🏡 What’s new at prg․ai
Elements of AI gets an update
The popular online course on the fundamentals of artificial intelligence just got better and more up-to-date. It now includes expansions responding to the last year’s developments and the popularization of AI tools such as ChatGPT.
As well as completely revised recommended resources for each chapter, including tutorial videos that are unique to the Czech version of the course. The six chapters are guided by researcher Jindřiška Deckerová from the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU, in tandem with Sara Polak from the Faculty of Information Technology, CTU. Together, they explain the most important parts of each chapter in videos, helping participants to master the entire course. We have prepared the videos together with Czechitas and the FIT CTU.
Echoes of the Dny AI 2023
About hundred workshops, presentations, lectures and discussions took place during the festival month. Join us in reliving those moments through the AI Days 2023 aftermovie.
And you can also watch the aftermovie from the AI Awards 2023 ceremony at Vzlet in Vršovice.
Czech Wired has published an interview with Martin Čmejrk, the Research Director at MAMA AI. You can find out, for example, what technologies they use or why the voicebot Tomáš has had such great success with Alzheimer’s patients. The interview took place during last year’s AI Days at the AI 4 Business event, where Martin shared, among other things, how to successfully implement generative AI solutions in the enterprise.
Together with Scio and AI for Kids, we launched AI Coffee (AI Kafíčko) – regular informal meetings for educators with experts on artificial intelligence in education, which took place three times in December. Whether you have concerns, questions, or want to share examples of good practice, join us to stay updated on the latest news in AI education! You can meet us in person and online, and we look forward to seeing you.
New TAH Centre
Technology, Art, Humanities, or TAH for short, is a new grouping that was formed to collaborate on solutions to societal problems. The essence of the newly formed TAH Centre is to bring knowledge and innovation that would be beyond the reach of any single discipline. The Centre aims to shape domestic and European policies, co-develop educational programmes, share experiences and develop new research topics. We see great sense in interdisciplinary cooperation, which is why we were happy to join TAH from the very beginning.
Where can you meet us?
As a community partner, we would like to invite you to the Creative Edge 2024 conference focused on the possibilities of using AI in the creative industry, which takes place on Monday 22 January at CAMP. Leading Czech and international experts will take the stage, including personalities such as Luba Elliott, a curator and researcher specializing in AI within the creative industries, and Boris Eldagsen, a world-renowned phenomenon for winning an international award for his AI-generated photography.
There are still a few spots left in the regular The MAMA AI Academy for January 23 and 24, 2024. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience in AI. Delve into the basics of AI and try your hand at tasks such as building your own voicebot!
A current view of the world of artificial intelligence, new AI solutions and the progress of start-ups over the last almost a decade, all this will be brought by the AI Days 2024 conference. It is organized by our partners M Computers and our director Lukáš Kačena will be speaking there. Learn how to turn Prague into an AI hub. The conference will take place on Thursday, January 25th in KC City – Prague.
KPMG’s breakfast series on AI continues in 2024. Specifically, on 30 January, Selected Examples of AI will focus on the use of AI and its legal and ethical issues.
👏 Local AI scene news that makes us proud
Details from the Czech mission to Canada
Canada is one of the world leaders in artificial intelligence, thanks to its scientific expertise, government strategy and dynamic innovation environment. A recent Czech AI mission, with the participation of Tomáš Kroupa from AIC FEE CTU, explored opportunities for cooperation in research, development and education. It was this mission in 2018 that led to the establishment of prg.ai.
The medal of Karel Kramář
Michal Pěchouček, Chair of the prg.ai’s Executive Board, co-founder and director of the AIC FEE CTU and technical director of Gen, received the medal of Karel Kramář for his extraordinary contribution in the field of science and research.
OI student takes prestigious award
Daria Mikhaylovskaya, a student of the Open Informatics (OI) program at FEE CTU, has won the prestigious Generation Google Scholarship: for women in computer science. Daria is now in her third year working in the Humanoid Robots Lab, where she is dedicated to the development of artificial intelligence based on insights about learning and discovery of the world by young children.
A promising Czech talent at Oxford
Vít Růžička, a graduate of OI FEL CTU and a PhD student at Oxford University, focuses on machine learning and its application in various scientific fields. His latest paper in Scientific Reports describes the detection of methane signals using hyperspectral satellites. One of the innovations is that the data is detected and evaluated by AI, automatically filtering out some of the interfering elements.
Recognition and computer vision
At the beginning of December, the Department of Cybernetics of FEL CTU hosted the 46th Colloquium on Recognition and Computer Vision. This is an event with a long tradition dating back to 1998. This meeting is organized by the Visual Recognition Group and enjoys the generous support of the Czech Pattern Recognition Society (CPRS).
Robo help for bees
Tomáš Krajník, head of the chronorobotics laboratory at the AIC FEL CTU, published an article in the prestigious The Conversation, focused on the popularization of science. The article on innovative robotic solutions to help bees presents in detail the European projects Hiveopolis and RoboRoyale.
The new generation of computers
Jakub Mareček from AIC was a guest on Czech Radio Leonardo Plus. Together with Petr Koubský they focused on quantum computers, how these devices can model complex physical systems, discussed where quantum computers are used and explored their potential.
Gold in Chaos Neurathon 2023
A team of students from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at CTU won the Chaos Neurathon 2023. With the slogan “All You Need Is All You Need”, PhD students Radim Špetlík from the Department of Cybernetics, Michal Kučera from the Department of Computer Graphics and Interaction and Open Computer Science student David Kunz came to win. This year’s theme was the use of AI in 3D rendering.
AI assistant for primary schools
Experts from three faculties of Charles University have developed a unique AI assistant for primary school students and teachers. Unlike GPT Chat, this assistant does not “hallucinate”, but helps pupils prepare for entrance exams to high school in mathematics and Czech language.
Cogni Trainee detects neurodegenerative diseases
The revolutionary Czech app, Cogni Trainee, can aid in detecting early stages of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The app tests mental abilities, especially of the elderly, and detects early signs of neurodegenerative diseases, which can significantly slow the progression of the disease and prolong an individual’s independence. CIIRC CTU also participated in the development.
No future without robots?
Zdeněk Hanzálek, head of the Industrial Informatics Department at the CIIRC CTU, suggests that the Czech Republic is currently at a crossroads. The question is whether we will embrace innovation and integrate robots into mainstream production, or if they will remain as exotic achievements, leaving us solely as a low-cost assembly plant.
How does Wikipedia work and how has its content contributed to the development of AI chatbots? Listen to one of the episodes of FIT CTU’s Ones and Zeros podcast. Martin Urbanec, Vice President of Wikimedia CR and the only Czech working for Wikimedia’s US headquarters as a software developer, will explain everything
The first graduate of the double degree programme
FIT CTU celebrates the first graduate of the double-degree program, who simultaneously graduated from the Faculty of Information Technology of the CTU in Prague and the Faculty of Applied Economics of the University of Antwerp. This is a joint PhD programme where students can obtain a degree from both the home and partner foreign university at the same time, for one dissertation.
Fokus Václava Moravce on AI
Fokus Václava Moravce was broadcast live from the Testbed for Industry 4.0 at CIIRC CTU focusing on the rise and fall of artificial intelligence. The guests included Michal Pěchouček and Tomáš Mikolov.
Czechia through the eyes of science
Explore the intriguing and possibly lesser-known projects developed by Czech scientists in 2023. This overview appropriately highlights the work of researcher Josef Šivic from CTU, who will integrate computer vision, machine learning, and robotics as part of the prestigious ERC Advanced grant.
Experts on AI Act
Will the European Union be a pioneer in AI regulation or or will it adopt a more stringent watchdog role? Discover expert opinions on the upcoming legislation, including insights from Pavel Kordík and Michal Pěchouček. The AI Act is also extensively discussed by Jakub Mareček from AIC FEE CTU and coordinator of HumanCompatible.org, a European project dedicated to promoting fairness in AI. Pavel Kordík and Jan Kleindienst commented for CzechCrunch.
The CzechInno association has announced the most beneficial Czech innovations of 2023 in the Visionaries competition. The jury awarded a wide range of innovative achievements, dominated by the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare and environmentally beneficial technologies. Honourable mentions from the expert jury went to companies such as Blindspot Solutions and JALUD Embedded.
Sustainable artificial intelligence
We’ve concluded a successful webinar organized by CLAIRE Office Prague, featuring the participation of Petr Kadera from EDIH CTU. The discussion focused on sustainable artificial intelligence and the strategies employed by European digital innovation centers to address green solutions.
Qminers are aiming for the stars
For Qminers, no question is too big to unravel. That’s why they symbolically open the door to new challenges and show that mathematics is all around us. With the slogan #NeverStopBeingCurious, they are expanding the horizons of the next generation. According to the founder, Petr Zahradník, they are a dream job for excellent mathematical talents who would otherwise disappear abroad. Qminers shows that even a small Czech company can compete with the established world leaders.
More than 100K invoices per week
Wolt encounters various challenges, such as the need to process over 100,000 invoices per week. Rossum offers a solution to automate these processes, empowering Wolt to expand into new markets.
Cybersecurity forecast for 2024
The rapid development of artificial intelligence is wildly impacting cybersecurity. Michal Pěchouček from Gen Digital summarizes how the popularity of generative AI, the role of social networks or the risks of using ChatGPT are shaping the current cyberspace.
Revolution in manufacturing
Artificial intelligence is transforming the entire IT business. For example, Eviden is currently providing technology developed by its Czech subsidiary, DataSentics, to manufacturing plants. This technology is capable of identifying product defects directly on the production line through video analysis.
Personalized Support during Life Crises
Ivana Tykač’s new app, Amicara, which focuses on supporting people going through a life crisis, uses generative AI to provide personalized help and advice. Experts from Blindspot AI and MAMA AI contributed to the development.
Citya introduces a new transport concept in the Czech Republic combining taxis and buses using AI. It allows them to optimise transport services in hard-to-reach areas by analyzing people’s movements and preferred routes.
Did you know you can add a custom knowledge base to your chatbot? Apify introduces Website Content Crawler, which is the optimal solution for creating one. Among other things, it walks you step-by-step through how to create a ChatGPT knowledge base so that your bot has access to the most relevant data.
Web scraping in 2024
Apify is coming up with another issue of its own newsletter. This time you can read not only a summary of last year, but also an outlook for this year.
M-computers introduces a new portal for AI server configuration. It comes with an intuitive interface and easy operation. Aiserver.eu enables fast and accurate server configuration according to the specific needs of a given AI project.
🎭 Events we’re excited about
18 Jan – Artificial Intelligence: promise and threat – Petr Koubský’s lecture at UTF MFF UK will present the historical and social context of AI and the development of AI as a scientific discipline.
18 Jan – You can get acquainted with the results of research conducted at the CIIRC CTU Colloquium.
18 Jan – Phrase webinar series will help you explore dashboards using Phrase Analytics.
18 Jan – AI as a Marketing Helper will present tips on how to save time and energy by using technology and AI tools more effectively.
23 Jan – The answer to the question How to make your studies easier with artificial intelligence will be presented in the webinar of the same name by lecturer Jan Kohut.
8 Feb – Miton AI Times: Semantic Search with Elasticsearch. This talk will show how to use Elasticsearch as a vector database and explain the differences between semantic and lexical search.
8 Feb – Combat Document Fraud: AI Solutions for Automated KYC/KYB workshop will present practical ways to combat document fraud.
9 Feb – Are you interested in studying at FIT CTU? The Open Day is an ideal opportunity for you to find out what studying at FIT is really like.
12 Feb – Artificial Intelligence in Journalism – Václav Moravec’s talk will explain what artificial intelligence can bring to modern journalism.
Also in 2024, online Scheduling Seminars organized by the IID department at CIIRC will continue. The seminars will discuss not only the latest advances in scheduling.
You can find all the events we find interesting in our Google Calendar.
🧩 Stuff that interests us
How to talk to AI?
- Světlodat first presented PrahaBot at the Nakopni Prahu awards, with which they won the prg.ai & CEE Hacks award. This conversational AI tool improves the interaction between city politics, experts and citizens. Now Světlodat comes with another novelty. This time it’s a course “How to talk to AI?“, where they will guide you through the process of prompting and communicating with artificial intelligence from A to Z. The course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners and is now available at a discounted price. We have worked with Světlodat at prg.ai on training for the public sector so we can confirm they are good at training and courses!
- The report calls for closer alignment of international standards with how AI technologies are developed and deployed. It also draws attention to the need to embed AI in international law, human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. You can express your views through feedback.
- The New York Times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement and circumventing paid content barriers. The lawsuit seeks, among other things, the deletion of all quotes in which ChatGPT draws from The New York Times.
📢 Community calls
Survey – Use of AI in Business
- The Confederation of Industry and Transport, the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and the ICT UNION are mapping what will help entrepreneurs and companies in the Czech Republic to become leaders in the field of AI. Get involved by filling in a short survey. You can fill in the survey until 4 Feb 2024.
- Reminder! The Municipal Library in Prague and the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics of the Charles University Faculty of Arts announce the literary competition “Přicházejí z-AI-mavé časy”. The competition accepts only short stories created using AI in the genres of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Submit yours until 29 Feb 2024.
- The EU-funded project AI-BOOST has kicked off its inaugural competition, the Large AI Grand Challenge. It offers up to €250,000 in equity-free funding and an allocation of 2 million GPU hours (on the LUMI & Leonardo supercomputers) to up to four high-potential European SMEs and startups with the technical capacity and experience in working on large-scale AI models. The application deadline is 13 Feb 2024!
- If you have an idea for an innovative solution for the industry using AI, then submit your experiment to the AI-REDGIO 5.0 Open Call. You can receive up to €60,000 in support for solutions in the areas of edge-to-cloud applications, Industry 5.0 focused on sustainable manufacturing or technology regulatory sandboxes. The project partner is CIIRC CTU. Deadline 31 Jan 2024.
- The MERIT Programme is opening a call for international postdoctoral fellows. It offers up to 15 postdoctoral fellowships in fields such as biotechnology, space technology or artificial intelligence. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
- Workshop on equity and bias in AI-driven diversity recruitment: call for papers, deadline 31 Jan 2024.
- The University of Oxford is once again announcing a summer school focused on machine learning and generative artificial intelligence. This year it will take place both in person at the Oxford Mathematical Institute and online. Applications are open on a first-come, first-served basis.
💼 Open job positions
Artificial Intelligence Center FEE CTU
Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
- Assistant Professor at the Department of Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematical Logic specializing in the field of artificial intelligence
- Project Manager for data & AI solutions
- Senior Backend Developer
- Senior Data & AI Consultant
- Senior Data Scientist
- Data-Oriented Python Developer
- Senior Full-Stack Developer
- Senior Office Manager
- Python Data Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Machine Learning Engineer
- Senior Finance Specialist
- Project Owner pro oblast Life Sciences
- Junior Delivery/Project Manager
- Senior/medior/junior Java developer
- Senior/medior/junior react programmer
- System Engineer
- Cyber Security Validation Engineer
- Trainee – SW Tool Chain
- R&D Mechatronic Technical Project Manager
- Mechatronic Project Manager
- Cybersecurity Technical Leader
Prague Innovation Institute
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Popular AI basics course expanded with current topics and resources, Czech version adds tutorial videos
- press release - Elements of AI - a free online course on the basics of artificial intelligence - has been updated. The authors respond to last year's developments and the popularisation of AI tools like ChatGPT. Thanks to the national partner organisation prg.ai, the Czech version is among the first to offer new features and their localisation. At the same time, a series of accompanying videos are available to learners in Czech only, guided by researchers from the faculties of electrical engineering and information technology from CTU.