Josef Vojtěch of the CESNET Association has attained the level of Senior Member in the IEEE hierarchy

Prague, 12 February 2016. The head of the Optical Networks Department of the CESNET Association, Josef Vojtěch, has been elevated to the level of Senior Member in the hierarchy of the international IEEE organisation. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an international professional non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of technology related to electrical engineering. It brings electrical engineers and informatics professionals from approximately 150 countries throughout the world together. It publishes more than 100 professional journals and a range of books (the IEEE produces around a quarter of the world’s specialist literature on electrical engineering or informatics), and organises conferences and other such events.

The Senior Member appointment is the most prestigious that a member of the organisation can attain. To date only 9% of the existing 433,000 IEEE members have gained such appointment. In order to be recognised as a Senior Member, an applicant must demonstrate high professional competence. An applicant must have worked in the relevant field for at least ten years, five of which must be highly intensive.

Ing. Josef Vojtěch, Ph.D. studied computer networks at the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) and in 2009 defended his doctoral thesis on the subject of All-Optical Networking. He has worked in the Optical Networks Department of the CESNET association since 2003, where over a long period he has been dedicated to developing the open transmission system CzechLight, whilst in recent years he has also been devoted to his application for the transmission of precise time and stable frequencies. He is the creator or co-creator of three international patents, ten national patents and utility models. In 2007, he and his colleagues Miroslav Karásek and Jan Radil won the Ministry of Education Award for Research.

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. With its research activities and accomplishments, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network building project and grid projects (, and participates actively in their implementation.

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