Michal Pěchouček

Director and Co-founder of AIC

Michal Pěchouček

Michal Pěchouček is the Director of the AI Center (AIC) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. He is the author of more than 400 impacted publications and contributed by many innovative applications to AI research in the field of computer science. Over the past 20 years, he has been working at the CTU in Prague, where he led the Department of Computer Science, co-founded the research-oriented program Open Informatics, established the AIC, and started the initiative prg.ai that aims to transform Prague into a European AI superhub. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Southern California, the University of Edinburgh, the State University of New York in Binghamton and the University of Calgary and led research projects funded by agencies like NASA, the FAA or the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition to his academic work, Michal has been involved in establishing several technology start-ups, such as cybersecurity company Cognitive Security (acquired by CISCO in 2013), AgentFly Technologies, which focuses on autonomous air traffic control, and BlindSpot Solutions, which develops artificial intelligence for use in industry and which was acquired by the Adastra Group in 2017. In 2019, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Avast, yet continues to lead the AIC, give lectures and supervise students at the university. He is married and has three daughters. In his free time, he loves to hike in the mountains and run marathons.

For interviews contact his PR Manager Karolína Poliaková at poliakar@fel.cvut.cz.

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