Predictive control of indoor climate...

In FER's Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems - LARES, by using mathematical algorithms, it is resolved how to optimally consume energy in a building, while preserving the comfort of the building's users.

Head of LARES, professor Mario Vašak, PhD, reveals in an interview for the news portal what kind of measurements and calculations the Laboratory carries out, how to implement them in buildings and at the same time make even smarter use of energy produced from volatile renewable sources.

A full translation of the article is available below.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Professors at FER among world's...

A research group from Stanford University in California (USA) published this year's study on scientific citations. This list ranks 2% of the world's most influential scientists or about 180,000 of the most cited scientists in all disciplines.

Two lists were published: the list of the most influential scientists for the entire scientific career and the list of the most influential scientists for 2021.

The list of the most influential scientists in the world for their whole scientific career includes 61 Croatian scientists, two of whom are from FER. Head of the Center for Artificial Intelligence, academician prof. Sven Lončarić, PhD, ranked among the 2% most cited scientists in the world in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", while prof. Hrvoje Pandžić, PhD, is among the 2% most cited scientists in the field of "Energy". The list of the most influential scientists in the world for 2021 includes 91 Croatian scientists, three of whom are from FER: academician prof. Sven Lončarić, PhD, in the field of "Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing", prof. Hrvoje Pandžić, PhD, in the field of "Energy" and prof. Damir Žarko, PhD, in the field of "Electrical & Electronic Engineering".

A study is available here.

The study used data from the Scopus database, which measures the impact of scientists until the end of 2021. The study, which classifies scientists in 22 scientific fields and 176 branches, analyzed citations in the period from 1996 to 2021 and is based on a complex model that uses six standardized metrics of scientific productivity: a total number of citations, Hirsch's h-index, Schreiber's Hm-index revised by co-author, single author, single or first author and number of article citations by single, first or last author.

Author: Petra Škaberna
FER welcomes students from all over...

On the eve of the new academic year, FER organised the New Student Orientation Meeting on 28 September 2022, an introductory class for international students attended by more than 100 students from as many as 19 countries from all over the world!

We were delighted to welcome students from Bangladesh, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Libya, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Ukraine, Turkey and the USA!

Most students come as part of the Erasmus+ mobility programme and as part of the FER study programmes, which we hold in English. We're also happy to welcome a new generation of students from France who come to us as part of bilateral cooperation, as well as a group of students who participate in the joint study programme Intelligent Field Robotic Systems (IFRoS) in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme.

Welcome to the FER!

Photos of the introductory event can be found here.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Young Women in Energy workshop

We cordially invite you to participate in the Young Women in Energy workshop, organized as a part of the Connected Stationary Battery Energy Storage - USBSE project, scheduled to take place on Monday, February 6, 2023. 

This event aims to promote EU principles with a specific focus on gender equality and non-discrimination in the field of energetics. The workshop will feature five accomplished young energy experts, Petra Sagrestano Štambuk, Martina Vajdić, Andreja Lončarek Rajšl, Petra Mesarić, and Sonja Ravlić, who will engage in a panel discussion about empowering young women in energy careers.

The workshop will take place at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Gray Hall (Siva vijećnica), from 11:00 to 13:00 and everyone is welcome.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Prof. Damir Ilić appointed as the...

At the session of the General Assembly (GA) of the European regional metrology organization EURAMET, held on January 17, 2023, prof. Damir Ilić, PhD, was elected as a Head of the Technical Committee for Electricity and Magnetism – TC EM.

Professor Ilić will hold the position from June 2023 to May 2025 and will be the first person from the Republic of Croatia appointed to the position of Head of the Technical Committee in the full technical sense (so far only the head of the TC Quality was elected from Croatia).

From 2017 to 2021, professor Ilić held the position of Head of the Low-Frequency Subcommittee at EURAMET, one of the four TC-EM subcommittees. Professor Damir Ilić has been the head of FER's Primary Electromagnetic Laboratory (FER-PEL) since 2009, and since 2007 he has been the representative of the Republic of Croatia in EURAMET's TC-EM Committee.

More information is available below.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Invitation to the lecture...

Microwave Theory and Technology Chapter (MTT), Antennas and Propagation Chapter (AP) and Aerospace and Electronic Systems/ Geoscience and Remote Sensing Joint Chapter (AES/GRS) of the IEEE Croatian Section and the Department of Communication and Space Technologies of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing invite you to the lecture:

"Development of efficient antenna systems for future communications networks"

which will be presented by José-Manuel Poyanco Acevedo, University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. The lecture will take place on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 12:00 in room C12-02 of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Unska 3, Zagreb, Croatia.

The abstract of the lecture and the lecturer's biography can be found below.

Author: Davor Bonefačić

1, 2, 3 and let the music play!

On Thursday, December 22, don't miss the performance of your favourite vice deans who have prepared a Christmas spectacle! The last evening of the humanitarian advent week at KSET, from 8 p.m. onwards, will be brightened up by concerts of bands that have professors and vice deans from FER in their composition, who will perform covers of Christmas classics, after which you will be kept on the dance floor by DJ mixes from the Disco section of KSET.

Plava kada zaborava (PKZ or Blue Tub of Oblivion) is a garage-type rock'n'roll band formed in the basement of the D building of FER. Like any basement band, PKZ consists of a hard-to-find drummer, self-taught guitarists and singers, a learned bassist (failed guitarist), a classically trained keyboardist, a few accordionists of varying degrees of musical readiness, tambourine players and at least seven back vocalists. They are all members and alumni of the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), and their set lists are usually more colourful than the members' musical tastes.

ZKIST Band is a musical project of current and former members of the Department for Communication and Space Technologies (ZKIST) at FER. The band got together for the first time before Christmas in 2020 when, in collaboration with the female vocal group Rezonanca (also former members of the Department), they recorded their first cover of Brenda Lee's song Rockin' around the Christmas tree. Since then, the band has been happy to participate in Christmas concerts and events like this one.

To further spice up the atmosphere, FER vice-deans with their sleeves rolled up will be waiting for you behind the bar in KSET, ready to serve you drinks with the help of our regular bartenders, so there won't be a shortage of hands!

The entrance is free for all visitors, and every donation collected at the entrance and at the bar will go into the total fund that will be donated.

Come to KSET with your friends, treat yourself, have fun for the holidays and participate in a good deed.

NOTE: All donations are collected with the aim of brightening the holidays for children and families who need it the most!

The humanitarian action is organized by KSET and FER as part of the Humanitarian Advent Week at KSET (December 19 - 22, 2022), which you can read more about it here.

Author: Marin Capan
LARICS and LABUST finalists at the...

The Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems - LARICS and the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies - LABUST were selected as finalists of the prestigious MBZIRC robotics competition. The laboratories perform together as the UNIZG-FER team, and so far they have passed three stages of the competition.

In the first phase, they submitted a project proposal (whitepaper phase) and were selected among the 50 best teams. After that, there was a simulation phase where they had to implement the proposed solutions in a simulation environment and were selected for additional evaluation among the best 9 teams. After the visit of the team of judges and the presentation of our laboratories and equipment, as well as discussions with the team members, they were finally selected as finalists (top 5 teams).

Our labs' solution will involve cooperation between unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles to perform complex navigation and manipulation tasks in a marine environment without a Global Positioning System (no GPS). The grand prize is $2 million and the competition will be held in Abu Dhabi in February 2024.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Signed Memorandum of Understanding...

The University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG FER) and Centro Astronómico Hispano en Andalucía (CAHA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU was signed with the objective of promoting academic cooperation in education and research and it was signed by the UNIZG FER Dean Prof. Vedran Bilas., PhD, and the CAHA Director Jesús Aceituno Castro, PhD.

FER and CAHA have agreed to foster collaboration between their institutions. The parties wish to develop scientific and technical collaborations in astronomy, astrophysics, and computing in a wide range of areas of common interest. These may include, between and among the institutions, the development of technologies, instruments, and software, promoting the advancement of education, research, and services, and strengthening friendly cooperation.

Interested parties in cooperation are invited to contact us for any questions or the purpose of designing and implementing joint activities. The personnel responsible for executing the signed MoU from the FER side is Prof. Ana Babić, PhD, and from the CAHA side is Stefan Cikota, PhD.

More information is available below.

Author: Petra Škaberna
Introducing the new FER management!

With the new academic year also began the mandate of the new management of FER. Since 1 October, Professor Vedran Bilas, PhD, has taken over as Dean of the Faculty for the term of the academic years 2022/2023 and 2023/2024. He is assisted in the management by his closest colleagues: the Vice Dean for Research and Innovation, Professor Stjepan Bogdan, PhD, the Vice Dean for Management and Digitalization, Professor Jadranko Matuško, PhD, the Vice Dean for Students, Associate Professor Ana Sušac, PhD, and the Vice Dean for Education, Professor Bojan Trkulja, PhD.

The premises that will guide the new FER administration in the coming term are openness, responsibility, organisation, and optimism.

More information can be found below.

Author: Petra Škaberna
FER professors appointed to Horizon...

Professors of our Department of Energy and Power Systems (ZVNE), Prof. Željko Tomšić, PhD, and Prof. Davor Grgić, PhD, were appointed as Croatian representatives to the Program Committee for the Framework Program for Research and Innovation - Horizon Europe and the Research and Training Program of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021 - 2025.

They were appointed on July 28, 2022, by the Minister of Science and Education, Prof. Radovan Fuchs, PhD. The members of the Program Committee are officially appointed by the Ministry of Science and Education, who are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Horizon Europe Program and are intermediaries between the European Commission and the stakeholders of the national funding system. The members of the Program Committee are experts and representatives with many years of experience in the respective field.

For the area of Climate, Energy and Mobility (including related missions and partnerships) was appointed:

  • Prof. Željko Tomšić, PhD, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Expert.

Among the representatives of the Republic of Croatia in the compositions of the Program Committees of the Research and Training Program of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025, complementing Horizon Europe, the following was appointed for the field of nuclear fission:

  • Prof. Davor Grgić, Ph.D., University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Expert.
Author: Petra Škaberna