Innovation Centre Nikola Tesla contributes to the growth of the Croatian economy based on high technologies, primarily in the sectors of energetics, transport, automation and robotics, advanced components, biomedical engineering, and information and communication technology.


Innovation Centre Nikola Tesla is the leading constituent of the innovation ecosystem in Croatia, and Danube region in perspective, for applied research and development in the field of engineering and related applications that guide Croatian society and economy towards competitiveness and sustainability with the strong support of ICT.

ICENT's institutes

The planned organizational structure of ICENT is based on six interconnected institutes. The existing research and development nuclei enable the further development of all institutes individually and ICENT as a whole.

Institute for energy systems

Energetics shapes research and development activities based on technology platforms of the European Union related to renewable energy, energy storage technologies, energy efficiency, advanced power grids and advanced cities, which promotes better inclusion of Croatian manufacturing and entrepreneurial sector in the European framework.

Core technologies:

  • wind energy,
  • solar power,
  • energy storage,
  • energy efficiency,
  • microgrids and
  • smart grids.
Institute for robotics

With the main idea of autonomy and interaction with space and being the one of the most propulsive technology trends, automation and robotics bring significant innovation potential to technological and social applications.

Core technologies: 

  • development and building of robots for various service applications,
  • autonomous navigation of mobile robots and vehicles,
  • management of robots for maritime research,
  • cooperate management of multiple robot systems,
  • management and navigation of autonomous flying vehicles,
  • cognitive manipulation of objects,
  • object recognition,
  • cognitive visual systems and
  • interaction between robots and humans.
Institute for transport systems

Transportation is one of the main foundations of society and every contribution in this area, no matter how significant, results with great price, regional and cultural resonance.

Core technologies: 

  • application of ICT,
  • electrical and mechanical systems on vehicles (automotive, trains and ships),
  • energy efficiency,
  • ecologically acceptable transport,
  • management and monitoring of traffic and
  • multimodal traffic systems.
Institute for advanced components technologies

New advanced components are often the backbone of the revolutionary technological leaps and numerous innovations, either in terms of miniaturization, price cuts or entirely new possibilities. Disruptive technologies arising from research and development of advanced components start new trends and create markets.

Core technologies:

  • optical and electronic elements based on new materials,
  • advanced electronic devices for communications,
  • analogue and mixed signal integrated circuits in nanometre- and micrometre-scale technologies,
  • thermal management,
  • electro-magnetic compatibility,
  • metamaterials with application in THz domain and
  • optical spectrum for communications.
Institute for biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering aims to improve and cheapen the existing medical equipment, primarily by using computer support with extended performance, personalized approach in monitoring and treatment of patients and new methods of measurement and signal processing.

Core technologies:

  • biomedical instrumentation,
  • measurements and sensors,
  • biomedical image capture (ultrasound, CT, MRI, X-ray),
  • data acquisition and processing (signal and images),
  • bioinformatics and computing genomics,
  • analysis of movement and
  • electrophysiology.
Institute for information and communication technologies

As one of the main integration framework, information and communication technologies open the door to multidisciplinary approaches of different technologies and create new innovation areas.

Core technologies:

  • new-generation communication networks and services,
  • advanced digital technologies,
  • new internet networks, architectures and services,
  • new storage technologies,
  • technologies for processing and distribution of content and media, and
  • cybernetic security.