I consider my research incomplete until its results are validated on real-world problems. That's why I like to work in close collaboration with the intended users of my research and with those who understand how the new research findings can be turned into commercially viable products. In my case, such collaborations typically takes place as part of collaborative R&D projects or through direct partnerships with the industry.
At the moment, I lead the participation of the Agent Technology Center in two large collaborative R&D initiatives. In both cases, I'm responsible for defining research objectives and choosing solution approaches but also for making sure that the innovative ideas translate into practical outcomes through sound project management and software engineering practices.
The MyWay project (European Smart Mobility Resource Manager MyWay) funded primarily by the European Commission, develops next-generation trip planning technology for sustainable transport mobility. In the project, I'm responsible for the overall design and architecture of the MyWay platform as well as for the design and implementation of the core trip planner component. The trip planner component utilizes a novel metaplanning approach -- metaplanning enables MyWay to integrate existing journey planners with limited mode and geographical coverage into a single fully intermodal journey planner supporting all possible modes of transport and their combinations.
The MyWay platform is currently undergoing first field trials in Catalonia, Berlin and Trikala, Greece.
The SUPERHUB project (SUstainable and PERsuasive Human Users moBility in future cities), funded primarily by the European Commission, has developed an open platform for managing and optimizing urban mobility. In the project, I lead the research and development of a new dynamic mobility matchmaking and personalized journey planning component, a core component applying advanced journey planning, resource negotiation and recommender system techniques to intelligently match travellers with providers of transport services. To this end, I coordinated the work of 12 partners with the overall budget exceeding € 1 million.
The project has succesfully delivered a next-generation journey planning platform that was successfully tested in Barcelona, Milan, Helsinki and Brno, Czech Republic, during the Autumn of 2014. The SUPERHUB platform is now in the process of being open sourced under the newly launched superhub.org initiative.
The Centre of competence RODOS (ROzvoj DOpravních Systémů – in Czech) is a consortium of leading Czech research institutions and business companies active in the field of telematics and intelligent transport systems. Co-funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, the centre's objective is to develop advanced ICT solutions for transport analysis, modelling and management and, crucially, to successfully transfer them to practice.
I lead the centre’s work package 6 which develops novel solutions for simulation modelling and optimization of multi-modal mobility in the Czech Republic. To that end, I collaborate closely with human behaviour experts from the Transport Research Center and with CE-Traffic, a dynamic Czech SME pioneering big-data solution for traffic and mobility management.
In the internal AgentPolis project, I lead the research and development of a flexible open-source toolkit for building agent-based simulation models of transport system. In contrast to existing transport simulation solutions, the aim is not to provide a simulator designed for a single specific purpose but a modular library of generic components from which application-specific models can rapidly be built. AgentPolis components from the basis of most ground transport-related systems developed at the Agent Technology Center. The AgentPolis toolkit is currently in private alpha and is scheduled for release mid-2013.
Besides the core project activities, I supervise numerous B.Sc. or M.Sc. student projects. These projects, besides being integral part of my teaching duties, allows me to explore new directions and alternative approaches to problems investigated in my core R&D track. See Teaching for the list of the student projects I recently supervised.
In the past, I was involved in a range of other projects:
- AgentC (2009-2012) – exploring how multi-agent techniques can be used to fight maritime piracy (funded by U.S. Office of Naval Research).
- Privacy 2.0 (2010-2011) – exploring techniques for intelligent content-based privacy management in social networks (funded by Google).
- Tactical AgentFly (2008-2009) – exploring how teams of unmanned aerial vehicles can automatically cooperate in surveillance and tracking operations (funded by U.S. Army).
- CONTRACT (2006-2009) – designing and developing tools for the automated monitoring and management of electronic contracts in distributed computer systems (funded by European Comission).
- DeepA (2007-2008) – exploring techniques for adversarial reasoning and planning in asymmetric conflicts (funded by U.S. Air Force Research Lab).
- Nexus (2004-2006) – developing a resilient peer-to-peer middleware for service-oriented computing and information fusion (funded by BT and UK Ministry of Defence).