Prof. Vladimír Mařík graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University. His scientific work focuses on cybernetics, robotics and artificial intelligence. He was the founder and first head of the Department of Cybernetics at CTU FEE – EU Center of Excellence (1999–2013). He later founded and from 2013 to 2018 served as the first director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, CTU (CIIRC). He is currently the scientific director of CIIRC. From 1993 to 2009, he also worked as the director of the Rockwell Automation Prague Research Center. Since 2010, he has been the chairman of the board of CertiCon. Since 2014, he has also been the vice president of the international company IEEE System, Man and Cybernetics. He is the deputy chair of the Government Council for Science, Research and Innovation. He is the author or co-author of 16 book monographs, 160 professional articles and five US patents.