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FER corridors refreshed with new...

From now on, all our students and visitors will be able to easily find their way around FER as the Faculty corridors have been refreshed with new wayfinding signs whose colors match our visual identity. Faculty buildings - named A, B, C, and D - are identified with their own colors, and services, departments, and halls are labeled bilingually.

This marks another step forward as we prepare to welcome a large number of international students that we expect in the fall!

You can see the photo gallery of the hallways below the notice.

Author: Petra Škaberna
FER students contribute to the...

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!

Author: Petra Škaberna
What do foreign exchange students say...

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.

Author: Petra Škaberna
A fast charging station for electric...

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.

Author: Petra Škaberna
FER Business Skills Workshop -...

FER and the IEEE Croatia Section co-organize another FER Business Skills Workshop "Environmental economics: the case of Lake Cuitzeo". This Friday, on the 7th of May 2021, at 4PM, our guest is Dr. Rafael Trueba Regalado, professor of economics at the leading Mexican university, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Morelia.

The Workshop's objective is to present and discuss the socioeconomic value of the negative health externalities suffered by the West Region of Lake Cuitzeo (the second largest lake in Mexico) due to the environmental deterioration of the lake caused by the upper part of the basin. The methodological vision of the research focuses on the quantification of defensive costs and the application of the Contingent Valuation Method (CVM). A hypothetical market was generated to identify the Willingness to Accept Compensation (WTAC) by the interviewees through a medical expense voucher to recover from the adverse effects of the dust storms.

The Workshop will be in the English language. You are all welcome with your ideas and discussions!

Access link to the MS Teams.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Find out who the comic book heroes...

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.

Author: Petra Škaberna
The Ambassador of Portugal, H. E. da...

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.

Author: Petra Škaberna
44th International ICT Convention...

The 44th International ICT Convention MIPRO 2021 will be held from 24 to 28 May 2021 in Opatija, with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE.

This year's slogan of the conference is "ICT in Renewable Energy Technologies", and it will cover various areas of ICT application, from microelectronics, electronics, data science, biomedicine, telecommunications, through computers in education, engineering education to intelligent and business intelligent systems, robotics, digital economics, law and many other areas. This year, MIPRO gives special importance to hydrogen energy and a new conference called "Regional Hydrogen Energy Conference - RHEC" has been established and will take place for the first time.

Although the convention consists of conferences, special session, various interesting workshops, round tables, invited presentations and lectures and other program segments, this announcement is primarily intended for authors of scientific and professional papers.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 18 January 2021. Papers can be submitted to 15 different conferences and/or 1 special session. All papers will undergo two double blind peer review, and the same author can submit multiple papers. Presented papers in English will be sent for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Database.

Paper instructions for authors, deadlines, registration fees and other important details are available at www.mipro.hr  or via contact e-mail mipro@mipro.hr.

Author: Petra Škaberna
HT and FER Launch First 5G Campus...

Hrvatski Telekom and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb today launched the first 5G Campus Network in Croatia, which allows the scientific and business community, students, and start-ups to work on development projects based on 5G technology in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence applications.

In cooperation with Hrvatski Telekom, FER will promote automation and computing projects, telecommunications and radio communications, medicine, energy, and agriculture, which rely on mobile networks. It will directly encourage further development of robotics, edge and fog computing, and distributed learning. Hrvatski Telekom has developed this project on the model of the campus networks launched by Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, aiming at developing and testing new communication technologies.

Author: Petra Škaberna