The rector of the Czech Technical University in Prague, doc. RNDr. Vojtěch Petráček, CSc., And President of the Research Institute of Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) Chunhong Park signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The conclusion of the Memoranda was initiated by KIMM as an expression of interest in deepening the cooperation at the level of the whole CTU based on the successful solution of the existing cooperation projects, especially the ones by Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, represented by the Dean, prof. Ing. Michael Valášek, DrSc., Head of the Institute of Production Machines and Equipment (RCMT) Ing. Petr Kolář, Ph.D., and Ing. Matěj Sulitka, Ph.D., Head of Co-operation Projects.
Under the leadership of prof. Miroslav Bárta, the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University has long been developing research on the dynamics of the development of complex societies based on the study of anatomy of the internal dynamics of ancient Egyptian civilization. Since 2006 major activities in this field include the creation and intensive implementation of the database of officials buried in Abusir and adjacent burial grounds in Sakkara and Giza and other selected locations under the guidance of Dr. Veronika Dulíková. Due to the scope of the database, it was necessary to find methods that can handle fragmented information. At this stage, the researchers of Charles University teamed up with experts from CTU, namely Ing. Radek Marík from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Gradually, the Egyptology and Cybernetics team succeeded in applying several methods of cybernetics and artificial intelligence, and gained support at the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic for the project "Methods of Complex Networks Applied to the Data of Ancient Egypt in the Age of the Old Kingdom (2700 - 2180 BC)". The main objective of the project is a new approach to processing and interpretation of available data from the period of pyramid builders and the use of semi-automated methods in their processing. A new scientific field of cyber-egyptology was defined by this project.
Mgr. Ing. Jiřina Maříková was appointed the new director of the University Kindergarten and Elementary School CTU Lvíčata (The CTU Cubs) by the Rector of CTU in Prague doc. Vojtěch Petráček on June 19. Gradually, she met with parents of children attending both The Cubs kindergarten and the parents of children attending CTU Elementary School. She had briefly introduced her concept of school management at a meeting in elementary school that she is going to implement in the following school year. She was supported by two new elementary school teachers.
Ing. Milan Šulc and prof. Jiří Matas from the Department of Cybernetics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering conduct a research on plants and fungi recognition from photographs. With their system based on deep neural networks developed in co-operation with Ing. Lukáš Picek from the Department of Cybernetics at University of Life Sciences in Prague, they have won the first place yet in three international competitions.
At the tram line section between the stops Nový Hloubětín and Vozovna Hloubětín, a unique noise mitigation measure for towns, the so-called urban noise barrier, has been tested since July. The curtain was built along the 50 meters portion of the track during maintenance work which has been underway since March. Its unique low height of mere 30 centimeters above the rail make it the lowest noise level of its kind in Europe. However, the aperture should provide attenuation of the noise from the passing tram in the range of 3 to 5 decibels. It is made of recycled materials and can be quickly dismantled in the event of an accident on the track, which will allow unobstructed intervention of rescue teams. The barrier was developed by experts from the Department of Railway Structures at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in cooperation with MONTSTAV. The work connected with the realization of the noise barrier in Hloubětín was carried out with the financial support of the Prague Operational Programme - the Pole of Growth of the Czech Republic.
The Maker Faire festival was held at the Industrial Palace at the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds on 23 and 24 June, for the first time in the Czech Republic. It highlighted the rich local tradition of do-it-yourself and handy-men and associated it with so-called maker movements, a worldwide renaissance of individual production and creativity, using new trends and technologies. The event also featured selected exhibits from the Czech Technical University in Prague, which was the partner of the event.
The design of the Czech National Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will be created by Jan Tuma and Jindřich Ráftl. The practising architects are also PhD students at the CTU Faculty of Architecture. More closely, Ing. arch. Jan Tůma works in the studio of prof. Akad. arch. Vladimír Soukenka and Ing. arch. MgA. Jindřich Ráftl works at the studio of doc. Ing. Milos Florian, Ph.D. The Pavilion will be built by an international consortium of MCI Prague s.r.o. and Swiss NÜSSLI. The jury selected the proposal from out of five that advanced to the final round. From 21 June, Model of the pavilion is on display at the exhibition in the National Technical Museum together with other competeing proposals.
The 20th Annual Science Week at the Nuclear Faculty concluded on 22 June. This event, organized by the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering at CTU and other partners, showed what it is like to work on a specific scientific topic, write articles and present one´s work to 150 high school students. Participants worked on 49 miniprojects in small groups under the guidance of scientists and students. The event can be the first step in their future work in science.
The CTU Alumni and Friends Association organized a lecture by the leading Czech astronomer and astrophysicist Dr. Jiří Grygar on Wednesday, 13 June. During the lecturehe dealt with the questions like: Does our universe really expand? Can there be more universes? If so, are they like ours? He also talked about multiverse theory, dark matter, dark energy, gravitational waves. He also mentioned the Sysifos club of which he is a member.
The French Embassy awarded the prize ceremoniously in the premises of the Buquoy Palace on Wednesday, 20 June. The event was chaired by Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 1987. There were also two notable guests: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 2016, and Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize winner for Physics 2012, and of course the Ambassador of France, Mr. Roland Galharague.