Research

Current research projects

In the last five years, DCSE members have taken part in the projects of the Czech Science Agency (GA ČR), Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Education (MŠMT), and Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO). Furthermore, we participate in European projects within the 6th Framework Programme (6FP) and European Social Fund (ESF). You can find more details on past projects on the Web sites of individual research groups.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering participates in the project of the European Centre of Excellence NTIS (New Technologies for the Information Society) in the form of the research program P2: Advanced computer and information systems.

 

Overview of current projects:


Projects starting in the year 2021


Generalized Symmetries and Equivalences of Geometric Data

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Ing. Ivana Kolingerová,
Project number: 21-08009K
Duration: 1. 3. 2021 - 29. 2. 2024
Grantor: GA ČR

Annotation: An object has symmetry if there is a transformation that maps the object onto itself (i.e., the object has an invariance under the given transformation). Symmetry detection became a challenging topic particularly in pattern recognition, computer vision, computer graphics, and geometric modelling, where it addresses problems such as object alignment, data compression, symmetrical editing, reconstruction of incomplete objects, or technical illustrations support. The proposed project plans to combine into one team three kinds of scientists: Computer scientists oriented to geometrical algorithms, computer scientists from the area of the Earth Observation data processing, and mathematicians oriented to geometric modelling and geometrical algorithms. The project goal is to bring new results according to hot topics in symmetries, mainly in generalized symmetries, exact and approximate projective equivalences; the integration of these results into semantic segmentation and object recognition enables to bring new results also in the Earth Observation data processing. Cíle projektu anglicky (vědecký záměr) Proposal of new and improvement of existing methods for: 1. Computation of generalized symmetries of geometric data 2. Computation of exact and approximate projective equivalences and symmetries 3. Integration of symmetries into semantic segmentation and object recognition in Earth Observation.

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Innovation of technologies and processes for the development of a modular e-shop

Principal investigator: Milan Bartoň (Barton Studio s.r.o.)
Investigator: Ing. Martin Dostal, Ph.D.
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/20_324/0023584
Duration: 1. 5. 2021 - 31. 1. 2023
Grantor: MPO, OP PIK

Annotation: The aim of the project is to start cooperation with the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, specifically with the Department of Informatics and Computer Science, which has extensive know-how in the field of software development and process optimization. As part of the project, we would like to innovate technologies and processes for the development of modern modular e-shop systems.


Therapeutic rehabilitation robot controlled by brain signals

Principal investigator: Dr. Jaroslav Moravec (FOTON, s.r.o.)
Investigator: Ing. Pavel Mautner, Ph.D.
Project number: FW03010025
Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 30. 6. 2025
Grantor: TA ČR – FW – Program Trend

Annotation: The main goal of the project will be to develop a therapeutic rehabilitation robot in which the process of re-education of the patient's upper limb momentum will be controlled directly through signals from his brain using a brain-computer interface (BCI). The developed robot will also use information from position, force and torque sensors, which will enable optimal rehabilitation of limb momentum by the robot and will also provide diagnostic validation of the treatment process. In addition to the above attributes, the robot will excel in the possibilities of Internet connectivity, full use of the possibilities of virtual reality and the principles of artificial intelligence will be applied in its control. It will also include an intelligent diagnostic system with the help of which it will be possible to objectively assess the success of therapy and optimize it.

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Projects starting in the year 2020


Artificial Intelligence, Media and Law

Principal investigator: Mgr. Alžběta Krausová (LL.M., ÚSP AV ČR)
Investigator: Ing. Miloslav Konopík, Ph.D.
Project number: TL03000152
Duration: 1. 6. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Grantor: TA ČR

Annotation: The aim of this project is to define legal and regulatory conditions of fair protection of personal autonomy and the right to informational self-determination of an individual with regard to the use of artificial intelligence for the purposes of personalized news, advertisement and other type of content through the mass media; to define the best practices for creation and communication of personalized contents through mass media; and to provide to common users a freely available tool that will help them to exercise their right to personal autonomy and informational self-determination. The project will contribute to realization of some objectives defined in Chapter 6 of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy of the Czech Republic.

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Implementace Krajského akčního plánu 2 v Karlovarském kraji

Principal investigator: Ing. Zuzana Žitná (Karlovarský kraj)
Investigator: Doc. Ing. Libor Váša, Ph.D.
Project number: CZ.02.3.68/0.0/0.0/19_078/0017823
Duration: 1. 9. 2020 - 31. 8. 2023
Grantor: MŠMT - OP VVV - PO 3

Annotation: ZČU se projektu účastní aktivitou Konzultace a podpora demonstrační laboratoře aplikované techniky. Cílem aktivity je odborná podpora při budování demonstrační laboratoře aplikované techniky poskytnutá pedagogickými pracovníky a studenty Západočeské Univerzity (ZČU), zejména Katedry informatiky a výpočetní techniky. Podpora se bude týkat v první řadě volby a výběru pořizovaného hardwaru, jeho uvedení do provozu a následně vytvoření podpůrných materiálů pro hlubší úrovně interakce. Tato aktivita má vazbu na aktivitu, kterou bude realizovat finanční partner Gymnázium Sokolov a Krajské vzdělávací centrum, příspěvková organizace.

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Representation and processing methods for three dimensional dynamic shapes

Principal investigator: Doc. Ing. Libor Váša, Ph.D.
Project number: 20-02154S
Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Grantor: GA ČR

Annotation: 3D polygon meshes are ubiquitous in many areas of science and technology. Besides static meshes, modern hardware also allows acquiring dynamic meshes, where shape and connectivity change over time. Many new applications can be built on this kind of data, however, their efficient representation and processing is an open problem that must be solved in order to exploit them to their full potential. Current approaches suffer from fundamental drawbacks, such as incorrect dealing with missing data in the case of temporary occlusion, necessity of resampling resulting in precision loss or inability to distinguish true and spurious topology changes. This project addresses these problems by employing computational techniques of discrete differential geometry. A compact model will be constructed with topology determined by analyzing the whole input sequence. The parameters of the model and its deformation will be optimized by minimizing an objective function that limits the influence of missing or misinterpreted input data. The proposed solution will be verified in multiple applications.

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Research and development of an intelligent PAS system for workplace health protection and improvement of working conditions

Principal investigator: Mgr. Jakub Žákavec (DSS)
Investigator: Ing. Martin Dostal, Ph.D.
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/19_262/0020048; EG19_262/0020048
Duration: 01.09.2020 - 31.12.2022
Grantor: MPO, OP PIK

Annotation: Multidisciplinary research and development within the presented project is focused on a prototype of a modular and intelligent IS PAS (personal and assistance security system), which using artificial intelligence algorithms, big data, Internet of things and various smart HW elements can be used to provide and development of safe workplaces in various fields. An important part of solution development is its usability / applicability in practice and incorporating the requirements and expectations of future users. A necessary parameter of the developed solution is also price acceptability.
Using modern technologies, intelligent IS will enable the prevention of undesirable states / situations, monitoring and diagnostics of selected parameters of health and safety at work, and the SW part of the system uses artificial intelligence to evaluate stored data, analyze and submit solutions for employees and management. The synergistic effect occurs through the use of three factors - human, artificial intelligence and IoT. By connecting several physical hardware modules capable of transmitting data using network connectivity (IoT) with artificial intelligence, whose algorithms will be able to adapt to the environment and assess potential security risks, and a person who will bring experience and knowledge in the field of health and safety to the project. protection of workers' health and improvement of their working environment.


Projects starting in the year 2019


Improvement of human cognitive and physical abilities by application of modern information technologies in Neurorehabilitation

Principal investigator: Doc. Ing. Roman Mouček, Ph.D.
Project number: 191
Duration: 1. 4. 2019 - 31. 3. 2022
Grantor: SFEU - INTERREG V-A (CZ-BY)

Annotation: The aim of the project is to improve the quality and effectiveness of neurorehabilitation procedures both in the acute phase of the disease and in the long-term home rehabilitation phase and to facilitate and accelerate the return of patients to a normal family, social and work life and further support their families. Targeted neurorehabilitation methods and procedures and current knowledge of information technologies (human-computer interfaces, web technologies, machine learning methods) are used for this purpose. The benefit of the project is the creation of new, original and individually differentiated technical and program tools for brain stimulation and methods of cognitive and motoric training with respect to individual patient needs.
The project is solved in collaboration with Asklepios Klinik Schaufling, Centrum pobytových a terénních sociálních služeb Zbůch, Das Bezirksklinikum Mainkofen, Donau-Isar Klinikum Deggendorf a Philipps-Universität Marburg.

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Research and development of an intelligent system to support care in social services using assistive technologies

Principal investigator: Mgr. Jakub Žákavec (DSS)
Investigator: Ing. Martin Dostal, Ph.D.
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_176/0015556; EG17_176/0015556
Duration: 1. 9.2019 - 31. 12. 2021
Grantor: MPO, OP PIK

Annotation: Research and development of an automated sophisticated system to support care in social services, which with the use of artificial intelligence and assistive technologies enables the prevention of adverse conditions / situations, monitoring and diagnosis of selected parameters (eg location, food and drinking regime as part of lifestyle, body temperature, blood pressure, falls) and the proposal of variants of necessary measures for detected deviations of clients - seniors in institutional social care. The complex system will consist of a technological (HW) part and a SW solution.


Transformation of Journalisms Ethics in the Advent of Artificial Intelligence

Principal investigator: PhDr. Václav Moravec, Ph.D. et Ph.D. (Univerzita Karlova v Praze)
Investigator: Ing. Miloslav Konopík, Ph.D.
Project number: TL02000288
Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2021
Grantor: TA ČR

Annotation: The goal of the project is twofold. Within two years, it will develop and practically apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) editorial system of automated journalism in Czech. It will also research selected journalism ethics attributes related to the advent of AI, including a method of verification and authorisation of AI-generated content, an ethical conflict between velocity and accuracy, and redefinition of the role of journalists in the newsrooms that embrace automated journalism. Findings of this research will offer the instructions for practical application of AI editorial system into Czech media environment. These instructions will build on the principles of social responsibility and will provide an innovative method for journalism education in the Czech Republic.

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Projects starting in the year 2018


AFarCloud - Aggregate Farming in the Cloud (2)

Principal investigator: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Investigator: Doc. Ing. Přemysl Brada, MSc., Ph.D.
Project number: 783221
Duration: 1. 9. 2018 - 31. 8. 2021
Grantor: EC – H2020

Annotation: Farming is facing many economic challenges in terms of productivity or cost-effectiveness, as well as an increasing labour shortage partly due to depopulation of rural areas. Current systems still have significant drawbacks in areas such as flexibility, efficiency, robustness, sustainability, high operator cost and capital investment. Furthermore, reliable detection, accurate identification and proper quantification of pathogens and other factors, affecting both plant and animal health, are critical to be kept under control so as to reduce economy expenditures, trade disruptions and even human health risks. AFarCloud provides a framework able to promote precision farming solutions, realized through the development of specialized Cyber Physical Systems and integration with other disciplines concerning data mining and analyses with agronomic protocols, by using not only new robotic platforms but also incorporating to the aforementioned framework the legacy systems already deployed in the farms. The AFarCloud project aims to make farming robots accessible to more users by: ?Enabling farming robots to work in a cooperative mesh, thus opening up new applications and ensuring re-usability, as no specialized vehicles are needed because heterogeneous standard vehicles can combine their capabilities ?Increasing the autonomy of farming robots and improving their usability AFarCloud achievements will be demonstrated in 2 field tests in both cropping (general horticulture, grass sub-scenario and seed potato sub-scenario) and livestock scenarios (food management and livestock movement control). AFarCloud outcomes will strength partners? market position boosting their innovation capacity and addressing industrial needs both at EU and international levels. The consortium represents the whole ICT-based farming solutions? value chain, including all key actors needed for the development, demonstration and future market uptake of the precision farming.

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Fostering Innovation in the Danube Region through Knowledge Engineering and IPR Management (KnowING IPR)

Principal investigator: Doc. Ing. Dalibor Fiala, Ph.D.
Project number: DTP2-076-1.1
Duration: 1.7.2018 - 30.6.2021
Grantor: Research program EK Interreg DANUBE

Annotation: The main objective of the project is to create a transnational innovation platform for efficient exploitation of available knowledge on patents, research and development. Key outputs are transnational KnowING innovation platform, linking innovation actors and pooling competences in knowledge retrieval and engineering, and a web service providing structured on-demand knowledge to SMEs, capacity building tools, and KnowING durability and transferability toolkit.

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InteCom: R&D in Intelligent Components of Advanced Technologies for the Pilsen metropolitan area

Principal investigator: Ing. Jiří Vacátko
Investigator: Doc. Ing. Přemysl Brada, MSc., Ph.D.; Doc. Ing. Pavel Král, Ph.D.
Project number: CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/17_048/0007267
Duration: 1. 1. 2018 - 30. 6. 2022
Grantor: MŠMT

Annotation: The project focuses on the research, development and experimental verification of intelligent components for the application areas of NIP II: Digital market technologies and NIP I: Advanced machines and technologies for a strong and competitive industry. The project will enhance the capabilities related to the technologies for Industry 4.0. Innovative solutions will be developed to improve robotic, control, diagnostic, management and monitoring technologies, and will be validated through consulting with industrial partners.

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Modern Access to Historical Sources

Principal investigator: Doc. Ing. Pavel Král, Ph.D.
Project number: 211
Duration: 1. 3. 2018 - 31. 8. 2021
Grantor: SFEU - INTERREG V-A (CZ-BY)

Annotation: The main goal of this project is to make accessible archival resources from the Czech-Bavarian border region using state-of-the-art information technologies. It will be possible to search information based on geolocation. We also focus on a clear presentation and an effective search of the documents in a form of raster images. We further realize an intelligent full-text access to the printed documents in both Czech and German languages. The information will be available through an existing portal "Porta Fontium".

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Multimodal identification, authorization and verification of persons

Principal investigator: Palaxo Development s.r.o.
Investigator: Ing. Miloslav Konopík, Ph.D.
Project number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_107/0012507
Duration: 1. 5. 2018 - 31. 12. 2020
Grantor: MPO – OP PIK

Annotation: Cílem projektu je v rámci Experimentálního vývoje a Průmyslového výzkumu vyvinout SW řešení, které bude hardwarovými i softwarovými prostředky zajišťovat bezpečnou a důvěryhodnou multimodální identifikaci, autorizaci a verifikace osob, včetně souvisejících elektronických transakcí a podpisů s primárním zaměřením na zabezpečený oběh, podepisováni a verifikaci dokumentů a elektronických formulářů. Žadatel disponuje kvalitními experty a významnou přidanou hodnotu je účinná spolupráce se ZČU.
Tento projekt je součástí programu OP PIK - Operační program podnikání a inovace pro konkurenceschopnost.

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Projects starting in the year 2017


Meshless methods for large scattered spatio-temporal vector data visualization

Principal investigator: Prof. Ing. Václav Skala, CSc.
Project number: 17-05534S
Duration: 1. 1. 2017 - 31. 12. 2019
Grantor: GA ČR - Grantová agentura České republiky

Annotation: Development of new methods for spatio-temporal scattered data interpolation and approximation in computer graphics.

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Methods of Identification and Visualization of Tunnels for Flexible Ligands in Dynamic Proteins

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Ing. Ivana Kolingerová,
Project number: 17-07690S
Duration: 1. 1. 2017 - 31. 12. 2019
Grantor: GA ČR - Grantová agentura České republiky

Annotation: Search for new methods for simulation and visualiztaion of a transport of a general ligand in dynamic proteins and evaluatiuon of the detected paths. The emthods will be based on a combination of robotic motion planning and a geometric space subdivision. The project joins research in the area of motion planning (CTU Prague), geometric models (UWB Pilsen) and visualizations (MU Brno).

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Projects starting in the year 2016


Access to a Lingustically Structured Database of Enquiries from the Language Consulting Centre

Principal investigator: PhDr. Martin Prošek, Ph.D. (Ústav pro jazyk český AV ČR, v. v. i)
Investigator: Ing. Martin Dostal, Ph.D.; Ing. Martin Zíma, Ph.D.; Ing. Michal Nykl, Ph.D.
Project number: DG16P02B009
Duration: 1. 3. 2016 - 31. 12. 2019
Grantor: MKČR

Annotation: The main goal of this project is to make a unique linguistic material consisting of questions asked to the language consulting centre of the Institute of the Czech Language of the AS CR, v. v. i., accessible to the general public in a completely new, user-friendly software database of language problems concerning the language counseling centre. To facilitate the processing of queries for entering them into the database a system for semi-automatic editing of data to assist with the structuring of a query will be designed.

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Brainwave driven digital assistance system for motor-impaired people

Principal investigator: Doc. Ing. Roman Mouček, Ph.D.
Project number: 85
Duration: 1. 10. 2016 - 30. 9. 2019
Grantor: Operational program EK INTERREG V-A (CZ-BY)

Annotation: The main objective of the BASIL project that is being solved within the cross-border cooperation between the regions of Bavaria and the Czech Republic is a prototype of a ‘smart home’ assistance system. This assistance system, based on the recognition of brain waves, is intended for people with limited mobility.

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Projects starting in the year 2015


PUNTIS – Sustainability support of the centre NTIS – New Technologies for the Information Society

Principal investigator: Prof. Ing. Pavel Novák Ph.D.
Investigator: Doc. Ing. Josef Kohout, Ph.D.; Doc. Ing. Přemysl Brada, MSc., Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Ing. Ivana Kolingerová,
Project number: LO1506
Duration: 1. 7. 2015 - 30. 6. 2020
Grantor: MŠMT

Annotation: The PUNTIS project builds on the European Centre of Excellence NTIS - New Technologies for the Information Society project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation) built in the years 2010-14 as a new division of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. The main objectives of the PUNTIS project are: supporting the Centre as the major research and development institution of European importance, also supporting the social and economic development of the City of Pilsen and the Pilsen region, development of research teams, internationalization of the teams, and partial renewal and upgrading of the implemented infrastructure.

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