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Ivan Lončar successfully defended his...

On 8 May 2020Ivan Lončar successfully held a public presentation of the proposed dissertation topic titled Acoustic localisation of underwater sensors using cooperative unmanned marine vessels”, which resulted in the approval of the expected original scientific contribution. Professor Nikola Mišković has been confirmed as his mentor. The committee members were the following:

  1. Prof. Nikola Mišković, UNIZG-FER
  2. Prof. Stjepan Bogdan, UNIZG-FER
  3. Assoc. Prof. Andrej Jokić, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb
Nikola Miskovic in a Roundtable...

On 3 March 2020 at the Plaza Event Centre in Zagreb, a roundtable meeting on artificial intelligence in processing of text was held within the project 'Establishment of an Integrated System for Managing the Official Documentation of the Republic of Croatia' moderated by Prof. Jan Snajder. Nikola Miskovic, UNIZG-FER's Vice Dean for Science participated in the event that brought together around 100 participants. The roundtable was followed by an interesting discussion with a large number of questions from the audience. More information can be found at: https://lnkd.in/dCK_ZVq

Đula Nađ attended the First European...

On 29th of February 2020, LABUST's member Dula Nad attended the First European Robotics Talent Festival. The festival took place in Varazdin, Croatia. He gave a talk on underwater robotics to an audience of primary and secondary school students. The festival also included student competitions in various mobile robotics disciplines. The festival was organised by Varazdin County, European Talent Centre Croatia and Centre of Excellence in New Technologies.

Robotics Fair 2020 in Ljubljana

LARICS members attended the three-day Robotics Fair 2020 in Ljubljana that took place from 11th to 13th February 2020. Robotics is an international trade fair dedicated to industrial robotics and unmanned systems. The event offers the exhibitors a platform for presenting their range of robot technologies in both industrial and service robots sectors.

The Fair was organised by ICM Slovenia. LARICS members attended the event as representatives of three UNIZG FER laboratories: LARICS, LABUST and LAMOR, under the common brand ROBOTICS FER, next to some of the top tech companies in this field. The visitors had an opportunity to learn about current projects of UNIZG FER's laboratories', their research, innovations and equipment.

All the exhibitors also had excellent opportunities to strengthen their image, increase brand awareness and establish new business relationships. The content-rich accompanying programme included roundtable discussions, presentations and workshops.

Ivana Mikolic held an invited talk at...

On 8 January 2020, Ivana Mikolic held an invited talk within the 5th year course Organisation and Management at University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business. Ivana was invited by the Dr. Rebeka Danijela Vlahov together with Andrej Hanzir (LEAP Summit) to share knowledge and experience in managing EU projects. After the introductory presentations, a panel discussion was initiated between the guest lecturers and the students.

Website of the IEEE OES UNIZG Student...

The website of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter has been published.

IEEE OES UNIZG Student Branch Chapter promotes the objectives of the society around the world through networking, conferences and publications with a focus on the future through extensive support of our student and young professional members.

The new website contains all information about this Student Branch Chapter, its activities and plans, and gives you the latest news.

To visit the website, please follow: http://ieeeoesunizg.fer.hr/  

Nikola Miskovic and Stjepan Bogdan at...

On 15 January 2020, Prof. Nikola Miskovic and Prof. Stjepan Bogdan held an invited lecture called ‘Heterogeneous Mobile Robots Mapping the Present and the Past’ at the Time Machine Croatia Info Day.

This event kindly invited the interested public and experts in the field of humanities, culture, science, history, IT and the research sector to learn more about the Time Machine project as well as the Time Machine Organisation.

The Time Machine Project is by far the most ambitious and far-reaching project ever undertaken using Big Data of the Past. Revolutionising the way we experience European history and culture, the project is an international collaboration to build a map of European history that spans thousands of years.

Ivana Mikolic awarded third place at...

We are proud to share the news that Ivana Mikolic was announced third best project manager in Croatia for the project Breaking the Surface! Ivana received the award at the Project Management Awards 2019 ceremony held in Esplanade Zagreb Hotel on December 17, 2019. This is great motivation for future endeavours! Congratulations, Ivana!

Happy Holidays! BTS 2020: Save the Date

Wishing everyone a successful and prosperous new year! The 12th edition of Breaking the Surface workshop will be held from 27 September to 4 October 2020 in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. So, save the date! Looking forward to seeing you all!

Final meeting of BLUEMED project and...

LABUST member Nadir Kapetanović participated in the final meetings of BLUEMED project held in Volos, Greece, from 19 to 20 December 2019. On 20 December 2019, he also participated in a dissemination event organized by the Region of Thessaly, Lead Partner of the BLUEMED project. This event aimed at networking and dissemination of the project results to the BLUEMED stakeholders.

Nikica Kokir receives the Order of...

On 24 October 2019, President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović presented Nikica Kokir, Department of Control and Computing Engineering associate, with the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the figure of Katarina Zrinska for the noble and humanitarian act of donating blood more than 100 times.  

Filip Mandić awarded the Silver...

On 22 November 2019, at the celebration of the Day of FER, Filip Mandić, PhD was awarded the Silver Plaque "Josip Lončar" for academic year 2018/2019 for particularly successful doctoral dissertation and research work titled "Control of autonomous surface marine vessels for underwater vehicle localization using single range acoustic measurements" under the mentorship of Prof. Nikola Mišković, PhD. The award was presented by FER's Dean Prof. Gordan Gledec, PhD.

University of Zagreb Fair 2019

LABUST, LARICS, and LAMOR did a great job representing UNIZG-FER at the University of Zagreb Fair 2019 held between November 21 and 23, 2019 at the Student Centre Zagreb, and at the Open Door Day at FER on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Future students and visitors had the opportunity to talk to the members of our laboratories, check the equipment, interact with Pepper, compete against Baxter in solving a Rubik’s cube, and try out navigating the autonomous surface platform H20mniX in an indoor pool! The visitors were also able to learn about the laboratories’ current projects, activities, and prospects of studying at FER.

Check out photos in the Gallery.

Reception and Screening of Apollo 11...

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the U.S. Embassy Zagreb organized the reception and a closed screening of the Apollo 11 Documentary Film at the Kaptol Boutique Cinema. Project leaders of grant projects funded by the Embassy Matko Orsag and Ivana Mikolic attended the event accompanied by the new addition to the project team Ana Golec. Deputy Chief of Mission Victoria Taylor hosted the reception and in the welcome address reminded us of two Croatian-Americans who were part of the Apollo 11 mission – Mike Vucelic and George Skurla.

Nikola Mišković appointed full...

We are proud to announce that the head of our laboratory Nikola Mišković has just been appointed full professor by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. Congratulations from the whole LABUST :)!

LABUST at "Dive in Blue...

LABUST was presented by Nadir Kapetanović at the International Conference in Management of Accessible Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, “Dive in Blue Growth”. The conference was held in the Acropolis Museum in Athens from 16 to 18 October 2019.  It was organized by the University of Patras in collaboration with Region of Thessaly, Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, ATLANTIS Consulting and the active participation of BLUEMED partners, under the auspices of Η.Ε. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos. A paper named “Opto-acoustic 3D Reconstruction and Virtual Diving on the Peristera Shipwreck”, co-authored by Đula Nađ, Nadir Kapetanović, and Nikola Mišković, was presented at the conference.

Ivana Mikolić gave a lecture on...

LABUST member Ivana Mikolić gave a lecture on Project Management at the University of Dubrovnik on 10.10.2019. During the 3-hour lecture, over 30 participants of various professions had a chance to hear about all phases of a successfully managed project, i.e. how to search the right programme and call for a project proposal, write and submit the proposal, implement and monitor project activities, budget, time schedules and work packages, and many other topics. After each module of the lecture, a case study was presented to the attendees, in which they actively participated and also asked for advice on their current issues.  

LABUST members presented IEEE OES...

LABUST members Nadir Kapetanović, as the Secretary of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES) University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter (UNIZG SBC), and Ivana Mikolić, as IEEE OES Young Professional, visited University of Dubrovnik (UNIDU), Croatia, on 10.10.2019. The visit was planned as a dissemination and outreach activity aimed to increase SBC's visibility and to present to the students from UNIDU all the opportunities, both professional and social, that await them in case they are interested in joining and volunteering in the SBC. 

LABUST members attended Breaking the...

Members of the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) attended the international interdisciplinary field workshop on maritime robotics and applications Breaking the Surface - BtS held from 29 September to 5 October 2019 in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.

During the BtS week, field trial preparations for the CroMarX project were carried out. The trials aimed at testing cooperative navigation and localization between the surface and underwater agents. Data collection was carried out during the following week with great success.

During the BtS workshop that was organized by CroMarX associates Ivana Mikolić, Antonio Vasilijević, and Nikola Mišković, a hand-on demonstration by Anja Babić and Ivan Lončar was conducted showcasing the system with surface platforms and multiple underwater agents. Đula Nađ, together with other junior CroMarX associates, attended the rest of the workshop lectures to further theoretical and applied knowledge about marine systems and connected software frameworks.

 

Ivan Lončar at CAMS 2019

Our member Ivan Lončar attended the 12th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles (CAMS 2019) held in Daejeon, Korea from 18 to 20 September 2019. He presented his paper titled "Sensitivity Analysis for TDoA-Based Localisation in Underwater Sensor Networks", as well as the joint work on the project Adriatic under the title "Towards Advancing Diver-Robot Interaction Capabilities".

We are hiring!

Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies is looking for financial administrators, project administrators, event organizers and/or dissemination coordinators!

 

LABUST has many projects and events funded by the EC, NATO, ONR, and national institutions, and now, we are looking for someone who will help us run them and organize with the help of and under the supervision of our laboratory manager.

 

Responsibilities for the successful candidate(s) will include (depending on the given job role):

  • preparing project documents and administrative reports
  • monitoring project expenses and keeping track of the budget
  • preparing financial reports
  • engaging with the media
  • creating content for our websites and social platforms
  • organizing dissemination activities
  • organizing various laboratory events
  • any other duties as required and relevant to the role and grade

Qualifications:

  • excellent written and spoken Croatian and English is essential

If you are interested in the position, please send a short application email with attached CV to this address until 30th of September 2019. Candidates will be contacted shortly after their application for an interview.


Contact: Ivana Mikolić, 091 604 7559

subCULTRon workshop in Venice

On Wednesday, 26 June 2019, members of LABUST and LARICS departed to Venice for the subCULTron project workshop. During the first week, the preparations for the experiments for detecting anoxia were conducted using aPads and aMussels robots. The testbed used for preparations was situated in Fusina camp near Venice in a relatively controlled environment near the docks. With the beginning of the following week, the team moved to the pontoon anchored near the island Sant'Angelo della Polvere in the Venice Lagoon. Near the pontoon, the robots were tested and the experiments were conducted in a less controlled and harsher environment more similar to the real life scenarios.

BLUEMED project biannual meeting held...

Nadir Kapetanović represented LABUST at biannual meetings of BLUEMED project partners which were held in Atlantis Consulting headquarters in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 25.06.2019. Partners presented the achieved results and discussed plans for the opening of the Knowledge Awareness Centres in underwater archeological pilot sites in Greece, Italy, and Croatia.

 

Also, BLUEMED with the support of Atlantis organized an all-day event European Maritime Day "One Sea. A Common Culture. A Great Future" on 26.06.2019. It is an initiative for the promotion of the project objectives and the capitalization of its results. During this event, MoUs were signed and a press conference with national reporters and journalists took place for the further dissemination of the BLUEMED project. Furthermore, through this event, local and international stakeholders had the opportunity to promote EU projects or other initiatives, which encourage the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH), the reinforcement of the diving tourism and the enhancement of the public awareness on these important matters.

LABUST took part in a survey...

Our team members Antonio Vasilijević, Nadir Kapetanović, and Nikica Kokir took part in a survey expedition of the SMS Szent István shipwreck on 9-11.06.2019. The shipwreck is located in Croatian territorial waters, approx. 8 nmi out of island Premuda. This was a collaboration of the Croatian Conservation Institute and LABUST, with the logistical backup provided by the Croatian Special Police Forces. LABUST members provided bathymetry services with the in-house developed ASV named PlaDyBath, as well as side-scan sonar and visual surveys of the area by the AUV Lupis. Detailed visual inspection by the ROV  named BLUEROV2 for the photogrammetric reconstruction of the ship's stern was also planned but unfortunately had to be postponed due to bad weather.

Presented at IEEE-OES and MTS OCEANS...

LABUST' PhD students Anja Babić, Nadir Kapetanović and Igor Kvasić attended IEEE-OES and MTS OCEANS 2019 Marseille Conference & Exhibit held from 17th until 20th June and presented our newest research results.

Anja Babić, as the Chairwoman of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES) Student Branch Chapter (SBC) University of Zagreb was chosen to be on the panel of judges for the OCEANS 2019 Student Poster Competition.

Nadir Kapetanović presented his paper Side-Scan Sonar Data-Driven Coverage Path Planning: A Comparison of Approaches in a poster session and Igor Kvasić presented the preliminary results of his PhD thesis research in the paper titled Convolutional Neural Network Architectures for Sonar-Based Diver Detection and Tracking.

Dr. Edin Omerdić from the University of Limerick, Ireland, presented a joint research paper titled Multi-Modal Supervision Interface Concept for Marine Systems as a result of collaboration of University of Zagreb and University of Limerick through the H2020-TWINNING project EXCELLABUST.

They also participated in workshops, tutorials and lectures and got the chance to discuss the newest marine robotics topics from their research fields with world-renowned experts from both academia and industry.

Filip Mandić defended his PhD...

We're proud to announce that our team member Filip Mandić has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation! The dissertation was titled "Control of autonomous surface marine vessels for underwater vehicle localization using single range acoustic measurements" and mentored by Assoc. Prof. Nikola Mišković. Filip has well earned his PhD degree and we wish him all the best and a lot of success in his future work!

BLUEMED presented at EMRA'19

Đula Nađ went to EMRA'19, held on 15 and 16 May in Toulon, France, to talk to the workshop's attendees about the BLUEMED project, its results, current work plan and future ideas. In a lecture titled "BLUEMED – Plan, test and coordinate underwater museums, diving parks and knowledge awareness centers," he gave the participants an overview of the project and what its main goals are. The workshop's program can be found here.

LABUST at EMRA'19

EMRA’19 (Workshop on EU-funded marine robotics and applications) was held in Toulon, France on 15th and 16th May 2019, and was hosted by the EUMR project partner IFREMER. The event brought together a diverse range of speakers from ongoing EU-funded research projects, industry stakeholders, policy makers and end-users. Over two days in a single track conference programme, 25 speakers presented their work and products with time for discussions and networking. LABUST's work and projects were presented by Đula Nađ (BLUEMED) and Antonio Vasilijević (H2O Robotics). The workshop program is available here.

EUMarineRobots General Assembly

The General Assembly of the H2020 “EUMarineRobots” project took place in Toulon (France) on May 14. The meeting was organized by project partner IFREMER (Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer). The partners discussed the current status of the project and assessed the progress of the work that has been carried out so far and will be in the future. During the meeting, the 2nd TNA call for proposals was open for public. Trans-National Access (TNA) is one of the main project activities that provides access to the partner’s facilities for external users through a TNA calls. The meeting was attended by LABUST members Đula Nađ and Antonio Vasilijević.

 

LABUST at ASDA2019 in Split

The University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing presented itself in cooperation with the Croatian Military Academy at the Adriatic Sea Defense and Aerospace exhibition and demonstration, an event dedicated to defense, aerospace, cyber defense & homeland security. It was held in Split on 10th and 11th April 2019. Professor Zoran Vukić went there for LABUST and presented the autonomous surface platform H2OmniX, developed as part of the aPad project, which can be used for diver support, port security applications, shallow water mapping, and other applications related to homeland security.

 

Breaking the Surface 2019...

Biograd na Moru will once again be host to Breaking the Surface, our international interdisciplinary field workshop on maritime robotics and applications held since 2009! This year's edition will be held from 29 September to 6 October 2019, and registration is already available via the event's official website. Early bird prices are available until July 1st, after which you can register at regular prices, and there are three categories - student, standard and corporate. More info on the event is available on the Breaking the Surface Facebook page or website.

BLUEMED at the Sense and...

On 7 May 2019, LABUST team member Nadir Kapetanović took part in the Sense and Sustainability International Conference on Archaeology and Tourism as part of the "Dive into the Past: Underwater Archaeology and Sustainable Tourism" section. Nadir held a presentation titled "New technologies for improving the diver experiece in underwater cultural sites" about some of the results of the BLUEMED project we are taking part in.

Our member Associate professor and UNIZG-FER Vice Dean for Research Nikola Mišković was a guest speaker on the Croatian National Television, appearing in the TV show Treći Element (Third Element) as an expert on Artificial Intelligence and robotics. In the episode titled "Artificial Intelligence - the End of Humankind", together with the other participants of the panel, he discussed the future of AI in the world and in Croatia, what advantages and future uses it will have, what problems may occur, what its impact on the job market will be and how the use will be regulated and defined by law. The whole episode can be found on the HRTi online service (in Croatian).

Earlier this month, LABUST team members Igor Kvasić and Đula Nađ visited our project partners from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand. Together we are working on researching new exciting human-robot interaction possibilities as part of our new project ADRIATIC - Advancing Diver-Robot Interaction Capabilities. We're looking forward to the next meeting and testing out the first prototypes this summer at Breaking the Surface 2019!

On Friday, 19 April 2019, members of LABUST and LARICS working on the subCULTron project made use of a sunny day in Zagreb to conduct field experiments with the aPads and aMussels. They went to the lake Jarun and tested the robots in a realistic environment, all in preparation for an upcoming anoxia workshop, which will be held in the Venice Lagoon in July of 2019. Take a look at a couple of pictures from lake Jarun!

On 16 APril 2019, the fourth PhD Day was held at our Faculty, where LABUST team member and third-year doctoral student Anja Babić took part in the poster section of the event and presented her PhD thesis titled "A hyper-heuristic approach to achieving long-term autonomy in a heterogeneous swarm of marine robots," along with the current results of the research done during her PhD studies. This poster was recognized and awarded as one of three particularly successful posters of the PhD Day poster section. We would like to congratulate Anja on the award and her research so far, and wish her success in her future work!

On 9 April 2019, representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds came to our Faculty to review the progress of the Interreg BLUEMED project, in which LABUST is a partner institution. They took a look at the laboratory, made sure all the equipment and documents were in place and finally concluded that the project is indeed going well and according to plan! We'd like to thanks the Ministry and hope to proceed with the project as successfully as we have so far. You can find a couple of pictures in the detailed news.

On 3 April 2019, the LABUST team was featured on Croatian National Television (HRT) as a segment in the first season of the TV show "Cronovatori" (Cronnovators), episode 8, where they talked about the subCULTron and aPad projects and their concrete results - the aPad and aMussel robots, as well as the CADDY - Cognitive Autonomous Diving Buddy project. This interesting episode is available via the HRTi service for registered users.

LABUST at the European Robotics Forum...

On 19 to 24 March, in Bucharest, Romania, LABUST was represented the European Robotics Forum 2019 as part of the robotics@fer.hr brand, which includes three robotics laboratories from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing: LARICS, LABUST and LAMOR. LARICS members went to Romania to represent all three laboratories and they brought some LABUST robots with them. Read more about it in the detailed news.

Ivana Mikolić presented at the LEAP...

LABUST's project manager Ivana Mikolić went on 29th March 2019 to the LEAP Summit in Zagreb, Croatia, where she held a lecture at the EU & ME Stage titled "Increasing robotics research excellence with the EU". Ivana talked about her experiences in managing EU and Croatian projects for the laboratory, why they are important and how they can be used to advance our scientific and technological potential. Ivana also gave some recent examples of LABUST (and LARICS) projects to show how EU funding can successfully be applied in the context of robotics in Croatia and the EU.

Horizon 2020 Success Stories in Croatia

The Croatian Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (Agencija za mobilnost i programe Europske unije) has published a brochure titled Horizon 2020 Success Stories in Croatia, which features two of our H2020 projects - EXCELLABUST and subCULTron! We are proud to have taken part in these successful projects and we invite you to take a look at the brochure and read about subCULTron and EXCELLABUST, as well as other stories about successful projects in our country. You can find out about the teams working on Croatian projects, their funding, results and future plans.

Presentation: Breaking the Surface -...

On March 14, 2019, Antonio Vasilijević held a lecture titled "Breaking the Surface - New technologies for exploration and conservation of underwater archaeological heritage" at the Great Hall of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, as part of a cycle on Archaeology of Adriatic Shipbuilding and Seafearing. The authors of the presentation are professors dr. sc. Nikola Mišković and dr. sc. Antonio Vasilijević, both from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb.

The programme booklet of "Archaeology of Adriatic Shipbuilding and Seafearing" is available for download via this link.

aPad Results in Brief published on...

The Results in Brief article about our H2020 project aPad - New aquatic robot brings Internet of Things to marine environments has recently been published on the EU CORDIS website. The article is available to read in 7 EU languages and contains information on thea chieved results of the project, in this case a brief description of the technological innovation of the product and its commercial potential and use. You can find the full article and other information about the project here.

2018 in 12 pictures

2018 has been a very successful year for all of us! We were enjoying every moment of it; we actively participated in plenty of conferences and workshops, explored new interesting places and meet new friends and partners. Join us for a look back at 2018's biggest moments - 12 months in 12 pictures.

In the detailed news content, you can look back and see how was 2018. 

Christmas fund-raiser at our faculty

The famous Christmas market in Zagreb has just become one interesting event richer: On Wednesday, 19th December, 10-16h, visitors of UNIZG-FER will have the opportunity to enjoy mulled wine, tea and brownies or waffles, which are special because they will be served by - robots! This unusual event is organized by our friends from LARICS and the brand robotics@fer.hr with the goal of raising funds for the Autism Association Zagreb. We enthusiastically support this unusual and exciting event and hereby invite you to join us!
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. As part of the ADORE project, LARICS members worked with NAO robots to help diagnose this disorder in children. Because of this connection ASD, they chose this specific association to give the raised funds to. The robots Franka, Baxter, Pepper, and NAO will be taking part in the fun-raiser, but they won't be there just for show - Pepper will take your order, Franka will prepare it and Baxter will serve it to you. At the same time, the NAO robots will be taking care of the atmosphere. Overall, this event is an innovative chance for you to learn about robots, treat yourself and help a noble cause!

Nikola Mišković participated in the...

Nikola Mišković participated in the presentation of the results of the pre-study regarding the possibility of creating a science park in Croatia. The presentation was conducted in cooperation by Saab AB Group, Lindholmen Science Park from Sweden, Ericsson Nikola Tesla and UNIZG-FER on 13th December 2018, at UNIZG-FER.

The study was presented to the representatives from the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, the City of Zagreb, the Croatian Employers' Association, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the industry, the academic community and the support institutions from Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, and Split.

The last Innovation management...

The H2020 project "Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics - AeRoTwin", the H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" and Centre of Research Excellence DATACROSS organized the Innovation management training on the topic of

"EU and Business R&D Project Management".

The training was held from 5th to 7th December 2018 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) and given by following speakers: Vesna Torbarina (Croatian Chamber of Economy), Manuel Jiménez Díaz (Morera&Vallejo Group, Spain), Silvia de los Santos (CTA, Spain) and Matko Barišić (ABB, Norway). 

During the three days of the workshop,  participants learned a lot about H2020 projects, how to manage them, what expert profiles are, how R&D management works in a big company and how to choose the right calls for our EU projects.

aPad presentation at ICT 2018 conference

On 5th of December 2018, our colleague Marin Bek from H2O Robotics presented our innovation the aPad to a jury of experts at the ICT 2018 event in Vienna, Austria. The innovation was competing in the European Commission's competition the Innovation Radar Prize 2018, in the category for Excellence Science. The winners were announced in the special award ceremony on the closing day of ICT 2018 and the Technical University of Denmark won the category for Excellent Science. Although we were not rewarded, it was a great honor to present our innovation to the experts composed of a panel of investors and entrepreneurs and also to be recognized by European Commision as one of the best European innovators.

We participated at IEEE USYS’18 in...

Nikola Mišković, Antonio Vasilijević, and Đula Nađ participated at 2018 IEEE 8th International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications (USYS’18) held from 1st until 3rd December 2018 in the International Academic Exchange Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. Nikola Mišković gave a plenary talk entitled “Cooperative and not-so Cooperative Marine Robotics and Antonio Vasiljević presented the paper named “Autonomous Surface Vehicles as Positioning and Communications Satellites for the Marine Operational Environment - Step toward Internet of Underwater Things”.

At the Workshop on Marine Robots, which was held in the scope of the conference, Antonio Vasilijević gave an invited lecture named “Human Hearing and Marine Robotics” and Đula Nađ gave an invited lecture named “From Underwater Localization towards Diver-Robot Interaction”.

USYS’18 was an excellent occasion for LABUST team to disseminate our current R&D activities and to meet researchers, scientists, engineers, as well as industrial professionals from Asia. 

Invitation to Innovation Management...

The H2020 project "Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics - AeRoTwin", the H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" and Centre of Research Excellence DATACROSS will organize the Innovation management training on the topic of:

"EU and Business R&D Project Management"

which will be held from 5th to 7th December 2018 at Seminar Room of ZARI Department (C09) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) and by following speakers: Vesna Torbarina (Croatian Chamber of Economy), Manuel Jiménez Díaz (Morera&Vallejo Group, Spain), Silvia de los Santos (CTA, Spain) and Matko Barišić (ABB, Norway). 

During the three days of the workshop, an overview of the H2020 program and its successor (Horizon Europe) will be given to the attendees. H2020 will be explained in more detail, as well as the tools provided by the European Commission for its management. Finally, further specific hints and ideas about managing H2020 projects will be discussed. 

Attendees are kindly asked to fill out thiDoodle poll to confirm their attendance.

More about the speakers and the training can be found in the detailed news content or here.

Open Door Day 2018 at UNIZG-FER

The University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) hosted the Open Door Day on 24th November 2018. Igor Kvasić, the new member of LABUST team presented ongoing research activities and equipment. The event aimed at prospective students, their parents, and teachers to learn about the UNIZG-FER experience, to become familiar with available courses, research facilities and to talk to the current students, lecturers and researchers.

LABUST at the University of Zagreb...

LABUST is participating at the University of Zagreb Fair 2018 as part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) among more than 30 faculties. University of Zagreb Fair 2018 is taking place at Student Centre Zagreb and it will last from 22nd November until 24th November 2018. Our members are presenting current projects and collaborative projects with other groups from UNIZG-FER. This year we set up a pool where visitors can operate our vehicles. We are expecting high attendance of high school students, young faculty students, and other interested parties. This is a great opportunity to attract young people in the world of science, particularly in robotics and underwater systems.

Nikola Mišković on Croatian national...

On 22nd of November 2018, Nikola Mišković, Vice Dean for Science at UNIZG-FER and Mihaela Vranić, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at UNIZG-FER took part in the daily TV show "Dobro jutro, Hrvatska" (Good morning, Croatia at Croatian national television) as guests, where they announced the Open Door Day event at UNIZG-FER and talked about academic and research activities at the Faculty. 

Tutorial "A real-time embedded...

As part of the expert visit within the H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics",  Dr. Edin Omerdić from Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems, University of Limerick gave a tutorial titled "A real-time embedded evaluation board NI myRIO and its applications" on 15th - 16th November 2018 at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

The agenda, lecture descriptions, and materials used during the tutorial are available in the repository.

Participation at BLUEMED – 5th...

Nadir Kapetanović participated in BLUEMED – 5th biannual project meeting held from 12th to 13th November 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. BLUEMED partners discussed project progress and issues. Nadir presented a progress report on WP4 testing activity - preparatory activities in pilot sites (Cavtat, Baia, Peristera, and Amaliapolis). After the meeting, project consortium visited the museum “Department of Archaeology in the western wing of the Saint Blaise Franciscan Monastery” in Pridvorje, Konavle.

Helena Deane held an Innovation...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" organized an Innovation management training on the topic of:

“Disruptive Business Models and cracking the code of Financial Forecasting" 

given by Helena Deane, WestBic, Ireland. The training took place on Friday, November 16, 2018, in the Gray Hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER).

Ivana Mikolić on Croatian national...

On 15th of November 2018, Ivana Mikolić and Matko Orsag from LARICS took part in the daily TV show "Dobro jutro, Hrvatska" (Good morning, Croatia at Croatian national television) as guests, where they talked about the European Robotics Week 2018, and how it will be manifested in Croatia.

We participated in the Implementation...

On 15 November 2018, Ivana Mikolić, Ivan Lončar, and Igor Kvasić participated in the Implementation workshop of the Croatian Science Foundation held in the hall of the Rectorate of the University of Zagreb. The workshop was held within the framework of the European Social Fund project “Young Researchers' Career Development Project – Training of Doctoral Students”. The main topics of the workshop were guidelines in the implementation phase, submission of periodic reports, salary payments, EPP system and etc.

LABUST made it to the Innovation...

We did it together! Thanks to your votes, our Laboratory has been selected as one of 20 candidates for Innovation Radar Prize 2018 finals. The great finale will be held in the scope of ICT 2018 event in Vienna (4-6 December 2018) where the jury will decide the winner of each of the five categories. LABUST is competing in category “Excellent Science” - cutting-edge science underpinning tomorrow's technological advances. As a finalist, we will deliver a 3-minute pitch about our innovation, organisation and plans to our EU funded innovation deliver impact in the marketplace. The jury, a panel made of professionals with a track record in entrepreneurship and investment will award the most impressive pitch for each category and also choose the winner of the 2018 Innovation Radar "Grand Prix" Prize. The winners will be announced on the 6th of December in a special award ceremony on the closing day of ICT 2018.

Nadir Kapetanović presented the...

Professor Zoran Vukić and Nadir Kapetanović participated at 2018 IEEE OES Symposium held from 6th November until 9th November 2018 in Rectory Building, University of Porto, Portugal. On 7h November, Nadir Kapetanović presented the scientific paper named "Towards Enhancing the Navigational Accuracy of UUUs Through Collaboration of Multiple Heterogeneous Marine Vehicles". The authors of the paper are Kapetanović, Nadir (UNIZG-FER), Nađ, Đula (UNIZG-FER), Mišković, Nikola (UNIZG-FER), and Vukić, Zoran (UNIZG-FER).

Participation in the European...

LABUST will be taking part in ERW 2018 under the robotics@fer.hr brand, together with our colleagues from LARICS and LAMOR! We will participate in the University of Zagreb Fair (22-24 November 2018) and present our work, equipment, projects, as well as opportunities for potential undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, researchers, teachers etc. Also, our laboratory will be open to the public during the Open Day event at UNIZG-FER (24th November 2018) and will show the visitors what it is like to work in our three laboratories. We are looking forward to these events and hope to see you there!

The European Commission has selected...

We are delighted to announce that LABUST has been selected as one of the top 50 innovators in the European Commission's "Innovation Radar Prize 2018" in the category of "Excellent Science" for aPad project. Voting is now open and it will be available until on November 12th, 2018. This prize category aims to recognise excellent scientific work, supported with EU-funding, that is emerging from laboratories around Europe and shows market promise.

You can vote for our Laboratory here.

 

Invitation to Innovation Management...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" will organize the Innovation management training on the topic of:

“Disruptive Business Models and cracking the code of Financial Forecasting" 

which will be held by Helena Deane, WestBic, Ireland. The training will take place on Friday, November  16, 2018, starting at 09:15, in the Gray Hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

More about the speaker and the lecture is available in detailed news content and here.

Invitation to the tutorial on a...

As part of the expert visit within the H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Dr. Edin Omerdić from Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems, University of Limerick will hold a tutorial on

"a real-time embedded evaluation board NI myRIO and its applications"

The two-day tutorial will start on Thursday, November 15, 2018,  at 14:30 in the Gray Hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, and continue the next day on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 14:00 in the same place.

More about the speaker and the tutorial is available in detailed news content and here.

EUMarineRobots GA meeting during the...

Antonio Vasilijević participated in the EUMR project meeting held on 30th September 2018, during the Breaking the Surface (BtS) workshop in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. Latest Work Package and deliverable progress were discussed as well as the work plan for the forthcoming period. Special attention was given to the first TNA (transnational access) call, just opened in the scope of the EUMR.

Partner UdG presented an animation video for the TNA promotion. The video is available here.

EUMR project has been also presented in the scope of BtS workshop by António Sérgio Ferreira (UPorto) with a lecture EUMarineRobots: The “Oprah” of Marine Robotics.

EXCELLABUST project meeting at...

The EXCELLABUST project meeting was held in Biograd na Moru, Croatia on 4th October 2018 during the Breaking the Surface workshop. The meeting was attended by Zoran Vukić, Nikola MiškovićIvana Mikolić (all LABUST), Edin Omerdić, Isela Ibrahimović, Daniel Toal (all UL), Marc Carreras (UDG) and Massimo Caccia (CNR). The conclusion of the meeting was the closure of the project and a general overview which has been done in the last three years.

3rd Innovation Tuesday at Breaking...

In the scope of the 10th edition of Breaking the Surface, we organised an Innovation Tuesday, the whole day program dedicated to lectures about the creation of corporate spin-offs, on how to attract investments and tips and tricks in building international businesses. Robotics experts and entrepreneurs shared their experience in commercializing robotics-related technologies with the rest of interested participants.

Innovation Tuesday was held on 2nd of October while Breaking the Surface was held from 30th September until 7th October in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. More than 200 participants from marine robotics field and its applications - marine biology, maritime archaeology, maritime security, geology, oceanology etc. participated in BtS programs. 

As part of Innovation Tuesday, lecturers from various aspects presented their experience and knowledge. 

Innovation Tuesday (INNOVA) lectures:

3rd EXCELLABUST summer school...

The 10th jubilee edition of the International Interdisciplinary Field Workshop of Marine Robotics and Applications Breaking the Surface was held from 30th September until 7th October 2018 in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.

BTS2018 was organized as a 3rd EXCELLABUST summer school with more than 200 participants from various disciplines (marine robotics, marine biology, marine archaeology, maritime security, geology etc.) joined BTS!

 In short, BTS presented:

  • 6 programme tracks
  • 29 invited lectures
  • 10 equipment, project and research groups demonstrations
  • 4 tutorials

More information about the programme is available at BTS web site. Check photos to see how the event went at BtS gallery page.

We held a subCULTron tutorial at BtS...

Filip Mandić, Anja Babić, Ivan Lončar and Barbara Arbanas from the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems held a tutorial on underwater measurements using aMussel at Breaking the Surface workshop on 5th October 2018. The tutorial emerged from the work on H2020 project subCULTRon. In the tutorial, they showed how to program an aMussel platform to sink to the bottom, make an underwater measurement, transmit it acoustically to an aPad, return to the surface after a predefined time and SMS measurements to a cell phone. 

 

The 10th edition of the Breaking the...

The 10th jubilee edition of the Breaking the Surface workshop is ahead of us. From 30th September until 7th October 2018, Biograd na Moru, Croatia, will once again host an international interdisciplinary workshop for underwater explorations. Experts, scientists, and students will gather in lectures, demonstrations, and tutorials that combines academic topics in marine robotics and its applications. The workshop includes various scientific areas such as marine robotics, maritime biology, marine archaeology, security and safety, oceanography, etc.

The schedule of BtS workshop is available here.

We successfully organised 11th IFAC...

The 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – CAMS 2018 was held from 10th to 12th September 2018 in Opatija, Croatia. Our Laboratory was one of the organizers of the scientific conference which assembled around 100 participants from all around the world.

Anja Babić presented two papers: Autonomous Docking and Energy Sharing between Two Types of Robotic Agents (authors: Anja Babić, Filip Mandić, Goran Vasilijević, and Nikola Mišković) and Heuristics Pool for Hyper-Heuristic Selection During Task Allocation in a Heterogeneous Swarm of Marine Robots (authors: Anja Babić, Nikola Mišković and Zoran Vukić)

Justin M. Kennedy (Queensland University of Technology) was awarded for the Best student paper.

The 12th IFAC CAMS conference will be held from 18 to 20 September 2019 in Daejeon, Korea.

Đula Nađ visited University of Limerick

During July and August 2018, LABUST member Đula Nađ was a guest researcher in the University of Limerick (UL), Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CRIS) where he was supervised by Dr. Edin Omerdić (UL).

The research plan and report for the visit are available in the repository.

 

The main outcomes of the visit were:

  • Unity game engine operation and development skills were acquired.
  • Operation and integration of HTC Vive in Unity were accomplished.
  • Skill in designing simulators and multi-modal user interfaces were acquired.

These new skills will be used for the development of a new system for investigating diver-robot interactions and for a system providing end-user education and training.

We participated in e-URready4OS...

LABUST team (Z. Vukić, Đ. Nađ, M. Marković and N. Kapetanović) participated in an exercise called CORKEX 2018 in Cork, Ireland from 23 July to 28 July 2018 within the project Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills - e-URready4OS. The exercise was carried out onboard the Irish Naval Vessel “Le Roisin” and it was operated from the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co Cork. The exercise was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard. Main objectives of the exercise were to expand the already existing URready4OS fleet (from 5 to 12 assets) -  provide training to new vehicles teams joining the fleet, to demonstrate the capability of the current URready4OS system and to provide training and transfer of knowledge. Main participants of CORKEX 2018 were the University of Porto, University of Zagreb, University of Cartagena, University of Cyprus, University of Girona and University of Balearic Islands, Irish Naval Service and Irish Coast Guard.

We participated as the Referees in...

Nikola MiškovićIvana Mikolić and Barbara Arbanas (LARICS) participated as the Referees in ERL Emergency Tournament 2018 held in La Spezia, Italy from 14th to 20th July 2018. They rewarded the best rookie team and the most creative team with Breaking the Surface vouchers for free attending its 10th edition.   

The European Robotics League is an innovative concept for robot competitions focuses on tasks that emergency response robots execute in a realistic emergency environment.

Underwater ROS workshop at the BtS...

Breaking the Surface (BtS) workshop, which brings together a significant part of the marine community will be held from 30 September until 7 October 2018 in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. On 2nd October 2018., in the scope of the BtS, the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Institute of the University of Girona along with IQUA Robotics is organizing a workshop to discuss the adoption of conventions in the underwater ROS community. If you plan to attend the underwater ROS workshop please fill this confirmation form and here you can find for more information about the meeting.

Invited talk "From knowing where...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", ACROSS CoE - Centre of Excellence for Autonomous and Cooperative Robotic Systems, IEEE Croatia Robotics and Automation Chapter and  ZCI-DATACROSS organized the lecture

"From knowing where you are to understanding where you are"

given by Prof. Patric Jensfelt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The lecture took place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in the Gray Hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. (UNIZG-FER).

Invitation to the lecture: From...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", ACROSS CoE - Centre of Excellence for Autonomous and Cooperative Robotic Systems, IEEE Croatia Robotics and Automation Chapter and  ZCI-DATACROSS will organize the lecture:

"From knowing where you are to understanding where you are"

which will be held by Prof. Patric Jensfelt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, starting at 11:00 in the Gray Hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

You can find out more about the lecturer and the seminar in the detailed news content.

Nikola Mišković presented EXCELLABUST...

On 27 June 2018, Nikola Mišković participated at the info day for the field Spreading excellence and widening participation in the EU Horizon 2020 programme held in the hall of the Rectorate of the University of Zagreb. He presented the Twinning project EXCELLABUST, as a good practice, and success story in the field of Croatian Spreading excellence and participation. The participants had the opportunity to gain the valuable insights and difficulties faced by project coordinators in the implementation of projects from the initial stage and the selection of the project consortium until implementation and financial and narrative reporting on project results.

Nadir Kapetanović presented the...

Nadir Kapetanović participated at MED’18 conference (June 19-22, 2018) where he presented the scientific paper named "Information Gain-Guided Online Coverage Path Planning for Side-Scan Sonar Survey Missions". The authors of the paper are Kapetanović, Nadir (UNIZG-FER), Mišković, Nikola (UNIZG-FER), and Tahirović, Adnan (Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo). Their research was funded by CroMarx, MORUS, and BLUEMED project.

Training 3: “ROVs for Use in...

As part of the H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", dr. Edin Omerdić and dr. Gerald Dooly held a tutorial titled "ROVs for Use in Challenging Conditions: I-ROV & ROV ÉTÁIN" on 14th - 15th June 2018 at the University of Limerick. Gerard Dooly provided a brief introduction to the hardware elements of the UL ROV Étáin prior to travelling into the UL Limerick Docks facility. At UL Limerick Docks students had the opportunity to get a hands-on hardware and software elements of the ROV and a brief training on how to operate the ROV and sub-systems (manual pilot control, copilot interfaces, LARS operation & manipulator control). The lectures on the second day included a description of features and physical layout of system components, standard ROV operation procedures and operation modes and results from ROV maiden voyage in May 2018.

More about the speakers and their talks can be found here.

Poster exhibition at MED'18

MORUS, CROMARX, EXCELLABUST, subCULTron, and EUMR projects had a poster presentation at the 26th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation – MED 2018. The conference held tutorials, workshops, presentations, and lectures that covered a wide range of topics on control systems, automation, and robotics. The conference was held from 19 to 22 June 2018 in Zadar, Croatia.

Project meeting during EMRA'18

A project meeting was held in Limerick, Ireland on 14th June 2018, one day after the EMRA'18 workshop. The meeting took place at the University of Limerick and all partner institutions were represented. In addition to progress reporting, the main topic of the meeting was organisation of the upcoming Breaking the Surface 2018 workshop.

EUMR project meeting during EMRA'18

Nikola Mišković and Ivana Mikolić participated in EUMR project meeting held on 13th June 2018 during the EMRA'18 workshop. In the meeting, they discussed on the latest deliverable phase and reviewed the proposed timeline and process. Each project partner gave a review of its activities for the previous period and presented working plans for the forthcoming period. 

EMRA'18 workshop held from...

EMRA'18 workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications was organized at the University of Limerick from June 12 to June 13, 2018, as a part of EU H2020 Twining project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics". The goal of this workshop was to bring together a diverse range of speakers from academia and industry representatives from all around EU, who work in the field of marine robotics. At the workshop, they presented their work, enabled innovative technologies and applications, exchanged ideas, and discussed the development of marine robotics in the future.

The complete workshop programme, workshop proceedings, and photo gallery are available on EMRA’18 site.

MORUS, PLADYFLEET and EUMR presented...

MORUS, PLADYFLEET, and EUMR projects were presented at EMRA'18 workshop. MORUS project was presented by Professor Stjepan Bogdan from Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems. The PLADYFLEET project was presented as part of RAWFIE project by Stathes Hadjiefthymiades from the University of Athens. The EUMR project was presented by António Sérgio Ferreira from the University of Porto.

The 5th edition of the EMRA workshop took place in Limerick, 12 -13 June 2018. The EMRA’18 was organised by University of Limerick and CRIS under EU projects "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" and "EUMR - EUMarineRobots".

Visit to Centre for Robotics &...

As part of the EMRA’18 workshop, we visited Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems (CRIS). CRIS was presented by Dr. Edin Omerdić and Dr. Gerard Dooly. Their work is focused on control systems research and development for field robotics in the domains of marine robotics, airborne robotics, and industrial robotics. The 5th edition of the EMRA workshop took place in Limerick, 12 -13 June 2018. The EMRA’18 was organised by University of Limerick and CRIS under EU projects "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" and "EUMR - EUMarineRobots".

Innovation Management Training 3 -...

On Monday, June 11, 2018, the 3rd Innovation Management Training named “Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship” was held at University of Limerick, under H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics". This highly interactive training was held by Mr. Fergal Brophy who is an entrepreneurial specialist at UCD Innovation Academy. Besides this, he is a growth planner and mentor at the Social Innovation Fund (SIF).

The goal of the training was to nurture and develop creative confidence, practice creativity in a fun, safe and collaborative environment, foster entrepreneurial mindset and to collaboratively develop an innovative solution for an everyday object.

More about the speaker and training is available here.

The Grant Agreement of INFRA-LAPOST...

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb (UNIZG FER), Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and The Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA) have signed the Grant Agreement “Research Infrastructure Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (INFRA-LAPOST)" on 7th June 2018. The project is contracted within part of Call "Development and strengthening of synergies with horizontal activities of Horizon 2020: Twinning and ERA Chairs", under the "Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020”. The agreement was signed by the UNIZG FER Dean Professor Mislav Grgić, Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak and Director of the Central Finance and Contracting Agency Tomislav Petrić. Prof. Zoran Vukić attended the signing of the agreement as LABUST representative.

The INFRA-LAPOST project will greatly improve research infrastructure facility and equipment of Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies.

Matej Celega presented H2Omni-X at...

LABUST member Matej Celega participated at the 41st International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics – MIPRO 2018 in Opatija, Croatia on 23rd May 2018. He was invited by entrepreneurial center Silos d.o.o from Rijeka, Croatia. Matej participated at MIPRO INOVA, part of the conference dedicated to innovation on which he presented our autonomous marine surface vehicle H2Omni-X.

The conference was held from 21 to 25 May 2018 in Opatija, Croatia.

IFAC CAMS 2018 Conference Program has...

The program for the 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles has been published.

Here you can read the program for IFAC CAMS 2018.

IFAC CAMS 2018 will be held from 10th until 12th September 2018 at the Conference Park 25/7 in Opatija, Croatia. It is organized by the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies – LABUST, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing – UNIZG FER with the help of the KoREMA (IFAC national member Organization) and the Center for Underwater Systems and Technologies.

LABUST members attended a celebration...

Professor Zoran Vukić, Associate professor Nikola Mišković and UNIZG-FER Dean Professor Mislav Grgić were proud to have been invited by Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Croatia, her Excellency Ms. Astrid Versto to the celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day, on 17 May 2018 in the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zagreb. This friendly gesture of her Excellency is confirmation of excellent cooperation of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zagreb and LABUST. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zagreb was one of the sponsors of Breaking the Surface workshop last year.

 

LABUST members participated at PhD...

On 10 May 2018, LABUST members Đula Nađ and Filip Mandić participated at annual PhD Day at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb (UNIZG-FER). PhD Day is an annual event at UNIZG-FER that enables PhD students to broaden their research and career perspectives. Đula Nađ presented his rewarded doctorate “Guidance and control of autonomous underwater agents with acoustically” and Filip Mandić presented current results of his doctoral research on dissertation topic “Control of surface marine vessels for underwater vehicle localization using single range acoustic measurements”.

Final preparation and testing of...

LABUST team is testing equipment at Pelješac peninsula, Croatia for the upcoming BLUEMED project trial which will be conducted next week in the Baia Bay in Italy. Final preparation for upcoming trial is underway at the two sites in Pelješac, Trstenik in the south side of the peninsula and Drače in the north. LABUST vehicles Lupis (OceanScan LAUV), ASV H2Omni-X (H2O Robotics) and new BlueROV2 (Blue Robotics) are tested.

The two main objectives of testing are to capture some location with Lupis camera to get a mosaic and a 3D model of location and to capture some location with a bathymetric sonar on H2Omni-X to get a bathymetric map with the ability to connect camera and sonar data in order to get a better 3D model.

BLUEMED project aims to support and promote sustainable and responsible tourism development in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean. This will be achieved by planning, testing and coordinating Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres (KACs) in 4 pilot sites: Capo Rizutto and Baia bay (Italy), Western Pagasitikos/Sporades (Greece) and Cavtat sites (Croatia).

Nikola Mišković participated in the...

LABUST member Nikola Mišković participated in the final ceremony of RADDAR programme at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing on May 7, 2018. As part of the ceremony, associate professor Mišković held a presentation on maritime robotics and its application. RADDAR programme is intended for primary school students for learning and developing skills in mathematics and programming. 

Open PhD position at the LABUST,...

Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia is currently recruiting one doctoral fellow position. The successful candidate will work on sonar image processing.

The proposed research will involve research in advanced signal processing and deep learning with the emphasis on autonomous identification of sonar detected objects from various perspectives in real-time. The participant is expected to carry out research and publish results in conferences and journals, participate in the preparation of proposals for research funding and in the writing of project reports, participate in teaching and mentoring graduate students (at least 90 hours per year).

It's desirable to fill the position before July 2018, but the start date is negotiable. The expected duration of the position is 4 years.

Applicants should provide the following material via email to Prof. Nikola Mišković (Nikola.miskovic@fer.hr). Please use the subject line: “[PhD application]”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interest and past experiences (up to 2 pages)
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • A personal website, if available, where further details can be found

Deadline for applications: May 7th, 2018

Read here about required skills and qualification for the position. 

Invited talk "Underwater Robot...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter organized the lecture

"Underwater Robot Navigation and SMaRC"

given by Prof. John Folkesson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The lecture took place on Tuesday, 17th April 2018 in a seminar room at ZARI.

Invited talk "Decentralized...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Control  Systems Chapter organized the lecture

"Decentralized Coordination and Abstraction for Coupled Multi-Agent Systems"

given by Dimitris Boskos, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The lecture took place on Tuesday, 17th April 2018 at UNIZG-FER.

Invited talk "Embodiment...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter organized the lecture

"Embodiment Approaches to Sensorimotor Robot Policy Training"

given by Prof. Mårten Björkman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.  The lecture took place on Tuesday, 17th April 2018 in a seminar room at ZARI.

Office of Naval Research ADRIATIC...

The Office of Naval Research project “ADRIATIC - Advancing Diver-Robot Interaction Capabilities” coordinated by LABUST will start on 1st June 2018 and will last for 36 months. The project consortium consists of UNIZG-FER - LABUST (Croatia) and University of Auckland (New Zealand). The ADRIATIC project builds upon recent research accomplishments in the area of human-robot interaction underwater, by advancing the developed cooperative motion algorithms and introducing wearable sensors in a form of a diver glove for controlling an autonomous underwater vehicle that serves as a robotic diving buddy.

Manuela Arata held an Innovation...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter organized an innovation management training on the topic of

“Knowledge and Technology Transfer”

given by ProfManuela Arata, Genova Makers's Village, Genoa, Italy. The training took place on 19-20 April 2018 at UNIZG-FER.

 

LABUST participated at the Festival...

LABUST together with the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems - LARICS and the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robots - LAMOR, presented robotics research group Robotics@fer.hr at the Festival of Science, on April 20th, 2018 at the Technical Musem in Zagreb. Elementary and high school students from Zagreb had a chance to see and learn something about marine robotics and exploration of the underwater world. aPad, which is being developed by LABUST and partners, has been showcased as an example of a modular marine vehicle used for such purposes. 

Innovation management training at...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter will organize innovation management training on the topic of:

“Knowledge and Technology Transfer”

which will be held by Prof. Manuela Arata, Genova Makers's Village, Genoa, Italy

The training will take place on 19-20 April 2018, starting both days at 09:00, in a seminar room at ZARI, building C, 9th floor. Meet and greet coffee will be half an hour earlier, at 08:30.

If you are interested to participate at the training please contact Ivana Mikolić at ivana.mikolic@fer.hr by Wednesday, April 18th.

More about the speaker and lecture is available in detailed news content and here.

Polar robotics training at UNIZG-FER...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" will organize training on the topic of:

“Polar robotics training”

which will be held by Massimo Caccia, The National Research Council (CNR), Genoa, Italy. The training will take place on 19th April 2018, starting at 15:20, in a seminar room at ZARI, building C, 9th floor. Meet and greet coffee will be at 15:00. 

More about the speaker and training is available in detailed news content and here.

Invited talk "Eyes in the...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS  and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter organized the lecture

"Eyes in the Ocean" 

given by Stephen Hall, Society for Underwater Technology, London, UK. The lecture took place on Friday, 13th April 2018 in Grey Hall at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia.

Invitation to the lecture: Embodiment...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter will organize the lecture:

"Embodiment Approaches to Sensorimotor Robot Policy Training"

which will be held by Prof. Mårten Björkman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 17th April 2018, starting at 09:30 in a seminar room at ZARI, building C, 9th floor.

You can find more about the lecturer and the seminar in the detailed news content.

Invitation to the lecture: Underwater...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter will organize the lecture:

"Underwater Robot Navigation and SMaRC"

which will be held by Prof. John Folkesson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 17th April 2018, starting at 11:00 in seminar room at ZARI, building C, 9th floor.

You can find more about the lecturer and the seminar in the detailed news content.

Invitation to the lecture:...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoECentre of Research Excellence DATACROSS and IEEE Croatia Section, Control  Systems Chapter will organize the lecture:

"Decentralized Coordination and Abstraction for Coupled Multi-Agent Systems"

which will be held by Dimitris Boskos, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 17th April 2018, starting at 10:15 in a seminar room at ZARI, building C, 9th floor.

You can find more about the lecturer and the seminar in the detailed news content.

Invitation to the lecture: "Eyes...

The H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics", IEEE Croatia Section, Robotics and Automation Chapter, Centre of Excellence ACROSS CoE, and Centre of Research Excellence DATACROSS will organize the lecture:

"Eyes in the Ocean" 

which will be held by Stephen Hall, Society for Underwater Technology, London, UK.

The lecture will take place on Friday, 13th April 2018, starting at 13:00 in Grey Hall at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Zagreb, Croatia.

More about the speaker and the talk can be found in the detailed news content.

Students from Tuzla visited LABUST

On 5th April 2018, students from the University of Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) visited our Laboratory and other research laboratories at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. Nikica Kokir and Filip Mandić held a brief presentation about our laboratory, ongoing research projects, and equipment. Students showed great interest in our work and equipment.

LABUST team participated in the...

LABUST team participated in the workshop “Fundamentals of the intellectual property for the researchers” held in UNIZG-FER on the 28th March 2018. The workshop was organised and held by Mirjana Dozan, Head of the Office for Intellectual Property at UNIZG-FER, Igor Bošnjaković, Senior Adviser at State Intellectual Property Office, and Associate Professor Dubravko Babić from UNIZG-FER. The goals of the workshop were to promote and stimulate scientific research, establish a procedure for identification, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property and help researchers to track and record the intellectual property portfolio.

The workshop covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to Intellectual property
  • Intellectual property management
  • Creating values of Intellectual property
  • Patent registration
  • Patent law
Anja Babić has successfully defended...

On 20 March 2018, Anja Babić has presented and successfully defended her PhD topic.

Anja Babić presented and successfully defended PhD thesis with the topic „A hyper-heuristic approach to achieving long-term autonomy in a heterogeneous swarm of marine robots“. Associate Professor Nikola Mišković has been confirmed for her mentoring.

The committee was consisted of:

  1. Assoc. Prof. Nikola Mišković, UNIZG-FER
  2. Prof. Stjepan Bogdan, UNIZG-FER
  3. Prof. Bojan Jerbić (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture University of Zagreb)
LABUST with H2O Robotics and EUMR...

Alongside more than 500 exhibiting companies from 79 countries LABUST presented its spinoff company H2O Robotics and the EUMarine Robots - EUMR project at the world's prestigious exhibition for marine science and ocean technology Oceanology International which was held from 13 - 15 March 2018 in London, UK.

LABUST members Zoran Vukić, Matej Celega, Milan Marković, and Marin Bek successfully presented the H2O Robotics product H2Omni-X. Ivana Mikolić took part in the first public appearance of the EUMR project and Nikola Mišković presented EXCELLABUST activities.

All projects and the company had several specific queries with many interested parties (project managers, company directors, research centers and scientific laboratories).

Martin Vendel held a lecture and...

LABUST participated in a lecture

KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s role in making Stockholm a global cluster for ICT“

and workshop

Turning research into business – Understanding the impact of technology“

given by Dr. Martin Vendel, KTH Stockholm, Sweden.

The lecture took place on Thursday, 15th March 2018 and the workshop took place on Friday, 16th March 2018 at UNIZG-FER. On both occasions, Dr. Martin Vendel talked about the impact and importance of technology transfer.

LABUST participated in European...

LABUST together with the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems - LARICS and the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robots - LAMOR, presented robotics research group Robotics@fer.hr at UNIZG-FER at European Robotics Forum - ERF 2018, held from 13th until 15th March 2018 in Tampere, Finland. LABUST also presented the ACROSS project, IFAC CAMS 2018 conference and Breaking the Surface 2018 workshop. The participation on ERF 2018 was financed in the scope of ACROSS project. In addition, LABUST member Đula Nađ, as a finalist, received a plaque for participation at the prestigious Georges Giralt PhD Award which was held at the Scandic Rosendahl Hotel, Tampere on 14th March. The Georges Giralt PhD Award is a European scientific prize for extraordinary contributions in robotics. It is yearly awarded at the European Robotics Forum by euRobotics AISBL.

Invited talks on LABUST research...

Nikola Mišković visited King’s College London and Imperial College London, UK on 15th March 2018. At King’s College London, he was hosted by Dr. Daniele Magazzeni and at Imperial College London by Dr. Mirko Kovač. During the visit, he gave an invited talk at both universities on research activities by LABUST with a strong emphasis on potential future collaboration opportunities.

 

Antonio Vasilijević and Nikola...

Antonio Vasilijević and Nikola Mišković attended the EUMR Kick-Off Meeting held from 1st March to 2nd March 2018 in Porto, Portugal. The meeting facilitated partner introductions and allowed a detailed examination of all project future activities and goals. During the two day meeting, partners had the opportunity to discuss various topics, including project objectives, the governance structure, milestones, management processes and tools, project roadmap and partners responsibilities. In the EUMR project, we will be responsible for Networking, Communication and Dissemination activities. Main contributions will be in organizing the broad networking events within the scope of Breaking the Surface summer school. In addition, we will participate in all other dissemination activities.

Students from Sarajevo visited LABUST

Association of Students of Electronic Faculty of Sarajevo – STELEKS in cooperation with IEEE Student Branch University of Sarajevo organised a visit for the ETF students to UNIZG-FER on 1st March 2018. They visited Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems, Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics, Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems and The High Voltage Laboratory. The students were led by Associate Professor Selma Hanjalić, Faculty of the Electrical Engineering University of Sarajevo. Our member Nadir Kapetanovic, a former student of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo, now a PhD student at UNIZG-FER was available to students for all questions.

Robotics@fer.hr presented at Robotics...

Robotics@fer.hr presented its latest projects and products at Robotics 2018 Fair held from 13 to 15 February 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The UNIZG-FER brand Robotics@fer.hr is a joint of three laboratories; LABUST – Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, LARICS – Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Systems and LAMOR – Laboratory for Autonomous Systems and Mobile Robotics. Robotics 2018 gathered the most important European robot manufacturers and distributors, as well as the world's leading robotics experts. In front of many visitors, LABUST team presented an aPad, smart autonomous marine surface vehicle.

Signed Inter-institutional Agreement...

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb - UNIZG-FER and University of L’Aquila - UNIVAQ have signed an Inter-institutional agreement on Erasmus+ programme on the initiative of the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies - LABUST. The institutions have agreed to cooperate for the exchange of students and staff in the context of the Erasmus+ programme, key action Mobility for learners and staff - Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility. The agreement refers to three academic years, starting with 2018/2019.

LABUST participated at exhibition of...

LABUST members Ivana Mikolić, Nadir Kapetanović, and Matej Celega participated in the exhibition of young Croatian creators held in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb on 26th January 2018. They presented ongoing research activities and explained the application of an aPad, autonomous marine surface vehicle. The event was organized as part of the national project “Hrvatska stvara” (Croatia Creates) which aim to increase the interest of young people for technical culture. The main objective of the project is to empower children and youth through education.

LABUST has signed bilateral project...

LABUST, as part of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing has signed bilateral project China Croatia Collaboration on Marine Robotic Systems - CC MARS with the Huazhong University of Science and Technology from China. The goal of this agreement is scientific exchange related to the design, modeling, and management of marine robot systems, especially ASVs. During this project, two international conferences on Maritime Robotic Vehicles will be jointly organized. This collaboration will enable, international exchange and transfer knowledge of the field, as well as link academic knowledge with the application needs. Furthermore, this collaborative project will build collaboration between the two laboratories, stimulate scientific exchange and initiate long-term bilateral relations between researchers in the field of intelligent marine systems. LABUST members Nikola Mišković (coordinator), Đula Nađ, Anja Babić and Nadir Kapetanović will participate in this project.

Nikola Mišković attended H2020 FET...

Nikola Mišković attended H2020 FET - Innovation management training on 26th January 2018 at Research Executive Agency in Brussels, Belgium. The European Commission organised training for FET ILP project coordinators. As part of the workshop, they attended both roundtables on prospecting license opportunities and closing license deals and on valorization or commercialization-via bilateral collaborations with industry. In the bilateral meetings, participants were conducting the Innovation Radar exercise and discussed on business coaching services and other European Innovation Council schemes. The project officers discussed aspects of the project’s implementations and grant agreement.

Nikola Mišković named Vice Dean for...

We are delighted to announce that Assoc. Prof. Nikola Mišković has been named Vice Dean for Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb (UNIZG-FER) on 24th January 2018. This appointment confirms his outstanding scientific work and excellence in getting and writing valuable research projects for UNIZG-FER. It also confirms his excellent reputation among the leading scientists in the Republic of Croatia. Nikola Mišković is a Head of the Research Support Centre, an Associate Professor at Department of Control and Computer Engineering and Deputy Head of LABUST at UNIZG-FER. He will begin his new duties next academic year.

Zoran Vukić talked at panel...

Professor Zoran Vukić talked at the panel discussion “World of Robotics in Croatia” held in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb, on 22nd September 2018. The main goal of the event was to present the progress of robotics in Croatia. Invited guests talked about the current situation of robotics in academia, industry, and education. Professor Vukić presented LABUST’s work and emphasized the importance of good preparation for EU work programs. In addition, he gave some interesting projections for robotics in general. All panelists agreed that Croatia has a bright future in robotics, but it’s important to invest more in education and research projects.

LABUST is a partner in EUMarineRobots...

New H2020 project “Marine robotics research infrastructure network” was awarded in the INFRAIA-2016-2017 call. EUMarineRobots (EUMR) proposes an access-infrastructure for the deployment of a full-range of aerial, surface, and subsurface marine robotic assets. The main objective of the EUMR project is to open key national and regional marine robotics research infrastructures to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development to establish a world-class marine robotics integrated infrastructure. The project will officially start on March 1st, 2018. LABUST, as part of the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing is one of the 15 partners from 10 countries. Partners are:

  • Universidade do Porto, Portugal – Coordinator (Assoc. Prof. João Sousa)
  • Universitaet Bremen, Germany
  • Associacao do Instituto Superior Tecnico Para a Investigacao e Desenvolvimento, Portugal
  • Universita degli Studi di Genova Italy
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia
  • Universitat de Girona, Spain
  • University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Consorcio Para el Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento y Explotacion de la Plataforma Oceanica de Canarias, Spain
  • Nato Science and Technology Organisation, Belgium
  • Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), Norway
  • Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Distretto Ligure delle Tecnologie Marine Societa Consortile a Re, Italy
  • Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
  • Institut Francais de Recherche Pour L'exploitation de la Mer, France
Breaking the Surface 2017 after video...

Wondering how it was at Breaking the Surface 2017? The brand new after video will show you all. See the short overview of BtS 2017 and recall wonderful memories from unforgettable last summer. Enjoy the video!