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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.fitslavi20.cz.

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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

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

PHOTO: Majda Slámová

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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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International Winter School: deans of FIT and Dankook University sign a memorandum

The Brno International Winter School in Information Technology 2022 (BISSIT) took place at FIT from 17 to 21 January 2022. It followed on the summer school which was held online in July 2021. Together with students from South Korea's Dankook University, a delegation headed by Dean Prof. Yunmook Nah visited FIT. On Monday, 17 January, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FIT Dean Pavel Zemčík. The memorandum should serve as a basis for collaboration between the two institutions in teaching and research and support for study and teaching exchanges.

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Rector awarded prizes to great personages of BUT. The silver medal was presented to Adam Herout

On Thursday, the Rector Petr Štěpánek awarded prizes to twelve personages of Brno University of Technology. Professor Adam Herout, who specializes in computer vision at FIT, received a silver medal for his work in the areas of teaching, research and developlment.

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