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Deep tech solutions will dominate in...

Deep tech solutions will dominate in the sixth SPOCK generation

Petra Škaberna

The incubation program of the sixth generation of SPOCK has started! Due to the large number of high-quality applications that arrived from as many as 13 different faculties, we have selected eight teams that will have the opportunity to go through one of the most complete incubation programs in this area. Like last year, the main selection criteria were the quality of the team and the expertise of team members, so most of the selected ideas are based on the results of scientific research. We have no doubt about the success of this generation, and its uniqueness is already visible in the fact that most team members are employees of the University of Zagreb, most ideas have a socially beneficial impact, and most teams are led by women! This year we received a record number of applications, a total of 25. Apart from FER, applications also came from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Textile Technology, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Faculty of Organization and Informatics and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. When choosing teams, we invited several experienced experts from the start-up community to help. The jury, before which the teams performed their pitches, consisted of Ante Magzan (HUB385), Nikola Pavešić (Infobip), Vedran Blagus (South Central Ventures), Hrvoje Džapo (FER) and Matija Srbić (FER). In the end, eight teams were selected that the jury estimated to have the best chance of success. Below please find more information about the sixth generation of SPOCK.

Can artificial Intelligence help in...

Can artificial Intelligence help in predicting cash flow timing and patterns?

Petra Škaberna

Researchers from the  Laboratory for financial and risks analytics  (LAFRA) have been working to answer this question in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) as a part of the research project "Predicting cash flow patterns and timing in international bank accounts". Project team members from FER include Bruno Gašperov, MSc, Stjepan Begušić, PhD, and Associate Professor Zvonko Kostanjčar, PhD . The project is funded by the EIB Institute under the STAREBEI  (STAges de REcherche BEI-EIB research internships) programme and is the first such research grant with a Croatian university. More information on the project and the developed solution can be found in the detailed news content.

FER's scientists win the State...

FER's scientists win the State Award for Science

Petra Škaberna

For a significant scientific achievement in the field of technical sciences - biomedical engineering , the Annual State Science Award was presented to Assoc. Prof. Željka Lučev Vasić, PhD , and prof. Mario Cifrek, PhD on 16 December 2021. Assoc. prof. dr. sc. Željka Lučev Vasić and prof. dr. sc. Mario Cifrek were awarded for their research on the development of wearable sensory nodes using the human body as a communication channel and for their contribution to the development of a new method for estimating muscle fatigue using signals measured by four-electrode electrical impedance myography in Fujian, China. Scientists from FER have established a collaboration with researchers from Fuzhou University, Fujian, China and the University of Macau, Macau, China, which has resulted in six joint projects to date. During 2020, our researchers have published their scientific achievements in six scientific papers in international journals. Four papers were published in journals in the first quartile - Q1, and three papers in a special session at a leading international conference in the field of measurement and instrumentation IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC 2020). Congratulations to our colleagues on the well-deserved award!

Computationally efficient modeling of...

Computationally efficient modeling of mutually coupled finite array antennas

Davor Bonefačić

Department of Antennas and Electromagnetic Wave Propagation (AP), Department of Microwave Theory and Application (MTT) and Joint Department of Aeronautical Electronic Systems and Geosciences and Remote Sensing (AES / GRS) Croatian Section of the IEEE, Centre of Research Excellence for Data Science and Advanced Cooperative Systems (ZCI-DATACROSS), the Department of Communication and Space Technologies of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Department of Communication Systems HATZ invite you to a lecture: "Computationally efficient modelling of mutually coupled finite array antennas" to be held by Tomislav Marinović, PhD, Chalmers University of Technology , Gothenburg, Sweden. The lecture will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022, starting at 12:00 on the Zoom platform. The access link is here . Meeting ID: 988 3290 3042 Passcode: 872895 A summary of the lecture and the lecturer's CV can be found below.

60 years of the FER Central Library

60 years of the FER Central Library

Petra Škaberna

In the month in which we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the FER Central Library, the Topoteka of the University of Zagreb has included a story about the history of the Central Library in its Historical Topics. You can read more about it on the Topoteka page of the University of Zagreb . After the founding of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1956, there was a need to establish a faculty library. On the proposal of Professor Radenko Wolf, the then Library Commissioner of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, a motion to establish a library was adopted at the 47th regular meeting of the Faculty Council on 31 October 1959, while on 4 November 1960 it was decided to separate the library of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering from the library of the Technical Faculty. Almost a year later, in October 1961, the first employees of the library were hired - the head of the Central Library Marija Pavunić and the librarian Mirko Prekrit. The library was opened to users on 3 January 1962. Sixty years later, the FER Central Library consists of the main library collection and 12 departmental collections, and its holdings include 76,000 items and 1,500 journal titles. In the more than half a century of its existence, the Central Library has built its activity on the foundations laid in the 1960s - the principles that speak for supporting educational, professional, and scientific work in the technical sciences. Today, the Central Library develops its professional activity in the modern environment of the higher education system by advocating open science, the dissemination of knowledge, and scientific integrity, always putting the needs of its users first.

Webinar: Fast Frequency Control in...

Webinar: Fast Frequency Control in Low Inertia Grids

Petra Škaberna

Dr. Vivek Prakash , a post-doctoral researcher from the Department of Energy and Power Systems, will be presenting at a webinar on "Fast Frequency Control in Low Inertia Grids" organised by the IEEE PES Student Chapter, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur .  The webinar will be held on January 29th at 11:30 AM (3:00 PM India standard time). Anyone interested can apply here .

45th Jubilee International ICT...

45th Jubilee International ICT Convention MIPRO 2022

Petra Škaberna

The 45th Jubilee International ICT Convention MIPRO 2022 will be held f rom 23 to 27 May 2022 in Opatija , with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE. This year's slogan of the conference is "ICT in Smart Digital Ecosystems", 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 the smart industry. Accordingly, a new conference called "Smart Industries and Digital Ecosystem - SIDE" has been established and will take place for the first time. Although the convention consists of conferences, 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, 31 January 2022 . Papers can be submitted to 16 different conferences. All papers will undergo two double-blind peer reviews, and the same author can submit multiple papers. Presented papers in English will be sent for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. There is a possibility that the selected scientific papers with some further modification and refinement are being published in the following journals: Journal of Computing and Information Technology (CIT), MDPI Applied Science, MDPI Information Journal, Frontiers and EAI Endorsed Transaction on Scalable Information Systems. Paper instructions for authors, deadlines, registration fees and other important details are available at . Contact email: .

An HRT documentary about the Demand...

An HRT documentary about the Demand Response Lab

Petra Škaberna

The paradigm of the power system is changing: aside from the fact that we will mostly get electricity from renewable energy sources in the future, electricity consumers will no longer be passive but instead active consumers. In light of this, our researchers presented our so-called ''smart kitchen'' (a household that stores, consumes and produces energy on its own) on the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) show titled Prometej . This type of household actively participates in balancing the power system! The smart kitchen is integrated into the  Demand Response Laboratory  (DR Lab) and is comprised of electricity consumers just like any other household. It is connected to solar panels (which we recently wrote about) on the roof of FER. In addition to these panels, there is an electric vehicles charging station as well as a battery energy storage that is stationary and can be charged and discharged as needed. Our researchers are also working on developing an application to manage all of these devices which are connected to WiFi. Bravo for this big step in the development of infrastructure that will contribute to researching technologies for decarbonisation in the power sector!

Great results of the FER sports teams

Great results of the FER sports teams

Petra Škaberna

In the academic year 2020/2021, 42 colleges participated in the UniSport ZG competition and FER finished a fantastic second overall. Men teams from FER has dominated the competition for the past six years. Last academic year they once again came 1 st in a competition that was fiercely contested right to the end! We are especially pleased with the results of our ladies, who took 2 nd place for the first time! Our athletes competed in a total of 12 sports: Futsal, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Badminton, Chess, Swimming, Athletics and Table Tennis. An overview of the final points tally can be found here . You can see part of the atmosphere at the trophy ceremony for the best teams of the last academic year here . The competition is organised by the Zagreb University Sports Association (ZSŠS), the largest local association for university, polytechnic and higher education sports in the City of Zagreb. Congratulations to our teams and coaches on their top sporting performances!

FER students dominated the Croatian...

FER students dominated the Croatian AI League competition

Petra Škaberna

The ceremonial awarding of medals of the first Croatian AI League was held on October 20, 2021, as part of this year's AI2FUTURE conference . The overall winner of the competition was a student from FER, Jozo Ćaćić, with a score of 0.517. In the category of Master studies, the first two medals were also won by FER students, Lucija Arambašić and Marko Ćurlin . In the category of Bachelor studies, the first place went to our student Noah Marko Mesić , while the third place was shared by Nikola Sočec and Marko Čengić . The competition is organized by CISEx, an association of independent software exporters that brings together over 280 IT companies and individuals, and the competition was supported by Infobip, Photomath, and Porsche Digital Croatia, with the aim of introducing young people to the world of artificial intelligence through practical projects. The task of the first year of the league was to create an algorithm that will automatically recognize dolphins in the picture and was made in collaboration with the association Blue World, which deals with the protection of large vertebrates in the Adriatic and which in the last 30 years. Today, recognition is done manually, and the process is time-consuming and requires the work of experts who can identify exactly which dolphin it is by the shape of the dorsal fin and possible scars. Congratulations to our great students! In the detailed news content find some photos from the competition.

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.

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 .