VSB-TUO is one of the leading scientific research institutes in the Czech Republic producing significant influence on development and innovation in the fields of IT, energy, new materials and environmental engineering. VSB-TUO is an important part of the development and innovation activities of the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Czech Republic. The results and evaluation of the University testify to the quality and strength of its professional human resources.
Strategic Research Areas
In this area, VSB-TUO emphasises the creation of high-quality scientific solutions for the industrial sector. Therefore, research in the field of computer science and information technology, and its focus on practical applications, has played an important role in the successful transformation of the Region. Based on the expertise of individual faculties, in particular the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and other relevant research institutes, the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center was built at VSB-TUO. This scientific workplace has become a leading research, development, and innovation centre in the field of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Data Analysis (HPDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). It operates the most powerful supercomputing system in the Czech Republic and collaborates with domestic and international research teams from both academia and the private sector.
As one of the first universities in Europe with a focus on mining, VSB-TUO has extensive experience in the field of raw materials, mining, and associated technologies. Complementary expertise in other engineering disciplines has led to an increased capacity in, amongst other things, energy equipment and technology. The importance of this area is evidenced by the establishment of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies (CEET), which is engaged in research and development in the transformation of raw materials (especially from waste and alternative fuels) into usable forms of energy and their subsequent efficient use. Researchers are dedicated to the development of a safe and reliable energy platform which will ensure energy self-sufficiency and the raw material independence of the region and the country. This will be achieved with the effective use of waste management, the efficient use of local renewable resources, and with the assistance of storage devices with energy flow control using sophisticated artificial intelligence methods.
- Materials Science
For more than 165 years, VSB-TUO and its affiliated institutions have been conducting materials research related to the Region's highly developed mining and metallurgical industries. This research has evolved into new materials and associated structures and technologies. For example, researchers focus on the development of new technologies for the preparation of high purity materials, the development of powder technologies for the production of special materials, the design of new materials for demanding technological applications, as well as nanomaterials for a wide range of applications.
- Environmental Engineering
The departments of VSB-TUO have been focused on innovation for the benefit of the environment for a long time. Energy and materials recovery from waste, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants (including nitric oxide emissions by its direct catalytic decomposition into nitrogen and oxygen without the use of reducing agents), research on adsorption and photocatalytic methods (for the removal of organic pollutants such as hormones and pesticide residues from wastewater), and photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide by water - these are just some of the many examples of research in this field carried out at VSB-TUO. The leader in this field is the Institute of Environmental Technology, which has been part of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies since 2021.