Ceremony at Split University
A special ceremony took place at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Split to mark the fifth anniversary of its collaboration with the Wessex Institute of Technology.

The proceedings were chaired by the Dean of Engineering, Professor Dinko Begusic, in the presence of Ms Tessa Flas, representative of the UK Foreign Office in Croatia, and Professor Carlos Brebbia, the Director of the Wessex Institute of Technology.

The Dean started by outlining the achievements that have taken place since the programme started, during which time 15 candidates were registered for the Master of Philosophy under the joint programme with the Wessex Institute of Technology.

Carlos Brebbia continued by stressing how fruitful the activities with Split have been and, in particular, the part played by Professor Dragan Poljak, the coordinator of the programme, whose drive and hard work were essential to establishing the programme. The excellent joint Master Programme has allowed Croatian candidates to study at WIT after taking a series of courses at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Split. The programme, supported by the UK Foreign Office, has resulted in the selection of students of the highest calibre.
Other activities within the Split/WIT collaborative programme included:
  •     Papers
  •     Books
  •     Seminars
  •     Short courses
  •     Joint conferences

Independent of the regular courses for the master, advanced short courses were held at the Institute under this programme on the "Analysis of Wire Antennas" and "The Exposure of Humans to Electrical Radiation".

A series of important conferences were the fruit of collaboration between the Institute and Split. Several researchers from Split have served on the committees of conferences organised by WIT. The most important joint conferences took place in 2003, ie:

  •    The 25th world conference in Boundary Element Methods
  •    The 4th international conference on computers in electrical engineering and electromagnetics

They were organised in collaboration with Professors Dragan Poljak and Vesna Roje.

Five important scientific papers were the result of collaboration between Professor Poljak and members of his group and the staff of the Wessex Institute of Technology.

It is also important to point out in more detail the series of books resulting from this programme and produced by WIT Press, the publishing arm of the Institute, ie:

    #1 "Electromagnetic Modelling of Wire Antenna Structures" by D. Poljak, 2002

    This book deals with the theoretical background and numerical modelling of wire antennas, and the solution of various electromagnetic compatibility problems by means of wire antennas theory. Several numerical examples related to real world problems are included in the volume while an accompanying CD ROM contains software which readers can use to increase their understanding of the topic. The Institute of Electrical Engineers has called the book ".an important addition to the Library of an engineer involved in electromagnetic field theory".

    #2 "Integral Equation Techniques in Transient Electromagnetics" by D. Poljak and C.Y. Tham, 2003

    Transient electromagnetic phenomena can be treated using direct time domain modelling or frequency domain analysis applying the Fourier transform. This book reviews fundamental aspects of both and critically compares the results.
    #3 "Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields" by D. Poljak, 2004

    The field of Computational Bioelectromagnetics has grown considerably in the last decade, but until now there has not been a comprehensive text with many aspects of interaction between human beings and electromagnetic fields. This text has become very popular as it feeds an important group. It also initiated a research project which is still in progress at WIT.

    #4 "Time Domain Techniques in Computational Electromagnetics" by D. Poljak, 2004

    This book fills the need for a text on time-dependent computational techniques highlighting methods widely used within the electromagnetics community. Both differential and integral equation methods in the time domain are covered.

A fifth book, which has just been launched, explained Carlos, will be presented by the Dean at the end of the ceremony. This book deals with Boundary Elements, a topic close to his own interests.

After the conclusion of Carlos' remarks, the Vice Dean, Professor Kilic, rose to greet the audience:

"Ladies and gentlemen, dear guests, dear degree recipients: during today's ceremony the diploma of Master of Philosophy will be given to the candidates who studied at the Faculty of Engineering of Split University and the Wessex Institute of Technology. The ceremony will be led by the Dean, Professor Dinko Begusic, and the Director of WIT, Professor Carlos Brebbia. The promoter is Professor Dragan Poljak."

The candidates admitted to the degree programme were: 

  •     HROVJE DODIG, graduated in 2003 in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Split. His thesis dealt with "Electromagnetic and Thermal Modelling of the Human Eye", supervisors: Dr Niksa Kovac, University of Split, and Prof Carlos Brebbia of WIT. His external examiner was Professor Peter Excell, of the University of Bradford in the UK.

  •     SASA KRALJEVIC, graduated in 1990 at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Split. The title of his thesis was "Modelling of the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Magnetic Fields from Three-phase Power Lines". Supervisors: Prof Dragan Poljak of Split and Dr Robert Adey, head of the Industrial Research Division at WIT. The external was Professor Gilbert de Mey of the University of Ghent, Belgium.

  •     SILVESTAR SESNIC, graduated in 2002 at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Split. His thesis was on "Electromagnetic Modelling of the Human Body exposed to Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Fields". Supervisors: Prof Dragan Poljak of Split and Dr Robert Adey, Head of the Industrial Research Division at WIT. The external was Professor Francesco Lattarulo, of the University of Bari, Italy.

  •     DAMIR VUCICIC, graduated in 2001 at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Split and wrote his thesis on "Boundary Element Modelling of Base Station Antenna Systems". Supervisors: Prof Dragan Poljak of Split and Prof Carlos Brebbia of WIT. His external was Professor Stuart J. Porter of the University of York in the UK.

After performances by the faculty choir and a guitar recital by one of the new graduates, Silvestar Sesnic, the Dean stepped forward again to formally launch the new book, fruit of the collaboration between Split and WIT :

     "Boundary Element Methods for Electrical Engineers" by D. Poljak and C.A. Brebbia, WIT Press, 2005.

This is the first text on Boundary Element Methods specifically for electrical engineers. Written in the form of a premier, it present the Boundary Element Method in a simple fashion that helps beginners to understand its basic principles.

The authors begin with a simple potential problem before building on this to formulate methods for a wide range of applications in electromagnetics.

Deviced for undergraduate and graduate students of electrical engineering, the book will also be useful to researchers and professional engineers who wish to exploit the full potential of Boundary Element Methods.

The Dean, Professor Begusic referred to the importance of this text and the distinguished career of Professor Brebbia, whom he called the "father of boundary elements".

Carlos then stressed how positive he felt about the collaboration between the two institutions. "Seldom has a programme of this type produced such results in terms of quality of output, quality of results and strengthening of academic links". He expressed his appreciation to Split for the confidence that the University deposited in WIT and his gratitude to the Foreign Office for supporting the programme. The Dean then asked the participants to rise and the proceedings were closed. Participants were invited to a reception to celebrate the occasion.