The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU) is an university institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). CIIRC CTU was founded on July 1, 2013 by the former rector of CTU prof. Václav Havlíček.
Objectives of CIIRC CTU
One of the main objectives of the CIIRC is to integrate information and cybernetic research and education at the CTU, building on the links to the out-of-city centers as well as on strong links with international research centers.
The CIIRC creates research and at the same time pedagogical workplaces with a scientific atmosphere, pleasant conditions for work and, in a number of areas, brings results at the level of the world’s top research.
The Institute opens its doors to experts from home and abroad, who can become part of the team in the form of a CIIRC CTU or work with it. A very significant part of the cooperation is also connected with other institutions within CTU, but also with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with the industry and similarly oriented foreign institutions.
Present and near future
Since its inception CIIRC CTU has been constantly growing and its goal is to recruit up to 350 employees, especially researchers and PhD students. In April 2017, the institute moved to a new building, which was built at the CTU premises in Prague, Dejvice.
One of the key tasks is to link research results not only with university teaching and to attract students to research mainly from the master’s and doctoral study programs, but also with the needs of industrial and clinical practice.
CIIRC CTU becomes a place of interdisciplinary cooperation, which is natural for informatics, robotics and cybernetics. It opens the gates and greatly supports the transfer of know-how towards industry or other practices and, above all, leads its staff.
The area of expertise
The CIIRC is a rapidly developing research institute, which also focuses on the teaching of students and technology transfer to industry. One of his interests is, for example, automatic control and optimization, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer vision and machine learning, designing software systems, designing decision and diagnostic systems and their applications in medicine, energy transport, including smart homes and smart cities.
The CIIRC CTU became the center of support for industry 4.0 and the headquarters of the National Center for Industry 4.0. Within this center, the first extensive Testbed for Industry 4.0 is being developed and developed primarily for the development and transfer of technologies and solutions for Czech small and medium-sized companies.