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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
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
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
Lecture on "Applications of...

The Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) (projects IFROS and AeroSTREAM) hosted a lecture:

"Applications of Multi-Agent Consensus Protocols for Social Network Opinion Dynamics" delivered by FER alumnus Assoc. Prof. Kristian Hengster-Movrić, Czech Technical University, Prague.

The lecture was held on Thursday, January 4th, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in room A204 at FER. It was conducted in English and was open to all interested parties. The duration of the lecture was 90 minutes. The speaker's biography and lecture abstract were provided in the invitation.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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
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
Join us in the round table „The...

Within the AeroSTREAM project, on 16th of November 2023, from 11:00 to 13:00 CET in the Gray Hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Zagreb, a round table "The Status of the Innovation Ecosystem in HEIs in Croatia" will be held.


 

Author: AeroSTREAM
University of Sarajevo became part of...

The University of Sarajevo became part of the European university initiative called EUPeace (European University for Peace, Justice, and Inclusive Societies). The main mission of the EUPeace alliance/network is to increase the effects of internationalization under the prefix of nurturing a peaceful, just and inclusive European society, at different levels. The activities of the programme includes: 1. transforming curricula, 2. internationalisation of Teacher Education, 3. facilitating mobility, 4. establishing an inclusive European campus, 5. building a world-class research hub, and 6. developing the EUPeace Living Peace Lab Flagship Action as a platform for civic community engagement. The EUPeace Alliance consists of nine European universities, including University of Marburg (Germany) - coordinator, Comillas Ponteficia University of Madrid (Spain), Çukurova University of Adana (Turkey), University of Giessen (Germany), University of Calabria (Italy), University of Limoges (France),

University of Mostar (BiH), University of Sarajevo (BiH), and University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic).

 

In this way, The University of Sarajevo, as an AeroSTREAM member, continues the long-standing tradition of inter-university cooperation for the development of a culture of dialogue and the promotion of peace.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Ana Milas at the Mobility Program in...

Ana Milas PhD candidate will participate in the Mobility Program – Outgoing Mobility of Assistants (MOBDOK-2023). This international mobility willbe in Seville, Spain, from October 30th to November 29th, spanning a total of 31 days.

Author: LARICS

In a recent event, a hands-on workshop titled "Indoor Localization using OptiTrack, PX4 Autopilot, and ROS 2" was presented at the Karlovac University of Applied Sciences in Karlovac, Croatia. The workshop was conducted by Ayham Alharbat in collaboration with Thijs Hof and represented the Mechatronics Research Group of Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the Robotics and Mechatronics (RaM) Lab at the University of Twente.

This engaging workshop was an integral part of the Horizon-Europe AeroSTREAM project. The event was a success, and Ayham Alharbat expressed gratitude to the hosts in Croatia for their warm hospitality, particularly mentioning Denis Kotarski, Petar Piljek, Tamara Petrović, and Stjepan Bogdan, and to PhD supervisors, Chiara Gabellieri, Antonio Franchi, and Abeje Y. Mersha, for making this opportunity possible. The event also highlighted the contributions of the PX4 Autopilot development team and their community.

Two code repositories [1] [2], and document were created, as part of the training. 

Author: AeroSTREAM

The Innovation Centre Nikola Tesla presented the KITT4SME project at the AI2Future conference held on the 19th and 20th of October 2023. AI2FUTURE is a cornerstone event in the Croatian AI domain. The event was hosted by CroAI association, which is dedicated to empowering the AI ecosystem and it serves as a dynamic platform, uniting a community engaged in AI, including those working in, utilizing, or aspiring to enter the AI sphere.

The event encompassed essential AI trends and tools, presentations on impactful research, successful tech and business case studies, and in-depth exploration of cutting-edge tech projects. This provided engineers and AI developers with the means to stay current with the latest advancements in AI, derive best practices, seek expert insights, and find potential partners to explore AI applications. The event also held an exhibition area where the KITT4SME was represented in the ICENT Booth.

Author: AeroSTREAM

The AEROSTREAM was presented by the Innovation Center Nikola Tesla at the first technology fair “Digital transformation of the economy – DTG_4.0” in Varaždin, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Varaždin County Chamber.

The fair is designed as a gathering place for manufacturing companies, as well as companies and institutions specializing in services and products from the domain of INDUSTRY 4.0. Covering production planning, automation and robotics, the fair attracted the attention of 24 exhibitors. Along with AEROSTREAM the Innovation Center Nikola Tesla presented its projects focused on the development of innovations, new technologies and the encouragement of entrepreneurship.

The projects attracted significant interest from the visitors who showed great interest in innovations and technological advances in Industry 4.0. The Innovation Center Nikola Tesla continues to support entrepreneurs and the competitiveness of the Croatian economy through the promotion of technological progress and the development of innovative solutions.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Within the AeroSTREAM project a Webinar “Cascade Funding – METASTAR & IN-TRANSIT projects” will be organized on 17th of October 2023 from 09 -10 CET on MS Teams.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Within the AeroSTREAM project, on October 13, 2023, an innovation training PR and digital marketing was held at the Karlovac University of Applied Sciences. The training was led by Matej Radinić from the company Panda Komunikacije.

During the training, the participants got an insight into the best practices of communication on social networks, with a specific focus on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. The training provided attendees with insights into web content creation and management, highlighting common content creation mistakes and offering guidance on producing high-quality content. Additionally, participants received valuable tips for building an effective website to promote their companies.

A part of the training was dedicated to social network analytics. This part explained what to look for in analytics, how to measure data accurately, and how to interpret the numbers effectively. Participants also received practical guidelines on crafting compelling posts for their chosen social networks.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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

In a recent event, the AeroSTREAM project partners gathered during IROS 2023 in Detroit. This engaging and inspiring meeting provided a platform to discuss the diverse activities encompassed within the AeroSTREAM project.

IROS 2023, an event that has already taken place, offered a remarkable backdrop for the presentation and promotion of various project endeavors. Among the highlights was the AeroSTREAM Open Remote Laboratory, an innovative initiative that allows participants to remotely conduct real-world experiments using actual UAVs, and the best part is, it's free for all participants.

Author: AeroSTREAM
AeroSTREAM at the Western Balkan...

The AeroSTREAM members from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo (UNISA-ETF), Mehmed Brkić and Tarik Pozderac, together with some of their faculty colleagues and students, attended the 6th Western Balkan Digital Summit, October 4-5, 2023. The summit also involved a variety of ministers from Western Balkan countries who discussed digital achievements in the region. 

Author: AeroSTREAM
UNISA at DroneX Fair

Our AeroSTREAM member, Mehmed Brkić, from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo, University of Sarajevo, attended the DroneX, London UK, 26-27 September 2023, which is considered the UK and Europe’s largest event dedicated to the UAV industry. DroneX brings together different stakeholders from commercial, military and modern flight industry sectors, as well as key innovators.

During his stay, Mr. Brkić met many colleagues from the UAV sector learning about the current technology, products and services offered at the market. He also took a chance to disseminate the AeroSTREAM project information, its goals, the current interests and scope of work of the partner institutions involved in the project. As a result, Mr. Brkić secured potential partnerships with industry end-users for the planned next Horizon Europe project proposals in relation to autonomous aerial vehicle research.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Sarajevo SOS Selo visit

Supported by the "Employability and Jobs of the Future" project, organized by SOS Children's Villages Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the AeroSTREAM project, a visit to Zagreb was arranged for high school students, technical college students, and teachers. During this trip, the participants visited the "Nikola Tesla Technical Museum," the "Chocolate Museum," and a few research laboratories located at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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
26th Air Show „Susret za Rudija“

The Aeronautical Technical Association in Zagreb Rudolf Perešin, organized event "SUSRET ZA RUDIJA“, that is dedicated to the memory of a pilot in the Croatian Air Force, Rudolf Perešin. This year's 26th "SUSRETI ZA RUDIJA" took place on September 10, 2023, in Gornja Stubica. This event has become a significant social and cultural event in the Croatia and the largest and most visited aviation event in the country. The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated in the airshow and was involved in both the aerial and ground segments of the program. All interested individuals had the opportunity to become acquainted with unmanned aerial vehicles developed, designed, and operated at the faculty, along with other interesting content. 

Author: AeroSTREAM
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
AeroSTREAM at Plum Fair in Gradačac

Our UNISA-ETF AeroSTREAM members, Mehmed Brkić and Tarik Pozderac, visited the 50th Plum Fair in Gradačac, organised during 23-26 August 2023. During the fair, they shared the exhibition space with professors and assistants from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sarajevo, and had the opportunity to present the AeroSTREAM project with agriculture as one of the three main strategic fields addressed in the project. The main idea was to show the potential of drones equipped with cameras for different agricultural operations.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Filip Zorić engaged in a month-long study visit to the University of Twente's Robotics and Mechatronics Group (RAM) from July to August. During this extensive visit, Zorić actively collaborated with Professor Antonio Franchi's team as part of the AeroStream project, which centered on the autonomous collection of floating waste through visual perception.

The outcome of this productive visit materialized in the form of a written scientific article, unveiling the concept of autonomous waste collection utilizing multi-rotor aircraft. More details about the autonomous waste collection utilizing multi-rotor aircraft can be seen on this video

Author: LARICS
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: AeroSTREAM
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

In May 2023, a short-term visit occurred, involving the University of Sarajevo's Faculty of Electrical Engineering (UNISA-ETF) and the Multi-Robot Systems Group at the Czech Technical University (CTU), as well as Fly4Future (F4F). The purpose of this visit was to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange in the field of multi-agent systems.

The guest staff member, Mehmed Brkic, a PhD student from UNISA-ETF, visited from May 15 to May 26, 2023, with the main goal of establishing connections with researchers from the MRS group and Fly4Future and initiating knowledge sharing.

Author: AeroSTREAM

On April 18, 2023, Infobip's Alpha Centauri campus played host to the annual Innovation Day. This event marked the culmination of the School of the Future project, organized by start-up STEMI and Infobip, with crucial support from their main partner, A1 Croatia. The Innovation Day drew an impressive crowd of over 700 visitors, primarily composed of primary and secondary school students, as well as the general public.

Author: LARICS

From June 3rd to 4th, 2023, the Youth House in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, played host to a dynamic and inclusive exhibition, Maker Fair. Originally founded in 2006 by the editors of Make: magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maker Fair has become a global network of independently produced events that celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of makers of all ages.

Author: AeroSTREAM
Join us for the IEEE RAS Summer...

Join us for the IEEE RAS Summer School 2023 in Prague! Following the success of our previous schools, we are excited to bring you another immersive learning experience. Held from July 3-7, 2023, at Czech Technical University, this year's focus is on Multi-Robot Systems.

Author: LARICS

The AeroSTREAM meeting took place online on June 12, 2023. During the meeting, Professor Stjepan Bogdan provided an overview of the project's inaugural year and introduced the plan for the upcoming six-month activities.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Filip Zorić attended the ICUAS 2023 conference where he presented his scientific paper H2AMI: Intuitive Human to Aerial Manipulator Interface.

The 2023 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS 2023) took place from June 6th to 9th at Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland. The conference centered on three key themes: reconfigurable aerial platforms, multi-purpose/hybrid aerial platforms, and regulations and standards for autonomy.

 

 

F. Zorić and M. Orsag, "H2AMI: Intuitive Human to Aerial Manipulator Interface," 2023 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Warsaw, Poland, 2023, pp. 1226-1232, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS57906.2023.10156265. 

 

Author: LARICS

FER and FSB presented an article at the ICUAS 2023 conference titled Design and Prototyping of a Ground-Aerial Robotic System.

The 2023 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS 2023) took place from June 6th to 9th at Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland. The conference centered on three key themes: reconfigurable aerial platforms, multi-purpose/hybrid aerial platforms, and regulations and standards for autonomy.

 

 

D. Kotarski, A. Šćuric, P. Piljek and T. Petrović, "Design and Prototyping of a Ground-Aerial Robotic System," 2023 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Warsaw, Poland, 2023, pp. 1331-1336, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS57906.2023.10155948.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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: AeroSTREAM

Mr. Amir Nakić and Mr. Ibrahim Alispahić, master students from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sarajevo have participated in the qualifiers for the second edition of the Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Competition organized by the committee of the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS 2023). They have represented both the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo, UNSA, and the AeroSTREAM project. Amir worked on navigation, 3D mapping, and motion planning problems, while Ibrahim was responsible for the second one, dealing with image processing and pattern recognition. 

While the AeroSTREAM team, unfortunately, didn't advance to the final competition round, both Amir and Ibrahim have been satisfied with the progress they made towards the solution and, especially, with the knowledge they gained during the two months of work in a variety of fields, including ROS, Python, Gazebo, motion planning and pattern recognition. In addition to this, Amir and Ibrahim will join LARICS & CATEC team at ICUAS in Warsaw in June 2023 to learn more about competition organization and running.

Author: Tamara Petrović

In May 2023, a short-term visit took place involving the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) and Czech Technical University (CTU) with a focus on the Multi-Robot Systems Group and Fly4Future (F4F). The primary objective of this visit was to extend the application of drone detection to various other areas, including multi-robot localization, and to accumulate diverse datasets for these purposes.

The guest staff member, Antonella Barišić, a PhD student from UNIZG-FER, engaged in this visit, which occurred from May 8 to June 2, 2023. The expected outcomes of the visit were to gain a deeper understanding of projects and applications that demand drone detection and to enhance existing approaches through the utilization of newly generated datasets.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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
University of Lisbon...

A delegation from the University of Lisabon visited University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing on 26th of May 2023 within their week-long visit to University Computing Centre SRCE. Since the Unievrsity of Lisabon is a member of European University Alliance Unite! University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering, this was the opportunity to share knowledge about the forms of their participation in the alliance. 

Author: AeroSTREAM

Kristina Samardzic participated the final testing of scenarios for the Aerial-Core project took place at the CATEC Atlas Center on May 23 and 24. It was an interesting experience to witness how such testing scenarios were conducted.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Fly4Future's participation in the ICRA 2023 exhibition marked a significant collaboration with the ICRA committee, research institutions, and industry partners. The event, held at ExCeL London from May 29 to June 2, 2023, attracted distinguished speakers from the robotics and automation field, including experts from various prestigious institutions.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Protostar Labs (PRL) participated in the "New capabilities and countries in European Space Conference 2023" organized by the Capability and Country Support Division within the European Space Agency (ESA). This conference brought together a diverse range of organizations and enterprises within the space technology sector. While not directly related to the AeroSTREAM project, this event was valuable for PRL as it offered insights into the latest advancements in space technology, which have connections to autonomous aerial systems, the focus of AeroSTREAM. Attending the conference also provided networking opportunities and the potential for future collaborations with professionals from different countries, which can benefit the AeroSTREAM project.

The event took place at ESA/ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, from May 23 to 24. It featured a variety of thematic sessions showcasing the capabilities and achievements of entities from different categories, networking opportunities, a poster session for potential partners, training course sessions tailored to smaller entities' needs, and ESA presentations on current and future program needs and opportunities in the space sector.

Author: AeroSTREAM

DroneDays, a two-day workshop dedicated to unmanned aerial vehicles, took place on May 4th and 5th, 2023, in Zagreb, Croatia. The event featured keynote lectures, an exhibition area, and flight demonstrations, with a primary focus on the applications of unmanned aerial vehicles and their relevance to end-user industries. This workshop served as a meeting point for experts from both industry and academia, end-users, and regulatory bodies in the region.

This year's edition of DroneDays was closely related to three specific AeroSTREAM application areas: forestry, agriculture, and logistics. The lectures and content were tailored to these domains, with invitations extended to relevant end-users to participate in the event. Additionally, DroneDays provided a platform for AeroSTREAM wHEI (Western Higher Education Institutions) researchers to showcase their research topics and results. This was achieved through lectures by wHEI researchers, an AeroSTREAM and UNIZG-FER LARICS stand in the exhibition area, as well as participation in flight demonstrations that were open to the public.

Author: LARICS

The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (FTTS) at the University of Zagreb participated in the MUZZA Science Fair from May 19 to May 21, 2023, held at the Zagreb Fair. Their involvement in this science fair was a testament to their commitment to advancing scientific knowledge, particularly in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

The lecture provided an excellent starting point for those eager to delve into the complexities of drone flight. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, fostering a stimulating exchange of ideas and insights. By combining practical demonstrations with informative lectures, the FTTS effectively bridged the gap between theory and practice, creating an educational experience that left a lasting impact on all participants.

Author: AeroSTREAM

In April 2023, the University of Sarajevo (UNISA) actively participated in the UNESCO Annual World Culture Heritage Youth Symposium, held in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event, which took place from the 26th to the 30th of April, involved researchers from UNISA and targeted secondary school students and the general public.

The central theme of the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023 was "Raising Awareness in a Digital Age." It encouraged students and teachers from around the world to actively engage with this topic by participating in various activities. High school students and educators were invited to present chosen world cultural heritage sites from both their own countries and from others. The Croatian symposium team, which included the Architectural-Geodetic Technical School from Split and the 4th Gymnasium from Zagreb, presented world cultural heritage sites from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, organized Open Door Week for the period 15.05-19.05, 2023. High school pupils and prospective students had an opportunity to see why the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo, where many students in various areas of electrical engineering and computer science have been educated, is the best ranking faculty at the national level, and why this institution, with its 62 years of tradition, had generated thousands of engineers who have continued their professional and academic careers in prestigious global companies and at the world's best universities. All participants were able to receive some basic information about the study programs, the enrollment requirements and the equipment used in different laboratories. 

 

Our AeroSTREAM project was presented in the Laboratory for Collaborative Artificial Intelligence and Control Systems,  where all prospective students were able to learn the basic information about the purpose of the project, the institutions involved, and hear about different applications where unmanned aerial vehicles can be utilized. 

Author: AeroSTREAM
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

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: Frano Petric

To promote the faculty, several visits to high schools were carried out, including the Rudolf Perešin Aviation Technical School among them. On April 24, 2023, a presentation was held from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. Interested senior-year students had the opportunity to receive information about how the study programs at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences are organized. Through these promotion activities, students were introduced to faculty activities in a wide array of fields, including the field of unmanned aerial vehicles. The presentation also introduced projects in which the faculty actively participates. This interactive session not only educated but also encouraged students to ask questions and explore their interests in the UAV domain through discussions with the faculty's staff.

Author: AeroSTREAM

On April 18, 2023, a compelling lecture and workshop titled "Multirotor UAVs for Logistics and Precision Agriculture" took place at the Faculty of Economics and Business (EFZG), University of Zagreb. Dr. Denis Kotarski, an expert in the field, took the lead in this engaging event.

The event was tailored for students of the Faculty of Economics and Business, drawing a diverse audience that included researchers, students, and professors. During the lecture and workshop, attendees delved into the world of multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their applications in logistics and precision agriculture.

The lecture and workshop at EFZG provided a valuable learning experience and an opportunity for the university community to stay informed about cutting-edge technology and its real-world applications. It exemplified the collaborative spirit and dedication to innovation within the academic setting.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Protostar Labs (PRL) participated in the "Celjski sejem - Mednarodni industrijski sejem in sejem Lestech," an International Industry Fair held in Celje, Slovenia. This fair showcased the latest developments in industrial automation, robotics, digitalization, machine manufacturing, and emphasized the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in industrial automation. These advancements were directly aligned with the research and development efforts of Protostar Labs as part of the AeroSTREAM project.

Representatives from Protostar Labs attended the fair to witness the industry's latest trends and network with other professionals. The knowledge and connections acquired at the fair were directly applicable to their cooperation with industry stakeholders within the AeroSTREAM project. The fair, organized by CELJE FAIR d.d., featured industry experts and representatives from exhibiting companies who presented their products, innovations, and expertise.

The event took place from April 18 to April 21 at the premises of CELJE FAIR d.d. in Celje, Slovenia. It included various activities such as product showcases, demonstrations, networking opportunities, and knowledge-sharing sessions. The fair aimed to connect businesses involved in machine manufacturing, tool-making, welding, and cutting industries, fostering discussions and the establishment of new business partnerships.

Author: AeroSTREAM

On April 21, 2023, the regional conference for the project "Research and Development of Specialized Multirotor Unmanned Aircraft," KK.01.1.1.04.0092, took place at the Atrium of the Polytechnic of Karlovac in Croatia. The event attracted participants interested in exchanging knowledge and experiences related to project preparation, implementation, and the research and development of multirotor unmanned aircraft. The conference also featured presentations of scientific papers.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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: AeroSTREAM
Spring BIND

"Spring BIND - Become an engineer for a day" is the second edition of free STEM workshops for elementary school students, and will be held at FER on Saturday, May 6, 2023. No prior knowledge is required for the workshops. The workshops are held in three times: 10:00-11:30, 12:00-13:30 and 14:00-15:30.

Author: Milena Jenić

From March 20th until April 5th 2023, staf members of the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (UNIZG-FSB): Petar Piljek, Matija Krznar and Denis Kotarski participated in a short-term visit to the University of Twente (UT), Robotics and Mechatronics (RaM) group and Saxion University of Applied Sciences (SAX), Mechatronics research group. Dr. Chiara Gabellieri, Amr Afifi, Youssef Aboudorra, Yaolei Shen were key individuals that were actively involved in the short-term visit from the UT and Prof. Abeje Mersha, Ayham Alharbat, and Dr. Davide Bicego were representatives form the SAX University. The visit aimed to foster collaboration, knowledge exchange, and enhance research excellence. The primary goals of the visit were to establish initial contact, share knowledge, explore laboratory facilities and equipment, and gain insight into the organizational and research capabilities of UT and SAX.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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: AeroSTREAM

UNIZG-FSB participated in Amsterdam Drone Week, the event took place in Amsterdam from March 21st to March 23rd, 2023. Amsterdam Drone Week 2023 (ADW 2023) is a remarkable event jointly organized by RAI Amsterdam, a prominent exhibition and convention center in the Netherlands, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European regulatory agency responsible for ensuring safety in civil aviation.

Author: AeroSTREAM
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
ICRA 2023 workshop: "The Role of...

Join us at ICRA 2023 in London for a half-day workshop on the role of robotics simulators for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), where we will explore:

  • The capabilities and limitations of aerial robotics simulators
  • How simulators have become a key part of the design process for UAVs

The workshop is designed for researchers and engineers who are struggling to find, customize or design a robotic simulator for their specific use case or application related to UAVs. The program will include talks from both academia and industry, a poster session, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions. We will announce the speakers and schedule shortly!

Submit your extended abstracts for the poster session by March 20th, 2023 via the EasyChair platform: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rs4uavs. Please visit the workshop website for more information: https://imrclab.github.io/workshop-uav-sims-icra2023/

 

Author: Tamara Petrović
AeroSTREAM visit to CTA in Seville

On the 13th and 14th of February 2023, AeroSTREAM researchers from UNIZG-FER, UNIZG-FTTS and ICENT participated in a short-term visit to AeroSTREAM partners Technological Coorporation of Andalusia (CTA), Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) and University of Seville (GRVC lab). Colleagues from CTA were the hosts of the visit. Half of the visit was spent learning more about CTA and its projects and practices in working on European projects and different types of projects CTA manages, and the other half was spent visiting the labs of CATEC and USE. It was a great few days of sharing knowledge between AeroSTREAM partners.

After the visit to Seville, on the 15th of February, the group moved to Malaga to participate in the Transfiere 2023 fair “the European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, a meeting of professionals from the public and private sector to discuss research, knowledge transfer, how to improve competitiveness in companies and create new business opportunities”.  

Author: Tamara Petrović
UNIZG-FSB held an AeroSTREAM STEM...

During the week of 13th – 17th February 2023, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from the University of Zagreb, an AeroSTREAM partner, hosted a STEM Week with the primary aim of popularizing various STEM fields among elementary school pupils. The event was a resounding success, as two researchers (lecturers) and a student of mechanical engineering conducted practical workshops in which pupils were introduced to emerging technologies such as drones, robots, and 3D printing.

The workshops were divided into smaller groups, allowing for personalized instruction and hands-on experience with various cutting-edge technologies. Pupils were taught about the working principles of drones, mobile robots, robotic manipulators, and 3D printers, using tools for 3D modeling (TinkerCAD) and block programming (SCRATCH).

Additionally, to increase the understanding and acceptance of UAVs, a lecture was held for high-school teachers on drones and robots. The potential implementation of these technologies in the existing curriculum was discussed, making the event a valuable contribution to the STEM education community. More info can be found in the report from the event here.

Author: Tamara Petrović

XV. Mathematical Gymnasium, known as MIOC, stands as one of the most prominent and successful mathematical gymnasiums in Zagreb. Annually, they host the "Day of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture" at their institution. The primary objective of this event is to bring together representatives, professors, assistants, and students from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture to showcase new ideas in mechanical engineering and study programs. Their aim is to pique the interest of MIOC students, who are former students of this esteemed institution, and encourage them to consider enrolling at the Faculty.

As part of this special day at MIOC, Assistant Professor Petar Piljek from UNIZG-FSB introduced the audience to commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and prototypes that resulted from the dedicated research activities of the team specializing in multirotor UAVs.

This event serves as an excellent opportunity for the Faculty to engage with the next generation of potential students. It provides a platform for showcasing innovations and research, making the academic field of mechanical engineering and naval architecture more accessible and appealing to young minds.

For more information on this event, you can visit the following link: [XV. Mathematical Gymnasium Event](https://www.mioc.hr/wp/?p=23969).

Author: AeroSTREAM

On January 11, 2023, AeroSTREAM members from widening countries (Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina) met for an internal workshop on the different ways of preparing and managing national and European projects - with a special focus on Croatian and Bosnian regulations. In the first part of the workshop, AeroSTREAM coordinator Prof. Stjepan Bogdan reported on experiences from previous European projects in which UNIZG-FER was involved. It was a very productive meeting with many useful questions and discussions. In the second part of the workshop, the group reviewed AeroSTREAM activities and plans for members from widening countries in the following months.

Author: Tamara Petrović
European Universities Initiative Events

The AeroSTREAM project is committed to actively engaging with the European Universities Initiative, with a view to achieving its strategic objectives. The University of Zagreb is a member of UNIC European University of Posiindustrial Cities, while AeroSTREAM partners are members of other EU Universities such as ECIU (University of Twente) and EuroTeq (CVUT).

On the 7th of November 2022, the AeroSTREAM coordinator took part in the UNIC Event "Introduction of UNIC Virtual Campus", held in Zagreb, where they gained valuable insights into the activities within the UNIC European Initiative and explored the possibilities of actively participating in UNIC events and courses.

Furthermore, in collaboration with the University of Twente (Prof. Antonio Franchi and Dr. Chiara Gabellieri), an online meeting was held with Mrs. Katrin Dircksen, the Secretary General of the ECIU European University at the University of Twente. Participants from the University of Zagreb and the University of Sarajevo attended the meeting, and they gained insightful information on the positive experiences and lessons learned from participating in ECIU by the University of Twente. Mrs. Dircksen also learned more about the AeroSTREAM project and its goals, making it a very productive and informative meeting.

Author: Tamara Petrović
Gender Equality Workshop at the...

One of the goals of the AeroSTREAM project is to put emphasis on the development of the Gender Equality Plan for all wHEIs that are AeroSTEAM partners. On the same topic, AeroSTREAM has organized a workshop on the 8th of December 2022 with the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) and UNSA Gender Equality Council at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Sarajevo for students, teaching assistants, and professors. The main topic of the workshop was "Understanding Masculinity: How to Develop Gender Responsibility?" and was led by Nikola Vučić, a journalist and a researcher in the field of gender inequality. This workshop aimed to review and critically analyze the overall concept of masculinity, especially in a society with patriarchal values, when advocating and achieving gender equality in the academic community and society. More than 20 participants got an insight into the definitions of masculinity and theoretical analysis of dominant patterns of masculinity determined by the social and cultural context.

Author: Tamara Petrović
Matouš Vrba hands-on training about...

On 14th of December Matouš Vrba from AeroSTREAM partner Fly4Future held a hands-on training for wHEI partners at the UNIZG-FER in Zagreb, entitled “Open Tools for Research, Deployment and Education with UAVs”, that consisted of an introductory lecture about UAV research and development in Fly4Future and hands-on training on how to use all the open-source tools and software repositories available within the consortium. The hands-on training was very useful for the group and will improve future development of solutions for UAVs. Photos from the event can be found here.

Author: Milena Jenić

🤖🤖 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 UNIZG-FER Open Day

On Saturday, November 26, 2022, the University of Zagreb 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, LARICS showcased the results of several projects where it participates - WatchPlant, Hektor, AeroSTREAM, and many others. 

The AeroSTREAM project showcased a range of LARICS UAVs equipped with cutting-edge sensors, providing visitors with an insightful demonstration of how these impressive machines operate and the diverse range of applications they can be utilized for.

Several photos from the event can be found here.

Author: Milena Jenić
AeroStream project at the Europe...

Prof. Stjepan Bogdan presented the AeroStream project at the Europe Widening Horizon Program Info Day, which was held on 24th of November 2022. at the University of Rijeka. The event was organized by the University of Rijeka, the Agency for Mobility and Programs of the European Union (AMPEU) and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing from Zagreb (FER). The agenda of the meeting is available here.

Author: Milena Jenić
AeroSTREAM members at the "Days...

AeroSTREAM members participated in the "Days of the FSB" organized by the project partner Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture on November 9, 2022, in Zagreb. The AeroSTREAM project was presented to current and future students, student associations and companies by prof. Petar Piljek and prof. Josip Kasać.

Author: Milena Jenić
AeroSTREAM @ the University of Zagreb...

The exhibition of the University of Zagreb was held from November 10 to 12, 2022 at the Zagreb Fair, on the premises of the Congress Hall and the Winter Garden Hall (Avenija Dubrovnik 15, Zagreb), in a hybrid form, a combination of live events and the publication of various digital content. All the faculties and academies of the University of Zagreb presented their work at their exhibition spaces in the Congress Hall of the Zagreb Fair on all three days of the Fair.

LARICS and AeroSTREAM were represented by PhD student Filip Zorić and his work on controlling UAV using HMI interface

Author: Milena Jenić
Exhibition of the University of Zagreb

The Exhibition of the University of Zagreb, a unique event for high school graduates, future students and those already enrolled, was held from November 10th to 12th of 2022, at the Zagreb. Within the exhibition spaces, attendees experienced direct interactions with students and faculty members from each institute. The third day of the exhibition was dedicated to technical faculties, featuring the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences which illustrated the world of transportation including the domain of aeronautics, to all high school attendees. The students were presented with the concept of operating unmanned aerial vehicles in an engaging and interactive manner. The faculty's activities involving UAVs initiated curiosity among attendees.

Author: AeroSTREAM

Everyone working in robotics knows that software tools like Robot Operating Systems (ROS) are necessary for the development of control solutions for robotics. Since PhD students from the AeroSTREAM partner FTTS did not have the opportunity to learn ROS within their master study courses, UNIZG-FER included two PhD students from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Ivan Tukarić and Petar Papoči, in the course at UNIZG-FER entitled “Robot Programming and Simulation”. The course provides many hands-on ROS exercises and gave Petar and Ivan a very good introduction to ROS. We hope this will facilitate their future UAV endeavours!

Author: Tamara Petrović
Interactive lecture "Run the bot...

On Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in hall A-211 at UNIZG-FER in Zagreb Filip Zorić, mag. ing. from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb held an interactive workshop for interested students entitled "Run the bot in a Docker container". The lecture was organized by the IEEE 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). The goal of the workshop was to familiarize participants with the basic concepts of the Docker system for virtualization and provide the necessary steps and tools to start a simple robot with ROS2. The workshop attracted 19 participants. Photos from the event can be found here.
 

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

The Institute for the Development of Education hosted the 18th Higher Education and Scholarships Fair (SAS), on October 12, 2022. As a recognisable event of its kind, the Fair provides information about opportunities for further education both in the country and abroad, as well as various forms of financial support. This year, the program investigated opportunities for learning and developing in the area of STEM. The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated in the fair by introducing a new curriculum inside the STEM area. This was a unique opportunity to present innovative plans and curriculum faculty offers, especially the Department of Aeronautics, which includes in its programs courses in unmanned aerial vehicle management. This progressive approach to education reflects the faculty's dedication to creating expertise in the area of UAVs from a transportation standpoint.

Author: AeroSTREAM
AeroSTREAM PhD presents a paper at...

The International Conference, The Science and Development of Transport ZIRP 2022, took place in the city of Šibenik from September 28th to September 30th, 2022. ZIRP is a well-known regional event in the field of transport and logistics. It offers a platform for the dissemination of innovative ideas and groundbreaking solutions to the business community. Within the workshop titled "30 Years of Aeronautics Department," the Ph.D. candidate of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences Petar Papoči, presented his research titled "Integration of software defined radio on an unmanned aerial vehicle." His work investigated the technical aspect of adjusting software-defined radios (SDRs) with UAVs, providing a comprehensive overview of the system's operational potential and limitations.

Author: AeroSTREAM
AeroSTREAM project Kick-off meeting

The project's Kick-Off Meeting will be held on Thursday, 22nd of September 2022 at the Hotel International venue near the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, Croatia. The project partners will use this chance to introduce themselves, discuss project details, and make plans for the first year of the project.
 

Author: Tamara Petrović
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