data adjustment is required. Below you will find more information about the competition and a short interview with Assistant Professor Domagoj Vlah.

Test Chip Samples Designed at FER...

Test Chip Samples Designed at FER Delivered

Petra Škaberna

The European Processor Initiative ( EPI ), a project with 28 partners from 10 European countries, with the goal of making EU achieve independence in HPC chip technologies and HPC infrastructure , is proud to announce that EPAC1.0 RISC-V T est Chip samples were delivered to EPI and initial tests of their operation were successful . One key segment of EPI activities is to develop and demonstrate fully European-grown processor IPs based on the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture, providing power-efficient and high-throughput accelerator cores named EPAC (European Processor Accelerators). EPAC combines several accelerator technologies specialized for different application areas. The test chip, shown in the figure below, contains four-vector processing micro-tiles (VPU) composed of an Avispado RISC-V core designed by SemiDynamics and a vector processing unit designed by Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the HPC Architecture and Application Research Center of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER). More information is available below.

Graduation Ceremonies for Masters and...

Graduation Ceremonies for Masters and Bachelors in Engineering

Petra Škaberna

The graduation ceremonies for the Masters and Bachelors in Engineering of the 2020 generation took place on 18 and 19 September 2021 at the Student Centre in Zagreb. FER's Generation 2020 consists of more than 1,000 young professionals in the fields of electrical engineering, information and communication technologies, and computing, namely 481 Masters in Engineering, 558 Bachelors in Engineering, and 30 University Specialists. In addition to the graduates, numerous family members, friends and colleagues attended the ceremony and listened to an encouraging speech by the Dean of FER, Professor Gordan Gledec, Ph.D., at the beginning of the promotion. Industry representatives and distinguished FER alumni, the director of the Tehnozavod-Marušić d.o.o. company, Krešimir Marušić, and the director and founder of the Entrio tehnologije d.o.o. company, Berislav Marszalek, addressed our Masters of Engineering with inspiring words. During the promotions, the student representatives also addressed their colleagues: Valentina Fatorić, Mate Paulinović, Fran Milković, and Ivan Gredičak spoke to Masters in Engineering and Tin Župančić, Karlo Valentin Cihlar, Rino Čala, and Patrik Okanović to Bachelors in Engineering. You can watch a video of the ceremony on our YouTube channel ( BAs , Masters ), and photos are available here .

Remote underwater experiment - from...

Remote underwater experiment - from New Zealand to Croatia

Petra Škaberna

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Biomimetics Lab of the Institute of Bioengineering of the University of Auckland have successfully conducted a transglobal experiment Underwater distance communication - from New Zealand to Croatia. The experiment was conducted as part of the "Advancing Diver-Robot Interaction Capabilities - ADRIATIC" project, funded by the Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global). The goal of the trials was to test novel diver-robot interaction modalities developed within the project. The scenario consisted of a diver equipped with sensors embedded in the diving suit and a gesture recognizing diving glove in a pool in Auckland, and the D2 AUV in the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies - LABUST pool in Zagreb collaborating together. The diver used the smart diving glove to recognize gestures and send them acoustically to a poolside PC. The commands are then sent over a http server to a poolside PC in Zagreb and again translated to acoustic commands transmitted to the underwater vehicle. The vehicle executed simple movement actions mapped to these commands. The underwater cameras, as well as the cameras mounted in on the vehicle were streamed to Auckland to provide situational awareness, and the diver received a haptic feedback through the glove when a gesture was recognized and sent successfully. Considering the distance between ABI and LABUST laboratories and the current travel and collaboration restrictions in force, it was practically impossible to do a joint experiment in person. Introducing existing and new technologies towards enabling such remote collaboration experiences promotes equipment and infrastructure sharing and help crossing barriers standing in the way of science. The experiment Remote Underwater Communication - from New Zealand to Croatia is available here .  

Shanghai Ranking: Maritime...

Shanghai Ranking: Maritime Engineering on the 43rd place

Petra Škaberna

Academic Ranking of World Universities, better known as the "Shanghai Ranking" , has published this year's rankings by scientific disciplines (GRAS), and the University of Zagreb is ranked among the most prestigious universities in as many as 12 disciplines . At the highest place stands out Maritime/Ocean Engineering (43rd place) , a discipline to which FER has made a significant contribution with its work in the field of marine robotics .

Tomato and pepper garden at FER

Tomato and pepper garden at FER

Katarina Mandarić

In late May, members of the Internet of Things Laboratory set up a real small garden in FER’s backyard as part of the IoT-Field project. Numerous sensors monitor the conditions for tomato and pepper seedlings planted by our University colleagues from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb . While planting the seedlings, for the experiment we are conducting, part of the seedlings was enriched with the substrate. The aim is to determine the influence of the selected substrate through the collected data from the sensor, plant condition and yield. Given the effort and attention our garden has, we have no doubt of a rich harvest, and then who knows? Anything is possible, maybe FER registers a family farm as well! In addition to our professors and assistants, students also joined the set-up process, spontaneously while passing by for which we thank them. Check out how we worked with non-program tools in the pictures below.

A fast charging station for electric...

A fast charging station for electric vehicles is installed on FER

Petra Škaberna

In March 2021, the first fast charging station for electric vehicles was put into operation at FER. The charging station was procured by Croatian Science Foundation Program as part of the scientific research project " FLEXIBASE - Flexibility of High Conversion Microgrids". "The charging station is part of the microgrid of FER's SmartGrid Lab, which consists of distributed flexibility sources based on converters. It will test control algorithms developed to optimize the operation of the microgrid and maintain its stability during the transition to islanding, i.e. disconnection from the electricity distribution networks", explained FLEXIBASE project leader, Assoc. Prof. Hrvoje Pandžić, PhD . Numerous researchers from the Department of Energy and Power Systems, as well as members of the project team, were involved in connecting the e-charging station to the SmartGrid Lab's control system. The use of the e-station is free of charge for the employees of FER. More information about the FLEXIBASE project can be found at the bottom of the release.

Professors at FER among world's...

Professors at FER among world's top scientists

Petra Škaberna

A group of researchers from Stanford University in California (USA) recently published a study on the scientific citation, ranking around 160,000 of the world's most cited scientists in all disciplines and listing 2% of the world's most-cited scientists . The paper is available here . The study published two lists: a list of the most influential scientists for their entire scientific career and a list of the most influential scientists for 2019. The list of the most influential scientists in the world for the entire scientific career includes 47 Croatian scientists, including two from FER. Professor Sven Lončarić, Ph.D., is ranked in the top 1% of scientists in the world in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", and associate professor Dubravko Babić, Ph.D., in the top 2% of scientists in the world in the field of "Optoelectronics and Photonics". The list of the top 2% of the most influential scientists in the world for 2019 also includes 47 Croatian scientists, three of whom are from FER: professor Sven Lončarić, Ph.D. , in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", associate professor Hrvoje Pandžić, Ph.D. , in the field of "Energy" and professor Damir Žarko, Ph.D. , in the field of "Electrical & Electronic Engineering". The study used data from the Scopus database , which measures the impact of scientists until the end of 2019. The study, which categorises scientists into 22 fields and 176 branches, analysed citations from 1996 to 2019 and was based on a complex model that used six standardised metrics of scientific productivity.

What do foreign exchange students say...

What do foreign exchange students say about FER and Zagreb

Petra Škaberna

Every year, FER hosts a number of foreign students who spend a semester or more expanding their knowledge, experience, and international contacts by taking the opportunities offered within the Erasmus+ mobility programme. Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, this academic year FER has once again attracted students from all over the world. Below you can read some of the impressions from several exchange students who have spent the last few months in Zagreb.

44th International ICT Convention...

44th International ICT Convention MIPRO 2021

Petra Škaberna

The 44 th International ICT Convention MIPRO 2021 will be held from 24 to 28 May 2021 in Opatija , with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE. This year's slogan of the conference is "ICT in Renewable Energy Technologies" , and it will cover various areas of ICT application, from microelectronics, electronics, data science, biomedicine, telecommunications, through computers in education, engineering education to intelligent and business intelligent systems, robotics, digital economics, law and many other areas. This year, MIPRO gives special importance to hydrogen energy and a new conference called "Regional Hydrogen Energy Conference - RHEC" has been established and will take place for the first time. Although the convention consists of conferences, special session, various interesting workshops, round tables, invited presentations and lectures and other program segments, this announcement is primarily intended for authors of scientific and professional papers. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 18 January 2021. Papers can be submitted to 15 different conferences and/or 1 special session. All papers will undergo two double blind peer review, and the same author can submit multiple papers. Presented papers in English will be sent for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Database. Paper instructions for authors, deadlines, registration fees and other important details are available at   or via contact e-mail .