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The final presentations of the projects created within the EuroTeQ Collider project course took place at Faculty of Electrical Engineering on 29 April. The assignment itself came from the industrial partners of CTU and the EuroTeQ alliance. The proposed topics were linked to the call "Enhanced Connections for Sustainable Futures", which was further divided into the categories People, Nature and Technology. The expert jury was most impressed by the Anomaly Pulse Masters and SensWise projects, which addressed the brief from Pilsner Urquell (Asahi). The theme of this challenge was the automatic detection of anomalies in brewery operations, measured by changes in noise levels. The third most successful team, Visionary, worked on a challenge from Ororo, the topic of which was the automatic generation of bibliographic metadata.

41 students of CTU and newly also students of the Secondary Industrial School of Communication Technology (SPŠST) at Panská street entered the competition. Expanding cooperation with secondary schools is one of the tasks of the university alliance EuroTeQ.

"We are delighted that CTU has invited us to participate in this competition. We want to prepare our students well, among other things, for their studies at universities, and we are therefore pleased to be in close contact with them, both in the long term as the faculty school of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Information Technology, as well as through such shorter-term activities. Such an experience is undoubtedly of great benefit to the participating students. But it is certainly also beneficial for our teachers, who can look under the hood of such a university competition and see how our students perform in teams and what demands are placed on them," said Jakub Šerých, a teacher of vocational subjects at SPŠST Panská, about the involvement of high school students in the competition.   

Anomaly Pulse Masters project, which dealt with the topic "Digital Ear" by Pilsner Urquell (Asahi), was awarded the best work. The students based their project on sound monitoring and noise filtering using the YeastBeast system. In practice, the device will work by triggering an alarm when the system detects a non-standard sound. The implemented software will use machine learning so that it can recognise different deviations from the normal sound pattern defined by the production line operator. The team consisted of Viktoria Valdmanova and Kamran Aghalarli from Faculty of Information Technology, Ondřej Baštař and Ramil Farzaliyev from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Jessica Louka from Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Tomáš Paška from the SPŠST Panská.

The second prize-winning SensWise team, consisting of Tuka Al Sabbagh and Šimon Kochánek (Faculty of Biomedical Engineering), Pavel Svoboda (Faculty of Architecture), Dominik Dvořáček (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Robert Otta and Marek Winter (SPŠST Panská), worked on a task called "Digital Ear". As part of their solution, a prototype MK002 device was created, working with two directional microphones. The task of the system is to evaluate and distinguish between normal sounds and sounds that do not fall into this category.

Milan Bittner, Malting Manager of Pilsner Urquell, evaluated the cooperation with CTU as follows: "It was inspiring to see the students with what interest and professionalism they devoted to the assigned topics. I was particularly pleased to see that two of the teams that took on our challenge took the first two places. The EuroTeQhaton is a valuable experience for students that will help them in their further studies and professional life, while giving them a unique chance to test their knowledge, show their growth mindset and courage, and gain practical skills in a real-life environment."

The third highest ranked project dealt with automatic generation of bibliographic metadata. The client was Ororo. The work was done exclusively by students of Faculty of Information Technology - Anna Husieva, Kostiantyn Kuznietsov, Artem Shitin, Natik Agaev and Kostiantyn Zaihraiev. The result of their collaboration is a flexible, easy-to-use and pre-learned model, which is available for free and has a very intuitive control (it uses the Easy OCR platform). The only paid component is the use of Chat GPT, to which the system is linked.

All three teams will present their innovative solutions at the international EuroTeQaThon competition in Paris from 8 to 10 June, where they will compete against other students from partner universities (Technical University of Munich, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Eindhoven, École Polytechnique, Tallinn University of Technology, HEC Paris and IESE Business School Spain).

The winners of the international final in Paris will secure their participation in the EuroTeQ Ignite Bootcamp in Barcelona.

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Libuše Petržílková