The World Fair in Dubai is without doubt the greatest technological and artistic event of the year. The Czech Republic has opened its national pavilion with its references to the traditions and to the history our country, which has a proud legacy of great names in culture and technology. There are also references to technologies of the future. The Czech Republic, under the subtitle Czech Spring, wants to make the world smell of the aromas of spring and to point to a better, sustainable future – to irrigate the parched, to surprise with the unexpected, to show the possibilities of the impossible, and all this with unique design and with masterpieces of Bohemian glass.
The Czech Pavilion is located in the Sustainability Zone and, as at EXPO 2015 in Milan, the pavilion is next to one of the main entrances to the exhibition grounds. Millions of visitors will therefore take in numerous exceptional Czech patents, hundreds of Czech companies and dozens of Czech universities. And among these, the "footprint" of the Czech Technical University in Prague leaves its mark.
The Czech National Pavilion at the EXPO 2020 World Exposition in Dubai was designed by the architectural studio of Jan Tůma and Jindřich Ráftl, who passed through the design studios of Prof. akad. arch Vladimir Soukenka and doc. Ing. arch. Miloš Florián, Ph.D. at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Both authors of the architectural design of the Czech pavilion previously participated in EXPO 2015 in Milan, the Prague Signal Festival and the Biennale of Experimental Architecture, where they presented the principles elaborated in their doctoral dissertations. The connecting element is the quest for overlaps between art, architecture and new technologies. The intermingling of practical and theoretical levels, combined with broad interdisciplinary cooperation, laid the foundations for the ‘Driven by Environment’ approach, which partly materialized in these projects.
It has been one hundred years since the word “robot” was first used in a play by Czech dramatist, Karel Čapek, and has since spread into many world languages. It couldn’t have occurred to Čapek what forms his robots were going to take in one hundred years. Today, they move not only on the ground, but underground, in the water, and in the air, too.
It was the aerial vehicles (or drones, if you like) that became the love of many modern technology enthusiasts. This technology has inspired many research groups who struggle daily with developing the perfect aerial vehicles to help people as much as possible and to make their lives easier.
Multi-Robot Systems Group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague is one of the best players in the field. The MRS Group uses unique technology for precise drone control that has proved on numerous occasions to be one of the most reliable and successful existing solutions among its rivals. The capacity for precise and safe flight is critical in deploying drones in many real-life scenarios, especially in enclosed or underground environments. The group’s solutions have been improved upon over many years of research to the point where the drones can fly autonomously while following a given trajectory and react to unpredictable situations simultaneously.
When Jiří F. Potužník approached the Czech Technical University in Prague with the idea of extracting water from desert air using only sunlight, and using the water to irrigate a garden in the desert, the scientists thought it was a crazy enough idea to be worth pursuing. After initial calculations, it was found that it could be done, and that the idea was not so misguided after all. It was when the technological part of the concept of the Solar Air Water Earth Resource (S.A.W.E.R.), the Czech Republic's participation in EXPO 2020 in Dubai, was born. The technical development and the implementation of the technology were taken over in the autumn of 2017 by a team at the University Centre for Energy-Efficient Buildings of CTU, led by Tomáš Matuška. In addition to the University Centre for Energy-Efficient Buildings of CTU (UCEEB), the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the CTU in Prague was involved in the development.
The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) is an internationally recognised higher education and research institution with more than 310 years of tradition and an excellent reputation. Situated in the heart of Europe, CTU offers not only a great location and a comfortable and affordable life in the beautiful historical city of Prague but also a high-quality education with good career prospects for graduates from a wide range of technical fields. CTU in Prague offers tens of study programmes taught completely in English language at the bachelor, master and PhD level in the areas of:
Moreover, CTU is ranked 403rd in this year’s QS World University Rankings, and 12th in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia region.
For more information visit Study at CTU website.
CTU is joining a new prestigious alliance of European technical universities: EuroTeQ Engineering University. We believe EuroTeQ presents an opportunity you will find interesting and beneficial, whether you are a student, researcher, or a member of the academic staff.
As six leading universities of science and technology, spread across Europe, situated in innovation eco-systems and with great collaboration experience, we are equipped to introduce a paradigm shift in the engineering education of the future, aspiring to responsible value co-creation in technology.
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