As usual in March each year, the Association of Architectural students announced past year´s best architectural and design projects from the Faculty of Architecture of CTU. This year's gala evening was held at the Center of urban planning and architecture (CAMP) of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development on 21 March. Expert juries have traditionally announced the best project and the best studio in the categories Architecture and Design. The winner of the Design category was the Kiton hanger by Vít Bednář from the Jaroš-Bednář studio.
The 1st Regular Plenary Meeting of AICZECHIA - National Initiative for Artificial Intelligence, which was established on 16 January, 2019, was held in Prague on 21March. Its aim is to become a respected national platform for cooperation of Czech laboratories and teams working in the field of artificial intelligence brush away boundaries of scientific disciplines and develop artificial intelligence and thus help fulfill the National Innovation Strategy.
The mission of SmartGuide is to make every mobile a personal guide and change the quality of travel. Instead of spending time searching for information and hassle with navigation, travelers will enjoy an authentic experience. Innovative technology, augmented reality, and user-friendliness have also attracted experts that voted SmartGuide to be the Travel Startup of the year 2018. SmartGuide is developed by an interesting team.
Natália Jurčová from Masaryk University and David Tolar from the Faculty of Transportation Technology of the Czech Technical University in Prague jointly won silver at the World Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk in a mixed pair race. They lost six and a half seconds against the Russian home team Valeria Vasněcova and Alexander Dědjuchyn. France finished third.
The encompassing theme of the first Czech - Israeli accelerator (CIPA) is Smart city. International student teams from the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Technion University in Haifa will be led by experienced mentors to propose innovative solutions for specific assignments by industrial partners. The official opening ceremony took place at the residence of the Ambassador of the State of Israel in the Czech Republic on 7 March, with representatives of education, industrial and public sectors, including the Rector of the Czech Technical University, doc. Vojtěch Petráček.
A total of six elite universities make up an alliance called the EuroTech Alliance. Its members are the Technical University of Denmark, the École Polytechnique in France, the Technion in Israel, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and the Technical University of Munich in Germany. This year, the Alliance invited the Czech Technical University in Prague and Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia to work on a proposal for the European Universities initiative called the EuroTech Engineer project. The project aims to link technical education across Europe, revolutionize student mobility, contribute to Europe's competitiveness and protect European university values.
On Thursday 28 February, the results of the 21st edition of the prestigious Werner von Siemens Prize were announced at the Bethlehem Chapel. Among the winners were Ing. Jan Filip from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Ing. Libor Bukata of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics.
Prof. Milan Jirásek from the Faculty of Civil Engineering together with prof. Bažant from The Northwestern University published a large monography ‘Creep and Hygrothermal Effects in Concrete Structures’ at Springer last year. It has been awarded the Most Promising New Textbook Award, awarded by the American Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA).
A new Smart Driving Solutions research center has been created at the Department of Control Engineering. A team of 13 scientists led by Ing. Tomáš Haniš, Ph.D., aims to change the paradigm and to prepare the ground for the new technology of active dynamic driving, which has long been used in aviation industry. Experts from the department have been focusing on a long-term drive-by-wire concept, in which the driver does not control the wheels or car engine directly, but through an electronic control unit that has full control over the chassis. It is a technological revolution already underway by the aviation industry (so-called fly by wire systems are common in transport aircraft and fighters), but the automotive industry has not yet done so because of the conservative approach of the carmakers. Ing. Tomáš Haniš, Ph.D., is a researcher and developer who is coming to CTU with experience from Porsche Engineering Services and Rolls-Royce (aerospace division).
The WAVE microelectric power plant has proven itself in live operation and is headed to the market. It was first used in Mikolajice village near Opava, where it provides heat and electricity to the municipal office, the shop, and the fire brigade. As a wood-fired power plant, the plant uses wood pellets, and after minor adjustment the wood can be of worse quality. A device that achieves a thermal output of up to 50 kilowatts can operate independently of the distribution network. It's the first device of its kind in the world. Its development lasted over 10 years, and the results of the pilot testing fulfilled our expectations. The microelectric power plant reaches 80% of the total operational efficiency. The Authorized Emission Measurement has confirmed the achievement of the EcoDesign requirements, which must be met by all boilers sold by 1 January 2020 at the latest. It is also possible to draw subsidies on installations that already meet the EcoDesign parameters even today.

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