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With the growing proliferation of computers as standard parts of many facilities (even at those which until recently did not anticipate them), demand is also growing for professionals with knowledge of programming, computer networks, hardware and also mathematics.

Instruction. Parties interested in “penetrating the mysteries” of computer science have had help from the Department of Computer Science at FEI since 1990. The effort by members of the Department is to make available to students as much as possible a broader circle of current knowledge in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Technology and Mobile Technology. The basic level of this knowledge is provided in a three-year Bachelor’s study and gradually is expanded through more specialised two-year Master’s studies through studies at the Doctoral level. Knowledge acquired is both of a theoretical character – from the fields of logic, algorithms and their complexities, as well as of a practical character – from the fields of creating applications of the most diverse types, computer networks, chip designs, digital processing and analysis of images, technical and geographical visualization, as well as, for example, from the fields of project solutions. The study program is offered in presentation or in combined form with support from high quality study materials (e.g. animation) as well as virtual laboratories (fig. virtlab.png).

Practical instruction takes place in computer (fig. ucebna.jpg, ucebna_notebooky.jpg) or hardware classrooms, in computer network classrooms (fig. lab_1.jpg, lab_2.jpg ) or, for example, in the laboratories for visualization, virtual reality and digital image processing. Under its administration, the Department has several servers, which are operated under the MS Windows or Linux operating systems. For study of mobile technology, there is an entire array of mobile equipment available on various platforms (fig. mobilni_zarizeni_1.jpg, mobilni_zarizeni_2.jpg). A matter of course is connection of all computers to the university network and through it to the Internet. All classrooms are covered by the WiFi network, during instruction students may use their own computers.

Study abroad. During studies, students may take advantage of the offer of various study programs and stipends and complete part of their studies at some foreign university. Annually, numerous students spend one semester or an entire year abroad. Some return to defend their Bachelor’s or thesis work. Traditional locations for study abroad are Leoben in Austria and Jyväskylä in Finland.

Cooperation in practice. The Department successfully cooperates with a number of companies, in particular in the fields of software development (e.g. information systems and databases), visualization of scientific-technological data, digital processing and analysis of images, development of computer system units, etc. Among the most well-known companies with which the Department works include: TietoEnator, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, Sun Microsystems, StoraEnso, Schneider Electric, T-Mobile, Tele Data Systems, NAM Karviná, VÚKROM Kromeríž, ITA Ostrava, Akord software Ostrava, Medium soft, K2atmitec Ostrava, Mareti CZ Ostrava, the Faculty Hospital with Polyclinic in Ostrava, the Faculty Maternity Ward in Brno. Cooperation of a somewhat special character is carried out with the companies Cisco Systems and Microsoft.

Further education. As a result of cooperation with the companies Cisco Systems and Microsoft, the educational academies Regional Cisco Networking Academy (fig. lab_1.jpg ) and Microsoft IT Academy were established. Their goal is to help students prepare for acquiring industrial certificates in the fields of computer networks and technology of the Microsoft Corporation. Evidence of the quality is the fact that the first of these has already received two awards as Academy of the Year in the Czech Republic (fig. rcna.jpg).

Competitions. Students may diversity their studies by participating in a number of competitions. This involves, for example, the competition Imagine Cup, a competition in programming under the auspices of the ACM organisation, competitions for Bachelor’s and thesis work etc.

Science. The content of work by members of the Department of Computer Science is not only instruction, but the majority of members of the Department are involved in various scientific research projects. This concerns both projects from grant agencies and development funds, as well as projects financed by private subjects. Not only are nearly all students of Doctoral studies linked to these projects, but so are some students in Master’s and Bachelor’s studies (fig. student.jpg). Joining some of the existing teams gives students the chance to contribute to resolving non-trivial problems, to meet with interesting people, and to gain access to unique technology.

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