Open position at Artificial Intelligence Center FEE CTU

Ph.D. in Decision Making and Planning for Robots

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Karlovo nám. 293, 120 00 Praha-Nové Město, Česko

Do you wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in automated planning, one of the key building blocks of Artificial Intelligence? Start your fully-funded research career under the wings of excellent computer scientists: Associate Professor Lukáš Chrpa and Professor Stefan Edelkamp, former Head of AI Planning group at the renowned King’s College London.

The exciting field of automated planning

We are opening a call for a Ph.D. position in the important field of Decision Making and Planning for Robots. What’s that about? In a nutshell, an intelligent agent or a group of agents has to make a sequence of decisions/actions in order to achieve its goals or maximize its reward. But it gets complicated. The environment is rarely static, meaning exogenous events or actions of other actors might change the environment without the consent of the agents. 

To solve this, there is a range of useful decision-making techniques, i.e., Automated Planning, Markov Decision Process, Monte-Carlo Tree Search and (Deep) Reinforcement Learning, where each approach has its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Our task as researchers (including you) is to develop methods that effectively combine these decision-making techniques for reasoning and acting in dynamic and sometimes adversary environments. 

Application potential

Intelligent Decision Making is not a stand-alone research area that lives solely in a lab. There is a number of possible applications including video games, robotic systems, longer-term autonomous systems, traffic control, emergency management and more. Sounds exciting? Reach out to us and let’s design a suitable research topic together.

Ph.D. program in AIC

Our Ph.D. is designed for the period of 4 years in which you will do research in a lab, publish papers, travel to conferences, teach in classes, popularize your field and do everything that means to be a full researcher. 

You can also join our center for a test run before actually applying for the Ph.D. study program. That’s honestly the best way to get to know our team, explore the research area in more depth, earn some extra money and have useful admin support to assist you with the official application process. We will have your back! Don’t wait any longer and get in touch via the application form.

          Maria Rigaki


          Postgraduate student (Cybersecurity group)
Maria Rigaki
Postgraduate student (Cybersecurity group)

It‘s interesting that there are professors known all over the world and yet they don‘t give you the feeling they are something more. They come to your presentation, take interest in your problem at the seminar and try to help you.

Ondřej Lukáš, Graduate Student (Cybersecurity group)

Cooperating with someone at the lab makes me the happiest. We meet and you can always see our progress. You can see the bee hive working and moving further ahead.

Jan Faigl, Leader of Computational robotics group

Perks of being a Ph.D. student in AIC

Successful candidates will get a full tuition waiver and 45 000 CZK monthly brutto income (the equivalent of 1 670 EUR). Note that the Czech Republic's cost of living is at 59% of the US price level by OECD statistics. To give you a better idea, the average price of beer in Prague is 1,3 EUR. Cheers to that! With 6 weeks of paid vacation, you will have plenty of time to explore the cozy pubs and vibrant nightlife.

Also, get excited for traveling to attractive conferences abroad, regular internal seminars, an unlimited supply of coffee (very appreciated) and meal vouchers. Our labs are located on the university campus in the historical city center, so perfect transport accessibility is another obvious advantage.

However, what we appreciate the most about our research center is an inspirational and supportive environment. Plus you will have the convenience of working in teams where everyone knows their agenda and the supervisor is at your fingertips to help. With that said, getting your Ph.D. in AI Center FEE CTU will be a forming life experience that will kick off your research career. 


  • Master degree in Computer Science
  • Background in Artificial Intelligence
  • Solid programming skills (C++, Python, ...)
  • Solid English knowledge (both written and spoken –⁠ we are an international group of researchers)
  • Ability to conduct work both individually and in a team

          Michal Pěchouček


Michal Pěchouček

Since the beginning I have been following a principle – I want to help to educate people in a way that their market value keeps growing. So that they can keep their freedom and leave anytime they want in search of something better.

Michal Pěchouček, Director


If you decide to embark on your exciting Ph.D. journey of Intelligent Decision Making, you will be supervised by the following senior researchers. Reach out to them if you want to talk more before applying. Otherwise, go ahead and apply directly! We will figure out the details later. 

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