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Y Soft’s Collaboration with Academia

Y Soft Corporation
Andrij Stecko
Research Coordinator
This article provides information and statistics collected over the last eight years on selected activities within the scope of our Applied Research and University Relations (ARUR) program.

We are proud to have built upon the strong foundation made in previous years and since our last review, in November 2015. You can read the previous analysis here.
 
Another Successful Year for Collaboration
This academic year, we collaborated with more than 35 students. These students have worked on their theses, and either an internship or a part-time job at Y Soft. Considering the size of our R&D team and the demands placed on them, this is a great result. Thanks to everyone in Y Soft R&D for supporting the program! 

Theses
During the last eight years, 80 theses produced in collaboration with Y Soft have been successfully defended. The number of bachelor and master theses were almost the same (41 vs. 39, respectively). Both academic quality and practical application are important to us. Therefore, we focus on maintaining a high percentage of “A” and “B” grades. For the last eight years, this percentage has been above 75%. Adding to this success are the Dean Awards, awarded to eight of the theses.
 
Over the last academic year, 17 students defended their theses with Y Soft:
  • Twelve from Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
  • Four from both the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication and the Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology
  • One from Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague
The theses covered a large spectrum of topics, including:
  • ICT security, with a focus on static and dynamic code analysis tools
  • Monitoring in distributed systems
  • Technologies for developing mobile device applications
  • Artificial intelligence for our robotic arm
The percentage of “A” and “B” grades for the last academic year is slightly below the average and is approximately 65%. One of the theses received a Dean Award.      

  

Part-time
During the last eight years, 30 students were given part-time jobs at Y Soft within the scope of ARUR. 17 part-time contracts are still running and some of these students have been working on their bachelor or master thesis for over a year. 29 of the 30 students have been from universities but we also had a high school student:
  • 20 students from Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
  • 9 from both the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication and the Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology
  • One high school student
Student competitions
We are pleased to support and help organize several competitions. The competition for “Talented Students” is intended for students from the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University who are in their first or second year of bachelor studies. Y Soft is one of the companies that funds student positions at research laboratories for the winners of the competition. Over the last year, we have supported three students (winners from previous years) and agreed to fund the position for one new student (selected this year).

The competition for the “Best Theses in the field of Security and Applied Cryptography” takes place at Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University. We have supported this event and participated in the review committee since the very first competition. 

Cooperation with high schools
We also collaborate with high schools. Over the last academic year, we organized five specialized workshops in three different high schools. The workshops covered: the development of a game in the cloud, the development of mobile applications and security of Internet communications. Finally, one of the students had a summer internship in Y Soft and collaborated with one of our Security Analysts.

Lectures at universities
Our engineers and analysts share their knowledge with students. They have lectured at both the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University and the Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology. Last year, our colleagues gave nine lectures on continuous integration, refactoring, product ownership, SOLID principles, portability of mobile applications, test-driven development, quality assurance & developer testing and Wireshark and git.    

Thank You
Thank you to everyone who participates in our ARUR program and we look forward to new students, academics and employees joining the program!
 
We are more than happy to discuss any suggestions and ideas for cooperation you might have. Please get in touch by emailing uni-rel [at] ysoft.com.
 
Andrij Stecko
Andrij Stecko
Andriy drives selected applied research activities in Y Soft's academic collaborations and secure software development initiatives in Y Soft's R&D teams.
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