Applied Research and University Relations

The Applied Research and University Relations (ARUR) department supports and collaborates research on projects from many talented students, providing them an opportunity for professional growth during the course of their studies.


The range of research topics students are invited to work on under the auspices of Y Soft is extremely wide. The topics aim to solve real problems we encounter in our daily work. They are practical and challenging.

Number of Defended Theses

During the last eight years, 80 bachelor and master theses realized in collaboration with Y Soft were successfully defended. This chart shows the number of theses defended per year. In 2017, for example, 10 bachelor and 7 master theses were successfully defended. Most of the theses came from Y Soft R&D in collaboration with the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University. Since 2012, eight students received awards for their theses.

Grades of Defended Theses

More than 75% of all theses defended during the last eight years received an “A” or “B” grade. This graph shows grade statistics per year. In 2017, this number was slightly lower at 65%; however, one student received the Dean Award.



We realize how important it is for a student to come into contact with a work environment during their studies. But, we do not want this to happen at the expense of their studies. We want to reinforce their motivation to study, to show that an effective solution of a real problem often requires a good theoretical background.

Our recipe to achieve this is to combine a part-time job together with a thesis. Most often, the student starts with a thesis and then (if successful) is provided with a part-time job. Also, we give students an opportunity to share their results with our employees by writing and publishing their intermediate results. For example, some of the articles in our R&D blog are written by students.
30 students were given part-time jobs during the last eight years. Some of these part-timers have been working in Y Soft on their bachelor or master thesis for more than a year. 20 students were from the 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 and one student was a high school student.

"I became acquainted with Y Soft through a competition at Masaryk University. The competition topic I had chosen eventually turned into my Bachelor thesis. I liked how Y Soft worked with students systematically. Nobody at Y Soft looks at you strangely when you want to write a Bachelor thesis.

Today, I focus on monitoring. I appreciate the space that we have to research new technologies and the time flexibility allows me to combine work with university studies."

Martin Šalata


Every year, in cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, we participate in organizing a competition for talented students who are in the first or the second year of their bachelor studies.

Every year we also help create several research positions for selected students (winners of the competition) in various research areas; the students have been under the auspices of the Laboratory of Security and Applied Cryptography, the Laboratory of Searching and Dialogue and the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science in the following areas:

  • Distributed data storage

  • Penetration testing

  • Smart card security

  • Searching in peer-to-peer networks

  • Formal verification

During the last eight years, we have supported 11 students who were winners of the competition. Some students were funded for more than one year. In 2017, we have supported three students (winners from previous years) and agreed to fund the position for one new student (selected this year).

"When working for Y Soft, I had a chance to exploit and work with modern distributed system technologies and expand my knowledge horizons by cooperating with top quality researchers and developers. Y Soft also provided me a chance to write a bachelor thesis focused on topic of my interest, while being part of their scholarship program. It was a very beneficial experience." 

Šimon Obetko


From 2008 to 2014, we collaborated with researchers from the Laboratory of Security and Applied Cryptography to create an innovative, secure and configurable payment system. Several doctoral, master and bachelor students were involved in the project. The project resulted into a number of accepted scientific publications and successfully defended theses. In addition, members of the Institute of Law and Technology of the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University aided us with the project's legal aspects.


Email: uni-rel@ysoft.com
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