26.07.19 R. Hadimani: Magnetic Neuromodulation: A Non-Invasive and Safe Treatment for Brain Disorders [lecture recording]

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can tune brain functions non-invasively, safely and effectively without the need for surgery or drugs. Thus it can enable treatment of several debilitating neurological and psychiatric disorders and enhancement of cognitive capabilities. TMS has gained significant attention as a treatment for depression and is used for investigating therapeutic effects on several brain disorders at human level but its mechanism is poorly understood. We have designed and fabricated a novel focal stimulation coil that can stimulate only a local region of primary motor cortex. In collaboration with Dr. Baron, a neurologist at VCU, we are working to experimentally verify the results from coil design in rats. We have also designed and fabricated an anatomically accurate human brain phantom that can be used to test feasibility and safety of several TMS protocols. The current research is working to establish accurate mechanism underlying TMS by investigating the electric firing patterns in the deeper regions of the brain induced by cortical stimulation. The role of individual nuclei in effecting other nuclei of the motor circuitry will be established. This will enable future development of effective TMS protocols for diagnosis and treatment of several neurological and psychiatric disorders.

02.07.19 Avast appoints CTU professor Michal Pěchouček as Chief Technology Officer

Avast (LSE:AVST) has appointed Michal Pěchouček to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective September 1, 2019. Pěchouček joins from the highly respected position at Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) where he is head of the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and head of Artificial Intelligence Center, which he founded nearly two decades ago.

16.05.19 Prague is to become a center of artificial intelligence within five years, thanks to initiative

CTU in Prague, Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic joined forces with the capital city, froming the initiative, which will promote cutting-edge science and research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Initiators are planning to attract world scientists to the Czech Republic, expand the base of Czech AI talents and help the emergence of new technology companies and startups. Thanks to the initiative, presented to the public on 16 May, Prague can soon become a center of artificial intelligence of European significance. In addition to the Prague City Hall, the government and major private companies support this unique initiative.