Martin Bálek joined Avast in 2016 as a research director. In this role, he is focusing on developing further Avast’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, to advance Avast’s automated threat detection capabilities. Prior to joining Avast, Martin worked as as general artificial intelligence researcher at GoodAI, and as Software Developer at NCLab, where he worked in frontend and backend development. Before his career in the software industry, he did academic research in theoretical computer science, mathematical aesthetics, modeling of biological cells for more than 11 years at Charles University in Prague. Martin holds a Master’s degree in abstract mathematics from the Charles University in Prague.