Michal Pěchouček Joins Free Antivirus Protection Provider Avast

July 13, 2019
Michal Pěchouček Joins Free Antivirus Protection Provider Avast
Michal Pěchouček has joined free antivirus protection provider Avast. Avast, which has headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, was established in 1988. The company is a household name and has offices in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan. It specializes in computer security software and offers a free antivirus that protects millions of PCs, Macs, and mobile phones globally. The company also offers email, network, and business security software. Mr. Pechoucek moves into the company’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) position.

Mr. Pěchouček was formerly a full-time Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Center of the Czech Technical University (CTU). He starts his new position on September 1, 2019. His contribution to computer science and AI research has given him global recognition. He was instrumental in setting up CTU’s ‘AVAST Chair of Cybersecurity’ and the jointly financed CTU and Avast AI ‘Cybersecurity Laboratory’. His work in academia will bring a fresh perspective to the area and he will work alongside other AI scientists in a bid to determine how AI can address complex cyber threats. He will continue to manage CTU’s ‘AI Center’ on a part-time basis.

"This paves a new way for industry and academia to work together on some of the biggest and most exciting research-based challenges of our time,” explained Mr. Pěchouček in a press release. “Avast's commitment to funding ongoing and new research in AI and machine learning enables CTU to demonstrate its expertise in these fields, helping attract and retain the best and brightest minds. Avast is recognized as the AI company in the field of cybersecurity, so I'm looking forward to getting started in my new role and together with engineers and scientists from AVAST and their colleagues from CTU to further develop AI to help people to be safe on the internet."

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