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Aerial Robotics Workshop at the...

Join us at the Science Festival in the Technical Museum for a workshop on aerial robotics. The event will take place on Friday, April 26th, from 10:00 to 12:00. The workshop will be held by Larics members: Dario StuhneMarijana Peti, Doc. dr. sc. Goran Vasiljevicć, and Izv. prof. dr. sc. Tamara Petrović. Don't forget to visit Larics website and AeroSTREAM website for more information.

Author: LARICS
Stjepan Bogdan at roundtable...

Last Thursday, April 18, 2024, the University of Rijeka hosted a roundtable discussion on "Strengthening Scientific Excellence" alongside an ERC Advanced Grant Information Day.

During the session, Professor Stjepan Bogdan shared insights from project applications at FER (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing), discussing the influence of mentors, institutions, and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport (MZO) on young researchers' project submissions.

Author: AeroSTREAM
LARICS participated at MUZZA Science...

LARICS members participated in MUZZA Science Week from April 12th to 14th! Attendees delved into captivating subjects like plant health measurement with electronic circuits, gaining insights into the technological advancements reshaping agriculture and environmental monitoring. They also enjoyed hands-on experiences with Aerial Robotics, witnessing drone demonstrations and piloting small Crazyflie drones, even assembling and flying their own. LARICS showcased their projects, ICSE Factory, and Aerostream.

Author: LARICS
Aerostream Project Collaboration:...

Marko Križmančić, prof. dr. sc. Stjepan Bogdan, and Marijana Peti recently concluded their visit to the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) from April 10th to April 12th as part of the Aerostream project. During their visit, they had fruitful discussions with Martin Saska and Kristian Hengster-Movric-Movrić, focusing on idea exchange and exploring opportunities for future collaboration.

Author: AeroSTREAM
LARICS at MUZZA Science week

Join us at MUZZA Science Week from April 12th to 14th! Here's what's in store:

🌿 Dive into the world of plant health measurement with simple electronic circuits. Learn how technology is transforming agriculture and environmental monitoring.

🚁 Embark on an adventure with Aerial Robotics! Witness big drones in action and get hands-on experience by piloting small Crazyflie drones during breaks. You can even try assembling and piloting your own drone!

Author: LARICS
LARICS at MUZZA

Join us at MUZZA Science Week with LARICS and ICSE Factory!

🌿Learn how to measure plant health with simple electronic circuits.

🚁 Dive into Aerial Robotics and discover aircraft operations and sensors with large aircraft featuring LiDAR and cameras. Don't miss the coordinated flights of small Crazyflie aircraft – you can even try piloting them during breaks!

See you there! #MUZZAScienceWeek #LARICS #ICSEFactory

Author: LARICS
Ana Milas defended her doctoral...

Our colleague, Ana Milas, MSc, has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled "Information gain-based autonomous exploration of 3D environments using an unmanned aerial vehicle" on April 3, 2024. Congratulations to Ana on this significant accomplishment, and best wishes for her future endeavors.

Author: LARICS
LARICS members visit to CTU

Marko Križmančić, Stjepan Bogdan, and Marijana Peti are planning to visit the Czech Technical University in Prague Technical University (CTU) in Prague from April 10th to April 12th as part of the Aerostream project. They will meet with Martin Saska and Kristian Hengster-Movric-Movrić for idea exchange and future collaboration discussions.

Stay tuned for updates!

Author: AeroSTREAM
Another article to be presented AT...

The article titled "Structured Ecological Cultivation With Autonomous Robots in Agriculture: Toward a Fully Autonomous Robotic Indoor Farming System" authored by LARICS alumni dr. sc. Marsela Car, along with co-authors Barbara Arbanas FerreiraJelena Vuletić, and Matko Orsag, has been accepted for presentation at IEEE RAS ICRA 2024. The article was originally published in the scientific journal IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine on October 16, 2023, and is available via DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2023.3315934.

M. Car, B. A. Ferreira, J. Vuletic and M. Orsag, “Structured Ecological Cultivation With Autonomous Robots in Agriculture: Toward a Fully Autonomous Robotic Indoor Farming System,” in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, doi: 10.1109/MRA.2023.3315934.

Author: LARICS
ICSE Factory Project Sparks...

As part of the ICSE Factory project, elementary schools are implementing an innovative approach that integrates technology with botanical studies. Students in grades 5 to 8 at Vladimir Deščak Elementary School and Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Elementary School, under the guidance of Professor Dr. Matko OrsagMilena Jenić mag.ing.agr., and master's student Viktor Horvat, are currently participating in workshops focused on plant cultivation and environmental monitoring.

Author: LARICS
Stjepan Bogdan and Zdenko Kovačić at...

Professors Stjepan Bogdan and Zdenko Kovačić were featured presenters at the ERF conference held in Rimini, Italy, from March 13th to 15th. Stjepan Bogdan's presentation, titled "Information Gain-Based Autonomous Exploration Using UAVs," demonstrated his expertise in drone technology.

Additionally, Stjepan actively participated as a panelist during a workshop, offering valuable insights.

Author: AeroSTREAM
European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2024

Professors Zdenko Kovacic and Stjepan Bogdan are currently at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2024 in Rimini, Italy, representing the AeroStream project from March 13th to 15th.

Furthermore, Stjepan Bogdan will be delivering a presentation on navigating drones in challenging environments, leveraging his expertise in drone technology. As a panelist during the workshop, Stjepan will offer valuable insights.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Professors Kovačić and Bogdan to...

We're thrilled to announce that Professors Zdenko Kovacic and Stjepan Bogdan will be attending the esteemed European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2024 in Rimini, Italy, from March 13th to 15th as part of the AeroStream project.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Watchplant Project Review Meeting

Professor Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Križmančić participated in the review meeting for the Watchplant project, convened at the University of Konstanz from February 26th to 28th, 2024. Partners presented their progress over the preceding six months, with reviewers from the European Commission expressing satisfaction and offering minor feedback. The Project Officer, Darina Botsova, oversaw the proceedings alongside three to four expert reviewers. The team remains committed to advancing their work until year-end, with the subsequent meeting slated for Zagreb. Stay tuned for updates on outcomes and developments.

Author: WatchPlant
Watchplant Project Review Meeting

Prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Križmančić are actively engaged in the review meeting for the WatchPlant project at the University of Konstanz, running from February 26th to 28th, 2024. This project is reshaping plant monitoring and research.

Author: WatchPlant
Seville Learning Expedition

Dario Stuhne and Dean Martinović, LARICS members, participated in the immersive Learning Expedition from February 22nd to 23rd, 2024. Hosted by the AEROSTREAM and IN-TRANSIT projects, this expedition welcomed European SMEs from textile, construction, and advanced manufacturing sectors to explore the dynamic Andalusian Aerospace Sector. With AEROSTREAM's collaboration, the event fostered invaluable partnerships and opened doors to potential collaborations for European SMEs. Our team also had the privilege of visiting Fundación Andaluza para el Desarrollo Aeroespacial CATEC, a leading aerospace technology center in Europe, and delving into insights from various companies within the Andalucía Aerospace Cluster.

Author: LARICS
Article in Robotics"

Petar Slaviček, dr.sc. Ivan Hrabar, and prof. Zdenko Kovačić have authored a paper in the "Robotics" journal. Titled "Generating a Dataset for Semantic Segmentation of Vine Trunks in Vineyards Using Semi-Supervised Learning and Object Detection," their research presents novel methods for crafting datasets specifically aimed at the semantic segmentation of vine trunks within vineyards. For further information, access the full article.

Author: LARICS
Prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Marko...

Prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Križmaničić are slated to participate in a review meeting for the Watchplant project at the University of Konstanz from February 26th to 28th, 2024. This initiative aims to innovate plant monitoring and research. Stay tuned for updates on the meeting's outcomes.

Author: WatchPlant
Learning Expedition in Seville

Today marks Day 1 of the Learning Expedition in Seville! The agenda includes an insightful Andalusia Aerospace Cluster presentation at CTA facilities, followed by visits to Industry Puerto de Santa María and TITANIA at Tecnobahia, El Puerto de Santa María.
We're thrilled to have our adventurers, Dario Stuhne and Dean Martinović, on the ground to provide us with firsthand impressions from the expedition.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Martin Saska at UVS-Oman 2024 Conference

Renowned keynote speaker Martin Saska was featured at the 2nd International Conference on Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS-Oman 2024), organized by the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). He delivered a lecture titled "Towards Agile Swarms of UAVs in the Wild" and conducted a workshop on Tightly Cooperating Aerial Vehiclesin Real-world Environment. Throughout both engagements, Martin actively promoted Open Lab initiative. The conference took place from February 12th to 14th.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Bio-inspired visual relative...

We are delighted to announce that Antonella Barišić Kulaš will be presenting the paper titled "Bio-inspired Visual Relative Localization for Large Swarms of UAVs" at the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The conference is scheduled to take place from May 13-17, 2024, in Yokohama, Japan

This paper, authored by Martin Krížek, Matouš Vrba, Antonella Barišić Kulaš, Stjepan Bogdan, and Martin Saska, introduces a pioneering approach to visual perception for relative localization within extensive UAV swarms. The research draws inspiration from the perceptual strategies utilized by schools of sardines, swarms of bees, and other large decentralized groups of animals.

This work represents a collaborative effort with the Czech Technical University in Prague, showcasing innovative strides in UAV swarm technology and bio-inspired robotics.

Author: LARICS
LARICS Members in Seville Learning...

Dario Stuhne and Dr.-Ing. Dean Martinović, members of LARICS, will attend the Learning Expedition in Seville from February 22nd to 23rd, 2024. This expedition invites European SMEs from textile, construction, and advanced manufacturing sectors to explore the Andalusian Aerospace Sector through the AEROSTREAM and IN-TRANSIT projects. AEROSTREAM's co-organization of the event aims to strengthen cooperation with partners and improve European SMEs' access to potential collaborations. Additionally, AEROSTREAM partners will visit Fundación Andaluza para el Desarrollo Aeroespacial CATEC, one of Europe's premier aerospace technology centers, and learn about various companies and the Andalucía Aerospace Cluster.

Author: AeroSTREAM
LARICS members attended IFAM Fair 2024

LARICS members prof. Zdenko Kovačić and Antonella Barišić Kulaš visited the IFAM Fair 2024 in Slovenia, the premier B2B Trade Fair for automation and mechatronics in the CEE region. The fair, focusing on key technologies like sensor and measurement technologies, aims to meet the needs of professional visitors.

Author: LARICS
Ana Milas to present paper at ICRA

We are thrilled to announce that Ana Milas will be presenting the paper titled "Autonomous Exploration of Unknown 3D Environments Using a Frontier-Based Collector Strategy" at the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The conference is scheduled to take place from May 13-17, 2024, in Yokohama, Japan. This paper represents a collaboration between members of the Fundación Andaluza para el Desarrollo Aeroespacial and the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), including Ivan David Changoluisa Caiza, Marco Montes Grova, Francisco Javier Pérez Grau, and Tamara Petrović.

Author: LARICS
Celebrating Victory: UNIZG-FER...

UNIZG-FER team, composed of LARICS and LABUST laboratories, clinches the top spot at the prestigious MBZIRC competition, securing a grand prize of 2 million dollars. This monumental triumph reflects their unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation. The competition spanned two years and unfolded across various phases. In the end, only 5 finalists remained, spending a month preparing to showcase their accomplishments in Abu Dhabi. Heartiest congratulations to the team on this monumental triumph!

Author: LARICS
IEEE Croatia Section and the IFRoS...

The IEEE Croatia Section and the IFRoS project hosted lectures on:

"Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF): basics, variations, applications" which was presented by Nelli Nyisztor, a Ph.D student and "Transferability in Robotics: transfer, curriculum, and reinforcement learning" which were presented by Dániel Horváth, a Ph.D student on Thursday, January 18.

Author: LARICS
AeroSTREAM Project - First Review...

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, the first review meeting for the AeroSTREAM project took place, marking a significant milestone in the project's progress. The project is funded under the Horizon Europe sub-programme 'Widening participation and spreading excellence' - European Excellence Initiative. During the session, the consortium presented an overview of all activities conducted within the project to the project officer, Agne Dobranskyte-Niskota, and to the external monitor.

The meeting was successful, and the consortium received valuable feedback from both the project officer and the monitor. It was a pleasure to host everyone in Zagreb and to lay the groundwork for successful future project activities and collaborations.

Author: AeroSTREAM
LARICS at International Conference on...

Robert Milijaš and Goran Vasiljević, representing FER LARICS, showcased their research at the International Conference on Electrical, Control, and Computer Engineering (ICECCE) on December 30-31, 2023. Vasiljević presented two articles: "Control System for an Automated Electric Street Sweeper Cleaning System" and "Hardware-in-the-Loop System of the Autonomous Municipal Cleaning Vehicle". Meanwhile, Milijaš focused on "Towards an Environmentally-friendly Street Sweeping Vehicle with Reduced Water Consumption".

More details about the articles are available here.

Author: LARICS
Ivo Vatavuk defended his doctoral thesis

On 21st of December LARICS researcher Ivo Vatavuk successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. Ivo’s thesis is entitled "Optimal control of a mobile manipulator for spraying and suckering tasks in viticulture". Congratunations Ivo!

Author: LARICS
Ivan Hrabar defended his doctoral thesis

On 12th of December LARICS researcher Ivan Hrabar successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. ivan’s thesis is entitled "Navigation of an autonomous all-terrain mobile manipulator in semi-structured vineyard environment". Congratunations Ivan!

Author: LARICS
Interactive lecture "Artificial...

The Interest Group of Young Professionals and the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS, Aerostream project) hosted a lecture titled "Artificial Intelligence in Aerial Manipulation" by Filip Zorić, MSc.Eng. from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. The event took place on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka.

The lecture, conducted in the Croatian language, had a duration of 90 minutes. It was open to all interested parties, with a special invitation extended to undergraduate and graduate students. Additional information about the lecture and the lecturer can be found in the detailed content of the announcement.

Author: LARICS
WatchPlant Workshop at University of...

Between November 26th and December 3rd, 2023, Marko Križmaničić actively participated in advancing the WatchPlant project during his visit to the University of Konstanz in Germany. Engaging in an intensive workshop, the focus was on pushing the boundaries of hardware and software for hybrid wireless sensor networks, incorporating technologies like Bluetooth, Zigbee, LoRa, SMS, and WiFi. This workshop represents a significant leap forward in the WatchPlant project, underscoring the commitment to international collaboration and driving innovation in the realm of wireless sensor networks.

Author: WatchPlant
Antonella Barisic Kulas Presents at...

On November 29, 2023, Antonella Barisic Kulas, researcher and PhD student of Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), delivered an insightful lecture at RIT Croatia. This event was a part of the AeroSTREAM initiative, which aims to foster connections among students and researchers while promoting knowledge sharing and future collaborative opportunities.

Author: LARICS
FER Open Day

FER, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, hosted an engaging Open Day on Saturday, November 25, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm, providing a unique opportunity for high school seniors to explore the diverse fields of study and research offered by the faculty.

During the FER Open Day, visitors enjoyed a variety of activities, including playing Pong with artificial intelligence, witnessing robots cultivate plants in a greenhouse, and participating in a workshop on teaching robots to write. The event also featured a robotics workshop, a closer look at micro- and nano-electronics through a microscope, and a showcase of cutting-edge inventions and technologies in electrical engineering, information and communication technology, and computer science by FER staff and students. Notably, LARICS presented their projects Specularia and WatchPlant, and there was a special workshop tailored for elementary school students.

Author: LARICS
LARICS at HRUI

The 1st Croatian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, organized by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, held on November 21st, aimed to bring together the Croatian scientific community in the field of artificial intelligence, along with researchers from other scientific domains. The event facilitated the exchange of information, providing an overview of research activities and diverse applications.

Author: LARICS
Artificial Intelligence in Aerial...

 

The 28th edition of the PhD Café took place on November 15th at Booksa, where four young researchers, future doctors of science from the field of technical sciences, presented their research. Among them was Filip Zorić and he presented his research titled: Artificial Intelligence in Aerial Manipulation.

Author: LARICS
"Promotion of Drone-IN...

The City of Petrinja and the Petrinja Development Agency - PETRA organized a promotion event, November 6th, at the Sports Hall of the "Mate Lovrak" Elementary School in Petrinja. The event showcased the final projects of the first generation of participants from the Drone-IN Center for Innovation and Artificial Intelligence in Petrinja. During the event, the participants were awarded certificates and credentials as remote pilots.

Author: LARICS
Stjepan Bogdan and Goran Vasiljević...

Jaen, Spain - Stjepan Bogdan and Goran Vasiljević recently took part in a demonstration and final review meeting of the Aerial Core project, held at the ATLAS (Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced Unmanned Systems) center in the province of Jaen, Spain. During the demonstration, various technologies developed throughout the project were showcased with great success. Reviewers expressed high satisfaction with the project's achieved results.

Author: LARICS

As part of the program activities of the Regional Center of Competence in Sisak, the Robotics and Automation Fair, organized by the Technical School of Sisak, was opened today.

The fair featured 19 exhibitors, including equipment manufacturers and higher education institutions, who showcased the latest achievements in the field of industrial process automation and robotics, vocational training processes, and the modern equipment that enables these advancements.

In addition, a lecture titled "Robots that Walk, Fly, and Drive – Unconventional Robotics at FER" was presented by Assoc. Prof. Matko Orsag from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The lecture provided insights into the various types of robots found in the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), including unmanned aerial vehicles, walking robots, humanoid robots, mobile vehicles, and robotic manipulators used to assist in agriculture and industry. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how these robots operate and discover their diverse applications.

Author: LARICS
Article published in IEEE Access

LARICS PhD student Ana Milas published an article ASEP: An Autonomous Semantic Exploration Planner With Object Labeling in scientific journal IEEE Access on 28th of September 2023. You can find more details on this video.

 

 

A. Milas, A. Ivanovic and T. Petrovic, "ASEP: An Autonomous Semantic Exploration Planner With Object Labeling," in IEEE Access, vol. 11, pp. 107169-107183, 2023, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3320645.

Author: LARICS
Vice dean professor Stjepan Bogdan at...

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, the final conference of the Croatian-Swiss Research Program 2017-2023 (CSRP) was held at the Zagreb Innovation Center (ZICER). Professor Stjepan Bogdan, the vice dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing participated at the roundtable discussion on the future and challenges of the Croatian research system.

Topics discussed during the roundtable included the reputation and relevance of Croatian research institutions at the European and international levels, the potential of Croatian researchers to engage in international consortia, the capacity of Croatian institutions to attract and retain foreign scientists, the balance between fundamental and applied research, the importance of social and human sciences versus STEM fields, and the role of the Croatian Foundation for Science in the national system.

Author: LARICS
LARICS at IROS 2023

Filip Zorić participated at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) held in Detroit, USA from October 1st-5th, 2023.

At the conference, Filip zorić presented an article written in collaboration with the University of Seville, called Performance Comparison of Teleoperation Interfaces for Ultra-lightweight Anthropomorphic Arms, where the authors are: Filip Zorić, Alejandro Suarez, Goran Vasiljević, Matko Orsag, Zdenko Kovačić and Anibal Ollero.

 

See more details about the article check out this video.

Author: LARICS
Bruno Marić at HRF 2023

Bruno Marić, PhD, presented a poster titled "Virtual pen: Human-friendly robot systems deployment" at the 16th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR 2023). The workshop, scheduled for September 20-21, 2023, in Munich and organized by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), aims to explore current and future AI and robotic solutions in the context of human-robot interaction.

It focuses on human-centric applications in various settings, including homes, service scenarios, and industrial tasks. The event's goal is to bring together a diverse community of researchers, experts, and industrial partners working on creating safe and meaningful connections between robots and humans. Additionally, HFR 2023 emphasizes promoting innovative applications in human-centric environments and with human collaboration. The workshop also fosters collaboration, idea exchange, and the practical use of existing and emerging solutions in the realm of human-robot interaction and coexistence.

Author: LARICS
AeroStream Summer School 2023 in Prague

 

The second edition of AeroSTREAM Summer School was hel from 4th to 6th of July, and here's a glimpse into the action-packed days in Prague!

The core focus? Exploring various robotic realms such as motion planning for decision-making agents, aerial swarm dynamics, and the fusion of multi-sensors for precise localization and navigation.

But that's not all! We had dedicated time for AeroSTREAM activities, including brainstorming sessions on Aerostream research initiatives and seminars about real-world applications tackled within the AeroSTREAM project.

 

Author: AeroSTREAM
Marko Car defended his doctoral thesis

On 12th of July LARICS researcher Marko Car successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. Marko’s thesis is entitled "Control system for an unmanned aerial manipulator interacting with the environment based on a generalized model". Member of the PhD commite was prof. Adnan Tahirović a partner form University of Sarajevo and partner on AeroSTREAM project. Congratulations Marko!

Author: LARICS
Successful Thesis Presentations for...

We are delighted to share that on Monday, June 26, the students from the inaugural batch of the IFROS Master’s program (2021-2023) presented their master’s thesis projects. The members of the evaluation committee were highly impressed by the projects showcased by our talented students. Their presentations truly highlighted their dedication, effort, and outstanding quality of work. We wholeheartedly congratulate all the students on their remarkable achievements and wish them a future filled with boundless opportunities.

Author: IFROS
LARICS Students Secure University...

Students Marko Kozlik and Viktor Horvat from LARICS, under the guidance of Prof. Bogdan and Orsag, have been honored with the University's prestigious rector's award on 29th of June, 2023 for their outstanding individual scientific work. Their project, titled "FERbarium - self-sustainable wireless sensor node controlled by mobile application," has garnered attention for its innovative approach.

This project, aimed at developing a wireless sensor node for environmental monitoring in greenhouses and urban environments, is closely linked to the Specularia and WatchPlant initiatives. The groundbreaking work of Kozlik and Horvat not only contributes to scientific advancements but also aligns with real-world applications, emphasizing the importance of their research.

Stay tuned for more updates on their inspiring work and its impact on environmental monitoring.

Author: WatchPlant and Specularia
WatchPlant meeting in Wrszawa

 

On 28th of June 2023, WatchPlant meeting was held in Warszawa. LARICS members prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Krizmančić presented the achievements from FER. The plan for the next goals was presented.

Author: WatchPlant
Marko Križmančić paper at ICAT...

LARICS PhD student Marko Križmančić participated at the 2023 International Conference on Information, Communication and Automation Technologies (ICAT) in Sarajevo, where his paper "Decentralized Multi-Robot Formation Control Using Reinforcement Learning. Obradovic, J.; Krizmancic, M.; and Bogdan, S." was presented. In addition to this, Marko gave a talk at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sarajevo, about UNIZ-FER experience in MBZIRC competitions. The talk was very well received by the University of Sarajevo master students and researchers.

Author: Tamara Petrović
Aerial Core meeting in Prague

Goran Vasiljevic participated in the 10th Aerial Core Consortium Partner Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic on June 21-22, 2023. At the meeting, the current state of the project was presented and further experiments and final demonstrations of the project were agreed upon.

Author: Aerial Core
Antun Ivanović defended his doctoral...

On 14th of June LARICS researcher Antun Ivanović successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. Antun’s thesis is entitled "Model based motion planning for manipulation with heterogeneous robotic systems under constraints". Congratulations Antun!

Author: LARICS
UNIZG at MBZIRC: Solving Real-World...

Marko Križmančić, a scientist from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb, visited Sarajevo and delivered a presentation about LARICS' participation in the International Robotics Challenge in Abu Dhabi (MBZIRC). The presentation was part of the AeroStream project and was intended for his partners from AeroStream1 company and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Sarajevo, and it was attended by professors, doctoral candidates, and master's students.

Author: LARICS
LARICS members Co-Authors of an...

Prof. Dr. Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Križmančić, collaborated on an article presented at the 29th International Conference on Information, Communication, and Automation Technologies (ICAT), held in Sarajevo from June 11 to June 14. The article was presented by Juraj Obradović, a scientist from the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. Find more details about the programme.

Author: LARICS
ICUAS'23 UAV Competition

For the second year in a row, we have organized the  UAV Competition at the ICUAS conference. The finals of the competition that was student focused, and offered unique opportunities for students to test and compare their skills with those of their peers worldwide, was held in Warsaw, Poland. With the theme of infrastructure inspection, and involvement of two EU projects (AeroSTREAM through University of Zagreb, METRICS through CATEC), the competition generated similar interest to the first edition. In total, 15 solutions were submitted in the simulation phase, and following the rigorous evaluation of three benchmarks, the committee selected top 5 teams to perform live, during the conference: UMIC (India), Carrot (South Korea), AiRo Lab (Hong Kong), CVAR (Spain), SDCN lab (Canada). ICUAS’23 supported the finalists covering the accommodation, lunch and conference registration expenses. After three days of integration, tests and competition flights, the defending champions, team CVAR from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior Ingenieros Industriales ETSII, Spain (David Perez Saura, Pedro Arias Perez, Miguel Fernandez Cortizas) won the first place.  

Author: falconblack
Article published in IEEE Access

LARICS PhD student Marijana Peti published an article Decentralized Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems Based on POMDPs and Consensus for Active Perception in scientific journal IEEE Access on 2nd of June 2023.

M. Peti, F. Petric and S. Bogdan, "Decentralized Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems Based on POMDPs and Consensus for Active Perception," in IEEE Access, vol. 11, pp. 52480-52491, 2023, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3280413.

Author: LARICS
LARICS PhD students at FER PhD Day event

We are proud to announce that seven doctoral students in total from the LARICS laboratory presented their research at this year's FER PhD Day through a series of inspiring posters. It is interesting to note that our seven posters make up an impressive 17.5 percent of all participants. The doctoral students who exhibited their work: Jurica Goričanec, Ivan Hrabar, Bruno Marić, Lovro Marković, Ana Milas, Juraj Oršulić and Ivo Vatavuk. Congratulations to everyone on the exceptional presentation of their dedicated work.

We especially want to highlight doctoral students Lovro Marković and Ivan Hrabar, whose posters deservedly entered the final selection for the best poster. We are extremely proud to announce that Ivan Hrabar won the award for the best poster, and presented his work during the central part of the PhD Day event.

You can view all the posters at: https://www.fer.unizg.hr/studiji/doktorski_studij/dan_doktorata/dan_doktorata_2023#%23!p_rep_155074!_-220046.

Author: LARICS
Ana Milas at Booksa

The 24th edition of the PhD Café took place on May 31st at Booksa, where four young researchers, future doctors of science from the field of technical sciences, presented their research. Among them was Ana Milas and she presented her research titled: Discovering the unknown: application of drones in space exploration.

Author: LARICS
HEKTOR at startup education program

As part of the Erasmus+ project Cogsteps, whose coordinator is FER, a startup education program called From Customers to Product was held. The program was held at the Technische Universität Graz. Dario Stuhne and Ivan Hrabar participated from LARICS, who considered the commercialization potential of the HEKTOR project.

Author: LARICS
Aerial Core project at ATLAS, Spain

Goran Vasiljević participated in integration and validation experiments at ATLAS 23.-25.5. ((Air Transport Laboratory for Advanced Unmanned Systems), Villacarillo (Jaen) Spain. Various parts of the Aerial Core project were tested, and we also participated in transmission line manipulation experiments.

Author: LARICS
Experts Bogdan and Radišić Join...

Renowned experts Stjepan Bogdan from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and Tomislav Radišić from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences have been appointed to the Technical Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems at the Croatian Standards Institute. The committee's main focus is to establish and coordinate Croatian norms and standards for unmanned aircraft systems, ensuring safe and efficient integration into the country's airspace. Bogdan and Radišić bring their extensive knowledge and experience in UAS operations, safety, and airspace integration, positioning Croatia as a leader in responsible unmanned aviation.

 

Author: LARICS
MUZZA Science Festival: FER showcases...

The recent MUZZA Science Week, held from May 19th to 21st at the Zagreb Trade Fair, successfully captivated the general public with its mission to showcase the captivating world of science. With a special focus on engaging children, the event aimed to spark curiosity and demonstrate the beauty of scientific exploration, and inspiring children to learn about science and technology.

Author: LARICS
Setting up WatchPlant experiments in...

Marko Križmančić was visiting Spain from 8th to 11th May 2023, where he participated in setting up air quality sampling experiments for the WatchPlant project. The project partners from CSIC-IRNAS and CSIC-IDAEA placed tomato and ivy plants in three different air quality measuring stations located in Barcelona and Vic. These locations were selected specifically to monitor background pollution in suburban, urban, and high-traffic density areas. In a couple of months, the responses collected from plants in the experiment will be matched with data from air quality stations to create more precise models for future bio-hybrid sensors.

Author: Marko Križmančić
📢 Robotics and Blue economy Training...

Trieste, Italy - From May 15th to May 19th, robotics enthusiasts gathered for an inspiring training event. Professor Stjepan Bogdan from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering delivered a captivating lecture on the MARBLE project, while Filip Zorić conducted a tutorial on starting robots in Docker Terminal. Attendees left with valuable knowledge and newfound inspiration.

Author: LARICS
Bounding Box Conference in Osijek!

The Bounding Box Conference in Osijek was an incredible success, thanks to the outstanding organization by Protostar and the strong support of the Aerostream project. With captivating lectures, including one by Professor Bogdan titled Multi agent active perception based on Reinforcement Learning, the event surpassed all expectations. Held at the newly opened Business Centre, attendees engaged in fruitful networking and explored cutting-edge solutions. Relive the excitement at https://bounding-box.ai/ and stay tuned for future innovations!

Author: LARICS
Dario Stuhne at AIM 2023 conference
Author: LARICS
Final experiments of HEKTOR project...

The HEKTOR project recently reached an important milestone with the completion of the final experiments.

The project focused on developing algorithms for autonomous robotic tasks in agriculture and mariculture, and the focus of the latest experiments was on the autonomous suckering and spraying in vineyards located on meliorated karst terrain.

Meliorated karst, characterized by distinctive limestone and dolomite rocks, presents a major challenge for agricultural activities. The in situ testing phase of the project included a series of rigorous trials to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the developed algorithms.

These tests provided valuable insights into the real-world performance of the autonomous robotic systems and allowed the team to identify potential areas for improvement and optimization.

Author: LARICS
DroneDays2023 wrapped up!

The two days of great talks, interesting panels, excellent presentation at the company booths, combined with a casual afternoon in Boogaloo flight zone, are behind us. On a small closing ceremony held at the Alumni club at FER, professor Bogdan thanked all involved for being a part and contributing to DroneDays. Until next edition, feel free to check out the photo gallery at the DroneDays website to relive these two awesome days. Thank you all and until next time!

Author: dronedays

Like last year, we are organizing the UAV Competition at the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). The competition is organized through two phases, with the final phase being held alongside the Conference in Warsaw, Poland in June.

This year, the competition is organized by FER, LARICS and CATEC through AeroSTREAM and METRICS projects. Almost 40 teams registered for the first phase of the competition, with 15 teams submitting their solutions. 5 teams qualified for the finals in Warsaw: UMIC from Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, AIRo Lab (PAIR lab) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Carrot from Chung-Ang University, SDCN lab from York University and CVAR from Polytechnic University of Madrid. 

 

We congratulate all teams on their performance and especially to the top five teams for qualifying to the finals in Poland. See you at ICUAS'23!

Author: icuas
LARICS at Science festival 2023 in...

LARICS members participated in the Science festival held on 24th-29th of April 2023 at the Technical Museum in Zagreb. LARICS participated in two events. First, within the Robotics@FER group and supported by project AeroSTREAM, Specularia and HEKTOR, a workshop entitled "Aerial robotics for Agriculture" organized by LARICS PhD student Robert Milijaš was held. In the workshop, a brief introduction of UAV possibilities and applications in the agriculture area were presented. Also, the visitors could see UAVs in action and test their piloting skills.  Second, a lecture about the EIC Pathfinder project Watchplant, entitled "Why do plants need a smartwatch?" was held by LARICS PhD student Marko Križmančić, who is a researcher at the project. As usual, the event attracted many visitors of all ages and led to interesting discussions. Special thank goes to LARICS bachelor students for helping run the workshop - Anja Bosak, Dorian Erić and Lovro Raguž.

Author: LARICS
Pepper at the "Noc knjige"...

One of our Pepper robots was involved with the Noc knjige at our Faculty, showcasing the robot reading skills and also hosting a pub-like quiz. Noc knjige (Croatian Book Night) is an event organized every year since 2012, marking the World book day and Croatian book day, with the aim of popularisation of reading and promotion of books. Since the 2023 edition of Croatian Book Night was organized with the theme "Do robots dream of electrical books?, it was only logical for our Pepper to participate.


On April 21st 2023,  the Central library of FER, lead by Mrs. Branka Marijanovic, organized an event "Book night at FER" that included two talks about artificial intelligence, one from perspective of computer science (held by professor Marko Đurasević from FER) and the other from the more philosophical point of view (held by professor Luka Perušić from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). Our robot Pepper joined the dean, professor Bilas, in opening the event by reading a passage from "2001: A Space Odyssey", was the host of the quiz for the four high-school student teams and closed the event by reading out the laws of robotics proposed by Isaac Asimov.

Author: pepper
WatchPlant integration workshop

From 17th to 20th April 2023, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, LARICS organized an integration workshop for the project WatchPlant with project partners from the University of Konstanz and the University of Lübeck, as well as two of our master's students.

During the intense four days of focused work, the project consortium assembled a prototype heterogeneous sensor network consisting of 15 Bluetooth Low Energy, ZigBee, and LoRa devices and tested their reliability, range, power consumption, and ease of use. The workshop was successful and its results pave the way for setting up larger outdoor sensor networks later in the project.

For more information, check out the detailed report here.

 

Author: WatchPlant
ICUAS 2023 article

Dario Stuhne published an article "Design and Validation of Wireless Drone Docking Station" at ICUAS 2023 international confrerence as an exstension to previously published article Design of a Wireless Drone Recharging Station and a Special Robot End Effector for Installation on a Power Line. The articles are being made as a part of AeroSTREAM and AERIAL CORE projects. The article will be presented at the conference, the work on implementation and system upgrade will be continued.

 

 

D. Stuhne et al., "Design of a Wireless Drone Recharging Station and a Special Robot End Effector for Installation on a Power Line," in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 88719-88737, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3201351. 

Author: LARICS
LARICS at UT23

Marijana Peti attended the International Symposium Underwater technologies 2023 (UT23) from 6th until 9th of March in Tokyo, Japan, University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science. She presented an article in the environmental monitoring section: A Search Strategy and Vessel Detection in Maritime Environment Using Fixed-Wing UAVs, Marijana Peti, Ana Milas, Natko Kraševac, Marko Križmančic, Ivan Lončar, Nikola Miškovic, Stjepan Bogdan, FER, University of Zagreb.

Author: LARICS
LARICS at ERF2023

Zdenko Kovačić, Goran Vasiljević, and Antun Ivanović, from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER), made an appearance at the European Robotics Forum (ERF2023) held in Odense, Denmark from March 13th to 16th, 2023. The project AeroSTREAM and LARICS lab were showcased with a stand in the exhibition area.

ERF is Europe's largest event dedicated to robotics, featuring a wide range of topics, such as aerial robotics, artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, ethics, legal aspects, robotics in education, and entrepreneurship. The forum comprises plenary sessions with keynote speakers, technical workshops, interactive sessions, and an exhibition that displays the latest robotics technologies.

Their participation proved fruitful, resulting in the establishment of new connections within the community and opening up new collaboration opportunities with other researchers and end-users interested in aerial robotics and robotics in general.

Author: Milena Jenić
Integration experiments at Sevilla

Filip Zorić and Goran Vasiljević participated at the integration experiments in Seville and Beas de Segura in Spain from 13th-24th of February.

Author: LARICS
LARICS at WORLD FIRA 2023

Matko Orsag attended the WORLD FIRA 2023 conference from 7th-9th of February in Toulouse, France. 

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at humanoid robotics workshop

Ivan Hrabar held a humanoid robotics workshop on the 8th of February, 2023 at the Bjelovar robotics center
www.roboticki.com at the invitation of the Computer Association of Bjelovar - Bilogora County.

Author: Milena Jenić
DroneDays on HRT's show!

prof. Stjepan Bogdan, vice-dean for research and innovation at FER, recently presented the 3rd edition of DroneDays on HRT’s show! 🎉

 

 

Author: Milena Jenić
REGISTRATIONS FOR THE THIRD EDITION...

Registrations for the third edition of aerial vehicles end-user workshop DroneDays 2023 are ready!
Don’t miss out!
Interesting lectures aerial vehicles end-user workshop, are now open! The third edition of DroneDays will be held 5th of May 2023 at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.
The registration package includes accreditation with access to all events (lectures, demonstrations in the flying zone, exhibition, coffee breaks, snack zone) and workshop materials. The number of registered participants is limited.

You can buy tickets here!

Author: Milena Jenić
SAVE THE DATE: DRONEDAYS 2023

DroneDays 2023 is back again! The workshop is going to take place in Zagreb (Croatia) on the 4th and 5th of May 2023 at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The programme is yet to be confirmed. Please check this webpage regularly for all the updates as well as the programme and registration details.

Author: Milena Jenić
HEKTOR in Ljubljana

Dario Stuhne and Ivan Hrabar participated in the international workshop "From MVP to first customers", which was held in the Ljubljana University Incubator from 23rd of January until 5th of February 2023. The workshop was filled with rich programme of lectures and networking. At the workshop the vineyard robot VIV of the HEKTOR project was presented as a potential for commercialization.
 

Author: Milena Jenić
WatchPlant meeting in Stuttgart

On 24th-26th of January 2023, WatchPlant meeting was held in Sttutgart. LARICS members prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Krizmančić presented the achievements from FER. The project received excellent feedback from reviewers and the project officer, thus the team continues with its work. The plan for the next goals was presented.

Author: Milena Jenić
AVYONX on BRIGHT FUTURE conference

At the 4th conference on new technologies, robotization and automation in industry and construction CROATIA 4.0 - BRIGHT FUTURE prof. Stjepan Bogdan and Jurica Goričanec presented FER's 'SPIN-OFF' AVYONX AND AUTONOMOUS INSPECTION PROJECT of WIND PLANT WITH UAVS.

Author: Milena Jenić
FER professors made a Christmas...

On Thursday, December 22, your favorite professors made a real Christmas spectacle! The last evening of the humanitarian advent week at KSET was brightened up by bands with FER professors and staff performing. The bands played a selection of Christmas classics and other hits. After the bands finished their performance, the Disco section of KSET kept up the dance floor atmosphere. We want to thank all of you for making this event so special, and wish you happy holidays from LARICS! 

Author: Milena Jenić
FER professors play at a humanitarian...

FER professors play at...
1, 2, 3 and play professor!

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

 

Author: Milena Jenić
The return of "Christmas Robot...

🤖🤖 The robots are returning to the Cultural Information Center Maskimir!!!! Our Christmas robot party will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 in the large hall of the Center, Švarcova 18, from 12 to 8 p.m.!!! 🤖🤖 

  

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at FER open day

On Saturday, November 26, 2022, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing opened its doors to all those who are interested in scientific research, advanced technologies, and applications of these technologies in everyday life! Members of LARICS were also there showing a series of scientific research and projects. Among them were project WatchPlant, Hektor, and many others. A new project, Aerostream was also intorduced.  

Author: Milena Jenić
Zdenko Kovačić, winner of...

We are proud to announce that the winner of this year's "Nikola Tesla" award 2022 for exceptional scientific and professional contribution in the field of robotics and automation is none other than our Zdenko Kovačić. The prize is awarded by the Croatian section of the IEEE. 

Author: Milena Jenić
THE HEKTOR PROJECT AT CROAGRO 2022

The HEKTOR project at the International Fair of Agriculture, Agricultural Equipment and Machinery CroAGRO 2022, which will be held from December 1 to 4, 2022, at the Zagreb Fair. The HEKTOR project will be at the Croatian Association of Innovators. On Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Velesajam, there will be a workshop for winegrowers and winemakers: HEKTOR Robotic system for spraying and removing saplings in vineyards.

Author: Milena Jenić

Project HEKTOR will be presented at Zagreb VINOcom 2022 (Zagreb International Wine and Culinary Festival). The festival will be held form 27th until 28th of November 2022 in hotel Esplanade Zagreb. At the festival on 27th of November a HEKTOR workshop will be held at 11 h. 

Author: Milena Jenić

Goran Vasiljević and Antonella Barišić attendet the  #IEEE SSRR conference in Seville, Spain, where they presented the work of the entire research group of the NATO project MARCUS. The presented paper was one of the four finalists for the best paper award. Goran Vasiljević presented the following article: 3D Model-Based Nondestructive Scanning of Reactor Pressure Vessels with 6DoF Robotic Arms. 

 

 

G. Vasiljević, V. Brkić, Ž. Postružin and Z. Kovačić, "3D Model-Based Nondestructive Scanning of Reactor Pressure Vessels with 6DoF Robotic Arms," 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), Sevilla, Spain, 2022, pp. 102-109, doi: 10.1109/SSRR56537.2022.10018751.

Author: Milena Jenić
PROF. ZDENKO KOVAČIĆ AT BIOMEDVETMECH...

At the international meeting 1ST EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF BIOMEDICAL AND VETERINARY ENGINEERING – BIOMEDVETMECH 2022, held from 20-22.10. 2022 in Zagreb, Prof. Z. Kovačić held on 20.10. within the Medical Robotics keynote lecture section entitled “Robotics in Medicine – Projects of Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS).” In it, he spoke about the results of research on the ADORA and Radiochirurgia – Rays of Hope projects, as well as internal research on the use of humanoid robots to assist medical personnel in providing care and health care and to assist during the performance of hand physical therapy exercises.

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at International Conference on...

Dario Stuhne, Jelena Vuletić and Filip Zorić attended the International Conference on Smart Systems and Technologies (SST) which was held from 19th – 20th of October in Osijek. Dario Stuhne presented Automated Suckering of Vines with a Mobile Robot and a Torque-controlled Suckering Tool (Hektor), Jelena Vuletić presented Procedural generation of synthetic dataset for robotic applications in sweet pepper cultivation (Specularia). Filip Zorić presented Towards intuitive HMI for UAV control (Aerial Core) for which he was awarded with Best Paper Award.

Author: Milena Jenić
Invitation to the interactive lecture...

The Young Professionals Interest Group, the Robotics and Automation Department (RA24) of the Croatian IEEE Section and the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS, Aerostream project) invite you to an interactive lecture: 
 
Run the bot in a Docker container 
 
which will be held by Filip Zorić, mag. ing. from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in hall A-211. 
 
The lecture is in Croatian, and the expected duration is 60 minutes. The lecture is open to anyone interested, and we especially invite undergraduate and graduate students. To participate, you need to register using the form. The number of places is limited. 
 
If you want to actively participate in the lecture, please bring your own computer with a charged battery and a Linux operating system. 
 
Read more information about the lecture and the lecturer in the more detailed content of the notification. 
 
The idea of ​​the interactive lecture is to familiarize you with the basic concepts of the Docker system for virtualization. The goal of the lecture is to install Docker and perform all the necessary steps to start a simple robot with ROS2. It is necessary to bring your own computer with a charged battery and a Linux operating system to the lecture. 

Author: Milena Jenić
prof. Stjepan Bogdan AI2FUTURE2022...

prof. Stjepan Bogdan held a lecture at AI2FUTURE2022 conference held from 13th –14th of October 2022, Zagreb where he presented ideas and results of od project WATCHPLANT

Author: Milena Jenić
AeroSTREAM Kick-off Meeting

On September 22, 2022, a successful kick-off meeting for the AeroSTREAM project was held at the Hotel International in Zagreb. The AeroSTREAM project is a Horizon Europe project coordinated by UNIZG-FER and covers the field of aerial systems for forestry, agriculture and logistics. Project Officer Agne Dobranskyte-Niskota welcomed the attendees and wished us a successful project start. The consortium went through the work planned in work packages and prepared a plan for the first year.

Author: Tamara Petrović
LARICS members at HRF 2022

Jelena Vuletić and Matko Orsag participated in the "15th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics" conference in Delft, the Netherlands. Jelena Vuletić presented the paper "Robotic strawberry flower treatment based on deep-learning vision", in which the method for automatic image annotation, A3IA, was presented. 

Author: Milena Jenić
PROF. ZDENKO KOVAČIĆ IN RTL DIREKT SHOW

Zdenko Kovačić participated in the RTL Direct show where, at the invitation of editor Mojmira Pastorčić, he gave a short interview on the subject of the public presentation of the humanoid robot Optimus by the world-famous innovator and entrepreneur Elon Musk. , which he claims will be produced and sold in millions for roughly $20,000.

For more information, read the article, while you can watch the interview here.

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS' students receive 2022...

Mirta Čolić, Iva Hrastnik, Luka Karniš, Andro Katanec, Lovro Pliskovac and Dominik Sekula, mentored by assoc. prof. Matko Orsag and with help of assistant Jelena Vuletić, won the award for their work ‘digitalization system based on photogrammetry: “SimplyDigitize”

The abstract of their work is available on this link.  An example of use case of this system on a collection of stuffed animals can be seen on this link

Congratulations to the students and their mentors! 

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at fashion show

On the 13th of September 2022, LARICS participated in an unusual setting for robotics - a fashion show. The first independent fashion show by Croatian fashion brand Klisab, FALLFALL6, featured three spherical robots developed in collaboration between LARICS from FER at the University of Zagreb, TU Delft in the Netherlands, and Croatian artist Hrvoje Hiršl. To find out more about the project, check out our earlier post here, and for pictures and more information about the show and Klisab, visit their Facebook page. A short video of the show is available on YouTube.

 

Author of photograph: Karla Juric / @ninetofivestudio

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS researcher Marko Križmančić at...

ACM International Conference on Information Technology for Social Good (GoodIT) 2022 was held on September 07th - 09th in Limassol, Cyprus. LARICS researcher Marko Križmančić attended the conference and presented the paper "Distributed Connectivity Control in Bio-Hybrid Wireless Sensor Networks" (Marko Križmančić, Tim-Lucas Rabbel, Eduard Buss, Mostafa Wahby, Heiko Hamann, Stjepan Bogdan).

We are proud to announce that another paper, "PhytoNodes for Environmental Monitoring: Stimulus Classification based on Natural Plant Signals in an Interactive Energy-efficient Bio-hybrid System" (Eduard Buss, Tim-Lucas Rabbel, Viktor Horvat, Marko Krizmancic, Stjepan Bogdan, Mostafa Wahby, Heiko Hamann), presented by Eduard Buss and co-authored by LARICS members won the best paper award sponsored by MDPI “Sensors”. Congratulations!

Author: Milena Jenić

LARICS PhD student Dario Stuhne published an article Design of a Wireless Drone Recharging Station and a Special Robot End Effector for Installation on a Power Line in scientific journal IEEE Access on 29th of August 2022.

 

 

D. Stuhne et al., "Design of a Wireless Drone Recharging Station and a Special Robot End Effector for Installation on a Power Line," in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 88719-88737, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3201351. 

Author: Milena Jenić
Jutarnji list feature

On 11th of August 2022, the local newspaper Jutarnji list featured a story about the project SubCULTron from Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST) and new project HEKTOR. Project subCULTron was a large Obzor2020 project worth almost four million euros led by prof. Nikola Mišković. The goal of the project was to create a flock of underwater robots composed of different platforms. It also brought together researchers from the University of Graz, the Free University of Brussels, the Swiss company Cybertronica Research, a non-profit research organization from France, and the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna University, the CORILA consortium from Italy. LABUST collaborated on the project with another FER laboratory, LARICS, which specializes in robotics and intelligent systems and is led by Stjepan Bogdan. Through the project, in Croatia alone, around 15 underwater robot experts have been created. The project is undergoing the process of commercialization.  

The full article is available here, while the pdf version can be downloaded here (in Croatian).   

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS researchers at AeroStream...

Four LARICS researchers Jurica Goričanec, Lovro Marković Marijana Peti and Filip Zorić attended the AeroStream Summer School 2022 on multi robot systems held from 1st to 4th of August at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. A few lectures were from top academic researchers in the field of robotics, such as Anibal Ollero, Konstantinos Alexis, Martin Saska, etc. Each day a rich networking program was provided after the lectures in the form of social dinners and sightseeing trips. 

Author: Milena Jenić
Interview with role models –...

As a part of project Caliper, an interview was published, with LARICS Lab assistant professor Ph.D. Tamara Petrović. The goal of the interview is to promote horizontal principles, equality, and representation of women scientists at the university and their involvement in projects. 

 

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at WatchPlant  General Assembly

LARICS members Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Krizmančić participated at the 4th WatchPlant General assembly held from 13th-14th of July 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden, where all partners presented activities carried out during the last six months. The review meeting of the project WatchPlant was held on the 15th of July 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden. At the meeting activities from the beginning of the project were presented to the representatives of the European commission. The project received excellent feedback from reviewers and the project officer, thus the team continues with its work.  

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS member Dario Stuhne at AIM...

On 14th of July LARICS team researcher Dario Stuhne attended the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM2022) conference that was held from 11th-15th of July in hybrid form in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The article "Design and Prototyping of Soft Finger AI-enabled Hand (SofIA)" was presented as a part of Specularia project. 

 

Author: Milena Jenić
2nd review meeting of Aerial Core...

Filip Zoric, Stjepan Bogdan and Goran Vasiljevic participated at 2nd review meeting of the Aerial Core project that was held in Lausanne, Switzerland and which was held during week 4th to 8th July 2022. The consortium presented the results of AERIAL-CORE's second period, performing demonstrations at EPFL, as well as streaming demonstrations from US, CTU, UT and Donecle.

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at innovation Days conference...

On July 2nd LARICS researchers Jelena Vuletić, Marijana Peti and Dario Stuhne attended the Innovation Day conference THINK BIG. They demonstrated manipulation of objects of irregular shapes with soft robotic hand (SOFIA) from project SPECULARIA and a smart biohybrid system for controlling and monitoring plants as a part of WATCH PLANT project.

          

At the conference 20 international and Croatian faculties and companies from the tech industry had an opportunity to present their innovations and projects to students from all over Croatia. The conference was held at Alpha Centauri campus organized by Infobip and STEMI as a part of “Škola budućnosti” project.  

More about the project “Škola budućnosti” you can find here

Read more news about the event in other media:  

https://magazin.hrt.hr/znanost-tehnologija/neki-od-osnovnoskolaca-u-buducnosti-baviti-poslovima-koji-jos-ne-postoje-8286187 

https://www.rtl.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/spoj-tehnologije-i-obrazovanja-izgleda-pun-je-pogodak-na-danima-inovacija-najvise-su-uzivali-najmladi-40b0ee0c-fa35-11ec-8a0c-8eb0c9ac1191 
https://www.24sata.hr/news/dan-inovacija-klinci-iz-cijele-hrvatske-zabavljali-se-uz-ai-robotiku-virtualnu-stvarnost-845957 
https://www.vecernji.hr/techsci/zelimo-kod-djece-potaknuti-think-big-mindset-i-motivirati-ih-da-kreiraju-bolju-buducnost-1599309 
https://www.istra24.hr/it-tech/dan-inovacija-u-infobipovom-kampusu-spojio-tehnolosku-zajednicu-s-ucenicima-i-uciteljima-iz-cijele-hrvatske 
https://www.netokracija.com/dan-inovacija-u-infobipovom-kampusu-196510 
https://www.bug.hr/obrazovanje/dan-inovacija-spojio-tehnolosku-zajednicu-s-ucenicima-i-uciteljima-iz-cijele-28050 
https://www.poslovni.hr/sci-tech/nasi-ucenici-u-par-mjeseci-izradili-chatbot-pa-to-se-uci-godinama-4344017 
https://www.srednja.hr/novosti/tehnologije-buducnosti-u-skolama-djeca-ce-u-svojim-ucionicama-napraviti-pametne-vrtove/ 

Author: Milena Jenić
Prof. Stjepan Bogdan at ERF2022

On 28th of June 2022 professor Stjepan Bogdan presented Autonomous inspection of wind turbines by unmanned UAV as a part of the workshop Application of Robotics in Sustainability and Environmental Aspects held at the European Robotics Forum (ERF2022).

 

    

The forum was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from 28th-30th of June 2022. It is one of the most influential events for the robotics and artificial intelligence community in Europe. This year's theme was Sustainability, where high level speakers from industry, knowledge institutes and government shared their vision on the various sustainability topics.

 

            

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Author: Milena Jenić
Students at ARIAC competition

In summer semester of the academic year 2021/2022 students Marija Piliškić, Denis Đurašinović, Filip Pušnik, Josip Ante Kozulić and Filip Karaj participated in the ARIAC competition organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  The focus of the competition is testing the agility of industrial robot systems, with the goal of enabling industrial robots to be more productive and more autonomous. In Gazebo simulator the infrastructure for the production of ventilators was constructed, and two robot arms UR10 which autonomously did given tasks of kitting and assembly. After solving kinematics and elementary moving of robots, the team implemented a system which solves agility challenges like flipped part, faulty product, high-priority orders, human obstacles, and what to do if sensors are faulty.

Various teams from Chinese Academy of Sciences, universities from USA, laboratories from Sri Lanka and South America participated in the competition, and our students successfully passed the first part of the competition and qualified for the finals. In the final, they won a high 6th place.

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS lab at ICUAS  conference

This year's international ICUAS conference on Unmanned Aircraft systems was held in Dubrovnik from 21st until 24th of June 2022. The main theme of the conference had two aspects: aerial robotics and navigation, and control of manned-unmanned systems. In addition to excellent organization and a handful of content, this year's conference was the first time a student UAV competition was held. One of the organizers of the conference was LARICS (Laboratory for robotics and intelligent control systems) lab.  

 

The conference was fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, a non-profit organization. The platinum sponsor was the Technical Innovation institute. Technical co-sponsors were the IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and IEEE, Mediterranean Control Association. Sponsors of the UAV competition were Croatia Control Ltd. (CCL)., F4F Fly4Future, Info-kod, special sponsors: Army Research Office, academic sponsors: University of Denver, the University of South-Eastern Norway and University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. In total 292 participants took part in the conference, of which 233 were live, including 5 keynote speakers and 16 volunteers, 63 students and 121 full-time researchers, and 59 in virtual form.  

  

The excellent atmosphere at the conference can be seen in our photo gallery. 

 

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS members presented articles on...

Three members of the LARICS lab Ana Batinovic, Antun Ivanović, Lovro Marković and Goran Vasiljević attended the international ICUAS conference on Unmanned Aircraft systems that was held in Dubrovnik from 21st until 24th of June 2022. The main theme of the conference had two aspects: aerial robotics and navigation, and control of manned-unmanned systems.

Ana Batinovic presented "Path Planning with Potential Field-Based Obstacle Avoidance in a 3D Environment by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle"

Antun Ivanović presented "Render-in-the-loop Aerial Robotics Simulator: Case Study on Yield Estimation in Indoor Agriculture"

Lovro Marković presented "Error State Extended Kalman Filter Multi-Sensor Fusion for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Localization in GPS and Magnetometer Denied Indoor Environments"

Goran Vasiljevic presented "Validation of Two-Wire Power Line UAV Localization Based on the Magnetic Field Strengt".

 

 

 

 

A. Batinovic, J. Goricanec, L. Markovic and S. Bogdan, "Path Planning with Potential Field-Based Obstacle Avoidance in a 3D Environment by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle," 2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 2022, pp. 394-401, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS54217.2022.9836159. 

A. Ivanovic, M. Polic, J. Tabak and M. Orsag, "Render-in-the-loop Aerial Robotics Simulator: Case Study on Yield Estimation in Indoor Agriculture," 2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 2022, pp. 787-793, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS54217.2022.9836121. 

L. Marković, M. Kovač, R. Milijas, M. Car and S. Bogdan, "Error State Extended Kalman Filter Multi-Sensor Fusion for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Localization in GPS and Magnetometer Denied Indoor Environments," 2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 2022, pp. 184-190, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS54217.2022.9836124. 

G. Vasiljević, D. Martinović, M. Batoš and S. Bogdan, "Validation of two-wire power line UAV localization based on the magnetic field strength," 2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 2022, pp. 434-441, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS54217.2022.9836106.

Author: Milena Jenić
Aerial Core workshop at ICUAS conference

As part of the 2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), LARICS team organized Aerial Core workshop named “Aerial Core – boosting the adoption of aerial robotics in real-world applications”. The workshop was attended by more than 20 participants, including representatives from electric power companies from Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Author: Milena Jenić
Aerial manipulation integration...

Goran Vasiljevic visited Spain from 8th to 16th June 2022 where he participated at integration of Main Local-Manipulation Platform (MLMP), developed within the Aerial Core project. MLMP consists of end-effector for installation of recharging station developed by LARICS, robotic arm developed by CREATE and aerial platform developed by CATEC. After successful indoor experiments at CATEC in Seville, the experiments continued outdoor in Atlas Tactical Center at Beas de Segura.

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS researchers on IAS conference

LARICS researchers Jelena Vuletić and Marijana Peti attended the 17th Intelligent Autonomous systems (IAS-17) conference held from 13th-16th of June in Zagreb, Croatia. 

 

    

Jelena Vuletić presented an article Towards Synthetic Data: Dealing with the Texture-Bias in Sim2real Learning.  
 

Marijana Peti presented Multi-agent Coordination based on POMDPs and Consensus for Active Perception

             

Tabak, J., Polić, M. and Orsag, M., Towards Synthetic Data: Dealing with the Texture-Bias in Sim2real Learning (2021), in 2021 17th Intelligent Autonomous systems (IAS-17) conference.  

Petric F., Peti M. and Bogdan S., Multi-agent Coordination based on POMDPs and Consensus for Active Perception (2021), in 2021 17th Intelligent Autonomous systems (IAS-17) conference. 

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at ICRA 2022 in Philadelphia, USA

LARICS researchers Antonella Barisic and Ana Batinovic attended 2022 ICRA - International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Philadelphia, USA. The largest in-person robotics conference was held May 23-27 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Antonella Barisic presented the paper “Sim2Air - Synthetic Aerial Dataset for UAV Monitoring” (A. Barisic, F. Petric, S. Bogdan).

Ana Batinovic presented the paper  “A Shadowcasting-Based Next-Best-View Planner for Autonomous 3D Exploration” (A. Batinovic, A. Ivanovic, T. Petrovic, S. Bogdan).

The presentations were followed by a poster session. Our researchers also participated in the "RAS Lunch with Leaders” and “Women in Engineering" events.

The papers can be found on the Publications page and the video materials are available on our Youtube channel.

                                                                      

Author: Antonella Barišić Kulaš
AeRoTwin project - final review meeting

Last week, on Tuesday, 24th of May 2022, we had a final review meeting for the AeRoTwin project, where we reported to the project officer Mr. Antonio Scarafino and the external reviewer Mrs. Jolanta Mallon on all the activities done within the project. The overall assessment of the project was very positive, and both the project officer and the external reviewer gave us valuable feedback on what could be done to better disseminate and report the project results.

As this is the last official event for the project, we would like to thank our project partners Aerial Robotics Lab from the Imperial College London, Technological Corporation of Andalusia - CTA and Robotics, Vision and Control Group from the University of Seville for their great efforts in making the AeRoTwin project a real success story. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to new such opportunities in the future!

Author: Tamara Petrović
Prof. Stjepan Bogdan keynote speaker...

Professor Stjepan Bogdan held the main lecture about Unmanned Aerial System for Inspection and Maintenance of Industrial and Civil Structure a the Aerial and Space Robotics workshop held on the 1st of June at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The workshop was organized by AFRL-UNM Agile Manufacturing (AgMan) Lab. A concise summary of the lecture can be found here. 

 

   

 

Author: Milena Jenić
Jutarnji list feature on the project...

On 26th of May 2022, the local newspaper Jutarnji list featured a story about the art installation called “Is this life?”. Croatian artist Hrvoje Hiršl, who had conceived the idea behind the installation and is the project initiator, has been closely collaborating with the University of TU Delft in Netherlands and the LARICS lab from FER at the University of Zagreb. The Universities provided technical and engineering support for implementing the artistic ideas envisioned in the project. LARICS member Marko Krizmančić oversaw the development and control of a spherical robot. Marko applied the expertise from his previous work on spherical robots for which he was awarded a Rector’s award together with Antonella Barišić. The team from LARICS was led by assistant professor Tamara Petrović Ph.D. 

The full article is available here, while the pdf version can be downloaded here (in Croatian). 

*Author of photographs: Goran Mehkek/Cropix

   

                         <p>Hrvoje Hiršl, umjetnik i voditelj umjetničkog projekta ”Je li ovo život?”</p>          image

Author: Milena Jenić
AGRO ARCA 2022: FER innovations win...

At the 13th international fair in agriculture, food industry and agricultural mechanization AGRO ARCA 2022, two FERs innovations won the highest prizes. 

The Autonomous catamaran for aquaculture secured the highest award “Grand Prix” for the authors Nadir Kapetanović, mag. ing., doc. dr. sc. Đula Nađa, Nikica Kokir, mag. ing., Martin Oreč, mag. ing., Kristijan Krčmar, mag. ing. i prof. dr. sc. Nikola Mišković. 

Heterogeneous robotic system, whose authors are Ivo Vatavuk, mag. ing., Marko Cukon, Dario Stuhne, mag. ing., Ivan Hrabar, mag. ing., Jurica Goričanec, mag. ing. i prof. dr. sc. Zdenko Kovačić, was awarded with the Golden medal.  

The president of Croatian community of innovators prof. dr. sc. Miljenko Šimpraga, in his speech emphasized the importance of innovations in agriculture as well as the significance of collaboration with the academic community.  

The 13th international fair in agriculture, food industry and agricultural mechanization AGRO ARCA 2022 took place from 13th-15th of May 2022. The fair was organized by Croatian community of innovators and city of Prelog. On the fair participated 130 presenters from 11 countries. In total, 16 gold, 18 silver and 21 bronze medals were divided into categories of junior and senior innovators. 

Author: Milena Jenić
The story about LARICS in the student...

Laboratory for robotics and intelligent control systems (LARICS) was featured in the student papers Global. LARICS is the first official experimental laboratory at the FER, established in 2011. The team consists of 24 members, including 4 professors, 4 postdoctoral researchers and 16 Ph.D. candidates, led by Professor Zdenko Kovačić.   

Discover how they inspire students with a variety of different experiments and projects, and how the application of their solutions is changing the industry in the article “FER-ovi vizionari motiviraju studente i mijenaju svijet.” 

 

 

Author: Milena Jenić
LARICS at Croatian Science Festival

After two challenging COVID years, the annual Croatian Science Festival, an event aiming to bring science closer to the general public, finally took place live and in all its glory from 2nd to 7th May 2022. The main theme of this year's festival was celebrating and learning everything about life. Topics ranged from its definition to its preservation, from molecular biology, chemistry and psychology to advanced technologies and beyond. As our lives are quickly becoming unimaginable without robots, LARICS also participated as part of the robotics@fer.hr brand in collaboration with LABUST and LAMOR.

Jelena Vuletić, Marijana Peti, Dario Stuhne, Marko Križmančić, Matko Orsag and Stjepan Bogdan prepared an interactive exhibition to showcase two fascinating projects that aim to improve life through smart agriculture and better environmental monitoring: Specularia and WatchPlant. Marko also gave a presentation on the WatchPlant project, including its mission, concept, and current technological advances.

More photos from the festival can be found in the gallery.

Author: Stjepan Bogdan
Integration experiments at EPFL

From 15th to 20th May 2022 Filip Zoric and Goran Vasiljevic visited EPFL in Switzerland, where they participated in integration activities of Aerial Core project. Human machine interface developed by LARICS was successfully integrated with fixed wing-rotary wing UAV developed by EPFL.

Author: Milena Jenić
Prof. Bogdan elected FER vice-dean...

We are pleased to announce that our Professor Stjepan Bogdan has been elected as the new FER vice-dean for Research and Innovation. His mandate will start in October this year.

We wish him the best of luck in his new role! :D

https://www.fer.unizg.hr/novosti?@=2vntn

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Marsela Polic awarded...

April 12, 2022 - Natalia Ivanjko, Katarina Mužina, Ana Novačić, and Marsela Polić are this year's scholarship holders of the National Scholarship Program "For Women in Science" organized by L’Oréal Adria and the Croatian Commission for UNESCO at the Ministry of Culture and Media.

The scholarship program has been running in Croatia for sixteen years, and by decision of leading Croatian scientists, four scholarships in the amount of 5,000 euros are awarded to the four best Croatian scientists under 35 from the field of natural sciences, including interdisciplinary fields, which are in the final year of their Ph.D. studies.

Congratulations Marsela!

More info on the link: https://min-kulture.gov.hr/vijesti-8/svecano-dodijeljene-stipendije-nacionalnog-programa-stipendiranja-za-zene-u-znanosti/22187

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Marsela Polic defended her doctoral...

On March 11, 2022 LARICS researcher Marsela Polić successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. Marsela’s thesis is entitled “Soft robotic manipulation in agrotechnical procedures based on machine and deep learning”.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Short term visit by Antun Ivanović...

Antun Ivanović and Lovro Marković (UNIZG FER) visited the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) for a week in February 2022. While at the facilities, they worked closely with Prof. Mirko Kovac (ICL), EMPA researchers David Häusermann​, Fabian Wiesemüller​, and Cedric Portmann, and ICL researchers Bahadir Kocer, Lachlan Orr, and Oscar Pang.

They have continued the collaboration established by Bahadir Kocer's visit to UNIZG FER in February 2020. The team is collaborating on the development of an aerial robotics team for autonomous construction. They are developing planning and control algorithms and exploring new materials and adhesives to enable efficient and robust autonomous construction with a team of drones.

During their stay, they have been working on integrating aerial systems from the two groups and preparing for ICL's upcoming visit to UNIZG FER for further experimental verification in preparation for a joint publication.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
LARICS at IFAM 2022, B2B Trade fair...

LARICS has participated at IFAM 2022, B2B Trade fair Robotics in Ljubljana 15.02.-17.02.22. which is the only event in Slovenia and the CEE region that dedicates to robotics and unmanned systems. Robotics is tailor-made for exhibitors and gives them a platform for presenting their range of robot technologies in both industrial and service robot sectors. Prof. Zdenko Kovačić has come with its team, researchers Ivan Hrabar, mag.ing. and Ivo Vatavuk, mag.ing. and project manager Vlatka Kovačević. LARICS had one of the most visited booths. It was very attractive with a mobile manipulator which was „spraying the vineyard“ and there was an automated guided vehicle, forklift the product of spin-off company Romb Technologies. The automated guided forklift is produced in collaboration with the company VAR d.o.o.

More photos from the fair are available in the gallery.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Short term visit by Vlatka Kovačević...

During Staff Exchange 2, Research Plan, the LARICS team visited partner CTA and US facilities. LARICS Project Manager Vlatka Kovačević met with the Project partner CTA (Technological Corporation of Andalusia) Head of Aerospace Sector Silvia de los Santos and Consultant Marta Marcias and Communication Department Officers Marisol Castro Rey and Natalia Gutierrez Roa.

The goal of this short-term visit was to provide UNIZG-FER project management staff with direct insight into administrative processes in CTA that are related to innovation management and technology transfer. Vlatka has also with Silvia and LARICS Team (Robert Milijaš and Marko Križmančić) visited CATEC (Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies).

The main outcome of this trip was the enhancement of the reputation, attractiveness, and networking channels of LARICS and raising the profile of its staff thanks to knowledge exchange (best practices, lessons learned).

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Short term visit by Marko Križmančić...

In the last series of visits in the AeroTwin staff exchange program, LARICS PhD students Marko Križmančić and Robert Milijaš spent three weeks at the University of Seville (USE), Spain from January 15 to February 6. They were working at the Department for Systems and Automatic Engineering under the supervision of Professor José Ramiro Martinez de Dios. Marko worked on designing a new mission planning algorithm for multi-robot systems with the help of USE professor Ivan Maza, while Robert compared the SLAM algorithms and hardware used by the GRVC group at USE to the approaches used in LARICS. During the exchange, several fruitful meetings were held which resulted in plans for future scientific publications.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Barbara Arbanas Ferreira defended her...

On February 7, 2022 LARICS researcher Barbara Arbanas Ferreira successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and received a Doctor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Barbara’s thesis was entitled “Decentralized mission planning for heterogeneous robotic teams based on hierarchical task representation”.

The thesis was co-supervised by Prof. Stjepan Bogdan (UNIZG FER) and Prof. José Ramiro Martinez de Dios (USE).

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
Christmas robot party

The Advent fever did not bypass the robots and drones that occupied the Maksimir Center for Culture and Information at Švarcova 18 on Wednesday, December 22, from 1 pm to 8 pm, and served visitors hot drinks and Christmas treats!

Our lab members introduced visitors to robots Franka, Pepper, Kinova, and Schunk in the Advent house in front of the Center who rolled up their sleeves to warm the visitors in these cold days and brighten the upcoming holidays.

Robots prepared and served hot drinks and Christmas treats, and at the same time in front of the Center, there were presentations of robots intended for primary and secondary school students where they learned firsthand how robots can communicate with plants and learn how to fly drones.

Pupils could also drive robots and make a 2D map or find out how artificial intelligence can warn us in a cheap and environmentally friendly way about the quality of air, soil, and water in our environment. They also learned how robots and plants communicate with each other and how a 3D model of a building model can be made with a drone.

Four parallel workshops were conducted during the entire day: LIDAR workshop, WatchPlant workshop, ASAP/ENCORE workshop, HEKTOR workshop.

More photos from the event are available in the gallery.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
LARICS at WatchPlant General Assembly

The LARICS members Stjepan Bogdan and Marko Križmančić participated in the 3th WatchPlant General Assembly, which took place from 13th to 14th December, 2021, in Seville. During the meeting, the LARICS team presented results of the project activities that have been carried out in our laboratory during the last six months.

Author: Stjepan Bogdan
LARICS at AerialCore General Meeting

The LARICS members Zdenko Kovačić, Stjepan Bogdan and Goran Vasiljević participated in the 5th Aerial Core General Meeting, which took place from 9th to 10th November, 2021, in Zurich. During the meeting, the LARICS team presented project activities that have been carried out in our laboratory during the last six months.

Author: Stjepan Bogdan
LARICS at BIOCentar

As a part of "Introduction to the Project Management" seminar, organized by Bicro BIOCentar, Zagreb, on October 26, 2021, prof. Bogdan presented LARICS experience in the scientific projects management. Some tips and tricks in a project proposal writing has been shared with the audience as well.

Author: Stjepan Bogdan
AeroTwin project presented at Horizon...

As part of the national InfoDay on Horizon Europe Widening program, that was held on-line on October 28, 2021, prof. Bogdan presented the H2020 AeroTwin project, as an example of a very successful implementation of the project within the widening program. During the presentation prof. Bogdan shared with the participants his experiences in coordinating the twinning project and writing proposals.  

Author: Stjepan Bogdan
Prof. Bogdan at CRO-Industry 4.0

Prof. Stjepan Bogdan attended on October 28, 2021,  3rd Conference on New Technologies, Robotization and Automatization in Industry and Buildings - Hrvatska 4.0 organised by Energetika MarketingThe conference, that was related to the social and economic changes that are faster and greater than ever due to the implementation of new technologies and solutions, was held in Zagreb. Prof. Bogdan has been invited to presented H2020 project Watchplant.

Author: Stjepan Bogdan
Trend and Innovation Network Dialogue...

Trend and Innovation Network Dialogue Meeting - Automation & Robotics workshop was held on Thursday, October 7, 2021. On that occasion, Prof. Zdenko Kovačić held a presentation on "Review of research in the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems", and then participated in the round table.

The workshop was organized by the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO), as part of the project "Central Europe Upstreaming for Policy Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 towards 2030 - CEUP2030".

Author: Ana Golec
Prof. Kovačić at Robotics - From...

Prof. Zdenko Kovačić attended on October 6, 2021 a conference "Robotics - From Workshop to Market" organised by the Embassy of Italy. The conference was related to the event "Industry Challenges 4.0: Research, Innovation and New Technologies as Tools to Increase Business Competitiveness", held in April last year in Zagreb. Prof. Kovačić participated as a member of a round table.

The conference was held at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) of the University of Zagreb and focused on three important topics: the use of robotics and advanced automation in the manufacturing industry and related services; the impact of training systems and research activities on innovation and entrepreneurship; as well as promoting a support and guidance framework for researchers, innovators and companies introducing advanced technologies. 

Author: Ana Golec
DroneDays 2021 successfully finalized

Project partners finally gathered for the 2nd edition of DroneDays 2021 that took place in Biograd na Moru, Croatia. The aerial robotics workshop was held on the 4th and 5th of October, organized by LARICS team. Each partner participated by giving lectures and presenting their work through tutorials and hands-on implementing project activities.

Expert lectures were given by:

  • Prof. Mirko Kovac (ICL) on Multi-modal Aerial Robotics for Environmental Sensing and Construction
  • Prof. José Ramiro Martines de Dios (USE) on Heterogenous Aerial Robot Cooperation for Inspection and Maintenance

Tutorials and hands-on were given by:

  • Silvia de los Santos (CTA) on Technology Transfer Actions and Key aspects for the creation of a successful spin-off
  • André Farinha, Constança Rosas and Mirko Kovac (ICL) on The intricacies of looking underwater with a drone – A dual agent system for aerial and underwater operations
  • Ashutosh Choubey (ICL) on Commercialisation of university based R&D projects
  • Julio L. Paneque and Raúl Tapia (USE) on Heterogeneous Robot Cooperation

The event was successful with 90 registered participants, 16 lectures, 6 demonstration flights, and 200 visitors of the exhibition area where 7 companies presented their products and services. 

Photos of the event are available in the gallery of the DroneDays official website.

Author: Ana Golec
MIPRO 2021

At this year’s edition of MIPRO 2021 – International Convention on Information, Communication and Electronic Technology, Prof. Zdenko Kovačić presented the paper “Collecting information for biomass estimation in mariculture with a heterogeneous robotic system” (Rezo, M.; Čagalj K. M.; Kovačić, Z.).

HEKTOR’s researcher Ivan Hrabar presented the paper “Towards Autonomous Navigation of a Mobile Manipulator in a Steep Slope Vineyard” (Hrabar, I.; Goričanec, J.; Kovačić, Z.).

The conference was held in hybrid form from September 27 to October 1, with live sessions in Opatija, Croatia.

Author: Ana Golec
Elementary School Eugen Kvaternik...

On Friday, 1 October 2021, a group of eight upper-grade students from the Elementary School Eugen Kvaternik in Velika Gorica visited the LARICS lab accompanied by their informatics teacher Dalija Kager.

The students had the opportunity to see LARICS’ labs, 3D printers in action, and various robotic equipment such as the Schunk robotic arm currently used for installing power line separators in the AERIAL-CORE project.

The main reason for their visit, however, was to learn about how we can measure the well-being of plants and use that information to model our surroundings – a goal we are actively pursuing as a part of the WATCHPLANT project. The students learned about various types of sensors we use for that purpose and got to observe the changes in measured values in real time as they interacted with the plants. They also helped us to water the plants properly using a soil humidity sensor. The children and even their teacher had a lot of interesting questions about the project and our lab, and they were excited to share their own experience with microcontrollers and programming with us.

Check out some photos from the visit in the Gallery.

Author: Ana Golec
SoftCOM 2021

At this year's edition of the 29th International Conference on Software, Communications and Computer Networks - SoftComIvan Hrabar presented the paper Towards Supervised Robot-assisted Physical Therapy after Hand Fractures (Hrabar, I.; Čelan, B., Matić, D., Jerković, N., Kovačić, Z.). The conference was held in Hvar, Croatia, September 23-25 2021,  co-organized by the University of Split, FESB and Croatian Communications and Information Society (CCIS),  and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society.

Author: Ana Golec
HRT report on WATCHPLANT

On 23 September 2021, the TV show “Prometej” aired on Croatian National Television (HRT) showing several interesting reports of scientific news in Croatia, including a report about the WATCHPLANT project. LARICS members prof. Stjepan Bogdan, Dean Martinović, Ph.D., Marijana Peti, and Marko Križmančić presented the goals of the project, its importance for the general public, and the current progress of the research. They also talked about the most interesting parts of the project, such as the development of sensors, establishing a communication network between devices, and the novel idea of extracting energy from plants’ sap flow.

The whole show is available to registered users on the HRTi platform, while the WATCHPLANT report can be seen on LARICS YouTube channel. The show is in Croatian.

Author: Ana Golec
LARICS' new facility

Since LARICS team is constantly growing, so is the need for more space. Last weeek, the construction of a new facililty was finalized. The new offices are now detached to the testing ground. Wishing the LARICS team a lot of experiments and reserach results! 

 

Author: Ana Golec
LARICS at CASE 2021

2021 IEEE 17th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) was held on August 23-27, 2021 in Lyon, France. LARICS members Assoc. Prof. Matko Orsag, and PhD students Marsela Polic and Bruno Maric have attended the conference. Bruno Maric presented the paper:

Polic, M., Maric, B. and Orsag, M., 2021, August. Soft robotics approach to autonomous plastering. In 2021 IEEE 17th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) (pp. 482-487). IEEE.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
ICUAS 2021

LARICS members Robert Milijas and Jurica Goricanec attended ICUAS 2021 that took place in Athens, Greece from 15 until 18 June, 2021.

Robert presented the paper A Comparison of LiDAR-Based SLAM Systems for Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Jurica Civil infrastructure data acquisition in urban environments based on multi-UAV mission. Both papers were results of research and activities done within LARICS projects ENCORE, ASAP and AEROTWIN.

 

             

Author: Ana Golec

16th International Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL) was held on June 30 - July 2, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia. LARICS members have presented the following papers at the conference:

Goričanec, J., Kapetanović, N., Vatavuk, I., Hrabar, I., Vasiljević, G., Gledec, G., Stuhne, D., Bogdan, S., Orsag, M., Petrović, T. and Mišković, N., 2021, June. Heterogeneous autonomous robotic system in viticulture and mariculture-project overview. In 2021 16th International Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL) (pp. 181-188). IEEE.

Lešić, V., Novak, H., Ratković, M., Zovko, M., Lemić, D., Skendžić, S., Tabak, J., Polić, M. and Orsag, M., 2021, June. Rapid Plant Development Modelling System for Predictive Agriculture Based on Artificial Intelligence. In 2021 16th International Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL) (pp. 173-180). IEEE.

Polic, M., Ivanovic, A., Maric, B., Arbanas, B., Tabak, J. and Orsag, M., 2021, June. Structured Ecological Cultivation with Autonomous Robots in Indoor Agriculture. In 2021 16th International Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL) (pp. 189-195). IEEE.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira

29th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (Bari, Italy) was held online on June 22-25 2021. LARICS postdoctoral researcher Goran Vasiljevic presented his paper:

Vasiljević, G., Kovačić, Z. and Postružin, Ž., 2021, June. Solving nonlinear kinematics of a rail-guided inspection robot used for planning visual scans of reactor vessel internals. In 2021 29th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED) (pp. 596-603). IEEE.

Author: Barbara Arbanas Pascoal Ferreira
LARICS at ICRA 2021

LARICS members actively participated in this year's edition of ICRA -  International Conference on Robotics and Automation but only virtually. The conference was held May 30 - June 5, 2021 at the brand new magnificent Xi’an International Convention and Exhibition Center in Xi’an China. 

Ana Batinovic presented the paper "A Multi-Resolution Frontier-Based Planner for Autonomous 3D" (A. Batinović, T. Petrović, A. Ivanovic, F. Petric, S. Bogdan).

Marsela Polic presented the paper "Compliant Plant Exploration for Agricultural Procedures With a Collaborative Robot" (M. Polic, M. Car, F. Petric, M. Orsag). 

Antun Ivanovic virtually attended the Aerial Robotics Workshop (paper title: "Precision Airdrop Challenges with Multirotor UAVs", A. Ivanovic, M. Orsag) together with Bruno Maric and Marsela Polic.

Lovro Markovic presented the paper "Adaptive Stiffness Estimation Impedance Control for Achieving Sustained Contact in Aerial Manipulation" (L. Markovic, M. Car, M. Orsag, S. Bogdan).

Ivo Vatavuk presented the paper "Precise Jump Planning Using Centroidal Dynamics Based Bilevel Optimization" (I. Vatavuk, Z. Kovacic).

Author: Ana Golec
LARICS at Dronijada in Varaždin

LARICS members paricipated in the first edition of Dronijada that took place on June 5 , 2021 in Varaždin. The event was organized by LERAMISAeroklub Varaždin and Croatian International Airshow Varazdin, and featured FPV races, commmercial drone fly zone, and exhibiton.

LARICS memebrs took this opportunity to promote project AeRoTwin, and the upcoming DroneDays 2021, as well as the other activities of the lab and their equipment.

 

Author: Ana Golec
Robotics and AI in Society Impacts...

At the event "Robotics and AI in Society: Impacts and Questions Raised", organized jointly by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Embassy of Portugal in Croatia, on May 20, 2021, an interesting exchange of expert opinions and quality discussion between scientists and members of the academic and diplomatic community.

The gathering was welcomed by H. E. Ambassador of Portugal Paula Leal da Silva, and Dean of FER, Prof. Gordan Gledec. The program was led by an experienced researcher Fausto Ferreira, from the Department of Automation and Computer Engineering.

Presentations by Prof. Pedra Lime, from the Superior Técnico Institute of the University of Lisbon and Tomislav Bracanović from the Zagreb Institute of Philosophy, were followed by the round table on the implications of introducing artificial intelligence in our daily lives, with special emphasis on its impact on our jobs. The round table was moderated by the Vice Dean for Research, Prof. Nikola Mišković, and attended by Prof. Stjepan Bogdan, Prof. Lime and Tomislav Bracanović.

Recording of the event is available on FER’s YouTube channel.

 

Author: Ana Golec
Conference on the Future of Europe:...

To kickoff the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Office of European Parliament in Croatia and the Croatian Parliament have organized a thematic event called "The Conference on the Future of Europe: Vision of Croatia". The emphasis of the event was placed on digital and green technologies, promoting successful stories and discussing a more equitable economy and education. UNIZG FER's Center for Artificial Intelligence, represented by professor Loncaric, was invited to showcase its efforts to digitally transform the Croatian society. Professor Loncaric was accompanied by LARICS team (professor Kovacic, Frano Petric and Ivan Hrabar) and our robot Pepper that became the first robotic member of the Croatian Parliament by interrupting the talk of Gordan Jandrokovic, the Speaker of the Parliament (Pepper, MP ). Pepper also had a more amicable interation with professor Loncaric, who used the opportunity to invite companies from Croatia to contact the Center for Artificial Intelligence to discuss the transfer of technologies being developed at the Faculty. 

The event generated a lot of interest in the media (check the PRESS section), so we hope that the invitation of professor Loncaric will spark some future collaborations with the industry. We thank the Office of European Parliament in Croatia and the Croatian Parliament for the invitation, and Mrs. Renata Skalabrin for organising the event and accomodating all Pepper's requests.

Author: Ana Golec
ADM Sevilla 2021

This year's edition od Aerospace and Defense Meetings (A&DM) event is featuring a workshop, organized and held by AeRoTwin project partners, prof. Stjepan Bogdan, prof. Mario KOvač, prof. Anibal Ollero, and Silvia de los Santos. Covering different otpics, the partners are giving their respective talks on May 27, 2021, on the second day of the event.

More details available here.

"Matchmaking Program for the Aerospace and Defense Industries"
The 2021 edition of A&DM turns into a fully-digital event. The event will be held on 26th and 27th of May 2021 and gather the aerospace international community through pre-planned online B2B meetings, live conferences & replay videos and a virtual exhibition.

EDIT: The workshop was successfully finalized, with project partners giving following presentations:

Prof. Sjepan Bogdan (UNIZG FER): Autonomus Inspection of Wind Turbine Blades

Prof. Mirko Kovac (ICL): Physical Artificial INtelligence for Infrastructure Drones

Prof. Anibal Ollero (USE): Aerial Robots for Inspection and Logistics

 

Press release: ADM Sevilla 2021

Author: Ana Golec
2020 Rector's Award to...

Two LARICS student groups have become the recipients of the 2020 Rector Award. Borna Zbodulja, Jakov Vulama and Petar Ljubotina, mentored by prof. Zdenko Kovačić, won the award for their work 'Pepper as a welcome manager at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing', while Filip Bradarić, Marko Cavalli, Ivona Krajačić and Jelena Tabak, together with Andrea Rebec from the  Faculty of Architecture, mentored by assoc. prof. Matko Orsag, won the award for their work 'Workshop for children: "Robofun". The abstracts of their works can be found here. Congratulations to the students and their mentors!

Author: Ana Golec
AIRPHARO 2021

The 1st AIRPHARO workshop on Aerial Robotic Systems Physically Interacting with the Environment will be held October 4-5, 2021 at Ilirija Resort, Biograd na Moru, Croatia. Since this two-day event is taking place in Croatia, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is organizing the workshop together with LARICS.

AIRPHARO workshop is the successor of the workshops on Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS). The workshop will focus on a high growth area of both research and industry, the use of aerial robots for physical interaction with people and the environment. For more details, please visit AIRPHARO 2021.

Author: Ana Golec
Prof. Bogdan held a lecture at...

Prof. Stjepan Bogdan held a lecture on "Mission planning in heterogeneous robotic systems“ at the the first conference on trends and application of artificial intelligence Bounding Box 2021 that was held on Friday, March 26, in Osijek (Croatia), emphasizing that it is a fast-growing technology that is increasingly applied in various areas of business and life and is becoming an industry.

The conference was held hybrid, i.e. both online and live. At the opening, the organizers from the company Protostar Labs from Belišće and Creative Agency Adverta emphasized the desire to make it an annual event.

Its first edition was organized as part of the project "Improvement and automation of the VirtuAI Annotation system-adaptation of tools to the requirements of the market for the development of artificial intelligence technologies", an EU-funded project.

"Artificial intelligence is a technology that changes our lives and with its better understanding and application it is possible to improve a lot in various spheres of life and business," said the organizers.

Among the participants-lecturers at the conference are representatives of many companies in Croatia that deal with artificial intelligence, machine learning, application, i.e. localization and reading of QR codes in production and others, as well as experts from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, organization CroAI, and others.

The topics discussed with the followers/audience at the conference were mostly professional ones, presenting work experiences, and related to machine learning, heterogeneous robotic systems, computer vision as a catalyst for change in many industries, application of neural networks in construction, challenges of artificial intelligence in various industries and others.

Author: Ana Golec
Fulbright Scholarships Program...

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, LARICS is organizing an online presentation of Fulbright Scholarships Program for researchers and PhD students. The presentation will be held by Mrs. Vanja Ratković, Established Opinion Leaders Specialist from the U.S Embassy Zagreb. Assistant Public Affairs Officer Mrs. Elise Crane will make a short introduction to welcome the participants. The presentation starts at 10 a.m. via MS Teams platform. To join, please follow: Fulbright Scholarship Presentation

Author: Ana Golec
Bruno Maric presented a paper at IEEE...

Last week, 4-6 March 2021, the IEEE International Conference on Inteligence and Safety for Robotics ISR2021 was held online (Nagoya, Japan). LARICS' PhD student Bruno Maric presented a paper:

B. Maric, F. Jurican, M. Orsag, Z. Kovacic: "Vision based collision detection for a safe collaborative industrial manipulator"

The IEEE ISR2021 brought together an international community of experts to discuss a way forward in robotics for the future of safety and security with intelligence by provisions of new research results and perspectives of future developments as well as achievements of social implementation.

Author: Ana Golec
SAVE THE DATE: DroneDays 2021

DroneDays 2021 is finally happening! The aerial vehicles end-user workshop is going to take place in Biograd na Moru (Croatia) on the 4th and 5th of October 2021 at Ilirija Resort. The programme is yet to be confirmed. Please check DroneDays webpage regularly for all the updates as well as the programme and registration details.

Author: Ana Golec
Dario Stuhne joining LARICS

LARICS got another team member – Dario Stuhne! Dario obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in Product Design and Development) in December 2020. He worked as a student teaching assistant at the Department of Applied Mechanics and at the Department of Design for 4 years, with a team of students from European universities for industrial partners Electrolux and ROLD, and in design and production departments for a year and a half year in companies Končar D&ST Inc., Vetropack Inc. and OMCO Croatia Ltd. His newest position in LARICS is Research Associate in the field of design and development of robotic mechanical systems. Wishing him all the best and many prosperous years with the team!

Author: Ana Golec
ASAP - Pedestrian Bridge in Osijek...

Continuing the collaboration on the ASAP project, on 16 December 2020 LARICS joined their partners from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in the inspection of the pedestrian bridge in Osijek.

This inspection marked the first deployment of new upgrades to their UAV (gimbal, IMU and high resolution lidar), which allowed them to detect and measure frequency of bridge vibrations, which are now being validated against measurements of the partners' obtained through standard techniques. Although hindered by cold temperatures, the project team also used this opportunity to thoroughly test the Ouster lidar by mapping the pylons and using them as a reference for autonomous navigation.

Author: Ana Golec
Two new projects for LARICS

LARICS has again partnered up in two new projects that were kicked off in the last months - ESI ERDF project Development of environmentally friendly vehicle for cleaning public surfaces with autonomous control system based on artificial intelligence (EKOKOMVOZ) coordinated by company RASCO, and COST Action project Advancing Social Inclusion through Technology and Empowerment (a-STEP), with 17 states participating. On behalf of LARICS, both projects are coordinated by prof. Zdenko Kovačić.

Author: Ana Golec
Windows Open Days 2020

Instead of the annually held University of Zagreb Fair and Doors Open Day at UNIZG FER, this year the event had a special edition. The alternative Windows Open Days featured a programme that was streamed via MS Teams. UNIZG-FER's “windows” were open from November 19 to 21, 2020. LARICS also participated in the programme within the session Introducing projects - Ask professors what you want to know about robotics. LARICS members presented the lab, their activities, robots, and projects. The extensive programme is available as YouTube videos at https://smotra.fer.unizg.hr/

Author: Ana Golec
Vecernji list on 5G technology and...

Daily newspaper Vecernji list visited Specularia project team to discuss the impact of the implementation of 5G on both the global and domestic economies, in which exceptional speed of information, communication and services are becoming possible. Project Coordinator Matko Orsag and Specularia researchers explained how 5G technology will enable innovation and the implementation of ideas into reality, and their robots will finally be able to talk to each other and make decisions all the time.

Full article (in Croatian) available here.

Author: Ana Golec
Newest additions to the team

Three more members have recently joined the LARICS team - Marijana Peti, Jelena Tabak, and Filip Zorić!

Marijana Peti graduated with a master's degree from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in 2020. During her studies, she received three “Josip Lončar” Awards and the City of Zagreb scholarships due to her academic success. Her research interests include multi-agent systems and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Jelena Tabak graduated with a master's degree from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in 2020. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. and working as a Research and Teaching Assistant. Her research interests include soft robotics manipulation and machine learning. 

Fillip Zorić graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) in 2018 by having successfully defended his master thesis Control of Multirotor-UAV by Using Variable Rotational Plane Rotors. After that, he worked in robotics start-up company Gideon Brothers for 2 years. As of October 2020, he a Research Assistant at LARICS in the scope of the Aerial-Core project where he is also pursuing his PhD degree. His research interests are in the intertwining of control, perception, and robotic manipulation.

Author: Ana Golec
LARICS partner in new H2020 FET project

The Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) has become a partner in new H2020 FET project WatchPlant - SMART BIOHYBRID PHYTO-ORGANISMS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IN SITU MONITORING.

WatchPlant will develop a new biohybrid system technology, a wireless wearable self-powered sensor for in-situ monitoring of urban environments. This system equips urban biological organisms -plants- with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a smart sensor for measuring both, environmental parameters and the responding physiological state of plants, in a very early stage by the use of a barely explored fluid, phloem sap, in combination with chemical, and physical sensors. It will be integrated into complex network that allows performing distributed information processing, decision making, modeling and
data fitting, paving the way for the self-awareness or self-adaptation. Additionally, it will constitute a clean energy self-powered device due to the novel use of sap, not only for transforming plants into living sensors, but also for clean energy generation.

Author: Ana Golec
LARICS participates in new Erasmus+...

As one of three partners that participate in new ERASMUS+ project, LARICS researchers will be responsible for the 3rd semester curriculum of Joint Master program entitled Intelligent Field Robotic Systems (IFRoS). Also, LARICS staff will mentor master students in 4th semester during master diploma thesis preparation.

The Intelligent Field Robotic Systems (IFRoS) Master Programme aims to train a new generation of engineers who will develop new applications and tools to expand the capabilities of field robots in the near future. The technology behind the development of these systems comes from different research areas such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, control, sensorization, automatic learning, and others, all of them under fast-paced evolution in the current digital revolution. IFRoS is a 2-year joint master degree with 120 ECTS coordinated by the Universitat de Girona (UdG, Spain) together with the University of Zagreb (UNIZG, Croatia) and the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE, Hungary) as consortium programme partners.

Author: Ana Golec
Europe Code Week

To commemorate Europe Code Week, an online exchange of knowledge and experience was designed and moderated by Sanja Pavlović Šijanović, Sanda Šutalo and Kristinka Lemaić with the involvement of students from three Croatian high schools.

At the invitation of Kristinka Lemaić, Petar Ljubotina, fourth-year student at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, presented the Industrial School of Mechanical Engineering with a short video. Petar was awarded the Rector's Award in the academic year 2019/2020 in the field of technical sciences for his scientific team work "Humanoid robot Pepper as a welcome manager at FER".

Special thanks goes to Prof. Zdenko Kovačić for giving the opportunity to high school students to gain insight into the work of FER students.

Given the current epidemiological situation, most of the events during the EU Code Week have been moved to the virtual world. The social initiative CodeWeek was launched by the European Commission with the aim of promoting programming and digital literacy. This event gathers more and more participants every year, so in 2019 the number of participants reached 4.2 million people from more than 80 countries.

Read more (in Croatian): Robotika i programiranje nisu bauk

Author: Ana Golec
LARICS at BTS 2020

LARICS team attended Breaking the Surface 2020 workshop from September 27 to October 4, 2020. This was the 12th edition of this international intersiciplinary field workshop of marine robotics and its applications, held every year in Biograd na moru, Croatia. 

LARICS members actively participated in the workshop programme with their PhD presentations and tutorials, and attended lectures by AeRoTwin partners from the University of Seville (J. Ramiro Martinez de Dios, Augusto Gómez Eguíluz, Julio L. Paneque) and Imperial College London (Mirko Kovac, Crystal Winston, Andre Farinha, Julien di Tria), and the invited talk by Ivana Palunko (University of Dubrovnik) organized within H2020 AeRoTwin project.

Check the photos here.

Author: Ana Golec
CROATIA 4.0

On 23 September 2020, Prof. Zdenko Kovačić attended Croatia 4.0 Conference on new technologies, robotization and automatization in industry, buildings, power and energy business. He held a lecture on "Robotic assistive technologies for autistic people and people with disabilities“.

The Conference gathered and presented everyone that in any way comes in a contact with the new technologies in design, planning, manufacturing, control, monitoring, operation and traffic such as robotization, automatization, remote control, smart homes, buildings and cities, Internet of things (IoT), Blockchain, ‘cloud’ business.

Author: Ana Golec
Natječaji za uposlenje

LARICS nudi jedno znanstveno-istraživačko radno mjesto na istraživačkom projektu AgroSPARC: Napredna i prediktivna poljoprivreda za otpornost klimatskim promjenama koji provodi u suradnji s Agronomskim fakultetom i Inovacijskim centrom Nikola Tesla.

Radna mjesta obuhvaćaju razvoj inovativnog proizvoda koji će pomoći predviđanje razvoja pšenice umjetnom inteligencijom ovisno o vremenskoj prognozi i drugim uvjetima. Kandidati će pomoći izraditi sustav za uzgoj pšenice u izoliranim i željenim klimatskim uvjetima uz regulacijske petlje osvjetljenja, temperature, navodnjavanja, doziranja nutrijenata i dr. te sustav u oblaku za automatsko arhiviranje podataka o mikroklimatskim uvjetima i identifikatorima razvoja. 

Što tražimo:

  • motiviranog inženjera iskusnog u području automatike, robotike i elektotehničkih sustava koji se želi nositi sa  znanstvenim i tehničkim izazovima u području Interneta stvari i umjetne inteligencije
  • iskustvo u radu s Robotskim operacijskim sustavom
  • iskustvo s korištenjem algoritama iz područja robotike 
  • poznavanje programskih jezika C++ i Python

Natječaj je otvoren od 24.9.2020. do 31.9.2020. 

Zainteresirane kandidate molimo da pošalju email sa svojim životopisom i motivacijskim pismom voditelju projekta doc. dr. sc. Matku Orsagu (matko.orsag@fer.hr).

Author: Ana Golec
2020 IEEE RAS Summer School in Prague

Our PhD students Antun Ivanovic, Lovro Markovic, Marko Krizmancic and Ana Batinovic attended the 2020 IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems hosted at Czech Technical University in Prague from 14th to 18th of September 2020. The Summer School program aims at promoting the newest achievements in multi-robot system research. 

The main scope of the program was swarm robotics, including lectures by well-recognized experts in the field, group seminars, computer practicals, and outdoor experiments.  Moreover, the Summer School was a great opportunity for networking with other participants and lecturers. 

You can find more about the Summer School at http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz/summer-school/

Check out photos in the Gallery.