BUT Rector's statement on the tragic events at Charles University

The events at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, in the realization of the horror of the act, shook the consciousness of perhaps all people with their incredibility and hurt us all deeply. The gradual uncovering of the circumstances of the crime makes it completely incomprehensible and illustrates its monstrosity, which is further enhanced by the pre-Christmas period. Horror, sadness, sympathy, participation, the need to help and indignation at the injustice are the strongest feelings that this misfortune evokes in us. The injustice that has befallen the unsuspecting victims whose lives have been ended and the injured, who will hopefully be lucky to make it through their fight for health and life. The practical helplessness in anticipating such personal failings makes this misfortune all the more incomprehensible and unbelievable.

This tragic event made 21 December 2023 a black day in the history of Czech higher education, which will also be forever and indelibly inscribed in the history of the Czech nation.

Personally, I am deeply affected by this event. I am sorry for the lives of the innocent victims and I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved. I wish the injured from the bottom of my heart that they will manage their fight for life and health and return to our midst as soon as possible. On behalf of Brno University of Technology, all our staff, and students, I express my full support for Charles University. At the same time, I appreciate the deployment of emergency and rescue services to secure the situation.

At our University, I have taken operational measures to review the security setup and have called on the management of faculties, university institutes and units to cooperate and pay increased attention to security in the buildings and campuses of the university. I have also asked them to monitor information and join the initiatives to support Charles University which are being organised by Charles University itself.

In the context of this event, we are also all the more aware of the need to pay increased attention to the system of support and counselling for students and staff in distress or in psychological difficulties, even at this Christmas time and at the time of examinations, because all problems in the world always have a reasonable and humane solution.

Ladislav Janíček

Statement of the Czech Rectors Conference on the tragic incident at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University


Think about it, if you're having lunch

Whenever you get hungry, you get up and open the fridge - worst case scenario, you order food through the app - that's all you have to worry about. But behind every bite is a much longer chain that starts months before your lunch and certainly doesn't end with throwing leftovers in the trash. How can we help agriculture operate more sustainably, more organically and provide people with the best possible nutrition? These are not the only questions that scientists from BUT, artists and, last but not least, artificial intelligence are asking together in the Hungry EcoCities project. 

The comlete article is available here.


The Faculty of Information Technologies welcomed a delegation from Ukraine. They discussed cyber security

On the last day of November, the Faculty of Information Technologies welcomed a delegation from Ukraine. The management of the faculty and its cybersecurity specialists discussed with the representatives of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, Ukrainian Cybersecurity Cluster, USAID Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure in Ukraine Activity and National Aerospace University possibilities of cooperation in the field of cybersecurity such as joint research and student exchanges.


Another 3 personalities from FIT BUT received the associate professor title

On 29 November 2023, the rector of the Brno University of Technology, Ladislav Janíček, handed over the appointment decrees to the new docents of the BUT. The title associate professor can be from now on used also by Vítězslav Beran, Michal Bidlo and Tomáš Martínek from the Faculty of Information Technology. 

The list of all new BUT associate professors can be found here.

Congratulations to all on the new career milestone.

Photo: Václav Koníček


Tom Barbette from UCLouvain in Belgium will give a presentation at FIT: High-speed stateful packet processing

We are happy to invite to yet another inspirative presentation. Tom Barbette, Assistant Professor at UCLouvain in Belgium, will visit our faculty and give a lecture: High-speed stateful packet processing. It will take place on 29 November 2023 at 11 am, in room E 105 at FIT BUT.

The presentation addresses the challenges in efficiently implementing stateful network functions, essential building blocks for high-speed network functions such as load balancing, traffic management, and monitoring.

Tom Barbette is an Assistant Professor at UCLouvain in Belgium and in his research, he focuses primarily on high-speed networking and acceleration of network functions. After completing his Ph.D., he continued to a 3-year post-doc at the Networked Systems lab of Dejan Kostic at KTH, Sweden, which was followed by a year post-doc at the IP Networking Lab at UCL, Belgium. His work in areas such as efficient load balancing (RSS++, Cheetah), packet processing optimization (PacketMill, Packet Order Matters, Ribosome), and advanced network scheduling (Reframer) has been recognized and presented at prestigious conferences like NSDI, CoNEXT, and ACM SIGCOMM. His aim is to innovate the Internet with new but backward-compatible features based on novel programmable network infrastructure, such as SmartNICs and P4.

More about his work here:

Packet Order Matters!
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