Michal Pechoucek joined Avast as CTO in September 2019 where he leads the core technology and R&D teams supporting the work of the Avast Threat Labs, Big Data, and innovation teams. He is also responsible for the company’s scientific research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity.
Before joining Avast, Michal spent over twenty years as a professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, during which time he led the Department of Computer Science and founded the Artificial Intelligence Center in 2001. He also co-founded a research-oriented study program, Open Informatics, which offers a choice of different subjects, combines different areas of informatics and approaches, and continues to be taught today.
Michal has authored more than 400 high-impact publications and contributed numerous innovative AI applications to research in computer science. Before joining Avast, he was the prime mover behind the creation of the Avast Chair of Cybersecurity at CTU, and in 2019, he also helped to establish the Avast-funded joint CTU/Avast AI and Cybersecurity Laboratory. Today, Michal continues to lecture at CTU and lead the Artificial Intelligence Center.