Doctoral study in the field of Cybernetics is directly connected with the Master study in the field of Cybernetics and Control Engineering within the study program “Applied Sciences and Informatics”, accredited at the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Graduates of other technical and natural science faculties, specialized in informatics, computer science, mechatronics, applied mathematics and similar fields are also eligible for this study. The program is primarily based on the individual work of students with focus on the scientific research documented by his/her publication activity. The courses are intended to broaden the students´ theoretical knowledge in selected scientific areas.
Doctoral study in the field of Cybernetics is focused on the following areas:
- design and development of methods for system identification, nonlinear filtration, fault detection, optimal decision-making or control and adaptive systems covering adaptive control and adaptive signal processing,
- research into and development of new methods of industrial process control focused on robust and predictive control and on automatic design and tuning of industrial controllers,
- design and development of speech technologies, i.e. computer analysis, synthesis and speech signal recognition, design and construction of voice dialogue systems including development of speech understanding methods,
- development of decision-making methods with the support of artificial intelligence, integration of knowledge-based and attribute-based approaches (especially in technical and medical diagnostics),
- modelling , simulation and control of power distribution networks.
Doctoral study is offered in two forms: full-time and combined.
Organization of study
A doctoral candidate applies for admission through the Dean´s Office and selects a doctoral topic proposed by the supervisor. The deadline for submitting the applications announced at least one month in advance by the Dean’s Office. The doctoral candidate is invited for an admission interview, during which the Admission Board appraises the student’s ability to pursue doctoral study (knowledge of the chosen field of study, study results achieved so far, participation in research projects, publications, and study stays abroad). Depending on the result of the admission interview, the Admission Board makes a recommendation to the Dean and, if the interview is successful, proposes the supervisor.
The standard length of study is three years. At the very beginning of the study, the PhD. student and his/her supervisor draw up a student´s individual study plan. This plan usually contains the duty to pass 3 - 5 exams in specialized subjects, and one of the English language. The specialized subjects should be chosen carefully with respect to the proposed doctoral thesis topic. In addition to taking the exams stated in the approved study plan, the student is expected to start working on his/her thesis at an early stage of study. The student is also strongly encouraged to publish his/her research in scientific journals or at scientific conferences. If need be, the supervising Department may entrust the PhD. student with teaching (usually laboratory classes or supervision of semester projects or Bachelor theses) in the range of 2 – 4hours per week at most.
The recommended length of the first period of doctoral study, in which students take examinations in the specialized subjects, is two years. The period is concluded by the state doctoral examination. The defense of a paper outlining the problems to be solved in the doctoral thesis and the methods to be used is an indispensable part of the state doctoral examination. In this paper, the student proves that he has studied all available literature concerning the chosen topic and that he is able to formulate the problems that he wants to solve.
The doctoral study is concluded by the defense of the PhD. student´s thesis. It takes place before the State Examination Board, consisting of outstanding specialists in the given field and approved by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. The thesis is reviewed by two independent specialists. After a successful defense, the PhD. student is awarded the PhD. degree.
Profile of the programme
Its ultimate goal is to acquaint PhD. students with methods of scientific research and to prepare them for highly qualified work in institutions conducting fundamental, applied and/or industrial research (universities, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, industrial companies, hospitals and other institutions) or as specialists in the management of specialized facilities and companies.