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Department of Computer Science
University of West Bohemia

Type of Organisation: public
Number of Employees: Less than 10
Activities developed: Research, Education.

A Brief Information about the University of West Bohemia:

The University of West Bohemia was established by the decree of the Czech National Council in 1991 when the Institute of Technology in Pilsen and the College of Education were merged.

The Institute of Technology was founded in 1949 as a branch of the Czech Technical University in Prague. In 1953 it became an independent institution and began to grow rapidly. In 1960 it was divided into two faculties -- the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering} and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. For the greater part of its existence the Institute provided courses for students preparing for careers in mechanical and electrical engineering. Two new faculties -- the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Economics -- were established in 1990, a few months after the Velvet Revolution.

The College of Education was founded in 1948 as a part of the Faculty of Education of Charles University, Prague. For some time it operated as an independent Higher School of Education, then as an Institute of Education and since 1964 as an independent College of Education training teachers for both primary and secondary schools. Since 1991 the College of Education has been a part of the University of West Bohemia.

In 1993, two years after the University of West Bohemia was founded, a sixth faculty -- the Faculty of Law -- was established in order to meet the increased demand for legal education arising from the changes in the Czech economic, social and legal systems after 1989. At present, plans are being made for the establishment of the Faculty of Humanities. Together with the Faculty of Medicine, which is a part of Charles University, Prague, the University of West Bohemia is able to provide higher education in most of the major areas. Although it attracts students from all over the country and also from abroad, its focus is on students from West Bohemia as it is the only institution of higher education in that part of the country which prepares students for careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer science, applied mathematics, physics, mechanics), education (for both primary and secondary school teachers in a wide range of subjects), economics, humanities (philosophy, fine arts), and law.

The Department of Computer Science guarantees a five-year engineering and a three-year bachelor studies programme in Computer Science at the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Students can specialise in one of the following fields: Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Digital Systems, Computer Graphics and Visualization, Multimedia Information Systems, Parallel Processing and Numerical Methods. The Department is accredited to provide doctoral studies in the field of Computer Science.

The department also guarantees lecturing of Information Technology courses at the faculties of Electrical Engineering, Economics and Law, and in co-operation with Department of Mathematics runs a course in Information and Financial Management on both bachelor and master levels, with specializations in Financial Informatics, and Applied Statistics and Finances.

The graduates find work in the research, development and implementation of computer systems and their software. They are active in the design and operation of information systems and networks and in application software developments for industry, agriculture, banking, medicine, economy, etc. The Computer Science Department offers optional teacher training courses that qualify the graduates to be employed as secondary school teachers.

The research activities of the Department are focused on the following topics:

Hardware equipment for distributed systems, signal processing, parallel systems and computer networks. Means of formal spcification of digital structures and their implementation. Methods and means of data communication in distributed systems; means of formal specification of network protocols, their implementation and testing. Performance and reliability models; experimental verification of distributed algorithms in quasi-parallel and parallel environments, and fault tolerance of these algorithms.

Methods and means of information and database system design; integration of database and knowledge systems; translation of declarative languages into SQL. Object oriented analysis and design of information systems. Knowledge representation in deductive databases. Web pages -- database integration. Knowledge discovery in databases.

Application of artificial intelligence, knowledge--based systems, and visual data processing concepts and methods in pattern recognition. Development of an effective human--machine communication system based on multimedia interaction. Speech recognition and natural language processing, development of a multi--lingual information retrieval dialog system. Application of pattern recognition methods in fingerprint recognition.

Fundamental algorithms for computer graphics, computational geometry, scientific and medical visualization, multimedia and hypermedia systems, graphical interaction and virtual reality systems.

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