The Faculty of Architecture will open a new studio led by Lukáš Kordík from GutGut the Slovak architectural studio with a clear minimalist low-tech style handwriting. Kordík atelier will replace the studio of emeritus dean Zdeněk Zavřel at the Institute of Design II.
The cooperation of the state, professional university teams and business associations in the field of AI significantly strengthens so that technology makes people's life as easy as possible. In artificial intelligence research, the Czech Republic will focus primarily on the safety of the population, for example in transportation, in the fight against crime or in terrorist attacks. Not only with this topic, the Czech Republic will strive to gain the prestigious status of one of the four excellent centers of artificial intelligence in Europe. According to Minister of Industry and Trade, Karel Havlíček, this should be decided at the European level in the first quarter of next year. The minister said this at a press conference held on 29 August. Minister Havlíček also signed a memorandum on cooperation in artificial intelligence between the state, academia and industry. The Director General of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic Dagmar Kuchtová, Rector of the Technical University of Ostrava, Václav Snášel, and Rector of the Czech Technical University in Prague Vojtěch Petráček all added their signatures.
A volunteer group of students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague teaches kids the basics of IT and electrical engineering. Workshops for children from 10 years to 15 years are free of charge since 2016. They currently offer five different topics - building and programming robots from LEGO MINDSTROMS, basics of programming in SCRATCH environment, basics of electrical circuits with BOFFIN, basics of programming and algorithms with OZOBOT robots and fundamentals of electrical engineering with programmable microcomputer MICRO: BIT. They arrange excursions to IT and technology companies for the participants, so that children get to know how everything looks like in practice. Students create and provide the program and tools themselves, as well as web application development, PR graphics, or management.
From 10 to 21 August in 2019, the 10th annual Jáma lvová camp was held in RS Ředkovec, near Světlá nad Sázavou, organised under the CTU patronation for pupils of 2nd tier of elementary schools and comparative classes of grammar schools. Throughout the camp, students and graduates from various CTU faculties devoted their time to the children as section leaders.
The DARPA Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit took place in Pittsburgh, USA on 15-22 August. A team of CTU-CRAS scientists and students from the Department of Cybernetics and Computer Department of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague demonstrated a multirobotic system for searching the areas affected by the disaster. CTU-CRAS took first place in the category for teams not supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and ranked third overall.
The International Student Formula Formula Czech Republic race took place at the polygon near the Autodrome in Most from 13 to 17 August. The CTU CarTech team from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering won first place in the category of combustion formulas. The car won 1st place in the main race qualification and confirmed this dominance by finishing 1st in the main race. The eForce Formula FEE Prague Formula Selective Drive from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering got 2nd place in the Formula Student Electric category. In all the dynamic disciplines, the team managed to reach the top 3 best ranks. In Skidpad, AutoX and Endurance, the team won 2nd place. Pleasant addition to this wave of success is the fact that the eForce formula was the best accelerating car on the track with time of 3.59 seconds.
Experts from the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, together with Direct Fly, s.r.o, are involved in the development of a new all-metal aircraft in the UL / LSA category. The new UL will be designed for certification with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 600 kilograms. It should be applicable not only for landing on short, unpaved surfaces, but also as a cruise aircraft for long-haul flights and at higher cruising speeds than other airplanes of the same category. It should be capable of short take-off and landing (STOL). Runway of 89 meters should be sufficient to take-off and ascent up to 15 meters, landing from 15 meters of height should require about 250 meters of runway. At the same time, the aircraft is designed as a kit (Kitplane) and such technology allows significant reduction in costs and shorter production deadlines.
The first year of the FEL_Camp camp took place at the tent base of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Temešvár near the Orlík Dam from 6 to 9 August. High school students had to find the wreckage of a crashed plane and save the survivors. They had to use a lot of knowledge in the field of electronics, energetics and ICT to successfully complete the task. Throughout the course, they were assisted by instructors from the ranks of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
Scientists from the CTU University Center for Energy Efficient Buildings launched the SAWER system in the desert in the United Arab Emirates, whose development began in 2017. The test run will be evaluated at the end of 2019. The designers will use the experience gained during the trial operation when designing the equipment for the Czech pavilion at EXPO 2020 in Dubai, which should be installed next year.
Within the IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems 2019, which took place at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague from 29 July to 2 August, flights of cooperating autonomous drones were carried out by CTU scientists as well as participants of the summer school.