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New FIT professor Jan Černocký appointed by the President

On Wednesday, President Miloš Zeman appointed new professors based on the proposals of university scientific and artistic boards. Jan Černocký, head of the Department of Computer Graphics and Multimedia at the Faculty of Information Technology is among the eighty newly appointed professors. In 1997 he founded the now highly successful BUT Speech@FIT research group and continues to serve as its Executive Director. His research focuses on artificial intelligence, signal processing and speech data mining. He is also an active populariser of his field and a well-known science communicator.

The President's decision must still be co-signed by the Prime Minister, and the appointment decrees will then be handed over to the new professors by the Minister of Education.

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Virtual reality helps patients cope with stressful situations

Being with people who give you their undivided attention. For the average person, this is basically an everyday situation. For people suffering from social phobia, this is a very stressful moment. Thanks to the Ekhi project which is being worked on by physicians from the University Hospital Brno and experts from the Masaryk University in Brno in co-operation with the team led by Tomáš Švec from the Faculty of Information Technology of the Brno University of Technology, patients suffering from various mental disorders will soon be able to train various situations or revisit stressful experiences in the safety of virtual reality. They will be accompanied by a therapist who will be able to control the situation and adjust the patients' stress level. For more information, read the article

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Brno City Award for Peter Chudý of FIT

The members of the Brno Municipal Assembly approved the proposal to award 15 people who will receive the Brno City Award 2021 from the Mayor next year. In the category of technical sciences, the prize will be awarded to Peter Chudý of the Department of Computer Graphics and Multimedia, Faculty of Information Technology, BUT. Mr Chudý focuses, among other things, on numerical simulation of flow, designing cyber-physical systems or modelling and simulating dynamic systems. In the past, he has been awarded the gold medal at the International Engineering Fair for his design of light aircraft autopilot and has gained wide recognition for his work in the area of navigation systems.

The award ceremony should be held in February if the epidemiological situation is favourable. The Mayor Markéta Vaňková congratulated all the laureates: "Their career journey is impressive, they are internationally acclaimed and they show moral strength. I am happy to award these people to repay them for their work in Brno and for Brno and to remind our citizens of the great people who live next to them."

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The second best Czech or Slovak diploma thesis in the field of IT comes from FIT

The twelfth year of the competition for the best diploma thesis in the field of IT, in which nearly 1,300 students from 13 Czech and Slovak universities took part, has its winners. They were selected by an expert jury composed of 19 academics and IT business professionals on Wednesday, 8 December. Patrik Goldschmidt from FIT, who also won the People's Choice Award, ranked second. For more information, read the article

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From a start-up of academic staff to a global leader: Phonexia becomes the company of the year

Phonexia won the company of the year 2021. The company was founded fifteen years ago as a "speech research" group at FIT with which it has been very closely co-operating up to these days. Phonexia is a global leader in its field - a unique technology which, as the first one in the world, is able to identify a speaker solely using a neural network to achieve the highest accuracy and speed possible. The company owes its global success to long-term top-quality work by researchers and scientist in the field of voice technology. For further information, consult the Phonexia or South Moravian Innovation Centre website.

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