The twenty-first meeting of the Prague computer science seminar

Michal Pěchouček

Understanding future technologies through agent-based simulation

Current world is driven by data and superb analytical capability provided by state-of-the-art machine learning research.

May 26, 2016


Auditorium S5, MFF UK
Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1
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Current world is driven by data and superb analytical capability provided by state-of-the-art machine learning research. We assume that there exist classes of important prediction problems related to interaction among autonomous rational entities, for which statistical data analysis is not sufficient enough (such as understanding of future operation of drones in urban environment or massive deployment of autonomous vehicles in existing car traffic).

We propose to complement modern data analysis with state-of-the-art procedural and decentralised computational modelling methods referred as agent-based simulation. We argue that agent-based simulation can help us to understand and solve the problems of a near future for which there are no empirical data yet available. During the research and technology talk we will discuss concepts, results as much as deployment visions and open problems and challenges of agent-based simulation.


Michal Pěchouček

Prof. Dr. Ing. Michal Pěchouček, M.Sc. is a computer science professor with an experience of startup entrepreneur, R&D executive and AI strategist. He is currently the head of Computer Science department at CVUT, FEL, he is the founder and the director of Artificial Intelligence Center (formerly Agent Technology Center) and together with prof. Matas, he is the cofounder of Open Informatics study programme. His research interests lie in the field of agent based computing, multiagent simulation, formal models of social knowledge, multiagent planning and adversarial reasoning. He had been a PI on more than 20 contracts funded by US Department of Defence agencies, NASA, FAA and leading industrial companies. Michal Pěchouček cofounded several startup companies, one of which has been acquired by CISCO Systems in 2013. From 2013 until 2015 he was an executive director of CISCO R&D Center in Prague. In 2016 he has been named as one of 100 New Europe Challengers.


The seminar typically takes place on Thursdays at 4:15pm in lecture rooms of the Czech Technical University in Prague or the Charles University.

Its program consists of a one-hour lecture followed by a discussion. The lecture is based on an (internationally) exceptional or remarkable achievement of the lecturer, presented in a way which is comprehensible and interesting to a broad computer science community. The lectures are in English.

The seminar is organized by the organizational committee consisting of Roman Barták (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Jaroslav Hlinka (Czech Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Institute), Michal Chytil, Pavel Kordík (CTU in Prague, Faculty of Information Technologies), Michal Koucký (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Jan Kybic (CTU in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Michal Pěchouček (CTU in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Jiří Sgall (Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics), Vojtěch Svátek (University of Economics, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics), Michal Šorel (Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Information Theory and Automation), Tomáš Werner (CTU in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering), and Filip Železný (CTU in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering)

The idea to organize this seminar emerged in discussions of the representatives of several research institutes on how to avoid the undesired fragmentation of the Czech computer science community.



Prague computer science seminar is suspended until further notice to prevent spread of the new coronavirus.