LARICS was featured in Treći element, a popular science talk show on March 2nd. In a 45-minute show, hosts of the show were joined by our professors Stjepan Bogdan and Zdenko Kovačić in the studio where they gave insights on some of the most burning questions general population might have about robotics. The show also incorporated the footage from the robotics laboratories at FER (LARICS, LABUST, LAMOR) where researchers demonstrated and elaborated on their work.
LARICS was represented in this year’s Night of Museums as a part of the program in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) library. Our dancing Nao robots demonstrated their capabilities to the audience, some of them were even reading texts from HAZU’s digital collection.
The Night of Museums is a cultural event held across Croatia in which entry to museums and cultural institutions is free, and they stay open to the early hours of the morning introduce themselves to new potential patrons.
The first Long Night of Museums took place in Berlin in 1997. The concept has been very well received, and since then the number of participating institutions and exhibitions has risen dramatically, spreading to over 120 other cities throughout Europe, as well as elsewhere, in Argentina and the Philippines.
It started in Zagreb in 2005 as a pilot project with 6 museums. In 2011, there were more than 300,000 visitors. In 2015, 260,000 people turned up to visit over 200 museums and other cultural institutions in 100 cities and towns.
The local news portal Zg-Magazin published a story about our ADORE project. You can read the full story <a href=”http://zg-magazin.com.hr/robot-s-fer-a-mogao-bi-dijagnosticirati-autizam-kod-djece.
On May 23rd, Jutarnji list, one of the most prominent Croatian newspapers published an article about the subCULTron project. Featured on the front page, it encompasses an 242extensive interview with our own Prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Asst. Prof. Nikola Mišković from the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, LABUST. The article provided a great visibility to the project and yielded many positive reactions. Other LARICS members working on the subCULTron project are Tamara Petrović, Goran Vasiljević and Barbara Arbanas.
Within last two weeks, two of our ongoing projects were presented on Croatian television, in the show called Znanstveni krugovi (Scientific circles). The video of Damjan and Tomislav presenting Assisi project is available in Croatian (starts at 00:00:25). Adore was presented by Frano and Sanja, and video is available here (starts at 00:08:00).
IEEE Central European Student and Young Professionals Congress was held in Zagreb from May 8 to 10, 2015, and was attended by 80 participants – student members and Young Professionals, as well as speakers, sections’ and Region 8 representatives from twelve IEEE Sections including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Invited by the Croatian IEEE section, Damjan and Frano prepared a workshop entitled Nao robots play tic-tac-toe with several hand-on excercises to introduce young IEEE members to programming of Nao robots, computer vision and artificial intelligence. While Damjan was busy giving statements to Croatian RTL television which aired on their main informative programme, Frano also got a chance to introduce our efforts on the ADORE project to the attendees of the workshop.
Newly started regional television N1 hosted Maja Cepanec and Frano Petric in their show “Novi dan” where they discussed ASD prevalence rates across Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia along with the first results of the ADORE project. Maja and Frano were acompanied by one of our Nao robots which demonstrated some of its features. Video from the show is available in Croatian here.
Professor Bogdan, Matko Orsag and Tomislav Haus along with the new developments in aerial robotics and manipulation were featured on Croatian television in the show called “The code of the future” (“Kod budućnosti”). Video of the show can be seen on the following link, for now only in croatian.
Prof. Bojan Jerbic from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Prof. Zdenko Kovacic from LARICS were guests in the Croatian national television (HRT1) broadcast “Drustvena mreza”, where they discussed about cognitive abilities of nowadays and future robot generations. Prof. Kovacic briefly presented the goals of the project ADORE – Autism Diagnostic Obervation with Robot Evaluator, accepted for funding by the Croatian Science Foundation.
The daily TV show Hrvatska uživo (Croatia live) aired a feature about a new project in the making in which LARICS’ Nao robots play a central role. The proposed project is based on interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and LARICS laboratory and aims to facilitate the diagnosing and treatment of Autism spectrum disorders by using robots as assistants. The feature can be viewed through the Croatian television VOD channel (airdate 27.11.2013., feature starts at 00:33:28).
European Commission, namely Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), recognized LARICS as one of the leaders of Robotics research in Croatia, that have a significant impact on Europe’s ICT R&D, through the article entitled Croatia ICT: the newest Member State is up and running.
As good news travels fast, the story was also covered in one of Croatia’s leading internet portals (read full story).
On November 03rd, the best-selling Croatian newspapers 24 sata published an article about the humanoid robots in our Lab. The article was entitled “Croats teach robots to dance”. We would like to thank Anela Kuburas, a 24 sata journalist, for her enthusiasm to popularize robotics among the numerous readers of 24 sata.
An article about the Inteco robot R Jet 062 was published in the 2012 Autumn issue (pp. 132-136) of theCroatian Airlines inflight magazine Croatia. This robot was developed in collaboration of Inteco Ltd. Zagreb and LARICS. The article written by a Croatia journalist Davorka Vukov-Colic describes in detail the characteristics of the robot, as well as its potentials for successful commercialization.
Thanks to the invitation of Mr. Ante Glibo from the Croatian television, the LARICS team (Prof. Zdenko Kovacic, Tamara Petrovic, Damjan Miklic, Anja Babic, and Kruno Hrvatinic) took part in the very popular morning broadcast for scholars “Skolski sat”. We brought our NAO H25 robots and showed few demonstrations with robots dancing and playing a board game. We had a lot of fun, and according to the reaction of those few who saw the show, they say that it was pretty cool.
In the March issue (No. 854, pp. 42-45), one of the most popular Croatian weekly magazines Nacional contains a very nice article about the humanoid robots NAO produced by French company Aldebaran Robotics that came in our Lab through realization of a 3.5 million EURO FP7 project ACROSS. The article is entitled “FER folks got the toys which women adore”. We would like to thank Tanja Simic Jelaca, a Nacional journalist, and Mateja Vrckovic, a Nacional photographer, for their much appreciated popularisation of robotics and automation among wide population of Nacional magazine readers.
We had a visit from the Croatian state television team led by Mrs. Lidija Gasparovic who wanted to make a broadcast about the exploration robot for fire-fighting units that was developed within the homonymous project financed by the Croatian Foundation for Science (HRZZ) and Hrid d.o.o. Zagreb. Filming took part in our Lab where Goran Vasiljevic and Alan Mutka showed excellent talent for editor assistants. The broadcast was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the HRZZ, and our project was chosen to represent the HRZZ “Partnership in Research” program.
VIDI e-nnovation Awards are organized annually by VIDI Magazine and Ruđer Bošković Institute. For the year 2011 the members of the evaluation committee have decided that the Nikola Tesla Silver Egg Award goes to Inteco Robotics for the originality of the R-Jet 062 Robot Advanced Control System. Being developed by our Ph.D. students Matko Orsag and Kristijan Brkic in collaboration with colleagues from Inteco, it represents an excellent example of successful partnership between academia and industry. A broadcast made by Privredni.hr television team shows a story about this collaboration where people from LARICS and INTECO ROBOTICS gave short interviews. You can see the story at the following link.
Let us just mention that in October 2011 the robot R Jet – 062 also received the ARCA Innovation Award and FIRI Diploma for Innovation at the 9th International Innovation Exhibition – ARCA held at the National University Library in Zagreb.
On October 13, a broadcast about robots on Mars was emitted on the Croatian state television channel 2 (HRT2). One part of it was made in our Lab where Tamara Petrovic, Ivica Draganjac, Alan Mutka, and Andjelko Katalenic dragged out our Wifibot robots and also showed some results of their research work. The broadcast was dedicated to younger scholars so we all had a lot of fun. Ivica recorded the show when it was on air to keep something to show to Marsians if they ever come to our Lab.
FunkyMem is a new on-line magazine that covers different themes of human life including ethics, philosophy, sports, technology, culture and many others. FunkyMem issue No.4 brings an interview with Prof. Zdenko Kovacic who spoke about the future of robotics and its influence on our everyday lives.
One of the most popular Croatian computer journals VIDI in the December issue (No. 117, pp. 40-41) contains a very nice article about robotic projects that are going on in our Lab. The article is entitled “Terminator 4: LARICS online”. We would like to thank Sasa Kovacicek, a VIDI journalist, for his much appreciated popularisation of robotics and automation among VIDI readers.