Description of the organization
University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing is the largest technical faculty and leading educational and R&D institution in the fields of electrical engineering, information and communication technology and computing in the Republic of Croatia. Being a constituent of the University of Zagreb, FER has its roots in the Technical Faculty, founded in 1919. In 1956, the departments of Technical Faculty grew into four new faculties, Faculty of Electrical Engineering being one of them. The Faculty is organised in 12 departments which represent the focal points of education, research and development in various fields. The present research and educational staff comprises more than 160 professors and 210 teaching and research assistants and around 3800 students at the undergraduate and graduate level and 450 PhD students. Researchers of the Faculty lead 17 FP7 projects, 8 IPA (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance), 4 Structural fund (ERDF), 17 multilateral COST actions, 10 bilateral projects, 15 HORIZON 2020 projects, 1 PROGRESS project, 3 Newfelpro- programme of mobility, 2 Air Force Office of Scientific Research projects and 2 NATO Science for Peace Program projects, as well as the leaders of a number of industrial projects. The number of international projects in the last two years makes Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing one of the most internationally active institutions in Croatia.
In the last 20 years the LARICS – Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (http://larics.rasip.fer.hr) research group has been involved in research on integrated robotics and process control. LARICS researchers (4 professors, 2 post-docs and 11 PhD students) have mainly participated in research devoted to the unmanned aerial systems, intelligent control systems, service robotics, control of multi-agent systems, robot formations, planning, scheduling and decision making in autonomous systems and application of new technologies in industrial control systems. LARICS is equipped with state of the art electronics design software, aerial robotics systems, humanoid and bio-inspired robots, ground mobile platforms, sets of various sensors, actuators and signal processing boards. Particular emphasis has been given to collaboration with industry, which resulted in many successful implementations of novel control algorithms and human-machine-interfaces in industrial plants. LARICS researchers were involved in 4 EU FP7 projects (ACROSS, EC-SAFEMOBIL, EuRoC and ASSISI_bf), currently participate in 5 H2020 projects (subCULTron, HORSE-Endorse, ACROSS-CoE, Crobohub and RoboCom++) and coordinate H2020 AeroTwin project and NATO SpS project MORUS. They participate in several national projects financed by the government and industrial partners, and 3 collaborative projects with scientists from USA and PR China.
Stjepan Bogdan, Zdenko Kovacic, Matko Orsag
Role in the AERIAL-CORE project and main tasks
UNIZG-FER, will lead two tasks (in WP5 and WP6) providing strong expertise in aerial robotics manipulators design and control, as well as design of augmented Human-Machine-Interface. UNIZG-FER will also participate in specifications and integration of the system.