Mařík received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Cybernetics at the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1975 and 1979, respectively.
Mařík was appointed Full Professor at the Czech Technical University in 1990. He has been acting as the head of the Department of Cybernetics, Czech Technical University since 1999 when he established the Department.
Mařík acted as the founder of the Rockwell Automation Research Center Prague, as a part of the Advanced Technology organization of the Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was appointed the Managing Director of this Center in 1992. He left this role in 2009. Mařík took over the Managing Director position of CertiCon in January 2010. He was one of the founders of this company in 1996, originally established as the Czech Technical University spin-off.
Mařík's professional interests include artificial intelligence, multi-agent and knowledge-based systems, soft-computing, production planning and scheduling applications. He has contributed to the basic science in the area of uncertainty processing in expert systems, in the agent-based system architectures and languages (leading to the development of AGLOBE and MAST multi-agent platforms) as well as in deployment of ontological knowledge in agent-based control systems. He was strongly involved in development of many industrial solutions, in Shipboard Automation project (funded by ONR in 2002-2006), AgentFly project (funded by Air Force Research Lab in 2004-2010), EXPLANTECH project for Skoda/Volkswagen (2006-2008) and 9 EU funded projects. He acts as the technical lead of ARUM, the EU Integrated Project aimed at multi-agent production scheduling for Airbus Industries.
Mařík acted as a member of the Council of the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic (2005-2010) and was elected a foreign member of the Russian Engineering Academy in 2009. He is an Honorary Member of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (2003). He was appointed the Chairman of the Research Board of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic in 2010. He became a member of the R&D&I Council of the Czech Republic in 2011 where he is responsible for the Czech-US research cooperation.
Mařík is the author or co-author of more than 130 journal and conference papers, co-author or editor of 13 books (Springer Verlag, Kluwer Academic), co-author of 4 US patents as well as 3 US patent applications. He acts as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. System, Man and Cybernetics, part C since 2005. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Czech mutation of the Scientific American magazine.
In 2006, Mařík became a co-founder of the Czech Technical University Media Laboratory – Foundation established to support research carried out by students and young researchers. He has been acting as the Chairman of the Board of this Foundation since the very beginning.
For his scientific achievements, Mařík was awarded with the Czechoslovak State Prize in 1989, with the Rockwell’s Chairman Team Award in 1997, with the Austrian “Honorary Cross for Science and Art“ (by the President of the Austrian Republic) in 2003, and with “Czech Mind” award in 2010. He received the “Outstanding Service Award” by IEEE SMC Society in 2012.