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.
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.
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!
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Biomimetics Lab of the Institute of Bioengineering of the University of Auckland have successfully conducted a transglobal experiment Underwater distance communication - from New Zealand to Croatia. The experiment was conducted as part of the "Advancing Diver-Robot Interaction Capabilities - ADRIATIC" project, funded by the Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global).
The goal of the trials was to test novel diver-robot interaction modalities developed within the project. The scenario consisted of a diver equipped with sensors embedded in the diving suit and a gesture recognizing diving glove in a pool in Auckland, and the D2 AUV in the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies - LABUST pool in Zagreb collaborating together. The diver used the smart diving glove to recognize gestures and send them acoustically to a poolside PC. The commands are then sent over a http server to a poolside PC in Zagreb and again translated to acoustic commands transmitted to the underwater vehicle. The vehicle executed simple movement actions mapped to these commands. The underwater cameras, as well as the cameras mounted in on the vehicle were streamed to Auckland to provide situational awareness, and the diver received a haptic feedback through the glove when a gesture was recognized and sent successfully.
Considering the distance between ABI and LABUST laboratories and the current travel and collaboration restrictions in force, it was practically impossible to do a joint experiment in person. Introducing existing and new technologies towards enabling such remote collaboration experiences promotes equipment and infrastructure sharing and help crossing barriers standing in the way of science.
The experiment Remote Underwater Communication - from New Zealand to Croatia is available here.
In this year’s FER Internship program, 118 companies have posted more than 350 positions for students.
Judging by the number of applications, students were particularly interested in professional internships at RealNetworks, Amphinicy, CROZ, Gideon Brothers, GlobalLogica, Byte Lab, Končar - Institute of Electrical Engineering and Shape 404.
More than 230 students took the opportunity to spend part of the summer in a new job and further develop their skills. The companies have prepared interesting tasks that students will solve with the help of mentors. Students began their internships on July 1 and will complete them by September 30, lasting three to six weeks.
Professional internships are a great opportunity to develop new skills that students will be able to use in their later job search, and previous experiences have shown that interns value the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies in practice.
On June 16, 2021, the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies - LABUST had its first official visit. Third graders from the Elementary School Ivan Gundulic from Zagreb paid a visit to the new laboratory. They were introduced to the new space and LABUST activities.
The students showed great interest in learning about different kinds of underwater and surface vehicles, from autonomous ships to micro unmanned submarines. LABUST member Đula Nađ, who organized the visit, also prepared a presentation to demonstrate more clearly the work of the lab. For the interactive and fun part of the visit, LABUST members organised a challenging water obstacle racing using the ASV.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and information on the postgraduate doctoral study can be found at https://www.fer.unizg.hr/en/studies/doctoral.
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.
In the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Embassy of Portugal in Zagreb are co-organizing the event "Robotics and AI in Society: Impacts and Questions Raised".
The event will take place on the 20th of May 2021, starting at 4 PM, in a hybrid form - online, and for the limited number of attendees in the FER's Main Hall. Please join us online via the MS Teams, and on Sli.do for questions. The program of the event is available here.
This event is related to the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency, in particular to the priority of fostering Europe’s recovery leveraged by the climate and digital transitions. The goal is to showcase how robotics can be useful for the citizens and to discuss the implications of the introduction of robotics and AI in large sectors of society/workplace.
After the short welcome speeches from H.E. the Ambassador of Portugal, Ms. Paula Leal da Silva, and the FER’s Dean, Prof. Gordan Gledec, Ph.D., the event will continue with the lectures given by Prof. Pedro Lima, Ph.D., from the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon and by Tomislav Bracanović, Ph.D., from the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb.
Their lectures, "Positive impacts of Robotics/AI in society" and "Artificial intelligence among social animals", will raise key issues and serve as the starting point for the "Roundtable on the impacts and questions raised by the introduction of Robotics and AI in society", where professors from FER, Jan Šnajder, Ph.D., and Stjepan Bogdan, Ph.D., will join Prof. Pedro Lima and Tomislav Bracanović in the discussion. The moderator of the round table will be the Vice Dean for Research, Prof. Nikola Mišković.
More information about the speakers can be found in the detailed news content.
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: https://www.isispa.org/
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.
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.
A group of researchers from Stanford University in California (USA) recently published a study on the scientific citation, ranking around 160,000 of the world's most cited scientists in all disciplines and listing 2% of the world's most-cited scientists. The paper is available here.
The study published two lists:
- a list of the most influential scientists for their entire scientific career and
- a list of the most influential scientists for 2019.
The list of the most influential scientists in the world for the entire scientific career includes 47 Croatian scientists, including two from FER. Professor Sven Lončarić, Ph.D., is ranked in the top 1% of scientists in the world in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", and associate professor Dubravko Babić, Ph.D., in the top 2% of scientists in the world in the field of "Optoelectronics and Photonics".
The list of the top 2% of the most influential scientists in the world for 2019 also includes 47 Croatian scientists, three of whom are from FER: professor Sven Lončarić, Ph.D., in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", associate professor Hrvoje Pandžić, Ph.D., in the field of "Energy" and professor Damir Žarko, Ph.D., in the field of "Electrical & Electronic Engineering".
The study used data from the Scopus database, which measures the impact of scientists until the end of 2019. The study, which categorises scientists into 22 fields and 176 branches, analysed citations from 1996 to 2019 and was based on a complex model that used six standardised metrics of scientific productivity.
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.
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.