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Business Workshop – Understanding...

Business Workshop – Understanding Corporate Fraud. Case study: The demise of Enron, 2001

Petra Škaberna

Welcome to yet another FER Business Workshop that is going to take place on Friday, 29 May 2020, 16:00 UTC+2 (Zagreb local time). You can access the MS Teams meeting using this link . There is no need to register, nor to have a user account, just click and join us on a "Business Workshop – Understanding Corporate Fraud. Just a greed, a state capture, or a blend? Case study: The demise of Enron, 2001" . The presentation will be given by Mr. Dubravko Sabolić , this time in the role of a guest lecturer. The topics of corporate fraud, ethical behavior in business administration, especially in big corporations, and the roles of controlling institutions and the state itself, are always of merit to future professionals in technology, management, law, economics, etc., because some of them who now study at their universities will propagate with time to senior managerial positions and eventually become the "pillars of society". They are equally important to those who already began their business career journey. There is no better way to explain a theoretical concept then discuss a good example, and there is no better example for grand scale corporate fraud than the spectacular demise of Enron Corporation , that happened 19 years ago. The presentation will be in English because we will invite an international audience, including our incoming Erasmus+ students. This online event is co-organized by University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, and the Croatian Section of the IEEE. It will be recorded and posted on the Internet, so that you will be able to watch it later. More information about the workshop is available in the expended news content.

FER and GlobalLogic launched the...

FER and GlobalLogic launched the "AUTOSAR software standard" skill

Petra Škaberna

GlobalLogic Croatia and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb (FER) have launched an educational module for FER students on the topic AUTOSAR ( Automotive Open Systems Architecture ), which represents the automotive standard established with the aim of creating an open and standardized software architecture. This way students will be given an opportunity to learn highly wanted skills at the software market so that they can increase their competitiveness in the labor market. The educational module is organized as a skill (extracurricular course) at FER during which students acquire practical knowledge of relevant technologies in the labor market through a partnership between the faculty and the industry that employs such profiles.  FER students were given the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about AUTOSAR in the summer semester of this academic year. The interest of students was great since the quota of 30 students for the first year of the course. was completed soon with more students interested to join the course in the future. Classes will last until June and and 10 software engineers from GlobalLogic with many years of experience working on digital innovations in the automotive industry, will hold the lectures and lab work. GlobalLogic prepared the education module in cooperation with its business partner, the German automotive software supplier Elektrobit . Elektrobit secured specific thematic materials for the module and also supports the project with its highly sophisticated commercial software used in the design and development of AUTOSAR systems for individual ECUs ( Electronic Control Unit ) for all modern cars.

Invitation to Lecture: "Making a...

Invitation to Lecture: "Making a career in international business"

Marko Tucaković

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and IEEE Croatia Section invite you to the online Business Workshop "Making a career in international business" which will be presented by Murat Akpinar, Ph.D. , professor of international business at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Finland, who achieved a rich international career in the real sector of the economy before joining the University. The workshop will be held on Friday, 15 May 2020 at 16:15. Participation in the workshop is enabled via the Microsoft Teams online platform. You do not need an account to access the lecture, and you can join by clicking on this link (via the web browser or standalone application). Please note that the workshop will be in English for international listeners. The workshop is open to everyone and is limited to 250 participants. UPDATE: The workshop is available for viewing HERE . More information about the workshop and lecturer is available in the expended news content.

President of the Republic of Croatia...

President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović visits FER

Marko Tucaković

As part of the commemoration of Europe Day, the President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović visited Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing on 9 May 2020, where he was hosted by the Dean, professor Gordan Gledec , Ph.D., together with Vice Deans Nikola Mišković , Ph.D., Mario Vražić , Ph.D. and Mihaela Vranić , Ph.D. The President was accompanied by his special advisor for energy and climate, Julije Domac , Ph.D. After visiting the Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems (LARES) and meeting our robots from the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics (LAMOR) , the programme continued with a conversation with European scientists from renowned European universities, in particular the Royal Institute of Technology ( KTH ) from Sweden, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( KIT ) from Germany and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology ( NTNU ). You can read more about the event in the detailed news content.

GAME BUSINESS PLAYBOOK - Secrets of...

GAME BUSINESS PLAYBOOK - Secrets of Running a Successful Game Studio

Petra Škaberna

FER, together with the IEEE Croatian Section, is hosting an online guest lecture by Damir Šlogar, founder and CEO of a very successful company BigBlueBubble , which has been producing video games in Canada for the past 17 years. "GAME BUSINESS PLAYBOOK - Secrets of Running a Successful Game Studio" is the title of the business workshop during which participants will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of the video game industry from the person who created his business from scratch. Damir Šlogar will be available until you have exhausted all your questions and fully satisfied your curiosity! Join us via the MS Teams on Friday, 8 May 2020 at 4:00 pm and participate actively! BigBlueBubble is a prominent award-winning studio for production of video games. It is a Canadian company founded and owned by Mr. Damir Šlogar, who was born and raised in Zagreb, but left for Canada some twenty years ago. The studio, which specialises in mobile games, has been very successful from the beginning and it remained so until today, when it is serving hundreds of millions of video game players around the World. The number of participants is limited to 250 , so we invite you to join the event in time via this link ! Please note that the lecture will be held in English due to a number of foreign students who will also attend. The workshop is available for viewing HERE . For more information, see the promotional video as the best introduction to the workshop.

DORNA - New Horizon 2020 Project

DORNA - New Horizon 2020 Project

Marko Tucaković

Transport electrification is considered as a major advancement for reducing CO2 emissions and improving energy efficiency. The project entitled “Development of high reliability motor drives for next generation propulsion applications - DORNA” is aimed at forming a coherent Research and Innovation Staff Exchange network, so as to address the technical challenges facing the electrifying transport industry, with a focus on high-reliability electrical traction drives. At the heart of the propulsion systems are electrical traction drives. But technological developments are still at an early stage. Industries are trying out different traction drive technologies. Existing technologies cannot meet the ever-growing market needs for safe, fast, green and affordable transportation. Major challenges include demands for very high torque density, power density, fuel efficiency and fault tolerance, pushing the devices and components to their physical and material limits. This programme will bring together EU’s leading universities and industries, and utilise the latest technological discoveries in power electronics, motor drives, drivetrains and control, sensors and monitoring, communications, big data and artificial intelligence. Project DORNA started on 1 March 2020 and is being carried out within the framework of “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Evaluations” (MSCA RISE). Professor Stjepan Stipetić, Ph.D., is the project leader, and the total value of the project is EUR 1,623,800.00.

LARICS participated in one of the...

LARICS participated in one of the world's largest robotics competitions

Marko Tucaković

Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is a robotics competition that is held every two years in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The competition, organised by the Khalifa University under the leadership of professor Lakmal Seneviratne, is conceived as a set of very ambitious and demanding challenges with the aim of pushing the boundaries of robotics through innovative solutions and technological excellence. The event took place from 23 to 27 February 2020. MBZIRC2020 is the second edition of the competition and the first attended by FER's Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) . MBZIRC2020 comprised of three separate challenges and the grand challenge, which combined elements from the first three challenges. The points system was formed in a way that emphasised the autonomy, so that the autonomous results, regardless of the task completion percentage, scored more points than the results achieved in manual modes. The leader of the LARICS team for MBZIRC was Frano Petrić, who oversaw the coordination of activities under the watchful eyes of professor Stjepan Bogdan and assistant professor Matko Orsag, while the burden of implementation was carried out by LARICS Ph.D. students: Barbara Arbanas, Marko Car, Antun Ivanović, Marsela Polić, Ivan Hrabar, Ivo Vatavuk, Lovro Marković, Ana Batinović, Antonella Barišić, Robert Milijaš i Marko Križmančić. The team decided to complete the tasks autonomously.

FER Introduces New Visual Identity

FER Introduces New Visual Identity

Marko Tucaković

University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing introduced a new visual identity after almost 25 years, stepping into the next decade with a refreshed logo that more strongly defines FER as a brand which guarantees a top-quality education, cutting-edge science and superior research capacity. This is the third change of FER’s visual identity since its founding. The first tender for the conceptual design of the trademark of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb, as it was called, was announced in 1966, when the dean Vladimir Muljević, Ph.D., considering it necessary to increase the student organization’s interest in the work and life at the Faculty as much as possible, offered prizes in the amounts of 150, 100 and 50 new dinars. The second change happened 30 years later, and it was a logical step following the change of the Faculty’s name into its present form - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. “The refined FER logo follows the evolution of the Faculty and reflects our outstanding achievements in the fields of education, research and profession. We believe that all generations can identify with this sign and that it will be recognisable not only in Croatia, but also in the international environment, to which we are opening this fall with our study program in English”, said the FER dean Gordan Gledec, Ph.D., during the presentation. The new visual identity was conceived by designer Jelena Rebrnjak from Bornfight, who found her inspiration in the heroine of modern technology, American scientist and programmer Grace Hopper. The associations she singled out as FER's values are methodical approach, flexibility and progress, which resulted in the slogan "Learn from the past, explore the present, and invent the future."

HT and FER launch Campus Network...

HT and FER launch Campus Network project in Zagreb

Petra Škaberna

Representatives of Hrvatski Telekom and FER have signed a Letter of Intent for launching the Campus Network project , which will offer the possibility of working on the latest communication technologies to students, startups, and the whole industry . Given that the technology sector is one of the fastest-growing in the world, academia will be allowed to work on industrial development projects based on Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, Industrial Internet of Things (iIoT), and 5G . HT plans to invest around HRK 2 million in the development of the project. The Campus Network is a private mobile network that will cover the faculty lab with a dedicated 4G and 5G network. The lab will be at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, and FER is open for collaboration with other interested faculties . The next step is to include other cities such as Rijeka, Split, and Osijek. The solutions that will be developed will also be applicable in the public 4G and 5G network of Hrvatski Telekom.