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.
In the academic year 2019/2020, the Czech-American government scholarship program will send a total of 15 students to the US, among them Šárka Malošíková from the Institute of Design II at Faculty of Architecture. At the University of Colorado in Denver, she will examine and research the design-build projects that students not only design but also build. She is the fourth doctoral student of Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague, who has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk scholarship.
In cooperation with 1st Cloud Republic, CTU launched a student project this spring, giving students a unique opportunity to take part in testing an online project with sociological impact. Indeed, Common Tongue is the first product to be gradually transferred to exclusive ownership by the community of users through the Crowdstarter platform. The result will be a self-sufficient alternative to existing corporate cloud projects. Internet users who care how their data is handled in applications will be given the opportunity to take the situation into their own hands. The Crowdstarter platform is currently being tested in collaboration with CTU students.