On the occasion of the AI for Humanity Summit on 29 March, French President Emmanuel Macron presented the Strategy for Artificial Intelligence in France. In particular, he announced the establishment of a "network of four or five specialized institutes." The first such institute will be the PaRis Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, which aims to become an international research center in the field of artificial intelligence. Three academic insututes PSL University, Inria, CNRS, together with Amazon, Criteo, Facebook, Faurecia, Google, Microsoft, NAVER LABS, Nokia Bell Labs, PSA Group, SUEZ and Valeo are among the funding members. The important achievement is that the Czech Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) at the Czech Technical University in Prague will become one of its partners.
The team of docent Zdeněk Hurák from the Department of Control Engineering of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering managed to master the technique of using electric fields to control multiple microscopic objects simultaneously and independently. Thanks to engagement in the Biocentex interdisciplinary research project, this technology can be used to diagnose diseases in the future. The Department of Analytical Chemistry from the Institute of Analytical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and biochemistry scientists from Masaryk University cooperate in the research program of the Center for Advanced Bioanalytical Technologies (Biocentex), supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic. The goal is the so-called Lab on a chip, a way to work with minimal volumes of chemical or biological samples.
From 4 to 6 July, the next edition of the Rock for People Music Festival will take place at grounds of Hradec Králové Airport. The shape of the main entrance gate is designed by competening students of selected architectural studios of the study program Architecture and Civil Engineering from the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
On 16 March, ten personalities and three aviation and astronautics teams were awarded. During the ceremony held in the premises of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, members of the Subcommittee for Aeronautics, Innovation and Astronautics, headed by their chairman Mr. Dolinek, presented the awards to important personalities from the field of aeronautics and astronautics in the State Acts chamber of the czech parliament. Vladimír Daniel and team of VZLÚ, a.s., Letňany were among the laureates for the successful implementation of the Czech nanosattellite project VZLUSAT-1, launched on 23 June 2017. The project also cooperated with representatives of the Institute of Technical and Experimental Physics and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at CTU.
On 16 March, the exhibition of 100 years of symbols of Czech statehood was launched in the historical premises of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. As part of the project "Roots of Czech Statehood", it was realised by the Head of the Department of Social Sciences at Faculty of Civil Engineering, doc. Dr. Ing. Václav Liška, LL.M., MBA, and Head of the Department of Music Theory at HAMU, doc. Mgr. MgA. Jiří Bezděk, Ph.D.
CTU students joined the #vyjdiven! nationwide student strike at Dejvice Campus on Thursday 15 March. The event was attended by around 900 students supported by their teachers. The aim of the event was to challenge public officials to defend constitutional and social customs and values.
The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) company published the QS World Rankings by Subject 2018 On 28 February. It offers one of the most comprehensive international comparisons of scientific disciplines. In the last edition of the ranking, CTU has been assessed in 25 cases out of total of 48th and ranked among 500 world's best universities this year.
The Dean of the Chapter, P. ICLic Mgr. Ondrej Pávka met with representatives of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering at the Metropolitan chapter of St. Vitus in Prague. The main point of the program was evaluation of the fulfillment of the cooperation agreement in the assessment of the technical condition of the Zikmund bell in the cathedral of St. Vítus, Wenceslass and Vojtech at the Prague Castle.
On Wednesday, 7 March, another meeting of CTU graduates - Alumni took place. Members of the Mensa club of the Czech Republic, prof. Ing. Tomáš Čechák, CSc., and doc. Ing. Tomáš Trojka, Ph.D. attended the event as it included a lacture on exploration of the Saint Maur's Relic. This national cultural monument was completely renovated in 2002 and the public can see it at the chateau in Bečov nad Teplou.
On 27 February, the inauguration ceremony of the new Rector of the Czech Technical University, doc. RNDr. Vojtech Petráček, CSc. and deans of four CTU faculties took place in Betlehem Chapel.