Scientific profile of the University

Profile

Transport (road, railway, water, air), transport and postal services, traffic routes, transport and civil engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications, informatics, information and communication technologies, management and marketing, mechanical engineering, materials and technologies, robotics, machinery design, energies, civil engineering, crisis and security management, civil security, fire protection, forensic engineering, applied mathematics, teaching of academic subjects, library and information science, social pedagogy, high mountain biology.

Scientific and professional orientation

Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications

  • transport, postal and telecommunication policy; identification of socially optimal level of transport and communication systems, including the evaluation of efficiency in transport, post and telecommunications; forecasting and modelling of intelligent transport systems; quantification of external effects of transport and their internalization,
  • harmonization and integration of legislation and the management of transport and communication systems of the Slovak Republic in the European area, sustainable growth of transport system while maintaining an acceptable mobility with the application of intermodality,
  • economic and financial management of transport, postal and telecommunication enterprises with a focus on rail, road, air and water transport, postal and telecommunication services, efficient methods of their diagnosis and recovery,
  • modelling of passenger transport systems, identification of problem areas, increasing the efficiency and the quality of public passenger transport, development of integrated transport systems,
  • modelling of logistics systems, methods of identification and analysis of the costs in logistics chain, model of the division of labour with regard to transmission in transport infrastructure capacity,
  • innovative transport technologies; diagnostics of vehicles and control of stacking and fastening of the load on vehicle; relations between construction of vehicles and their failure rate, reparability and durability; research of external and internal influences on human factor in human-machine-environment interaction in transport and logistics systems,
  • freight transport in intermodal transport units, circulatory systems in logistics hubs and in terminals of seaports and inland terminals,
  • radar navigation and radio communication in aircraft, vessel and inland fleet management, geodetic reference system in aviation,
  • optimization and rationalization of services provided to the international transport market with the support of information systems and simulation tools,
  • optimization of postal technology processes and networks, measurement of the quality of services provided with the use of automatic identification (RFID), use and monitoring of automatic identification technologies, creation of databases for conveyance of consignments,
  • economics, management, marketing, controlling, implementation of investment decision-making methods, evaluation and prediction of economic situation of enterprises, regional economy.

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

  • modern technologies for the support and development of innovative and constructive processes based on numerical analysis and optimization, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping technologies,
  • advanced bio- and nano- type materials, light and ultra-light alloys and composite materials with a focus on the prediction of their performance (gigacycle fatigue, rheology and corrosion, anti-corrosive protection), modern methodologies for increasing performance of materials,
  • alternative energy sources with the use of new progressive thermal cycles focused mainly on "low-carbon" solutions,
  • trends in the development of future vehicle components with a focus mainly on electric cars and components of modern rail vehicles (e.g., braking systems),
  • development of progressive procedures, in particular non-destructive methods in mechanical engineering technologies focusing on functional characteristics,
  • improvement of systems for operation and recovery of devices with the use of RCM methods of monitoring of technical status,
  • development of advanced industrial engineering methods, intelligent manufacturing systems and their key technologies,
  • development of modular robotic systems and new parallel kinematic structures for applications in the field of manufacturing machinery.

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

  • information and telecommunication technologies, fixed, mobile, satellite and photonic communication systems and networks and their dimensioning, optimization, information and communication services, multimedia, analysis and processing of image and sound,
  • reliable and secure transfer and processing of information in management of critical processes, information systems for all kinds of controlled systems, safety systems for all kinds of transport, intelligent transport systems, telematics,
  • methods of control of electric drives, dynamics and energy of electric traction, electro energetics, power electrical systems, mechatronics, theory and design of electrical machines, autotronics,
  • management of quality and reliability in electrical engineering, automation of measurement, control and testing,
  • diagnostic methods and systems for electrical machines and equipment, methods and means of non-destructive control of materials, measurement and simulation methods in biomedical engineering, electro-magnetic compatibility,
  • acoustic and optical investigation of physical properties of condensed matter, investigation of waves and light interaction with acoustic and magnetic fields, physical aspects and practical application of interference modes in optical fibres, phenomenology of disruption of electroweak symmetry and quark-gluon plasma study, photonics integrated structures,
  • materials and systems for applications in solar energy.

Faculty of Civil Engineering

  • theoretical problems of planning, design, construction and rehabilitation of transport infrastructure, including environmental impacts of transport and its safety,
  • experimental analyses and theoretical problems of diagnostics of engineering structures, transport and building constructions and historical and architectural monuments, experimental analyses of building materials, theoretical problems of assessment and determination of residual life of transport and building constructions,
  • development of methods of experimental and numerical analysis, mathematical modelling and dynamic simulations in terms of theory and construction of engineering structures, transport and building constructions,
  • decision-making processes, strategy of rehabilitation of engineering, transport and building structures, maintenance and optimization methods in management of individual parts of traffic route,
  • eenergy-saving, environmentally sound and construction-physical correct design of buildings with regard to sustainable development of society,
  • geoinformation systems in design and reconstruction of traffic route, traffic analyses, structure and architecture of intelligent transport systems.

Faculty of Security Engineering

  • solution of theoretical and fundamental crisis management issues,
  • analysis and risk assessment and design of preventive actions,
  • solution of crisis situations in natural, economic and social environment,
  • fire engineering and fire safety,
  • organization and technical security of fire protection,
  • management of rescue services,
  • security protection of people, property and equipment,
  • integrated safety systems,
  • crime prevention of towns and municipalities,
  • economic consequences of disasters,
  • traffic management in crisis situations,
  • safe transport of dangerous goods,
  • preparation and renewal of transport infrastructure,
  • protection of critical infrastructure.

Faculty of Management Science and Informatics

  • mathematical modelling, simulation and optimization: databases, information and communication networks, freight and passenger transport, throughput and quality of communication networks,
  • information and communication technologies: analysis and creation of database systems, analysis and creation of multimedia systems, multimedia information and communication services, parallel and distributed systems, next generation communication networks, security, embedded and multi-agent systems,
  • monitoring and management of transport processes: analysis and creation of information systems for monitoring and management of transport, basic and operational management of transport processes, intelligent transport systems,
  • management of human and technical resources: management, marketing, logistics and entrepreneurship, economy and economics, assessment and prediction of economic situation of enterprises, regulatory automation systems,
  • analysis, synthesis and design of integrated information and control systems, reliability analysis, acquisition of knowledge.

Faculty of Humanities

  • relationship of family environment and school success,
  • optimization of education in line with European value paradigm,
  • research in the field of teaching theory and didactics,
  • research in the field of school climate,
  • research and optimization of processes of mass industrial digitization and conservation of written heritage,
  • research, protection and access to cultural and scientific heritage, mass media communication,
  • research in the field of library and information science, journalism and general linguistics,
  • optimization of methods of music art teaching studies and musical interpretation,
  • research in the field of proceduralization of explicit language knowledge and effectiveness of the latest methods of teaching foreign languages,
  • theory of mathematics teaching,
  • research in the field of British and American Studies and English Linguistics,
  • research in the field of teaching English as a foreign language,
  • research in the field of philosophy of culture and philosophy of religion in the context of axiological pluralism and the current migration crisis in Europe,
  • research into the manifestations of extremism and xenophobia in Europe and in the Slovak Republic,
  • research on quality of life and value orientation of students of universities and higher education institutions in Slovakia,
  • misconceptions of pupils and students to various phenomena and their diagnostics by methods typical for qualitative and quantitative approach to data acquisition and data analysis,
  • identification of attitudes to different phenomena of pupils and students,
  • prediction of development of didactics of individual subjects,
  • value orientation of young people in today's world,
  • chrono psychological aspects of learning,
  • visualization of information,
  • research on the use of variable virtual spaces.

Institute of Forensic Research and Education

  • forensic engineering with a focus on interdisciplinary approach in the field of transport, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, graphology and business economics, general and special methodologies of technical analysis and diagnostics of expertise,
  • creation of methodical procedures and guidelines for expertise,
  • research in the field of forensic biomechanics, mathematical modelling of human body and its parts, physico-mathematical simulation calculations of dynamic and impact stress of human body to solve the problems of pre-crash, crash and other mechanical events, research on the issue of crew in traffic accidents of road vehicles, design and construction of test dummies for impact tests,
  • research into traffic accidents with highly vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists),
  • research into the identification of critical events in road traffic for the purposes of preventive engineering reduction of risk of road sections, as well as for the design of test methodology for semi-autonomous and autonomous road vehicles,
  • research on the issue of accidents of semi-autonomous and autonomous road vehicles,
  • research on the extraction of quantitative data from CCTV and onboard cameras for pre-analysis of traffic accidents,
  • research in the field of vehicle valuation, taking into account the latest vehicle manufacturing technologies, current operational impacts and the use of modern information technologies,
  • research into the setting of time standards for repairing hybrid and electric vehicles,
  • research in the field of construction, creation of expert methodologies in the field of valuation of buildings, construction work, damage assessment, building damage assessment,
  • research in forensic economics, creation of methodologies for forensic audit of companies.

Institute of High Mountain Biology

  • contamination of high-mountain fauna and flora by heavy metals from cross-border pollutants (Pb, Cd, Cu),
  • ethology of high mountain vertebrates,
  • ontogenetic allometry of vertebrates,
  • bacterial microflora of high mountain vertebrates,
  • molecular diagnostics (PCR, microsatellites),
  • blood parasites of high mountain fauna of Slovakia,
  • multivariate statistical techniques in the research of the co-evolution of Acarina, Mallophaga and their hosts,
  • biomonitoring of watercourses and water areas in high mountains,
  • algae of temporal water ridges of high mountains – autoecology of selected species,
  • sustainable development of high mountains, concepts and strategies in nature and landscape conservation,
  • theory of teaching certain subjects in the study programme Ranger.

CETRA – Centre for transport research

  • Dissemination of information and coordination of international cooperation through the participation of UNIZA workplaces in research projects of EU framework programmes in the following areas of research, development and innovations in the field of transport:  
    • transport equipment, means of transport,
    • transport networks,
    • transport technologies,
    • modelling and optimization of transport processes,
    • intelligent transport systems,
    • safety of transport and transport infrastructure,
    • quality and efficiency in transport,
    • impact of transport on the society and environment,
    • education of transport experts.
  • Consulting and advisory workplace for international cooperation projects,
  • Representation of UNIZA in the Steering Committee of the association ECTRI (European Conference of Transport Research Institutes) and dissemination of information on ECTRI activities within UNIZA,
  • Administration of institutional data on international research, innovation and educational projects within the authorised LEAR workplace for EU H2020 and ERASMUS Plus programmes,
  • Organization of international seminars, conferences and symposia with a focus on research, development, innovation, economy and transport operations.

Institute of Competitiveness and Innovations

  • research in the field of intelligent manufacturing systems and intelligent concepts of management, development of solutions for the Industry 4.0 concept,
  • research in the field of bionics and bionic systems and the study of the use of acquired knowledge in solving engineering tasks and innovations of products and manufacturing systems,
  • research and development of solutions in the field of Digital enterprise,
  • design and testing of products using the methods of virtual design, reverse engineering, Rapid Prototyping,
  • research in the field of reconfigurable and adaptive manufacturing systems,
  • research in the field of new concepts of assembly and production – competent manufacturing islands, scalable manufacturing capacities,
  • research and development in the field of mobile robotics and mobile robotic systems,
  • research in the field of cooperative robots,
  • research in the field of multi-agent control systems and complex holonic systems,
  • research and development of new approaches to simulation, emulation and visualization of production and logistics processes with the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies, development of Factory Twin concept,
  • research in the field of methods of artificial intelligence and machine learning,
  • study of the opportunities for growth of productivity with the use of advanced methods,
  • expert assessment and testing of roller bearings.

University Science Park

  • integration and coordination of applied research tasks in strategic research areas of UNIZA, research on the human factor in transport and interaction – human – machine,
  • research on the issue of monitoring, simulation and management of transport processes with emphasis on defined priorities in multimodal transport,
  • research and development of technologies and applications of intelligent transport systems,
  • research in the field of prototyping of intelligent transport systems and reverse engineering,
  • research in the field of intelligent solutions for advanced manufacturing systems,
  • research in the field of advanced manufacturing technologies, technologies and new concepts of assembly,
  • research in the field of modelling and simulation of intelligent manufacturing systems with application of solutions in industry,
  • research and development of system applications based on optical fibres and photonic elements,
  • research of methods and applications in biomedical engineering,
  • research of unconventional power mechanisms and their components,
  • research in the field of sensor networks and uncertain data processing for intelligent systems,
  • research in the field of solutions based on optical fibres and photonic elements,
  • research in the field of audio-visual information processing,
  • research in the field of know-how technologies and decision-making support,
  • international cooperation in applied research,
  • transfer of knowledge and research findings into practice,
  • cooperation with industry and region in addressing the aims of applied research.

Research Centre

  • research in the field of diagnostic infrastructure and methodologies for automated collection and objective evaluation of variable and non-variable parameters of transport route,
  • complex tools for assessing the economic efficiency of investment in transport infrastructure,
  • minimisation of degradation of roadways from heavy freight traffic,
  • application of new methods of diagnostics and monitoring of the state of the transport infrastructure,
  • evaluation of the basic mechanical – strength, deformation and fatigue characteristics of materials for the transport route and means of transport, research and development of advanced methods for improving the performance of construction materials,
  • study of electrochemical and chemical degradation mechanisms of construction materials, improvement and modification of surface properties and volume of construction materials for the transport industry, study of procedures of anti-corrosive protection of materials and concept of accelerated tests of constructions in aggressive working conditions, concept of corrosion map of the Slovak Republic,
  • implementation of modern low-energy constructions and technologies in the construction of buildings, in the field of conversion of renewable energy sources (RES) to heat, in the field of utilization of alternative working substances in the more efficient thermodynamic heat transformation from RES to mechanical or electrical energy,
  • modern constructions, technologies and management of advanced intelligent and low-energy buildings,
  • study of heat sources for biomass or fossil fuels combustion, heat sources and heat accumulation for the use of geothermal energy or solar energy,
  • experimental research of heat exchangers for the reuse of heat or heat transport,
  • thermal and working comfort of a person in the workplace and living space.

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