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The Technical Museum opens after nearly five months and will also exhibit three robots from FIT

The Technical Museum in Brno re-opened its gates to visitors and unveiled the ROBOT2020 exhibition. It is the largest, most extensive and also the most expensive exhibition project in the museum's 60-year history, but the exhibition had to be closed in December, after just ten days of its opening, due to Covid-19 related restrictions. It is now re-opening with most of the exhibits. There is one hundred of them, including robots from FIT - the RUDA rescue robot, an experimental workplace for research on effective ways of interaction between humans and the ARTABLE robot manipulator, and an exhibit by L&K Robotics - a start-up from FIT that produces semi-professional robots (for more information click HERE). The exhibition will be open until 1 August.

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The successful Czech Science Foundation project reveals bugs in programs

The efforts to minimise bugs in computer programs are a very hot topic. Bugs which are not found and corrected before deployment can cause great economic losses and even loss of life. The interest in automated bug-hunting techniques is therefore growing across industries, incentivising an intensive development of new bug hunting methods and tools. "Verification and bug hunting for advanced software" was also the topic of the ROBUST project led by Tomáš Vojnar from FIT and Jan Kofroň from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University. The project was funded by the Czech Science Foundation, on whose website you can read a recent article (in Czech) about the project. Researchers from FIT and MFF UK will pursue their research in this area further, among others within the follow-up project Snappy, also funded by the Czech Science Foundation.

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Students presented their best IT ideas at the Excel@FIT conference

Over five dozen papers were presented in the final selection of the Excel@FIT student conference, which was held on Thursday by the Faculty of Information Technology of Brno University of Technology for the seventh time. FIT students presented their papers selected for the final round by a committee of experts from both the academic and commercial sectors. The faculty distributed CZK 160,000 among the best contenders. The conference traditionally seeks to showcase the best practical solutions developed by IT students. "It is a space where students can present their work and inspire each other with their projects. They also have the opportunity to get feedback not only from academics but also from industry experts. We were pleasantly surprised by the interest in this year's competition, which had to be held online for the second time already, and especially the high quality of the papers presented," said Milan Češka, Executive Chairman of the Excel@FIT Board. You can find more in the press release

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Booster-Challenge@FIT awarded prizes to promising student start-up projects

The Faculty of Information Technology expressed its support for the best business ideas which succeeded in the Booster-Challenge@FIT competition by awarding them with a total of 140 thousand Czech crowns. The committee, which evaluated the start-up projects mainly in terms of the uniqueness of the solution, business potential and social benefit, awarded prizes to three teams. The prize was awarded to four FIT students who created the Discyo app. Their app can give the user advice on what film to watch, what podcast to listen to or what videogame to play. The algorithm can recognise the user's preferences and what he or she might like across various media (this app has already succeeded in the BUT Student Entrepreneurial Spirit Award competition; you can read more about it HERE). The committee also awarded a prize to a project of the team led by Jan Polišenský, who works on a learning portal intended to prepare prospective students for the medical school entrance examination. The Medikem.cz server contains a huge database of test questions focusing on biology, chemistry and physics which cover the knowledge necessary to pass the entrance examination and offer personalized mock tests. The third laureate is Adam Ferencz. His project titled "Learning Triangle" is a platform providing peer tutoring with professional mentors. The competition is a part of the Star(t)up@FIT programme, which now supports further development of the awarded projects.

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BUT is among world's five best institutions in the field of speech recognition

The latest ArnetMiner server's "AI 2000 Most Influential Scholars" ranking has confirmed that FIT researchers are among the world's leaders in the area of speech recognition. BUT is among the world's five most important institutions in this field in the world - alongside Google, Facebook, IBM and Carnegie Mellon University. FIT researchers Lukáš Burget, Jan Černocký and Pavel Matějka also feature in the list of the world's 100 most influential researchers. The Brno University of Technology is the only Czech institution to be included in the ArnetMiner tool for indexing and searching authors, publications and data in the field of computer science and BUT researchers, together with Tomáš Mikolov, a graduate of FIT, are the only Czechs indexed there. The Faculty of Information Technology and the BUT Speech@FIT research group have been among the leaders in the field of speech data mining for a long time now and they will host the world's largest conference in the field, InterSpeech 2021, this year.

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