Data Science Laboratory (DataLab)

Cooperation with industry

In the Data Science Laboratory (DataLab), we do basic research as well as applied research, in the framework of which we connect academic workers and students with industry partners in different fields.

Work experience during studies

University is not just about studying. Our aim is to also provide students with work experience during studies, by inviting them to join projects that are currently solved in companies. Together with companies, we prepare attractive projects for students, and we incorporate work practice directly into classes. This kind of cooperation brings innovation to companies and valuable experience to students. And what’s more, these projects are recognized as part of courses and students even get paid for them.

This kind of cooperation is naturally more time-consuming for us and for the companies; however, in the long run, this model benefits all.

We are a company, how will this work?

Here’s one example of cooperation with the commercial sector, in particular with Showmax. In 2016, we did a small project with the company, and the results were very interesting. Consequently, Showmax decided to invest more money in cooperation with us because they could see the potential. In 2017, in addition to collaborative research worth 500,000 CZK, an independent laboratory called ShowmaxLab was established at the faculty. The laboratory was in operation till 2020 and both students and academic workers worked in it on the application of artificial intelligence in image-forming vision. Other examples include companies Datamole, Recombee and Profinit.

More about projects with Showmax

Why don’t companies do their own research?

Companies are constantly under pressure to create innovations but they often don’t have own capacities to implement projects internally and on a top level.

In the DataLab, we create an environment that allows companies to do their research with us. In this way, they can use our capacity to innovate their products and services. Thanks to the Data Science Laboratory, the faculty has experience in processing data using new methods of artificial intelligence that we develop here. 

It very often happens that through this cooperation, companies can train a future employee. We call these companies sponsors. In short, the company pays a fee to participate in the COFIT jobs fair organized at the faculty, we write about it in our magazine or publish their job offers.

Another category of companies is called partners. These companies are not afraid to closely cooperate with us, are not afraid to let us work with their data and are willing to do joint projects with us and pay for high-quality research.

Would you like to cooperate with us?

How to cooperate with DataLab

  1. A master agreement with the Faculty of Information Technology
    • Permits the use of the laboratory’s human resources for joint testing in the form of studies.
    • Allows the presentation of the company at PR events organized by the faculty, or to give lectures in courses taught by the laboratory.
  2. A particular joint project in various forms
    • Various forms mean grant programs (Innovation vouchers, TAČR, GAČR, etc.).
    • Under this arrangement, the laboratory provides its expertise and the company supplies the problem.
    • The project can be in different stages of research – feasibility study, PoC (proof of concept), industrial solution.
  3. Contractor-client relationship
    • The laboratory can do so-called contractual research, i.e. it is able to provide solution and get paid for it.
  4. Knowledge training
    • The laboratory can provide individual training sessions on machine learning and data processing for schools, institutions and companies, based on demand.

Contact person

Ing. Magda Friedjungová, Ph.D.

The person responsible for the content of this page: doc. Ing. Štěpán Starosta, Ph.D.