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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.

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.

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.

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.

Call for applications to the...

Call for applications to the postgraduate specialist study Transformers

Petra Lukina

University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing is announcing a CALL FOR APPLICATIONS to the postgraduate specialist study TRANSFORMERS for acquiring the academic title university specialist in transformers (univ. spec. transf.). The postgraduate specialist study may enrol a candidate with completed university graduate study in electrical or mechanical engineering with at least 240 ECTS credits earned during the university study, which is equivalent to 4 years of study. Knowledge of English language is required. Enrolment quota: 25 students. The tuition fee amounts HRK 35,000.00, paid in installments of HRK 17,500.00 per semester. Classes will start in October 2022 . The applications are open until 1 July 2022. Applications should be sent by post to the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Unska 3, 10000 Zagreb (write-in 'application for Transformers') from 30 May until 1 July 2022. Information about the postgraduate specialist study Transformers can be found here , while the Application form is available here . More information is available by phone at +385 (01) 6129 920 or via email:  specijalisticki.studij@fer.hr

Professor Ivan Petrović winner of the...

Professor Ivan Petrović winner of the City of Zagreb Award

Petra Škaberna

Professor Ivan Petrović, PhD , winner of the City of Zagreb Award, has earned a reputation in the international scientific community as a highly respected expert. During his rich scientific research career, he has achieved very valuable results in theoretical and practical work for the advancement of science. In his 37 years of activity, Professor Petrović has dealt with a wide range of problems related to the research and development of the theory of automatic control and its application in the management of complex technical systems and has significantly influenced the development of this field in the Republic of Croatia. He is the head of the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics at FER ( LAMOR ) and co-head of the Centre of Research Excellence for Data Science and Cooperative Systems , which includes more than 100 scientists from 13 Croatian institutions and is the only Croatian centre of excellence for technical sciences. Over the past ten years, his research projects have been funded by the European Union with a total of more than 16 million euros. With these funds, Professor Petrović continuously finances the salaries of more than 30 young researchers. In addition, Professor Petrović cooperates very intensively with the Croatian industry in the application of research results in the development of new products and the improvement of existing ones, especially with the companies: Rimac Automobili, KONČAR - Electrical Engineering Institute Ltd. and Dok-Ing. He is a full member of the Croatian Academy of Technical Sciences (HATZ) and has received 17 awards and recognitions for his scientific and professional work, including the Croatian National Science Award (2011), the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Award (2017) and the Fran Bošnjaković Award from the University of Zagreb (2021).

FER Open Air 2022 - photo gallery

FER Open Air 2022 - photo gallery

Petra Škaberna

Members of the KSET's photo section have captured the performances and the feel of the FER Open Air, a single-day music festival which took place on Saturday 28/05/2022 on the parking lot next to FER’s C building. Adding in their own style and impressions, the students photographed the concerts of 6 performers (Artan Lili, Trophy Jump, Balkalar, ectratis, Sitzpinker and Stoposto and Beriz) both in analogue and digital form. The works will be displayed in the Main Hall of the Faculty from 13 to 27 June 2022.

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 .

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!

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