Zdenek Hanzalek graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague in 1990. He obtained his PhD degree in Industrial Informatics from the Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse and PhD degree in Control Engineering from the CTU. He worked on optimization of parallel algorithms at LAAS CNRS - Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes in Toulouse (1992 to 1997) and on discrete event dynamic systems at LAG INPG - Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (1998 to 2000). He founded the Industrial Informatics Department dealing with scheduling, embedded system design, combinatorial optimization, real-time control systems and industrial communication protocols. He was appointed Full Professor at the Czech Technical University in 2012.
Zdenek coordinated one EU project, several national projects and one project funded by the US Navy. He was active in many EU research projects (e.g. ARTIST2 European network of excellence, DEMANES, SESAMO). Key solutions of this research were licensed among others to Freescale and EATON. He acquired and managed many industrial contracts (e.g. Skoda, UniControls, UNIS, AZD, Volkswagen, Rockwell, Air Navigation Services, EATON, Porsche). He was appointed Full Professor at the Czech Technical University in 2012.
Zdenek has supervised 17 Ph.D. students and currently he is supervising 5 Ph.D. students. He is teaching a masterís course on Combinatorial Optimization with 120 students per year. Zdenek is currently a head of Industrial Informatics Department at the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, CTU.
He is author or co-author of more than 35 journal papers and many conference papers. He has got approximately 400 citations in SCI and his SCI Hirsch index is equal to 11. He chaired or co-chaired several international conferences (MISTA, EUROSYS, ECRTS, WPDRTS). Two of his scheduling algorithms for time-triggered communication protocols were awarded Excellent Research Results in Technical Sciences of the Czech Republic. In 2018, his team won the Formula 1/10 Autonomous Racing Competition organized by University of Pennsylvania.
Besides this, Zdenek acted as the founder of the Mechatronic Group, part of the Porsche Engineering Services in Prague. Under his leadership, the Group grew up into a respectable facility staffed with 16 developers with the core expertise in software development. Zdenek left, after 3 years of service, on his own accord as he decided to take on new challenging activities in research with a wider scope of industrial partners. He overtook a leadership of Merica company in 2013. He was one of the founders of this company in 2006, which is involved in the embedded systems and the optimization tools for production and personnel scheduling.