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Leading names in Croatian business...

Leading names in Croatian business gathered in FER Alumni Board

Petra Škaberna

The first meeting of the newly established FER Alumni Board took place on Friday, 3 March 2023, at the Faculty's Alumni Club. In his address, Dean Vedran Bilas explained that the Alumni Board aims to connect a strong, respected, and highly successful alumni community in Croatia and abroad to strengthen the Faculty. The emphasis will be on infrastructure and personnel development, as well as international recognition. FER has been a springboard for many influential alumni , and their knowledge and influence can create new synergies for new generations of FER students. The Alumni Board comprises 16 distinguished members who are prominent in their respective fields of work: Luka Abrus ( Five ), Davor Baković ( Končar - Mjerni transformatori ), Mirna Bašić ( Erste&Steiermärkische Bank ), Tomislav Car ( Productive ), Josip Ćesić ( Gideon ), Tomislav Čleković ( Rimac Automobili ), Boris Drilo ( Hrvatski Telekom ), Ivana Fazinić ( Q agency ), Anja Hula ( Infobip ), Gordan Kreković ( Visage Technologies ), Goran Mirković ( AVL - AST ), Mladen Pejković ( Atlantic Group ), Renata Rubeša ( Croatian Transmission System Operator ), Zlatka Tečec Ribarić ( KONČAR - Institute of Electrical Engineering ), Davor Tomašković ( Croatia Insurance ) and Igor Strejček ( Microblink ). Dean Bilas presented the priority initiatives of the Alumni Board, which are divided into four areas: Attract, Meet & Transfer, Community, and Mentoring . The Alumni Board will establish individual working groups for each of these areas. More information can be found below, and photos are available in the FER Gallery .

Ambassador of Israel H. E. Gary Koren...

Ambassador of Israel H. E. Gary Koren visited FER

Petra Škaberna

Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Croatia, H. E. Gary Koren visited FER on March 15, 2023. The Ambassador was welcomed by the dean prof. Vedran Bilas, PhD, Vice Dean for Research and Innovation, prof. Stjepan Bogdan, PhD, and the head of LABUST, prof. Nikola Mišković, PhD. The purpose of the meeting was to further strengthen bilateral relations between the Faculty and the State of Israel in the fields of science, research and education. After the meeting with the FER Board, Ambassador Koren visited the Laboratory for Renewable Energy Source Systems - LARES and the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies - LABUST . More photo is available here .

Professors at FER among world's...

Professors at FER among world's top scientists

Petra Škaberna

A research group from Stanford University in California (USA) published this year's study on scientific citations. This list ranks 2% of the world's most influential scientists or about 180,000 of the most cited scientists in all disciplines. Two lists were published: the list of the most influential scientists for the entire scientific career and the list of the most influential scientists for 2021. The list of the most influential scientists in the world for their whole scientific career includes 61 Croatian scientists, two of whom are from FER. Head of the Center for Artificial Intelligence, academician prof. Sven Lončarić, PhD , ranked among the 2% most cited scientists in the world in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", while prof. Hrvoje Pandžić, PhD , is among the 2% most cited scientists in the field of "Energy". The list of the most influential scientists in the world for 2021 includes 91 Croatian scientists, three of whom are from FER: academician prof. Sven Lončarić, PhD , in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", prof. Hrvoje Pandžić, PhD , in the field of "Energy" and prof. Damir Žarko, PhD , in the field of "Electrical & Electronic Engineering". A study is available here . The study used data from the Scopus database, which measures the impact of scientists until the end of 2021. The study, which classifies scientists in 22 scientific fields and 176 branches, analyzed citations in the period from 1996 to 2021 and is based on a complex model that uses six standardized metrics of scientific productivity: a total number of citations, Hirsch's h-index, Schreiber's Hm-index revised by co-author, single author, single or first author and number of article citations by single, first or last author.

FER welcomes students from all over...

FER welcomes students from all over the world

Petra Škaberna

On the eve of the new academic year, FER organised the New Student Orientation Meeting on 28 September 2022, an introductory class for international students attended by more than 100 students from as many as 19 countries from all over the world! We were delighted to welcome students from Bangladesh, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Libya, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Ukraine, Turkey and the USA! Most students come as part of the Erasmus+ mobility programme and as part of the FER study programmes, which we hold in English. We're also happy to welcome a new generation of students from France who come to us as part of bilateral cooperation, as well as a group of students who participate in the joint study programme Intelligent Field Robotic Systems (IFRoS) in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme. Welcome to the FER! Photos of the introductory event can be found here .

Mario Kovač at HPC, Data &...

Mario Kovač at HPC, Data & Architecture Week in Buenos Aires

Petra Škaberna

Prof. Mario Kovač, PhD , Director of FER's HPC Architecture and Application Research Centre and Chief Communications Officer of the European Processor Initiative , will deliver a course as part of HPC, Data & Architecture Week . The summer school will take place from 13 to 17 March 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The title of the course is "Architectures for image and video compression acceleration." More information about the course can be found here and information about the summer school is listed here .

FER coordinates the new Horizon...

FER coordinates the new Horizon Europe project - AIoTwin

Petra Škaberna

AIoTwin is a twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Artificial Intelligence of Things , bringing together researchers from three European universities, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering ( UNIZG-FER ), Technische Universität Wien ( TUW ) and Technische Universität Berlin ( TUB ) and one research institute, Research Institutes of Sweden AB ( RISE ). The goal is to significantly strengthen the scientific excellence and innovation capacity of FER in the area of the Internet of Things through knowledge transfer and strategic networking activities between FER researchers and world-class scientists from leading EU institutions. This will be achieved through an elaborate work plan and a comprehensive set of activities that will increase the mobility of researchers and improve the scientific and innovative capacities as well as the attractiveness and visibility of FER in the European Research Area. The AIoTwin project started on January 1, 2023, and is financed by the Horizon Europe program. FER is the coordinator of the project, and it is led by prof. Ivana Podnar Žarko , PhD. More information about the project can be found below.

Invitation to the lecture...

Invitation to the lecture "Development of efficient antenna systems for future communications networks"

Davor Bonefačić

Microwave Theory and Technology Chapter (MTT), Antennas and Propagation Chapter (AP) and Aerospace and Electronic Systems/ Geoscience and Remote Sensing Joint Chapter (AES/GRS) of the IEEE Croatian Section and the Department of Communication and Space Technologies of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing invite you to the lecture: "Development of efficient antenna systems for future communications networks" which will be presented by José-Manuel Poyanco Acevedo , University Carlos III , Madrid, Spain. The lecture will take place on Friday, January 20 , 2023 at 12:00 in room C12-02 of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Unska 3, Zagreb, Croatia. The abstract of the lecture and the lecturer's biography can be found below.

Predictive control of indoor climate...

Predictive control of indoor climate and energy consumption at FER

Petra Škaberna

In FER's Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems - LARES , by using mathematical algorithms, it is resolved how to optimally consume energy in a building, while preserving the comfort of the building's users. Head of LARES, professor Mario Vašak, PhD , reveals in an interview for the news portal what kind of measurements and calculations the Laboratory carries out, how to implement them in buildings and at the same time make even smarter use of energy produced from volatile renewable sources. A full translation of the article is available below.

FER professors appointed to Horizon...

FER professors appointed to Horizon Europe bodies

Petra Škaberna

Professors of our Department of Energy and Power Systems (ZVNE), Prof. Željko Tomšić, PhD , and  Prof. Davor Grgić, PhD , were appointed as Croatian representatives to the Program Committee for the Framework Program for Research and Innovation - Horizon Europe and the Research and Training Program of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021 - 2025. They were appointed on July 28, 2022, by the Minister of Science and Education, Prof. Radovan Fuchs, PhD. The members of the Program Committee are officially appointed by the Ministry of Science and Education, who are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Horizon Europe Program and are intermediaries between the European Commission and the stakeholders of the national funding system. The members of the Program Committee are experts and representatives with many years of experience in the respective field. For the area of Climate, Energy and Mobility (including related missions and partnerships) was appointed: Prof. Željko Tomšić, PhD, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Expert. Among the representatives of the Republic of Croatia in the compositions of the Program Committees of the Research and Training Program of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025, complementing Horizon Europe, the following was appointed for the field of nuclear fission: Prof. Davor Grgić, Ph.D., University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Expert.