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FER is the most attractive choice for...

FER is the most attractive choice for high school graduates - again!

Petra Škaberna

This year, study programmes offered by FER were once again at the top of the list of the most popular programmes among high school graduates. So far, almost 2,300 candidates have applied for them, of which more than 1,100 high school graduates have ticked FER as their first choice. With its undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study programmes, FER traditionally attracts the best students from Croatia. Every year we enrol 650 first-year students, and of the top one thousand students in Matura exams in Mathematics and/or Physics, almost half enrol at FER. In order to successfully respond to clear market demand, but also to contribute to the improvement of the quality and relevance of higher education in the field of STEM, starting this fall FER is also conducting its undergraduate and graduate programmes in English. Therefore, we are particularly pleased with the fact that we are already experiencing good interest from Croatian high school graduates for these programmes, as according to the data from the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), 99 candidates are interested in enrolling in our undergraduate programme in English. The topic was also picked up by some media, such as Jutarnji list and RTL.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS to the doctoral...

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS to the doctoral study programme "Electrical Engineering and Computing"

Đurđica Tomić Peruško

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 2021/2022) 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 in total. 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 November 2021. 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 26 August 2021 inclusive. Interviews with candidates, which are an obligatory part of the enrolment procedure, will be held on 31 August and 1 September 2021 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: and information on the postgraduate doctoral study can be found at .

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.

FER students contribute to the...

FER students contribute to the development of student electric car

Petra Škaberna

For the past year, about 30 students from FER have been participating in the well-known student project FSB Racing Team . Namely, this student association presented in 2019 the new racing car "Vulpes", the first 100 percent electric car developed and assembled entirely in Croatia, exclusively by student forces. FER students soon joined the project in larger numbers, as their expertise in electrical engineering and battery packs is of great importance for the further development of this electric race car. Their contribution is crucial in the sub-teams "Electric Drive", "Electric Motors" and "Control Systems". In addition, the members of FER make up a large part of the "Driverless" team, which is involved in the conversion of the VulpesR electric race car into the first Croatian autonomous race car, VulpesD. "Out of the total 120 members, FSB Racing Team currently has about 30 members from FER, and we would like this number to be even higher. The club has been developing electric vehicles since 2019, and as we are making our own battery pack from day one, a large contribution from FER members is required. We are also developing our own electric motors from this year! The subteam "Driverless" is mainly engaged in the development of a vision system for the car, which will participate in the competition International Formula Student for the first time in 2021," explains Adriana Đugum, a student at the Faculty of Philosopfy and a Team Leader of the FSB Racing Team . "Being a member of the FSB Racing Team could very well be compared to an internship in a company. The difference between an internship in a company and a team membership is that a team member has much more authority and therefore responsibility. Participating in a Formula Student team has great benefits not only for our professional development, but also for making lifelong friendships, either with members of our own team or another team," says Mario Volarić, a second-year student at FER, majoring in Electrical Engineering and information technology . Finally, it is interesting to note that for most students of FER, the practical experience they gain in this racing team is just an extension of the areas of interest they have developed during their studies. For example, most of the students from FER, who are members of this student association, under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Stjepan Stipetić, PhD , deal with the problems of electric traction motors, from the preparation of the undergraduate project, to the preparation of the thesis. Check out the usual working atmosphere below from the FSB Racing Team garage!

On line Chess Tournament FER Cup 2021

On line Chess Tournament FER Cup 2021

Krešimir Malarić

On Wednesday, 2 nd  of June , starting at  17:00 PM ,  there will be an online Chess Tournament FER Cup 2021 . The tournament will be held on the webpage. Swiss system, 7 rounds, tempo 7+3 will be used. In order to participate, it is necessary to register on the webpage, and access team FER  ( ). Please, state your  given name and surname . The Tournament is graded for the subject Chess. All other FER students as well as all willing students from the University of Zagreb can also participate.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Computer...

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Computer vision & Machine Learning (FER)

Tomislav Pribanić

The opening is available for Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), SHARK Lab (Advanced Shape Reconstruction and Registration Laboratory), Croatia, in the area of AI/Computer vision/Machine Learning with application in Healthcare/Anthropometric measurements. The opening is available under the Croatian Science Foundation project : Smartphone and Tablet Extraction of Anthropometric Measurements (STEAM) . Anthropometric measurements are of particular interest to a large group of beneficiaries since nowadays anthropometry plays an important role in industrial design, clothing design, ergonomics, medicine and architecture where statistical data about the distribution of body dimensions in the population are used to optimize various products and services. A postdoctoral position is open for 20 months. Starting date: June 2021. Responsibilities: to lead and conduct the advanced research on the project STEAM by: developing state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction algorithms on mobile platforms (smartphone and tablets) developing state of the art algorithms to estimate anthropometric measurements, combining 2D image and 3D data from mobile platforms publishing research results in peer-reviewed conferences and journals interfacing with stakeholders, including industry, graduate students, and other faculty. Expected qualifications: Ph.D. degree in computer science or related engineering degree Excellent programming skills on Android and/or iOS platform. Highly desired: experience with data science tools including Python scripting, with at least one mainstream deep learning framework (e.g. TensorFlow), computer vision or robotics libraries (e.g. OpenCV, PCL, ROS), CUDA/OpenCL. Solid understanding of linear algebra, algorithms, computer vision and machine learning, optimization, numerical methods Highly desired: strong experience working in 3D reconstruction from images and applying machine learning to 3D reconstruction and human body modelling Record of peer-reviewed publications Excellent oral/written communication skills and interpersonal skills To apply or for questions about the position, please email a copy of your CV, two references and a cover letter outlining fit for the position. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Tomislav Pribanić, Ph.D. Professor University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia Email:

12th Int'l Symposium on Image...

12th Int'l Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis

Tomislav Petković

The 12th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA 2021) will be held from 13th till 15th September 2021 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) in Zagreb , Croatia. ISPA 2021 is organized by the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and is technically co-sponsored by EURASIP, IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Croatia Section, and IEEE Croatia Section Signal Processing Society Chapter. Conference proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Database. Interested participants to welcome to attend the conference while prospective authors are kindly invited to submit their manuscripts reporting original work to the main conference or to one of the focused special sessions . The submission deadline is May 25, 2021. Conference website:

Find out who the comic book heroes...

Find out who the comic book heroes from FER are

Petra Škaberna

Technical Culture's new textbooks for upper primary school students feature comics with stories about young scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, including Assis. Prof. Ana Sović Kržić. PhD , and a student of FER, Ivan Kožar . In addition to her teaching at FER, Assist. Prof. Sović Kržić is extremely active in FER's program to popularize science among children and young people called ŠUZA , and for the past five years she has also been the president of The Croatian Robotics Association. Modern comic heroes include Ivan Kožar, a fourth-year student who began experimenting with Tesla coils in sixth grade in order to construct a large musical Tesla coil later in high school. Experimentation led him to his next invention, a universal wireless charger for small battery devices, which won him a variety of medals and awards. The comic story about Ana Sović Kržić will be included in the eighth grade textbook, which will be part of the teaching material starting next school year, while the comic about Ivan Kožar is in the sixth grade textbook and has already been used by students since this year. The editor of these editions, but also the initiator of this commendable idea, is the teacher of Technical Culture from Zagreb Elementary School Ivan Cankar, Maja Mačinko. Some of the well-known names presented in the textbooks are for example Mate Rimac, Albert Gajšak, Ivan Mrvoš, Kata Marunica and a dozen other Croatian contemporary innovators and scientists.

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.

The Ambassador of Portugal, H. E. da...

The Ambassador of Portugal, H. E. da Silva visited FER

Petra Škaberna

The Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal to the Republic of Croatia, H. E. Paula Leal da Silva , visited the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Zagreb on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, where she was received by the Dean of FER, Prof. Gordan Gledec, PhD , and Vice Dean for Science, Prof. Nikola Mišković, PhD. The Ambassador of Portugal was accompanied by the First Secretary Rodrigo Lobo d'Ávila and Ataché for Culture Tiago Gil. During the meeting, the two delegations discussed the position and importance of FER in the academic and scientific research community and its positioning at the international level. Particular emphasis was given to the significant collaboration that FER has established for many years with partner institutions from Portugal, reflected in some 30 scientific research projects carried out with almost 20 Portuguese institutions. After the meeting with the faculty leadership, the Portuguese delegation, accompanied by FER's researcher Faust Ferreire, PhD , (originally from Portugal) visited four FER laboratories. At the beginning, at Smart Grid Laboratory ( SGLab ), an experienced researcher, Mateo Beus, mag. ing. , demonstrated to the guests the remote control of the hydroelectric power plant, followed by a visit to the Laboratory of Underwater Systems and Technologies ( LABUST ) in the newly renovated premises in Martinovka Hall, headed by Vice Dean Mišković . After returning to FER, the delegation visited the Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems ( LARES ), where Prof. Mario Vašak, PhD , described the application of advanced methods of intelligent energy management on the surface of the skyscraper of FER, after which the guests had the opportunity to experience a beautiful view of the panorama of Zagreb. The visit ended with the presentation of FER's Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics ( LAMOR ) and the presentation of Prof. Ivan Petrović, PhD , who provided some examples from the industry with which LAMOR cooperates thanks to its very competitive research activities. Selected photos of the meeting can be found below in the gallery , more photos can be found in the detailed news content.

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.