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Laboratory for Robotics and Inteligent Control Systems, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Laboratory for Robotics and Inteligent Control Systems, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Organisation: Department for Control and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb
Country: Croatia
Contact person(s): Prof. Zdenko Kovačić
Position: Head of Laboratory
Phone: +385 1 6129796
Who we are: 

LARICS Laboratory sticks to the following principles:

  • Develop close connections with partners from industry. This does not only provide us with necessary funds for working, but it brings new technologies in our Lab and gives opportunities to our students and engineers to work on state-of-the-art industry-related projects in real industry conditions (fulfilling all specifications, obeying deadlines and sharing responsibility).
  • Collaborate with leading laboratories in the world, develop own solutions ("know-how") and rapidly acquire new knowledge to be able to satisfy industry needs.
  • Develop individual skills, encourage self-initiative, develop a team work spirit, insist on efficacious way of planning, develop critical thinking and raise the level of tolerance within project groups.
  • Take active participation in local and international gatherings, seminars, presentations, workshops, symposiums, conferences and congresses.
  • Maintain a high level of engagement in research and scientific work taking care that such a work gets approved in the engineering practice.
  • Take participation in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects where robotics and control can help in achieving research goals.
Expertise areas:  Robots ,  Flexible manufacturing systems ,  Cooperative / coordinated / multi-agent ,  Control of networks ,  Control over networks ,  Human-machine interaction
Main achievements:

LARICS research equipment consists of laboratory models of robotized manufacturing cells (with educational and industrial robots), groups of mobile robots (six Adept Pioneer 3 robots), small-size UAVs (helicopter, blimp, and quad-rotor) humanoid robots (six NAO Atom H25, two Bioloids). There are also a number of robotic devices built in the Lab (manipulators, a self-balancing two-wheeled robot, a hyper-redundant tentacle robot, a quadruped robot, an exploration and inspection mobile robot, a mobile robot for hydrodynamic treatment).

Several national projects are closely related to the laboratory:

  • Integrated Control of Robotic Systems in Complex Environments (2007-2011) – Financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Republic of Croatia
  • Task Planning & Scheduling in Robotic and Autonomous Systems (2007-2011) – Financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Republic of Croatia
  • Electronic differential for small electrical vehicle (2010-2012) – Financed by the  Croatian National Science Foundation


International experience:

LARICS is currently involved in several international projects:

  • ACROSS – Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (2011-2015), FP7-CSA, FER coordinator
  • EC-SAFEMOBIL - Estimation and Control for Safe Wireless High Mobility Cooperative Industrial Systems (2011-2015), FP7-IP, LARICS WP leader
  • Networked autonomous system coordination, control and application (2009-2011) – Bilateral Croatian-Chinese Scientific and Technological Cooperation, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China

LARICS has intensive collaboration with many leading research laboratories worldwide: Prof.Dr. Frank Lewis, University of Texas, Arlington, USA; Prof.Dr. Paul Oh, Drexler University, Philadelphia, USA; Prof.Dr. Rafael Fierro, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA; Prof.Dr. Dario Floreano, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Collaboration interest:

LARICS can contribute to:

  • Joint R&D proposals
  • Bilateral/multilateral projects
  • Joint R&D projects with industry
  • Transfer of knowledge
  • Student exchange/secondments
  • PhD Students exchange
  • Joint educational programs
  • Development of new courses
  • Organization of conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Participation in international standardization bodies


Scientific publications:
  • Bogdan S.; Lewis F.L.; Kovacic Z.; Mireles J.; Manufacturing Systems Control Design: A matrix based approach, Springer, London, 2006.
  • Kovacic Z.; Bogdan S.; Fuzzy Controller Design: Theory and Applications, CRC Press – Taylor&Francis, Boca Raton, 2006.
Additional information:

Number of researchers: 9

  • Zdenko Kovačić (full professor)
  • Stjepan Bogdan (full professor)
  • Damjan Miklić, full-time PhD student
  • Alan Mutka, full-time PhD student
  • Tamara Petrović, full-time PhD student
  • Maja Varga, full-time PhD student
  • Matko Orsag, full-time PhD student
  • Goran Vasiljević, full-time PhD student
  • Karlo Griparić, full-time PhD student