Doctoral study programme Assistive Technologies


Project name: Assistive Technologies for Sustainable Development and Active Life of Seniors and Handicapped Persons
No.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_018/0002360

Conditions for admission to the doctoral programme in Assistive Technologies for the academic year 2024/2025

Electronic application form

To be admitted to the study programmes, the applicant must meet the general conditions pursuant to Section 48 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendments and Additions to Other Acts, Government Regulation No. 274/2016 Coll. Admission to the study programmes is further governed by Article 6 of the Statute of the Czech Technical University in Prague  published at

Possibilities of recognition of foreign higher education

As part of the admission procedure to doctoral study programmes, it is necessary to provide evidence of the assessment of foreign higher education (no later than the deadline specified in the admission procedure conditions). Applicants may submit a "certificate of recognition of foreign higher education in the admission procedure" issued by the Rector's Office of the CTU in Prague valid for the academic year in which the admission procedure to the CTU in Prague takes place or a "certificate of recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications in the Czech Republic (nostrification)" issued, for example, by a university or the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic.

In view of the fact that applicants must apply for a visa to the Czech Republic, it is strongly recommended to submit a "certificate of recognition of foreign higher education in the admission procedure issued by the Czech Technical University in Prague" as part of the admission procedure. The process of obtaining this certificate is much faster and cheaper.

PhD Thesis Open Topics:


Introductory information to the overview of the courses:

The study block consists of the completion of a set of 4-6 one-semester professional courses, language preparation and professional activities presented by a written study and a dissertation debate.

In the AT program, the student enrolls in compulsory courses (New Technologies and Methods in Assistive Technologies, Methodology of Scientific Work and English Language) and chooses other courses from the offer of compulsory elective courses in the AT program or, with the consent of the supervisor and the SPB, from the offer of doctoral courses at universities in the Czech Republic or abroad. Exceptionally, a maximum of two courses from the master's programme may also be included in the set of professional courses if the doctoral student demonstrates a more substantial lack of knowledge in the field in which the course is taken and the doctoral student did not take the course in the master's programme. The courses of study must be different from the courses that the student studied in the Bachelor's or Master's programme. By enrolling in the ISP, the course becomes compulsory for the student. Each compulsory course is concluded with an examination.

The language preparation is focused on general and professional communication in English and is demonstrated by passing an examination in the English language course or by presenting a recognized certificate of language competence listed in the Regulations of Doctoral Studies at FBME CTU. The student may substitute the English language examination by writing a written study to discuss and debate the dissertation in English.

A complete list and more detailed information on the courses can be found at the following place - Course Overview.

Study Programme Board

Chairwoman of the Board

  • doc. Ing. Lenka Lhotská, CSc., FBME & CIIRC CTU in Prague, cybernetics, informatics, assistive technologies

Vice-Chairwoman of the Board

  • prof. RNDr. Olga Štěpánková, CSc., CIIRC CTU in Prague, artificial intelligence, assistive technologies

Internal members of the Board

  • Prof. RNDr. Matej Daniel, Ph.D., FME CTU in Prague, biomechanics, biomaterials, mathematical modelling
  • doc. Ing. Karel Hána, Ph.D, FBME CTU in Prague, telemedicine  
  • doc. MUDr. Iva Holmerová, Ph.D., FH Charles University, gerontology, assistive technologies
  • doc. Ing. Patrik Kutílek, Ph.D., FBME CTU in Prague, mechanics, biomechanics and biomaterials
  • doc. Ing. Marek Penhaker, Ph.D., VŠB Technical University Ostrava, biomedical engineering, biosignals, biomimetic instruments
  • prof. Ing. Pavel Slavík, CSc., FEE CTU in Prague, computer graphics, visualization, user interfaces
  • Mgr. Michal Vavrečka, Ph.D., CIIRC CTU in Prague, cognitive psychology, human-robot interaction

External Members of the Board

  • Ing. Vratislav Fabián, Ph.D., Mediction Group, biomedical engineering, medical devices
  • doc. PaedDr. Karel Jelen, CSc. Faculty of Sports, Charles University, biomechanics
  • Ing. Roman Mouček, Ph.D., West Bohemian University Pilsen, cybernetics, neuroscience
  • Ing. Jiří Potůček, CSc., MWCare, assistive technologies, telemedicine, modelling
State Doctoral Examination

The aim of the State Doctoral Examination (SDE) is to verify the breadth and quality of the doctoral student's knowledge, his/her ability to acquire new knowledge, evaluate it and use it creatively in relation to the chosen field of the doctoral study programme and the topic of the dissertation. The examination includes a discussion of the dissertation topic. The condition for taking the state doctoral examination is the previous successful completion of the study block.

The State Doctoral Examination is held before the State Doctoral Examination Board (hereinafter referred to as the SDB), which is proposed by the Chair of the SPB after discussion in the SPB and appointed by the Dean, including the Chair of the Examination Board. The examination board shall consist of at least five members. The supervisor and the supervisor-specialist are not members of the Board. At least two members of the examination board must not be employees of the CTU. The examination board for a given field of study may be permanent or may be nominated for individual SDEs.

The State Doctoral Examination is taken from two topic areas, which the student chooses in agreement with the supervisor. The selection of the topics is subject to the approval of the chair of the SPB. The first area is chosen by the student from the basic group of topics discussed in the compulsory course and self-study. It is recommended that the second area be selected in accordance with the topic of the dissertation from the topics covered by the compulsory elective courses.

The student chooses the first area from this pair of thematic areas:

  • Motion Analysis
  • Physiology of Ageing, Ageing and Health

The second area is chosen from the following pair of topics:

  • Analysis of Multivariate and Multimodal Data
  • Assistive technologies and sensor systems

Application for SDE
Thematic areas for the SDE

Positions for PhD students are open in the following departments:
Department of Biomedical Technology
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Department of Natural Sciences
Department of Health Care and Population Protection
Department of Information and Communication Technologies in Medicine
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