Results of the Biosignal Challenge 2019 international competition were announced on May 21, with participation of the future Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of CTU in Prague, prof. Petr Páta and Dean of the 2nd Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, prof. Vladimír Komárek. In the third year of the competition the focus was set on the detection and localization of the onset zone of epileptic seizures. The best overall result was achieved by Bc. Laura Shala, student of Medical Electronics and Bioinformatics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering of CTU in Prague. Her solution extends the basic principles of seizure detection in invasive EEGs to graph theory methods that describe abnormal communication between brain areas affected by epileptic seizures.
CTU in Prague, Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic joined forces with the capital city, froming the initiative, which will promote cutting-edge science and research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Initiators are planning to attract world scientists to the Czech Republic, expand the base of Czech AI talents and help the emergence of new technology companies and startups. Thanks to the initiative, presented to the public on 16 May, Prague can soon become a center of artificial intelligence of European significance. In addition to the Prague City Hall, the government and major private companies support this unique initiative.
Scientists from the Department of Cybernetics and Computer Department of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague successfully participated at the preparatory camp of the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which took place in the mountains near Denver, USA in April. The aim of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, which has a total budget of over $ 250 million, is to develop a system of autonomous cooperative ground robots and drones that can, without human assistance, explore a mine in the event of a mine disaster and find signs of overburdened miners. The CTU-CRAS CTU team achieved the best result in their group as part of a simulated contest, and its robots were able to find several objects in the real mine to confirm the survival of miners. The devices even got into an area where one of the dummies representing the injured victim of the simulated disaster.
Two first places, one second, and a special award of The Director of the Institute of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science, UPJŠ in Košice, was awarded by the students and students of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Smart City was the main theme of the first year of the Czech Israeli Partnership Accelerator, which involved four international student teams from CTU and Technion. Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Israel Martin Stropnický also attended the ceremonial completion of the pilot phase of CIPA.
Professor Jiří Matas from the Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, received a special AI Awards 2018 project award, which aims to introduce successful professionals and companies that set the direction of AI technology development on a global scale.
The Technical Street in the Dejvice Campus became a pedestrian zone from 1 May to 1 July. The closure of the street was created as a project of students and the Prague City Hall., Students' representatives, councilor Jaromír Beránek (representative of councilor for education Vít Šimral and 1st deputy mayor Petr Hlaváček), author of the ideological concept of the urban development of the campus Pavla Melková, coordinator of the Dejvice Zita Adamová and director of NTK Martin Svoboda met on 29 April. The meeting brought some quick conclusions.
The CTU Academic Orchestra, led by the conductor Jan Šrámek, performed at the Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge, UK, on 27 April with a concert entitled JEWELS OF CZECH AND WORLD MUSIC, featuring both Czech and foreign compositions. Soloists included Rachel Godsill (soprano), Simon Godsill (organ), Anna Michalcová (flute) and Krištof Pučejdl (flute). Associate Professor Vojtěch Petráček, the CTU Rector, also attended and commenced the concert.
Professor Vladimír Mařík, scientific director of CIIRC ČVUT, was awarded the prestigious Manager of the Year Award by the Czech Management Association. The prize was awarded at the gala evening at the Žofín Palace on 25 April. In addition to the main category Manager of the Year, he also won the Smart Manager of the Year award.
The World Cup was held in Beijing at the end of this year's hockey season. The Engineers Prague team returned from the competition with silver medal. In the base group, Engineers easily and without difficulty dealt with Belarus, China home team, and the United States. They deservedly moved from the first place to the semi-finals where the Finns waited. The match was much tight than the previous, but the last third of the match belonged to the Engineers. With a 5: 1 score, they also secured their place in the finals of the Czech Republic against Kazakhstan. Engineers Prague finished second at the Beijing World Cup withe score 2:6. The Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Beijing Mr. Ludovít Katuščák came to support the Engineers.