ABOUT THE FACULTY

The Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University was established in 1994 and is the very first specialized faculty of its kind in the Czech Republic. Today, with about 2000 students, the faculty offers a wide range of study programmes at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. It provides for the specialized study of information sciences, applied informatics and inter-faculty studies of computer science for teachers in combination with other field of study. All programmes can be studied full-time; doctoral programme is also a combined programme.

A high standard of teaching is combined with in depth scientific research. Academic and research staff have achieved significant successes internationally in many areas of informatics, such as Quantum Informatics, Concurrent and Distributed Computing, Database Systems, Computer Graphics, Image Processing, Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, Computer and Communication Security, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Natural Language Processing.

The Faculty of Informatics cooperates with several commercial partners in both research and education. The city of Brno, famous as the South Moravian Silicon Valley, is an attractive place for high-tech companies investing in research, development, production and services in the Czech Republic. Among others, ANF DATA (a Siemens AG Company), Honeywell, IBM and FEI Company are notable as educational and research partners of the faculty. As the faculty focuses on open systems (such as Linux), some new study fields are being developed in cooperation with Red Hat, Inc. However, the activities are not limited to international companies running business in South Moravia. The faculty also runs specialized courses in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

DEPARTMENTS

The Faculty’s teaching staff of 122 (68 external), including 25 Professors and Associate Professors, is divided into the following departments:
  • Department of Computer Science - covers areas of theoretical foundations, including foundations of methods, techniques and procedures for Computer Science. In particular, members of the department focus on programming methods, construction and formalization of languages and calculi, specification and verification methods, techniques based on transformatics and partial evaluations, methods for the deduction and evaluation of properties of programs.
  • Department of Computer Systems and Communications - is oriented towards areas covering the study of structure, construction and architecture of computer systems and networks, including the interface between software systems and hardware. Research is undertaken in the areas of computer networks, information systems, databases and data structures, software engineering, applied cryptography and security.
  • Department of Information Technologies - deals with technological aspects of Informatics, problems of development and operations of information processing systems, user interfaces, scientific and technical computing, and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Department of Computer Graphics and Design – covers the areas of the generation and manipulation of synthetic images, virtual worlds and computer animations. This comprises methods for generating models of the scene, methods for displaying scenes as well as the processing of large data sets with aim to visualize the information content. It also covers design theory, typography, printing processes and illustrative techniques with an emphasis on electronic media. In the area of image processing, members of the department work on automation of image acquisition and image analysis in optical microscopy.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The Faculty of Informatics conducts research in the following domains of informatics as expressed by the recently revised FI Statutes:
  • Non-sequential computing models, parallel and distributed systems, quantum computing.
  • Computer processing of images.
  • Human-computer interaction, natural language processing, dialog systems and assistive technologies.
  • Information systems and their security.
Research by the faculty members is performed in numerous national as well as international projects. In addition to numerous smaller grants, the specific activities are clustered in one Research Plan on Parallel Computing and five Research Centres on: Biomedical Analysis, Natural Language Processing, Highly Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems, Theoretical Computing Science, and Computer Graphic. The faculty is also involved in two European Networks of Excellence (NoE) on Digital Libraries (DELOS) and Computer Security (FIDIS). The faculty cooperates closely with the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of Masaryk University, which is the MU institute responsible for the research, development, and operation of ICT technologies.

Work on projects is mainly carried out in laboratories, which are according to their specialization equipped with the most modern computers, software programs and other special instruments. Teaching at the faculty is closely tied to research, which constitutes an integral part of the education of future graduates at all levels of study. Students, under the leadership of teachers and supervisors, play a significant role in solving research tasks and at the same time they gain the latest international experience in research and development.

LIST OF STUDY PROGRAMMES

Bachelor Study programme

3 years, title Bc., 180 credits

Study programme: Informatics
Fields of study:
  • Mathematical Computer Science
  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Computer Systems and Data Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communication
  • Computer Graphics and Image Processing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing
Study programme: Applied Informatics
Fields of study:
  • Applied Informatics
  • Bioinformatics
Study programme: Informaticswith another discipline
Field of study: Informatics with another discipline (mathematics, physics)

Master Study programme

2 years, title Mrg., 120 credits

Study programme: Informatics
Fields of study:
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Informatics Systems
  • Embedded Systems (taught in English)
  • Computer Networks and Communication
  • Information Technology Security
  • Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Systems
  • Service Science, Management, and Engineering (taught in English)
Study programme: Applied Informatics
Fields of study:
  • Applied Informatics
  • Image Processing
  • Bioinformatics
Study programme: Teacher Training for Secondary Schools
Field of study: Teacher Training of IT for Secondary Schools

All Bachelor and Master programmes are offered in Czech, only field of study Embedded Systems at Master level is taught in English. Also other individual courses are taught in English.

Doctoral study programme

4 years, title PhD., 240 credits

Field of study: Informatics (General Computer Science) - a research-driven study programme individually tailored to students working towards their doctoral degree. The doctoral study programme in Informatics is accredited in Czech and also in English.

Students can develop their specialization in many fields of informatics under the leadership of one of our 20 supervisors. They can participate in our departments’ research projects. More than ten laboratories and specialized units are available for working on their doctoral theses. At the present time there are more than 70 doctoral students studying at our Faculty.

Responsible contact: Ing. Radka Brolíková