Simply speaking, we are engaged in everything that has to do with agricultural technology or machinery in agriculture. Needless to say, agricultural technology is a rapidly developing area that constantly rushes forwards - and we keep the pace. The core of our interest, machines are nowadays stuffed with electronics from the chassis to the roof. Our students and staff are hence on the path to approaches of the fourth industrial revolution and scrutinize automation systems, management, intelligent systems and programming, all of which is related to computer-based design and development.
Still, we have not fully departed from the traditional concepts of agricultural technology and the work with “iron”. However, we do try to apply modern technologies: from designing and modelling of components by CAD software to creating them using 3D printing or CNC machines. On the whole, ours is a broad field of science that, in addition to the above technologies, fully covers technological aspects of animal production.
Founded in 1964, our Department of Technology and Cybernetics is proud of its relatively long tradition. In spite of that we have managed to establish a young team at our Department, whose members are passionate about their cause and innovation, an extremely important feature in this field of science.
In the context of studies, we are guarantors of the Bachelor’s programme of study Agricultural Machinery and Technology and the follow-up Master’s programme Agricultural Machinery and Technology.
We can divide the Bachelor’s programme Agricultural Machinery and Technology into several areas of education:
As a matter of course, students can customize their studies to their areas of interests thanks to the wide range of electives offered by all Departments and other Faculties.
The Master’s programme Agricultural Machinery and Technology does not dwell only on the knowledge of specific functions and concepts, but, and mainly so, on their application. From the general knowledge of various themes, the studies have moved closer to electrical engineering - computer simulation and modelling with a focus on prediction of modelled situations and components, sensors, automation, dynamic systems, CAD software tools - development, creation of new systems and the ability to create individual components, and modification of agricultural equipment. The objective is to bring the Master’s studies closer to creative activities and development. Accordingly, this area of study is oriented more academically.
A great emphasis is put on advanced language preparation of our students, who are encouraged to add classes of other languages to their English lessons or develop their language skills during internships abroad.
Areas and questions that a prospective student should ask and answer with a “yes”:
Since agricultural technology is expensive and rapidly becomes obsolete, the focus of practical training is on students’ participation in agricultural establishments and vendors, where they encounter the technology. In the framework of studies, operational and professional practical trainings are mandatory. Even though the curriculum is more academic, an emphasis is laid also on students’ practical skills. Our aim is to provide students with thorough preparation for their practical training to ensure that they benefit from it as much as possible in their careers.
Although most of our graduates find employment in agriculture, this is not the only segment where they can work. Generally, jobs await them in the following areas:
Our research activities are directed towards the development of intelligent systems - mainly for livestock farming, development of the best available technologies (BAT) for animal production and materials engineering.
The development of intelligent systems considered, we examine stable technology and breeding of dairy and beef cattle. By way of example, we work on the development of intelligent camera systems used to map the behaviour and health of animals in stables, with the ability to predict future trends using neural networks and artificial intelligence, or the use of robotic arms to facilitate the process of milking cows, which would ease the work in the context of human resources and reduce costs compared to more complex technical systems. The area of the best available technologies (BAT) is oriented at systems developed for pig and chicken breeding. Our work relies on requirements of the European Union, which introduced the concept of integrated pollution prevention and control, based on the prevention of environmental pollution. Materials engineering studies the modifications of surface properties of material using plasma or using plasma to activate seeds and create biological protection, replacing conventional chemical pickling.
We strive to involve our students actively in research and, moreover, support their activities by way of benefits in a form of scholarships.
In the area of international cooperation, our students are encouraged to participate in the programmes Erasmus, CEEPUS or Unigo, which interconnected us with universities in Brazil, bringing with it options of mutual scholarship stays. Just as students leave us for stays abroad, people come to us. Our objective is to make sure that academic personnel who arrive at our Department enrich our students with special lectures. Another bonus of foreign projects is the option of educational activities in Taiwan, China or Poland.
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