Computer Science Institute
Computer Science Institute (CSI) of Charles University was founded on January 1, 2012 as a part of School of Computer Science. Its main activity is research in theroretical computer science. It also actively contributes to scientific life by creating a continuing institutional background and administrative support, focusing on large research projects and other university-wide and international activities.
CSI builds upon more than twenty years of tradition and activity of the national research center ITI (later known as Center of Excellence ITI); it organizes Mathematical colloquia and publish IUUK-CE-ITI preprint series, oversees the organization of regular conferences (STTI, MCW), organizes student exchanges (ERASMUS, REU), has a leading role in the international center DIMATIA. CSI also coordinates the university center UNCE Center for Foundations of Modern Computer Science, its activities also include ERC Synergy grant DYNASNET and other grant projects.
CSI actively supports research of doctoral students and significantly contributes to the organization of doctoral studies under the plan 4I4 Discrete models and algorithms. CSI members teach a number of basic and advanced courses at doctoral, masters', and bachelor's levels in the area of theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, mainly in theory of algorithms, graph theory, calculus, optimization, and data structures.
DIMATIA is the Center for Discrete Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Applications. It was founded as part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, as a joint project of Charles University, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague. A network of associate members of DIMATIA was soon developed. The center is open and actively seeks partners from all over the world.
The purpose of the center is to foster research in all fields of discrete mathematics and its modern applications and relationship to computer science, operations research and fields as diverse as biology, chemistry and social sciences. Towards this end the center organizes a continuing program of workshops, conferences and research visits both in Prague and at the sites of participating institutions.
The oldest university in central Europe, Charles University was founded on April 7th 1348 by Charles IV, then Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. From its foundation it was devoted to studia generalia and it was endowed by the emperor with all the privileges enjoyed by older European universities. The newly established university had four faculties - Theology, Law, Medicine and Arts. Soon after its foundation Prague university developed links with the medieval intellectual movements which were calling for reform in church and society. The destiny of Prague university has always been closely connected with the destiny of the Czech state and people.
After the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945 the university began to develop rapidly in all its aspects. University life was soon to be disrupted and distorted by the effects of the Communist putsch in February 1948. It meant purges, the end of academic freedoms and harsh repression of all expressions of disagreement with the official ideology. Further more, as a punishment for the role of teachers and students in the Prague Spring of 1968, a new and especially painful wave of purges hit the university and its faculties in the period of so-called normalization at the beginning of the seventies. Only after the velvet revolution, which began on November 17th 1989, was there any real change in a situation which had lasted more than forty years. The appointment of new representatives of a free academic community took place in January 1990.
Charles University at present consists of sixteen faculties and educates more than 30,000 students. The faculties are centers not only for teaching, but also for research and scholarship.