doc. Dr. Ing. Jiří Horák

(+420) 597 325 457

office A941

Department of Geoinformatics
VŠB – TU Ostrava
17. listopadu 2172/15
70800 Ostrava – Poruba
Czech Republic



  • 1985 – Dipl. Eng. in Mathematical geology – VSB Ostrava
  • 1989 – pedagogy – Palacky University Olomouc
  • 1998 – Dr. (Ph.D.) in Geological engineering – VSB-TU Ostrava
  • 2003 – doc. (assoc. prof.) in Geoinformatics – VSB-TU Ostrava

Research topics

  • geographical information systems (especially methods of data processing and modelling)
  • spatial statistics and applied geostatistics
  • micro-scale analysis of socioeconomic phenomena, labour market, crime
  • accessibility of public transport
  • web services testing
  • geocoding, geoparsing

Professional Experience Record

  • 1985-1995 – researcher at the Department of Economic and Exploration Geology, VSB-TU Ostrava
  • 1995-2002 – Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Control Systems, Department of Geoinformatics, VŠB-TU Ostrava
  • 2006-2011 – head of Department of Geoinformatics, VSB-TU Ostrava
  • 2003 – associated professor in Geoinformatics, VSB-TU Ostrava


  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • GIS Data Processing
  • Database Systems
  • Spatial Databases
  • Database Management Systems Applications
  • Remote sensing
  • Digital Processing Of Remotely Sensed Data
  • Planning of Geoinformation Technologies Applications
  • Data and Model Uncertainty

Research and Educational Projects

  • Czech Grant Agency 14-26831S „Spatial simulation modelling of accessibility“ (2014-2016), principal investigator
  • Czech Grant Agency 205/06/1037 „Application of Geoinformation Technologies for Improvement of Rainfall-Runoff Relationships“ (2006-2008), principal investigator
  • Czech Grant Agency 402/02/0855 „Labour market modelling using geoinformation technologies“ (2002-2004), principal investigator
  • Czech Grant Agency 402/99/0022 „Spatial Analysis of Unemployment” (1999-2000), principal investigator
  • Czech Grant Agency 403/09/1720 „The Industrial City in a Post-Industrial Society“ (2009-2011), principal coinvestigator
  • Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, programme Beta TB9500MV005 „Proposal of recommended national curricula for the branch of spatial information“ (2016), principal investigator
  • Technology Agency of the Czech Republic FT-TA2/009 „Research and development of a modular system of the forming of applications for Integrated Water Management System“ (2005-2007), principal coinvestigator
  • 5th framework EU research project EVK1-2001-00324 TRANSCAT “Integrated water management of transboundary catchments” (2003 – 2005), principal coinvestigator
  • Participation in 6th framework EU research project HUMBOLDT
  • Erasmus „Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development“ (ANDROID) (2012-2014).
  • Safety research (Ministry of the interior)„Geoinformatics as a tool to support integrated activities of safety and emergency units“ (2014-2015)
  • 5th framework EU project METROPOLIS (Metrology in Support to Precautionary Sciences and Sustainable Development Policies)
  • participation in 5th framework EU project GINIE (Geographic Information Network In Europe) project.
  • Participation in WELL-GIS (West-East Linked Laboratories for GIS) project COPERNICUS, participation in PANEL-GI (LEONARDO) project
  • 35/AKT „Complex solution of methane issues related to old mining workings“ (2010-2019), principal coinvestigator
  • OP VaK GeoComputation1.07/2.2.00/15.0276“ (2011-2013), principal coinvestigator
  • Coordinator of grant project Autodesk Academia Grant 2001
  • Coordinator of grant PHARE project ”Regional Information System” 1995-1996, project manager of PHARE project ”Data for Regional Information System” (CZ9603/02/03/01) 1997-1999.
  • Coordinator of grant of Open Society Fund Prague “Geoinformatic’s education of labour services”. 2002-2003. Co-operator on other grant of Open Society Fund Prague 2002-2003.
  • The coordinator of the project “Implementation of tools for spatial analysis of labour market in labour office activities” for Ministry of Social Affairs (since 2001).


  • member of Scientific council of Faculty of Mining and Geology, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava
  • member of Scientific council of Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Olomouc
  • member of Scientific council of Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové
  • member of presidium of Czech Association for Geoinformation, head of education committee
  • member of doctoral committee Geoinformatics (VŠB-Technical University Ostrava)
  • member of doctoral committee Applied Geoinformatics (Palacky University, Olomouc)
  • member of doctoral committee Applied Informatics (University of Hradec Králové)
  • evaluator of EEA Grants, Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, VEGA, APVV, Czech Grant agency

Selected Publications

  • Kukuliac P., Horak J. (2017): W function – a New Distance-based Measure of Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities. Geographical Analysis, 49(2), 199–214.
  • Perdikou S., Horak J., Halounova L., Palliyaguru R., Lees A. (2016): The capacity of European Higher Educational Katedraions to address threats imposed by natural hazards. Natural Hazards, 81(3), 1447-1466.
  • Inspektor, T., Ivan, I., Horák, J. (2014): Mapping and Monitoring Unemployment Hot Spots towards Identification of Socially Excluded Localities: case study of Ostrava. Journal of Maps, vol. 10, No. 1, 35-46. ISSN 1744-5647. DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2013.847806 (IF 2014: 1,193). (abstract)
  • Horák, J., Ivan, I., Návratová, M., Ardielli, J. (2013): Vyhledávání měst Česka uživateli Google. Geografie, vol. 118, no. 3, s. 284-307. ISSN 1212-0014 (IF 2013: 0,400). (Full paper)
  • Ardielli J., Horák J., Růžička J.: View Service Quality according to INSPIRE Implementing Rules. Electronics and electrical engineering. No.3(119), 2012, p. 69-74. ISSN 1392–1215
  • Horak J., Orlik A., Stromsky J.: Web services for distributed and interoperable hydro-information systems. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 635-644, 2008
  • Horak J.: Transport Accessibility Evaluation. Geografie. Vol. 111, No. 1, 2006. p. 115-132. ISSN 1212-0014.
  • Horak J., Unucka J., Stromsky J., Marsik V., Orlik A : TRANSCAT DSS architecture and modelling services. Control & Cybernetics, vol 35, No.1, Warsaw 2006, pp. 47-71.
  • Lampart M., Horák J., Ivan (2013): Úvod do dynamických systémů: teorie a praxe v geoinformatice. VŠB-TU Ostrava. 200 s. ISBN 978-80-248-3185-5.
  • Horak J., Horakova B., Simek M.: Examples of Geoinformation Technology Use in Labour Market Analyses. in The Czech Geography at the Dawn of the Millennium, Olomouc 2004. ISBN 80-244-0858-9. Pp. 391-410
  • Fojtík D., Horák J., Orlíková L., Kocich D., Inspektor T.: Smart Geocoding of Objects. In: Proceedings of the 2016 17th International Carpathian Control Conference, ICCC 2016 [online]. s. 200–205. ISBN 978-1-4673-8606-7
  • Horák J., Ivan I., Tesla, J.: Improved Gravity Models of Commuting Conditions: a Czech Case Study. International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering, ICTTE 2014 Beograd. 27-28 November 2014.
  • Ivan I., Horák J., Zajíčková L.: Theoretical and real public transport flows – daily commuting in the Czech Republic. International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering, ICTTE 2014 Beograd. 27-28 November 2014.
  • Horák J., Ivan I., Fojtík D., Burian J.: Large scale monitoring of public transport accessibility in the Czech Republic. In Proceedings of ICCC 2014, Velké Karlovice, 28-30.5.2014.
  • Ivan I., Horák J.: Demand and Supply of Transport Connections for Commuting in the Czech Republic. In sborník „GIS Ostrava 2014 – Geoinformatics for Intelligent Transportation“, Ostrava, 27-29.1.2014
  • Horák J., Ivan I., Fojtík D.: Time of day dependency of public transport accessibility in the Czech Republic. In sborník „GIS Ostrava 2014 – Geoinformatics for Intelligent Transportation “, Ostrava, 27-29.1.2014. 13 p. 93-108.
  • Horák J., Ivan I., Kukuliač P., Inspektor T., Devečka B., Návratová M.: Google Trends for Data Mining. Study of Czech Towns. In C. Bădică, N. T. Nguyen, and M. Brezovan (eds.): ICCCI 2013, LNAI 8083, pp. 100-109. Springer, Heidelberg (2013).
  • Kukuliač P., Horák J., Ivan I., Růžičková K., Mudroň I.: The spatial concentration of the high-tech manufacturing industries in Ostrava, SGEM Varna 2013.
  • Hruska-Tvrdy L., Kukuliac, P., Horak J., Ivan, I., Foldynova, I. (2012): SOCIOECONOMIC ATLAS OF OSTRAVA. In proc. 15TH International Colloquium On Regional Sciences (Eds: Klimova, V; Zitek, V), Valtice, JUN 20-22, 2012. p.181-192
  • Hančlová, J., Šimek, M., Horák, J. Factors influencing the long-term unemployment level and development in the European Union. In Proceedings of 30th International Conference Mathematical Methods in Economics : 11-13 September 2012, Karviná, Czech Republic. Opava: Slezská univerzita v Opavě, 2012, s. 249-254. ISBN 978-80-7248-779-0.
  • Halounová L., Švec M, Horák J., Unucka J., Hanzlová M., Juřikovská L.: Improvement of rainfall-runoff models using optical and radar remote sensing data. XXI congress of ISPRS. Čína 7/2008.
  • Hanzlova M., Halounová L., Heller J., Horák J., Unucka J., Zidek D.,  Adamec M.: CN derivation from LANDSAT ETM+data and LC changes for rainfall-runoff models. In EARSeL Symposium 2008 proceedings, 2-7 June 2008, Istanbul, Turky.  ISBN 978-1-58603-986-8