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05.05.20 CyberSec&AI Connected 2020 – The second year of the CTU and Avast security conference

After a successful CyberSec&AI Prague conference that won the 2019 AI Awards ‘Event of the Year’, CTU in Prague and Avast once again bring together the best minds in AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity. This year’s conference CyberSec&AI Connected 2020 (cybersecai.com) will take place in four major cities around the world, as well as being streamed live online. Attendees can join a full program and speakers from all tracks according to their interests or time availability.

28.04.20 A student from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering designed a test tube opener manufactured on a 3D printer. It is already used by seven Czech laboratories and can be printed free of charge by anyone

At the beginning of April, the doctor RNDr. Lenka Richterové, Ph.D. contacted a group of CTU researchers who automate Covid-19 testing using pipetting robots in the Na Bulovce Hospital, where she works. Researchers and students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) and the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) were asked whether they could design a tool to facilitate the opening of test tubes. The current procedure of manual opening is very impractical and ultimately dangerous. It requires inserting a finger into the recess of the lid, turning it and then unfolding it. According to Richterová, this method followed by the lab technicians causes calluses and painful blisters that burst. In addition, tilting the cap to the side causes bubbles to contaminate the outside of the tube and laboratory gloves. And using more layers of gloves would make it impossible to hold the tube and cap firmly.

16.04.20 Li-Fi in the University hospital Motol was tested by colleagues from the dept. of electromagnetic field

The researchers from the Wireless and Fibre Optics Group, Petr Chvojka and Stanislav Zvanovec, cooperated with colleagues from the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute on the testing of a Li-Fi system in an operating room in Motol University Hospital. The results were presented at the conference OFC 2020, San Diego, USA. Also, a short interview about the experiment was published in the IEEE Spectrum magazine.

09.04.20 Algorithm by the scientists from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering CTU in Prague will help automate coronavirus testing at the Motol University Hospital

Scientists and students from the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Electrical Engineering CTU (FEE CTU) in cooperation with the Faculty of Science, Charles University and the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) are working on automation of COVID-19 sample testing for the Motol University Hospital. The algorithm currently being developer is designed to allow hospital pipetting robots to handle samples quickly and safely, avoiding cross-contamination. The involvement of the Opentrons and Beckman Biomek 3000 robots will make it possible to use test kits newly developed at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR (IOCB AS CR) and can have a major impact on the testing process. If successful, it will replace the work of the laboratory technicians, who will be given room to carry out other activities related to fighting the coronavirus. New software could be deployed during Easter.

30.01.20 •• Coronavirus 2019-nCoV (Instructions from CTU in Prague) ••

An infection that is spreading from the city of Wuhan, China. This influenza-like infection can be highly dangerous, especially for people with a weakened organism. Coronavirus is transmitted from person-to-person after close contact. It is a so-called contageous infection. Illness does not appear immediately, but only after a period of 7 – 14 days. After arrival from a high-risk area, use protection mask, 7 days of isolation are recommended, within which time any signs of a respiratory illness should appear, i.e. shortness of breath, coughing, and high temperature.

Responsible person: Ing. Radka Šmajsová