Doctoral study programmes
Computer Science(Informatika – in Czech)
is generally focused on diverse topics of contemporary computer science and information technology.
This includes the research of fundamental theoretical principles on which computer science and information technologies are based (see the Fundamentals of computer science specialization), as well as research and acquisition of new knowledge aimed at the specific use of computer science in other disciplines and the real world (see the Computing Technology and Methodology specialization). The doctoral programme may also include applied research in collaboration with other academic institutions or Faculty's industrial partners if this research brings new (and dissertable) findings in the computer science as a scientific field. The aim of the programme is to educate graduates who have a broad overview in their area of Computer Science, are capable of independent creative work, analysis of complex problems and realization of original solutions. Last but not least, graduates will have an excellent ability to communicate in the English language in which they conduct their research.
In order to better accommodate the broad range of research topics in Computer Science, from pure theory to applied ones, we offer two specializations:
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
This specialization is oriented primarily on basic (fundamental) research, i.e. on theoretical or experimental work aimed at acquiring new knowledge of fundamental nature. This work may be associated with experimental verification of the relevance and practical benefits of the acquired knowledge. Typical outcomes of basic research in Computer Science are articles published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals, and/or experimental implementations that demonstrate the benefits of newly acquired knowledge. The evaluation of the study progress emphasizes above all the quality of the acquired knowledge, and the number and the quality of the follow-up publications.
- Computing Technology and Methodology
This specialization focuses mainly on applied (targeted) research and development of innovative computing tools and techniques. This means experimental or theoretical work, whose integral part is the acquisition of new knowledge related to concrete and mostly predetermined usage goals, which may be formulated in collaboration with researchers from other scientific disciplines or with the industrial partners of the Faculty of Informatics. Typical outputs of targeted research in computer science are fully functional software works or original methodological approaches to system design, based on original and published ideas and principles. The evaluation of the study progress emphasizes the practical applicability, the originality and the new scientific contribution of the achieved solutions, besides the number of the follow-up publications.
The accreditation for doctoral study programme/fields mentioned below will end by the year 2021.
No new doctoral students can be admitted to those fields of study.
Informaticsprovides students with deeper knowledge and experience in selected fields of computer science and helps them to develop skills needed for a successful career in academia or in industry. The candidates who successfully defend their PhD thesis and pass the state examination are awarded with the PhD title.
The crucial part of PhD study is devoted to research whose outcomes are published in conference proceedings and journals.
Many of the activities of the doctorate program are available (and recommended) also to undergraduate students. Participation in special lectures, research seminars, and working in research laboratories is a good way for master and bachelor students to sharpen their skills and prepare themselves for PhD studies.
PhD candidates FI MU can enjoy good working conditions comparable with major universities abroad (including travelling funds).
PhD study concentrates on developing research and development skills. However, steps are also done to prepare students for positions in industry and for developing basic knowledge and experiences in management, service and leadership positions, offering also basics in law and economics.
Fundamental Informatics is aimed primarily on basic (investigative) research – theoretical and experimental – to acquire new knowledge and experience of fundamental nature in all areas of informatics. Typical outputs are publications in books, journals, proceedings and conference presentations as well as software systems aimed for verification and application of the results of theoretical investigations. Success in the study is evaluated mainly by quality and quantity of the publication outputs.Current concentration is on the verification of concurrent systems, design and analysis of algorithms, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, database-, search-, internet- and web- systems and engines, cryptography, image processing, bio-informatics, medicine-informatics and quantum-informatics.
- Computer Systems and Technology
CST is aimed primary on theoretical and experimental investigation and innovative design of computer systems and related protocols and technology. Typical outputs are quality publications describing new or innovative software and hardware systems based on original ideas. The systems themselves, widely demonstrated and usually available under open licenses are additional expected results of study in this field. Current focus, reflecting the supervisors own research work, is on distributed systems and networks, large scale distributed computing and storage system, virtualization, grid and cloud system, computer graphics and visualization, image processing, natural language processing, applied security and privacy, collaborative systems and e-learning, embedded systems and processor designs.