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FER researchers involved in one of...

FER researchers involved in one of the world's most advanced supercomputer processor technology research

Petra Škaberna

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Zagreb (FER) is proud to announce that it has provided a significant contribution to European sovereignty, with valuable business impacts. European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) finalized the 273-M€ procurement contract for JUPITER, the first EuroHPC exascale supercomputer granted to the consortium of Eviden and ParTec. JUPITER  will be hosted at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, where the brain of the system will be based on the brand new general-purpose Rhea processors by SiPearl that have been designed in Europe with FER being one of the key partners of SiPearl in design and verification of those processors. "FER is proud to be at the forefront of what is among the most advanced global supercomputer processor technology research and to partner with leading European industry and research organizations SiPearl, Eviden, Barcelona Supercomputing Center and others to create the first European general purpose processor for supercomputers. Partnering with SiPearl allowed us to have a unique opportunity to be able to work with great industry experts on the design and verification of what will be the family of globally one of the most advanced and powerful processors. Also, being a member of European Processor Initiative project funded by EuroHPC JU, we team with the brightest minds, share ideas and solutions and make Faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Zagreb recognized on the global research map" ,  said Mario Kovač, professor and Director of FER HPC research center .      What are exascale supercomputers Supercomputers solve problems that are significantly beyond the capacity of a single office computer/laptop, since they can process significantly larger amounts of data and make calculations in seconds that would otherwise take months or even decades. Supercomputers are built out of the most advanced components and use large and complex building blocks. One way of describing the power of computers is by comparing how many basic operations, such as e.g. additions, they can compute in one second. Thus, the metric is given in so called FLOPS (floating point operations per second). An "Exascale supercomputer" can perform more than billion billion or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 18 ) operations (FLOPS) per second, or in short more than one exaFLOPS. To put this into perspective: it would take one million typical laptops to do the same number of computations in the same amount of time.

The United States Ambassador to the...

The United States Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Mrs Nathalie Rayes, visited FER

Ira Vince

On June 14, 2024, the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, Nathalie Rayes , visited FER . The Ambassador delivered an inspiring lecture on her life journey and career development . During a meeting with the dean and representatives of FER, discussions were held about opportunities and programs for mobility , as well as financial support available through the Embassy's programs. In particular, the collaboration aimed at fostering technological development in Croatia and enhancing the international visibility of FER was highlighted.

FER successfully completed the...

FER successfully completed the sustainable energy investment project

Petra Škaberna

In recent years, FER has implemented a number of infrastructure and development projects in the field of sustainable energy : two smaller solar power plants and a number of battery tanks were installed, its own energy consumption management system was developed, charging stations for electric vehicles were installed... But, with the new project "Photovoltaic system for the production of electricity for own needs in grid operation SE-FER-005 – Phase 1", everything has been raised to a higher level. The new solar power plant has a power of 600 kW and, together with the battery tank, will cover about 50% of FER's electricity consumption. In addition to energy renovation, which is planned, and its own energy system management system, FER is becoming a unique flexible energy hub. FER thus clearly demonstrates its scientific, educational and professional orientation towards sustainability, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. In this context, the Study of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources, which FER conducts together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) and in cooperation with the City of Šibenik, is worth noting, and which trains unique energy experts.

Presentation of the Croatian Quantum...

Presentation of the Croatian Quantum Communication Infrastructure (CroQCI)

Ira Vince

The Croatian Quantum Communication Infrastructure ( CroQCI ) project presentation took place on May 7, 2024, in the National and University Library hall. As the leader of the fourth Work Package of the CroQCI project, FER is responsible for the space segment of quantum communications . The project involves a team of scientists from the Department of Communication and Space Technologies (ZKIST): Prof. Dr. Dubravko Babić as the project leader, Assist. Prof. Dr. Josip Vuković as a team member, and Assist. Prof. Dr. Josip Lončar, Bruno Skendrović, Jasna Janković, and Mate Jagnjić as technical leaders, along with Assist. Prof. Dr. Marko Horvat from the Department of Applied Computing. For the educational package within the sixth Work Package of the CroQCI project, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saša Ilijić from the Department of Applied Physics is responsible on behalf of FER.

The Department of Energy and Power...

The Department of Energy and Power Systems celebrated 90th anniversary

Petra Škaberna

At the end of June 2024, the Department Department of Energy and Power Systems celebrated the 90th anniversary of its establishment, marking nine decades of outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of electric power. At the marking ceremony, Dean Vedran Bilas emphasized the importance of the Department as one of the most vivid departments at FER, known for top scientific achievements and cooperation with industry. "Their knowledge, expertise and graduates are needed by the Croatian industry, which adequately recognized this by equipping the laboratory at the Department of Energy and Power Systems. The Department has significantly transformed itself and embraced new technologies in order to be competitive and expand the range of services it provides on the European scientific and commercial scene", Dean Bilas pointed out . Today, the Department is the backbone of the energy transition in Croatia , educating engineers who occupy leading positions in the industry, cooperating with numerous companies and achieving notable scientific results. Their immeasurable contribution includes the construction of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant, and in recent decades they have also played an important role in the development of renewable energy sources and continue their activities in this direction. Founded in 1934 as the Institute for High Voltage, at the then Technical Faculty, the Department has produced many prominent people throughout its rich history, including academician prof. Hrvoja Požar, Olympic winner prof. Zdravko Hebel, one of the founders of basketball in Croatia, prof. Božidar Stefanini and MEP prof. Davor Škrlec.

FER's rsearchers published an...

FER's rsearchers published an article in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Petra Škaberna

The prestigious international journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (Q1, 5 Year Impact Factor = 6.6) published the scientific article "Enhancing Aviation Safety through AI-Driven Mental Health Management for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers", co-authored by prof. Krešimir Ćosić, PhD, and associate professor Siniša Popović, PhD, from the FER's Laboratory for Interactive Simulation Systems, and Professor Brenda Wiederhold, Virtual Reality Medical Center, San Diego, USA. The full text of this article is available for 30 days at:  

Professor Roman Malarić's book...

Professor Roman Malarić's book has been included in the ten best books of all time!

Ira Vince

The book Instrumentation and Measurement in Electrical Engineering by Roman Malarić, PhD , a full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and Measurements , has been included among the 10 best reference books of all time in the field of electrical engineering in the world according to the choice of Keysight Technologies.

FER management in Novska: The future...

FER management in Novska: The future of video game industry development

Petra Škaberna

At the invitation of the Minister of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy Marin Piletić and the Mayor of Town Novska Marija Kušmiš, the FER management, led by the dean prof. Vedran Bilas, at the beginning of May 2024 visited the Pismo incubator and Novska High School. In addition to the dean, the delegation from FER consisted of vice-deans prof. Stjepan Bogdan, prof. Jadranko Matuško and prof. Bojan Trkulja, and associate professor Mirko Sužnjević whose area of interest is the development of digital games. The hosts introduced the guests to the work of the Pismo incubator, introduced them to some of the 80 young entrepreneurs who are developing their interesting projects in the incubator, and presented them with the concept of the new campus, which includes a faculty building, a student dormitory and a company accelerator. During the meeting, they also discussed the development of university undergraduate and graduate study programs in English that will attract international candidates. The meeting ended with a visit to the Novska High School, from which the first generation of video game development technicians will graduate within a month! It is also interesting that the mentioned program of technicians is carried out according to textbooks and a draft curriculum that was created by a consortium in which FER also participated.

The 3rd FERConnect celebrated the...

The 3rd FERConnect celebrated the global success of FER's robotic team

Petra Škaberna

FERConnect, the third gathering of FER alumni , was a celebration of the global success of FER's roboticists . During the event, alumni and guests were presented with the excellent results of the FER Alumni Foundation and a new application for mentoring . The award-winning solution of FER's roboticists, who secured first place at the prestigious international robotics competition MBZIRC in Abu Dhabi, was presented with a short documentary film, a presentation, and a panel discussion. The mentoring application , presented by the President of the Alumni Board, Mladen Pejković, and the member of the Alumni Board Zlatka Tečec Ribarić, aims to encourage the career progress of FER graduates (alumnae) and current FER students by providing individual mentoring by experienced FER alumni, transferring key experiences and knowledge to future holders of technological development of Croatia.

Scientists at FER developed a...

Scientists at FER developed a technology for monitoring light pollution from low Earth orbit

Petra Škaberna

The first phase of the "Light-Pollution Characterization Module" project was successfully completed in December 2023. The FER-ZKIST team handed over the module to the European Space Agency, which commended the project and recommended its continuation. Do you know how night-time light alters life on Earth? To what extent is the increasing light pollution harming insects, animals, humans, and plants? Night-time light obscures the night sky, disrupts natural biological rhythms, affects health, leads to energy waste, hinders enjoyment of the night sky, and complicates astronomical observations. Studies indicate that artificial light illuminating the Earth has been increasing at an annual rate of 10% over the past 12 years.

FER Alumni Foundation - We create...

FER Alumni Foundation - We create equal opportunities for excellence together!

Petra Škaberna

The FER Alumni Foundation invites members of the Alumni community and everyone else to get involved and help FER students on their way to excellence . More than 25,000 FER students walked the halls of the faculty, sat at the same desks, learned from the same professors, but each student, today's FER alumni, had his own path and his own story. Only the roof was always shared by everyone. Our students come from all over Croatia, from different families, different financial opportunities and social circumstances. All of them come to FER full of enthusiasm, desire and ability to achieve - excellence!