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Best high school graduates enrol at FER

As expected, FER has once again filled the enrolment quota during this year’s summer enrolment period, meaning there will be 653 freshmen walking down the Faculty hallways in the academic year 2020/2021.

The interest in the undergraduate studies "Electrical Engineering and Information Technology" and "Computing" is really impressive, which can be seen from the fact that this year almost 1,100 high school graduates marked FER as the first choice.

Out of one thousand most successful high school students in the State Matura Mathematics exam, more than 420 of them chose FER as their first choice of faculties, while equally impressive results also apply to Physics. As many as 439 high school graduates with the best results in this subject approached the online enrolment at FER. Luka Hobor is one of only four high school graduates in Croatia who solved this year’s higher level in Mathematics and Physics State Matura exams with 100% accuracy, and thanks to the excellent success from the XV. Gymnasium, he had a maximum of 1000 points for enrolment at FER.

"I enrolled at FER because I am primarily interested in physics and informatics. I was choosing between PMF and FER, but I decided in favour of FER because I am more interested in practical application than theory. I think that I will develop the necessary skills and knowledge at FER, both for working in the technology industry and for accomplishing new achievements in this field. I believe that this Faculty will provide me with many opportunities and quality mentoring and that I will use it to further develop my potential", said Luka Hobor.

Freshmen come to FER from all parts of Croatia, but still the largest number come from Zagreb high schools - XV. Gymnasium, V. Gymnasium, III. Gymnasium, Lucijan Vranjanin Gymnasium, Ruđer Bošković Technical School and X. Ivan Supek Gymnasium. It is interesting to note that we continue the positive trend of enrolling girls at FER, since they make up almost 27% of enrolled students in this generation. We are especially pleased with this information because we are making great efforts to make the STEM area equally attractive for both genders.

Therefore, our dear freshmen, we wish you a happy start to your studies at FER, with the hope that in the next few years we will meet all your expectations and be the best possible incentive for further development and scientific growth!

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Author: Petra Škaberna
FER researchers win the Semantic...

A group of FER researchers from the Department of Electronics, Microelectronics, Computer and Intelligent Systems (ZEMRIS), led by professor Siniša Šegvić, PhD, won the first place in the international competition Robust Vision Challenge, in the discipline of semantic segmentation. The method which the ZEMRIS team used in the competition was developed within the doctoral dissertation of the institute's associate Marin Oršić, while assistant Petra Bevandić, junior researcher Ivan Grubišić and institute associate Josip Šarić also participated in the preparation of the submission.

Competition propositions required learning a single model that could implement predictions on multiple data sets. Such models are particularly interesting for industrial applications because they behave best in the presence of unexpected scenes. FER's model achieved first place in the absolute competition at the WildDash 2 set. It is the most demanding set for the semantic segmentation of automotive scenes because it contains images which were specifically selected by the experts as difficult for machine-learned models. Model learning and evaluation was performed on an NVIDIA DGX computer. It is a computer system with eight NVIDIA Tesla V-100 GPUs, which simplify the software execution of procedures for learning large models.

Our winning team’s method, titled "Effective Semantic Segmentation by Pyramid Fusion", was published at the last year’s CVPR conference, which Google Scholar lists as the 5th most prestigious scientific source according to the h5-index metric. It was also published in Pattern Recognition, journal which is ranked 10th out of a total of 220 most prestigious sources in the field of artificial intelligence according to Scopus.

"There are three main motivations for our participation in the competition. First, such ventures force us to step out of our comfort zone and "pick up" knowledge that we would otherwise gain much more slowly. Second, we wanted to increase the scientific impact of our publications. Third, this participation showed that our expertise is competitive on a global scale, so we hope to find projects to continue funding our research. We are interested in industrial projects, mainly because they confront us very effectively with the real limitations of our science. In addition, industrial research is important because public sources of funding in Croatia are not sufficient to conduct research at the global level", explains the team leader, professor Šegvić.

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Author: Petra Škaberna
Development of National Competencies...

This September, a new project titled "National Competence Centres in the Framework of EuroHPC - EuroCC" started within the European Horizon 2020 programme.

 

The EuroCC activity will bring together the necessary expertise to set up a network of national competence centers for High-Performance Computing in 33 participating states of the EuroHPC JU. The goal is to provide a broad service portfolio tailored to the needs of users’ national industries, scientific and academic communities, and public administration.

 

Such an approach will strengthen existing and develop new national competencies for High-Performance Computing (HPC), High-Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Competence centers for HPC will be central to coordinating national initiatives, making it easier for all national users to access European HPC competencies and take advantage of opportunities in different industrial sectors and branches.

 

During the course of the project, Croatian national competence centre for HPC will be established, with the aim of becoming a go-to place for end users from science and high education, industry, and public administration. The users will get access to innovative solutions adapted to the maturity level of national and European HPC infrastructure, as well as different groups of users and their needs and requirements.

 

EuroCC project is coordinated by the Stuttgart University, while FER is one of seven Croatian institutions in the consortium led by University Computing Center (SRCE). FER’s project activities will be carried out by the HPC Architecture and Application Research Center.

Project duration is two years and project lead at FER is professor Mario Kovač, PhD.

Author: Petra Škaberna
FER Students in the Finals of the EU...

Project "Fair (FER) solutions for better community" has reached the finals of the most successful projects within EU Sustainable Energy Week. The most successful projects for clean, safe and efficient energy have been selected, and FER's project, in which our students participated, is among the finalists in the "Youth" category.

About a dozen FER students were introduced to the problem of energy poverty, after which they performed simple energy audits in more than 100 energy-poor households in Zagreb, helping them to identify problems and then apply simple efficiency measures in their homes.

Based on the results of the fieldwork, the students developed a model for estimating the energy needs of households. In addition, the obtained results are being used for development of policy proposals for combating energy poverty in the City of Zagreb and the development of models for the analysis of energy consumption and costs at the household level.

Author: Petra Škaberna
AeroWind – New Horizon 2020 Project

The aim of the project "Autonomous UAV inspection of wind turbine blades" (AeroWind) is to develop an autonomous visual inspection system which will use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), thus enabling inspection of wind turbine blades without stopping the turbine and interrupting energy production. The project is motivated by the fact that in order to keep wind turbine generators’ production optimised, most wind industry players inspect their blades at least once a year and plan maintenance based on the data collected. Hundreds of thousands of hard to reach wind turbine blades must therefore be inspected every year in Europe and around the world and existing visual inspection methods are rather slow, inaccurate, expensive and require complex coordination and logistics.

Currently, visual inspection methods require the wind turbine to be stopped and specifically positioned in order to be inspected, leading to unavailability and causing significant loss of electricity production and income, especially with modern generators that surpass 10MW capacity.

The AeroWind project started on 1 May 2020, and the project leader at FER is professor Stjepan Bogdan, PhD. FER is currently implementing 20 Horizon 2020 projects.

Author: Petra Škaberna
FER and GlobalLogic launched the...

GlobalLogic Croatia and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb (FER) have launched an educational module for FER students on the topic AUTOSAR (Automotive Open Systems Architecture), which represents the automotive standard established with the aim of creating an open and standardized software architecture. This way students will be given an opportunity to learn highly wanted skills at the software market so that they can increase their competitiveness in the labor market.

The educational module is organized as a skill (extracurricular course) at FER during which students acquire practical knowledge of relevant technologies in the labor market through a partnership between the faculty and the industry that employs such profiles.  FER students were given the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about AUTOSAR in the summer semester of this academic year. The interest of students was great since the quota of 30 students for the first year of the course. was completed soon with more students interested to join the course in the future. Classes will last until June and and 10 software engineers from GlobalLogic with many years of experience working on digital innovations in the automotive industry, will hold the lectures and lab work.

GlobalLogic prepared the education module in cooperation with its business partner, the German automotive software supplier Elektrobit. Elektrobit secured specific thematic materials for the module and also supports the project with its highly sophisticated commercial software used in the design and development of AUTOSAR systems for individual ECUs (Electronic Control Unit) for all modern cars.

Author: Petra Škaberna