Book coming in November 2020


About the book Robot 100

The Czech version of the book "Robot 100" will be released in November 2020, marking the 100th anniversary of the word “robot”. The core of the book will be the original R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek. This timeless drama will be accompanied by comments from 100 personalities from various areas, especially scientists from around the world. In 86 chapters, the reader will have the opportunity to realize how many contemporary questions were posed in the century-old Czech science fiction play, as well as learn the facts about the history and progress in fields such as robotics, synthetic biology, artificial life and artificial intelligence, and discover the challenges arising from today’s modern technologies. The book also aims to highlight that robots in R.U.R. were made of chemically synthesized soft matter resembling a living matter, and that robots are not necessarily just electro-mechanically driven metal constructions. In addition to scientific texts written in a popular way, the book comprises artistic contributions such as drawings and sci-fi commentary. The book’s intended audience is the general public.




R.U.R. is a science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rossum's Universal Robots. The work was published in Prague by Aventinum in 1920 and premiered at the city's National Theatre on 25 January 1921.

100 years after...

We are going to publish the book ROBOT 100.

More details are coming soon!




Jitka Čejková studied chemical engineering at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, where she successfully defended her doctoral degree in 2010. She currently works as Associate Professor in the Chemical Robotics Laboratory at UCT Prague. She has postdoctoral experience from the University of Trento and the University of Tokyo. Her research focuses on how chemical engineers can contribute to artificial life research. Artificial life is the study of artificial systems that exhibit the behavioural characteristics of natural living systems. She focuses on the investigation of organic droplets with life-like behaviour and recently she proposed to call such droplets “liquid robots”. She is active in science communication both in the Czech Republic and abroad. She focuses primarily on popularization of research in the area of artificial life and the etymology of the word robot, which comes from Czech.


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Doc. Ing. Jitka Čejková, Ph.D.

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Chemistry and Technology Prague
Technická 3, 166 28, Praha 6

Czech Republic

tel.: (+420) 220444460

Publisher of the Czech version:

Ing. Eva Dibuszová, Ph.D.

Centre for Information Services

University of Chemistry and Technology Prague

Technická 5, 166 28, Praha 6

Czech Republic
tel.: (+420) 22044-3071
mobil: (+420) 739 249 136




The book ROBOT 100 contains 86 chapters. More details will be uncovered here and on social media later.

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