Professor, born 1956 (with Czech accents Václav Hlaváč, nickname Vašek, pronounced Vashek in English transcription)

Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU)
Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC)
160 00 Prague 6, Dejvice, Jugoslavskych partyzanu 1580/3, Czech Republic
Office: JP:B-610
Phone: + 420 224 357 465, Mobile: +420 603 149 689
H-index WoS = 19; H-index Scopus = 24, H-index Google Scholar = 41;

Current Position:   Professor of engineering cybernetics; deputy director of CIIRC; head of the Robotics and Machine Perception department at CIIRC; founder of the informal group called Center Machine Perception, est. 1996, spanning groups at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and CIIRC since 2013, both CTU.

Research Interests:   Computer vision, reconstruction of 3D scenes from 2D images, analysis of videosequvences, pattern recognition with emphasis to relation between statistical and structural methods, autonomous robotics, robotic manipulation with soft materials, industrial and other applications of the above.

Current projects:   Look at running projects web of CIIRC.

Qualifications, work history:   1981 graduated Ing. (similar to MSc.) in control engineering from CTU Prague; 1981-1982 one year compulsory military service, 1982 PhD student at CTU, from 1983 to 2016 teaching position at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering CTU, 1987 PhD from CTU (Analysis of the integrated circuits images); 1990 head of the Computer Vision Laboratory, 1992 Associate Professor; 1996 head of the Center for Machine Perception of the CTU, 1998 Professor. In 2013 one of CIIRC founders, since 2016 fully employed at CIIRC.

International experience:   1986 two months research fellowship, Institute of Control Problems, Academy of Sciences Moscow, Russia; 1989 Research fellowship (ten months) University of Sussex, School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, Brighton, U.K.; 1993 two months visiting professor at the TU Vienna, Austria; 1995 six months visiting professor and replacing head of the Department of Pattern Recognition and Image Processing at the TU Vienna; 2000 five months Hitachi Central Research Lab, Tokyo, Japan, 2010-2011 four months King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.

Selected publications
(two of four books
and four recent
journal publications), out
of 291 Google Scholar

cited 15,978 times:

Šonka M., Hlaváč, V., Boyle R.: Image Processing, Understanding, and Machine Vision, 4th edition Cengage Learning 2015, pp. 912 (1st edition Chapman & Hall, London 1993; 2nd edition PWS Boston, 1998, 3rd edition Thomson, Toronto 2008; Chinese translation 2003).

Schlesinger M.I., Hlaváč V.: Ten lectures on statistical and syntactic pattern recognition, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2002, 521 p.; Russian translation 2004.

Antoniuk K., Franc V., Hlaváč V.: V-shaped interval insensitive loss for ordinal classification. Machine Learning. Volume 103, Issue 2, May 2016, pp 261-283.

Bresler M., Průša D., Hlaváč V.: Online recognition of sketched arrow-connected diagrams. International Journal od Document Analysis and Recognition, Volume 19, Issue 3, September 2016, pp. 253-267.

Petrík V, Smutný V., Krsek P., Hlaváč V.: Single arm robotic garment folding path generation, Advanced Robotics Vol. 31, Iss. 23-24, 2017

Holešovský, Ondřej; Škoviera, Radoslav; Hlaváč, Václav; Vítek, Roman. 2021. Experimental Comparison between Event and Global Shutter Cameras, Sensors 21, no. 4: 1137.

Ron, M.; Burget, P.; Hlaváč, V. Parameter continuity in time-varying Gauss–Markov models for learning from small training data sets. Information Sciences. 2022, 595 197-216. ISSN 0020-0255.


Teaching presentations:   While teaching and writing textbooks I created several teaching or tutorial presentations. The files with presentations in pdf are available in English and/or in Czech. I am updating these pages when presentations are created or updated.
We also maintain MATLAB exercises code for computer vision, see

Other Links:   Publications from 1994 (searchable), Publications 1984-1998 (.pdf)
Alumni - my former PhD, MSc and Bc students.
ORCID ID; ResearcherID: D-9415-2014; Scopus Author ID: 55897406200; Google Scholar

Personal:   I speak English, German, Russian and Czech (mother tongue)
Wife Hana; son Vaclav *1978, daughter Anna *1990, son Jaroslav *1992, granddaughter Johana *2008, grandson Vitezslav *2011, granddaughter Lada *2021, grandson Hugo *2023.

Last update: 22.05. 2024