Dean of FIT receives honorary doctorate from Finnish Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology

Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology Pavel Zemčík received the honorary doctorate on Saturday. The Finnish Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) awarded the honorary degree for his contribution to the long-term co-operation between the two institutions.

At Saturday's ceremony, the university awarded honorary degrees to nine Finnish personalities from the world of science and technology and seven distinguished international partners, including FIT Dean Pavel Zemčík. "These are personalities who have been our partners for many years. We would like to thank them for our successful co-operation and strengthen our future strategic partnerships," said LUT Vice-Rector Jaana Sandström.

Pavel Zemčík established co-operation with the Finnish university more than twenty-five years ago, beginning with three research and teaching fellowships he completed in Lappeenranta between 1996 and 1999. Gradually, the co-operation between FIT BUT and LUT began to deepen and today they are important partners in research, education and exchange programmes for students and academics.

"The honorary doctorate is an award that I appreciate very much. LUT is a leading university and I am glad that I stood at the beginning of our partnership, watching as it has grown to become very strong today. I accept this as an appreciation of the co-operation between our faculty and our Finnish partners. When I look at the results that have come out of our collaborative efforts, I am convinced that joint work on research projects and study programmes will bring many more benefits to both parties in the future," said Pavel Zemčík.

The two universities share a research interest, particularly in the field of image processing. Researchers from both institutions have been involved in projects such as multispectral image processing, quality monitoring in wood production and plankton assessment. LUT and BUT even have a joint Master's double degree programme in Computer Vision and are currently preparing a joint PhD programme.

Dean of FIT Pavel Zemčík with his wife. Source: Pavel Zemčík


Czech and world cybersecurity experts to come to Brno

Current challenges and new results of cyber security research will form the programme of the European Conference on Security Research in Cyberspace. In addition to topics such as cybercrime, safe artificial intelligence, protection of critical infrastructures of the state and education, and prevention in cyber security, it will offer a practical demonstration of the latest laboratory equipment. Held on the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the EU by Masaryk University, the Technical University in Brno and the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, the international conference will take place from 12 to 14 September 2022.

"Cybersecurity is a complex phenomenon that requires close cooperation between security forces and top research universities at state level," explained Radim Polčák, Masaryk University's Vice-Rector for Development, Legislation and Information Technology. "Our university has been at the forefront of the Czech cyber security system, and the results of our research in various fields of informatics, law, social sciences and humanities still contribute to keeping us at the forefront of this field in Europe."

Over the course of three days, the conference will bring together scientists and representatives of security forces, such as the Czech Police and the Security Information Service, and other state institutions and commercial companies. The conference will focus on topics such as secure artificial intelligence, modern cryptography, the creation of an international quantum network and image processing. It will also discuss cybersecurity education, speech and cybercrime mining, and network forensic analysis.

Bart Preneel, a professor at the prestigious University of Leuven, Belgium, and the head of the renowned research group COSIC, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Professor Preneel has long been involved in information security, cryptography and privacy. In the past, he also served as president of the International Association for Cryptological Research. He is the author of more than 400 scientific publications and 5 patents.


Another main topic will be education and prevention in cybersecurity. This will include discussion of cyber arenas for skills training, awareness-raising in the field of quantum threats, and vocational training. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit modern laboratories recently opened to researchers at BUT. "With the advent of new technologies and the current international situation, we cannot expect a decrease in the number of cyber-attacks," said Jan Hajný, a leading expert on cryptography and cyber security at the Brno University of Technology. "On the contrary, we need to prepare for more frequent and complex attacks, which may have stronger effects on our daily lives and the running of the state. It is therefore important that we not only talk about the future of technology and cyber security, but that we are adequately prepared for such scenarios. This will also be one of the topics of the Brno conference."

The conference will also present the concept behind the National Research and Development Plan in the field of cybersecurity, as well as focusing on new opportunities to support cybersecurity research, both at national (Czech) and European level, especially in terms of technological trends, application of results in practice (opportunities and limits in transmitting results) and tools to support security programmes at national level. "Within the framework of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union, the conference provides a unique opportunity to present cyber security research as a key part of the security research system in the Czech Republic," said Petr Novák, director of the Department of Security Research and Police Education of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

The three-day event will take place at several faculties of Masaryk University and the Brno University of Technology. The conference is held under the auspices of the city of Brno. Detailed information, including the registration form, is available at Registration for the conference is mandatory, but there is no registration fee.

The event is organized within the framework of the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU and is financed from projects VJ01030001, VJ01030002, VJ01030004 and VJ01030007 of the Ministry of the Interior Strategic Support for Security Research Development 2019-2025 (IMPAKT 1).


Professional workshops, self-driving cars and concerts - the Faculty celebrates its anniversary at the FIT Festival

Professional workshops, self-driving cars, concerts and a bouncy castle - the Faculty celebrates its anniversary at the FIT Festival

The last Saturday of April saw the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Information Technology. The Faculty campus welcomed over 1,100 visitors. Beautiful sunny weather and a rich programme gave everyone a nice opportunity for meeting other people and enjoying the festival day.

The morning and early afternoon belonged to science and research: 24 IT workshops and the Excel@FIT student conference were held, where 33 projects were assessed this year. The visitors toured the laboratories and were inspired by Leoš Dvořák's lecture titled "Software Quo Vadis".

The courtyard at Building L was besieged by children playing on the bouncy castle, taking part in competitions and cheering on rabbits as they hopped over the obstacles. In the FabLab truck, they could 3D print a whistle and take a look at the technical gadgets on display.

The Students' Union organised many games and sports competitions and the results were impressive. For example, several participants in the roaring competition broke the 120-decibel threshold, which corresponds to the loudness of an average pneumatic drill.

In the afternoon, student bands from FIT followed by Michal Horák and Petr Čadek took the main stage, producing a great musical experience from the first song to the last.

The Faculty thanks all visitors for finding their way to our event, our partners for their support and everyone who participated in the preparation of the festival. It was a great success. Take a look at our photo gallery or watch the video that will take you through the festival day.


The Minister of Education and the Mayor of Brno congratulated FIT on its 20th anniversary at a gala evening

On Wednesday evening, the Faculty of Information Technology celebrated the 20th anniversary of its foundation on 1 January. At the gala evening organised in the Brno City Theatre, the Dean of FIT Pavel Zemčík presented the FIT gold and silver medals. The Faculty was also congratulated on its anniversary by the Minister of Education Petr Gazdík, the Mayor of Brno Markéta Vaňková and the new Rector of BUT Ladislav Janíček.

The 1st of January 2022 marked twenty years since the establishment of the BUT Faculty of Information Technology. The anniversary was celebrated at a gala evening attended by staff, students and invited guests. "At the very beginning, there was an effort to give room to a dynamically developing field, which was then beginning to have a growing social impact. In twenty years, the Faculty has become an integral part of education and research in the Czech Republic and I am happy that we have made a name for ourselves in Europe and the world. FIT has grown considerably in that time and I am glad that we have managed to preserve the values with which we founded it," said Pavel Zemčík, Dean of the BUT Faculty of Information Technology.

Over the past 20 years, information technology has become one of the driving engines of Brno's economy. "And the Faculty of Information Technology has also played a part in this. It cultivates cutting-edge research and knowledge it can pass on to students. This is extremely important for the whole of society," said Minister of Education Petr Gazdík.

Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Petr Gazdík.

Markéta Vaňková, the Mayor of Brno, also congratulated the Faculty on its 20th anniversary at the gala evening. "The Faculty has helped to change Brno since its founding. Also thanks to FIT, South Moravia is turning into a knowledge-economy region. By building its unique campus, it has helped to change and beautify the face of Královo Pole," said Markéta Vaňková.

Ladislav Janíček attended the ceremony as the first official event in his new role as Rector of BUT. "The Faculty not only educates top engineering graduates, but it is one of the most efficient at BUT in terms of obtaining international research grants, as well as national funding. It performs very well in contract research and collaboration with the industry, including knowledge transfer and the establishment of spin-off and start-up companies. I wish the Faculty many excellent applicants, students, employees and graduates in the decades to come and at least equally successful and even better results in research, including in collaboration with the industry," said Rector of BUT Ladislav Janíček.

The Faculty was also congratulated on its anniversary by the Mayor of Brno Markéta Vaňková and the Rector of BUT Ladislav Janíček.

The Dean of FIT presented gold and silver medals at the ceremony. The celebrations will culminate on Saturday 30 April, when the FIT Festival will take place on the campus of the Faculty of Information Technology in Božetěchova street. For more information, visit

Veronika Lacinová, granddaughter of Zdeňka Rábová, receives the gold medal from the Dean of FIT.

List of awardees:

Gold medals

  • prof. RNDr. Milan Češka, CSc. - for outstanding work in the field of theoretical computer science and merits for the development of the Faculty
  • prof. Ing. Václav Dvořák, DrSc. - for merit for the establishment and development of the faculty and outstanding work in the field of computer hardware
  • doc. Ing. Zdeňka Rábová, CSc. (in memoriam) - for her lifelong contribution to the Faculty and her work on modelling and simulation methods
  • doc. Ing. František Zbořil, CSc. - for outstanding work in the field of intelligent systems and merits for the development and operation of the Faculty

Silver medals

  • Ing. Rudolf Čejka - for merits for the operation of computer technology at the Faculty and its development
  • doc. Dr. Ing. Otto Fučík - for excellent work in the field of programmable hardware and embedded systems
  • doc. Mgr. Lukáš Holík, Ph.D. - for outstanding work and achievements in the field of theoretical computer science and verification
  • Ing. Radek Kočí, Ph.D. - for representing the Faculty and BUT in the Council of Higher Education Institutions and for his work in the Academic Senate
  • doc. Ing. Ondřej Ryšavý, Ph.D. - for his excellent work in research on cybersecurity of computer networks
  • Ing. Aleš Smrčka, Ph.D. - for merit in education and research on reliability and security of computers and systems

Performance at the Brno City Theatre on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Faculty.

PHOTO: Majda Slámová


The Faculty has purchased a new electric car for greener travel

The Faculty of Information Technology is also trying to reduce its ecological footprint through its vehicle choices. The new ŠKODA Enyaq iV is a new addition to its car fleet and will be available to Faculty staff for business trips. The purchase of the all-electric vehicle, which will help protect the environment by reducing emissions, was supported by a grant from the Ministry of the Environment provided through the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic.


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