Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Computer and Information Science
Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering

FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

 Research work at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana takes place within the laboratories and in programme and research groups. Nine faculty chairs oversee 33 research laboratories. The Faculty laboratories carry out numerous forms of research and development in cooperation with Slovenian industry: It trains young researchers from industry, participates in centres of excellence as well as competence centres, technology platforms and networks, carries out research and development projects, cooperates with international industry and is involved in projects of framework programmes and other European Community programmes. 

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering operates in the following scientific research fields:

  • electrical energy and photovoltaics
  • electronics, microelectronics, optoelectronics, microsensorics and nanostructures
  • mechatronics, embedded systems, intelligent systems, automation and robotics
  • metrology and quality assurance
  • biomedical engineering and informatics
  • information, communication and multimedia technologies. 

 List of laboratories 

I. CHAIR OF FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS

  • Laboratory of Bioelectromagnetics
  • Laboratory of Biophysics
  • Laboratory of Physics
  • Laboratory of Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and Electromagnetics
  • Laboratory of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Group for Nano- and Biotechnological Applications

II. CHAIR OF POWER SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

  • Laboratory of Electricity Networks and Devices
  • Laboratory of Power Systems
  • Laboratory for Energy Policy
  • Laboratory of Electric Power Supply
  • Laboratory of Lighting and Photometry

III. CHAIR OF ELECTRONICS

  • Laboratory for Applied Electronics
  • Laboratory of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics
  • Laboratory of Microsensor Structures and Electronics
  • Laboratory of Semiconductor Electronics
  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Integrated Circuit Design

IV. CHAIR OF MEASUREMENT AND ROBOTICS

  • Laboratory of Metrology and Quality
  • Laboratory for Robotics 

V. CHAIR OF MICROELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY

  • Laboratory of Microelectronics

VI. CHAIR OF MECHATRONICS

  • Laboratory of Electrical Machines
  • Laboratory of Electrical Drives
  • Laboratory of Control Engineering and Power Electronics  

VII. CHAIR OF SYSTEM, CONTROL AND CYBERNETICS

  • Laboratory for Autonomous Mobile Systems
  • Laboratory of Modelling, Simulation and Control
  • Machine Vision Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Artificial Perception, Systems and Cybernetics

VIII. CHAIR OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

  • Laboratory of Information Technologies
  • Laboratory for Multimedia
  • Radiation and Optics Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Telecommunications
  • User-adapted Communication and Ambient Intelligence Lab

IX. CHAIR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

  • Laboratory of Biocybernetics
  • Laboratory of Imaging Technologies  

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FACULTY OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 

The Faculty of Computer and Information Science offers research, development, consulting and educational services in the field of computer and information science and information and communication technologies (ICT)Research and development work is carried out in 19 laboratories which are organized into six chairs. The work includes research and development and applied projects, strengthening of innovation capabilities and the establishment of the Innovation centre at the Faculty.

The Faculty of Computer and Information Science carries out research in key fields of ICT:

  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Machine perception and multimedia
  • Systems and networks
  • Software engineering and informatics
  • Theoretical computer science and mathematical methods
  • Computational biology 

Researchers of the Faculty participate in numerous EU and other international and national programmes and in research and development projects funded by the European Commission, European structural and investment funds, the Slovenian Research Agency and others. Faculty researchers regularly cooperate with partners from the wider economy, and through applied projects they develop topical solutions to enhance the development of computer science and information and communication technologies.

The Faculty is dedicated to building a community of students, to serving the academic environment and economy and to providing conditions which allow students to network and acquire technological skills and practical experience in the context of their activities:

  • Garage FRI – students' technology accelerator (http://garaza.io)
  • Frižider – where nothing can spoil, makerspace at UL FRI

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FACULTY OF MARITIME STUDIES AND TRANSPORT

The Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport (FPP) carries out research and consultancy in the fields of seafaring, transport and logistics, education and training and the recruitment of students.

The FPP successfully carries out numerous research projects where the researchers participate in national and international scientific and professional meetings in the field of seafaring, transport and associated activities. Its findings are regularly published as scientific articles and reports in scientific journals and collected editions, as well as in textbooks, handbooks and scientific monographs.

The Faculty also cooperates with the Institute for Maritime Studies and Transport for research purposes, including applied research, development and other projects and on expert development and advisory work. The Institute includes the following research groups:

​The largest portion of research and development at FPP is performed via Program Group and entitled: "Modeliranje in simulacije v prometu in pomorstvu" – "Modelling and simulations in traffic and maritime engineering". 

The purpose of the multidisciplinary programme is the development and upgrading of theories, algorithms and computer programmes that are designed for deeper understanding of various phenomena and processes and for solving various practical problems that arise in the field of transport and seafaring.

Due to the extensiveness of the field, the research in the context of the programme is focused on specific areas of expertise where the envisaged members of the group already have visible results. This comprises the fields:

  1. Traffic and maritime systems
  2. Traffic safety and analysis of risks in traffic
  3. The dynamics of vessels and their impact on the environment.  

More information: http://sicris.izum.si/search/grp.aspx?lang=eng&id=2838&opt=1 

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FACULTY OF CIVIL AND GEODETIC ENGINEERING

The Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering carries out research and development work in the field of civil engineering, surveying, water management and environmental engineering. Research and development are carried out both within the national research programme and outside of it, either in the Slovenian space or through participation in EU projects and other international projects, and in cooperation with industrial partners.

Key research and development take place within the framework of six programme groups: Earthquake Engineering, Water Science and Geotechnics, Building construction and building physics, Structural mechanics, E-construction, Geoinformation infrastructure and Sustainable spatial development. All pedagogues from the 21 teaching and research units of the Faculty are included in the research. Some teaching and research units are connected to the following research institutes: Institute of Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering and Construction IT (IKPIR), Research Institute for geo and hydro risks (RIGHT) and the Water Management Institute (VGI). Experiments and measurements are carried out in the Hydraulic Laboratory, Laboratory of Structural and Traffic Division and Laboratory for Soil Mechanics. 

The Department of Civil Engineering is involved in research in the field of response analysis of buildings, bridges, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering and other engineering and transport, taking into account the different impact from/to the environment. A significant part of the research is dedicated to the development of the procedures of design, construction, maintenance and management of all types of construction works, including roads, railways and utility infrastructure ensuring sustainable functionality of the built and the living environment. Research and development are supported through the use of information and communication technologies.

The Department of Geodetic Engineering is included in the research in the field of spatial data infrastructure, which is a key area of the infrastructure of modern society and requires coordination between service providers and users at both national and international levels. The research is intended to provide a reference basis for spatial data, for the acquisition of spatial data with the increasing number of technologies and for the integration and use of spatial data for the development of new socially beneficial services.

The Department of Environmental Civil Engineering is engaged in the research of sustainable use of water resources, surface and ground inland waters and seas as well as in renewable energy sources. The development of design processes and the use of technologies of water supply, utilization of water power and biogas, purification of drinking and waste water, flood protection and the expansion and removal of pollutants in the natural and built environment are supported by fundamental research in the field of fluid mechanics, hydrology, hydraulics, ecohydraulics, hydraulic engineering and environmental engineering.

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FACULTY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering fulfils its social mission in the field of scientific research and in the field of development and application. Its priority task is to ensure high level scientific excellence and smooth transfer of new research findings to the industrial environment.

The Faculty’s research activity takes place within the 40 laboratories that comprehensively address different areas in all four branches:

  • machine design and construction 
  • energy and process engineering
  • production engineering and mechatronics.  

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering ranks among the faculties, which in the field of research and development cooperate very closely with industry, which thus has a decisive influence on the research, work of the Faculty. In addition, the Faculty strengthens the relationships with the companies in the field of joint tenders, both for domestic and international public invitations. It also organizes a variety of joint workshops which are mainly intended as complementary training for professional personnel of commercial companies. And for the third consecutive year, the Faculty has organized a summer school intended for students and teachers of secondary schools.

Research work is a fundamental basis for modern high-quality pedagogical work, so all teachers are intensively engaged in research work. This is evident from the bibliographic data as well as from the number of research projects and the applicative development tasks tied to the wider economy. The knowledge gained from the research and development tasks is thus imparted to students through pedagogical work, as well as through participation in national and international conferences and symposiums. 

Several laboratories at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering are an integral part of the interdisciplinary research centres participating in interdisciplinary programmes. We thus collaborate with faculties, institutes and other research organizations in the fields of medicine, electrical engineering, chemistry, computer science, construction, etc.

An important acquisition in 2011 was the most powerful supercomputer in the Slovenian university environment, which received its name from the abbreviation HPC (High Performance Computing). This importance is reflected in the computer’s increasing use in projects with industrial partners and for research projects in Horizon 2020. In addition, HPC is an important link with other research organizations and for participation in interdisciplinary projects. Every year, we carry out the summer workshop of high-performance computing for future students of the natural sciences where we present the opportunities offered by HPC.

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FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

Architecture as a generalistic research field is in itself interdisciplinary and vitally tied to a wider field of research. Architectural theory and architectural design in terms of the arts extends to the area of humanism; urban design primarily connects engineering and social sciences; architectural design as construction technique connects humanities with engineering, to an extent also with biotechnical fields (e.g. with landscape architecture). Thus, the Faculty of Architecture (FA) is engaged in researching architecture, urban planning, interior design, digital design, architectural technology... From basic to applied and development research it focuses through optics of sustainable development on professional education, research training at the doctoral level and on lifelong learning in architecture. As such, it is engaged in the whole range of research between the theoretical and practical poles, at both extremes and pointedly in the search for a dynamic balance between the two. 

The results of architectural design may be socially recognized as works of art. At the level of scientific research it is about the investigation of architecture as art and its interpretation (architectural theory and criticism, theory of presentation, methodological research of achieving visual effects in space…). The artistic research is continuously developed through the very process of architectural design. Thus, in the research community germinate and grow the empirical comprehensions for the creation of fresh architectural solutions. 

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

The research activity of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (NTF) of the University of Ljubljana is interdisciplinary. It extends to the fields of natural sciences, technology and art, where it incorporates research in the following areas:

  • matter (geology, mining)
  • organic and inorganic materials (textile, graphic, metallic, non-metallic, composite)
  • production and processing technologies (textile and graphic technology, geotechnology, metallurgy)
  • information technologies
  • textile and graphic design
  • fashion design
  • environmental protection. 

Scientific-research and artistic work is carried out in four departments of the NTF, namely:

  • Department of Geology (OG)
  • Department of Materials and Metallurgy (OMM)
  • Department of Geotechnology, Mining and the Environment (OGRO)
  • Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design (OTGO). 

Researchers work within thirteen research groups. Research work includes fundamental, applied and development research financed from public funds of the Republic of Slovenia, the European Community and other international sources, as well as funds acquired on the market. Seven research programmes funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) are carried out within the NTF. The NTF operates as a framework research organization (RO) in five research programmes and is a participating RO in two such programmes. 

In the context of programmes funded by the ARRS the NTF also operates the Research Infrastructure Centre RIC UL-NTF, which includes all the large equipment of the NTF and offers expert and instrumental support for research work. The RIC UL-NTF is integrated in the Network of Research and Infrastructural Centres of the University of Ljubljana (UL MRIC).  

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