HT and FER launch Campus Network...

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.

Author: Petra Škaberna

Following last year’s hugely successful first edition of DroneDays, FER’s Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) will again organise the event, which will be held at FER on 26 and 27 March 2020.

This two-day workshop on unmanned aerial vehicles is organised as part of the EU Horizon 2020 project AeRoTwin (Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics) and is the new gathering place for the experts on aerial robotics from around the world.

Last year’s event attracted more than 2000 guests, while 10 Croatian companies, institutions and projects from various fields presented their work at the company fair.

Author: Marko Tucaković
Five new Croatian-Chinese projects

Following the Call for Project Proposals for R&D Projects within the framework of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, five FER projects were accepted and contracted at the beginning of the year. Project leaders of the selected projects are:

  • professor Mario Cifrek, Ph.D.
  • professor Hrvoje Pandžić, Ph.D.
  • professor Darko Vasić, Ph.D.
  • assistant professor Tomislav Capuder, Ph.D.
  • Antonio Vasilijević, Ph.D.

Bilateral projects facilitate scientific and research cooperation at the level of both states. Given that FER is launching the study programme in English language this autumn, and that the Faculty will also orient towards the Asian market when attracting foreign students, these projects further deepen our excellent cooperation with the People's Republic of China.

Author: Marko Tucaković
ESA-Croatia Regional Workshop...

FER will be the host of the European Space Agency workshop titled Space powering the Green Deal and the Digital Economy on 5 and 6 March 2020.

The workshop is jointly organised by Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia and European Space Agency under the auspices of the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council.

Guests will be greeted by the Education and Science Minister professor Blaženka Divjak, Ph.D. and FER dean associate professor Gordan Gledec, Ph.D., while professors Mario Kovač from the Department of Control and Computer Engineering and Ivana Podnar Žarko from the Department of Telecommunications and head of the Research Support Centre will hold presentations.

The workshop will be the opportunity to confront needs and solutions and it will gather policy makers, scientists, service operators and EO application specialists.

Workshop programme is available here.

Author: Marko Tucaković
LARICS to participate in a...

One of the most prestigious and popular robotics competitions in the world, the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC), will be held from 23 to 27 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi (UAE) at the Khalifa University.

Teams from the world's top universities have applied for the competition, with 31 teams qualifying for the competition finale, including FER's Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), as the only team from the region. All LARICS members have been participating in the intensive preparations for the last several months, and 12 representatives will travel to the competition.

The majority of teams comes from Europe, while there are 5 teams from USA, 12 from Asia and 1 from Australia.

Robotics has the potential to make an impact on society that will have the same transformative power as the Internet, and robotics competitions are the ultimate catalysts for the development of the area. With the aim of pushing the boundaries in robotics, the MBZIRC 2020 competition will surely be a unique and inspiring event.

Author: Marko Tucaković