Ákos Zarándy

doctor of HAS
research advisor
1111 Budapest, Kende u. 13-17.
Room number
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Personal Information
Name: Ákos Zarándy
Year of birth: 1967
Workplace: Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciencies (MTA-SZTAKI)
Address: POB: 63, 1518 Budapest, Hungary
Citizenship: Hungarian
Professional Experience
2012- professor at Pazmany Peter Catholic University
2011-present head of the Cellular Sensory and Optical Wave Computing Laboratory
2007-Senior Research Fellow (MTA-SZTAKI, Hungary)
2005-2006 CTO (Eutecus Inc. Berkeley, California, USA)
2000-2005 CEO (AnaLogic Computers Ltd, Budapest, Hungary, Spin-off company of SZTAKI)
1997-2005 Research Fellow (MTA-SZTAKI, Hungary)
1992-1997 PhD student (MTA-SZTAKI, Hungary)
1993, 95, 96, 98 Visiting scholar or post doc at University of California at Berkeley
2010 DSC of the Hungarian Academy of Sciencies
1997 Ph.D. in Computer science, Hungarian Academey of Sciences:
"CNN Universal Machines: spatial logic, colors, and illusions"
1992 MsC, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
Fields of interest
Focal-plane sensor-processors: architecture, design, and development
Cellular Neural Network research: VLSI implementations, algorithm development
IR imaging: sensor interface development
Human and artificial vision, color vision: modelling
Image processing: algorithms, embedded implementation
System integration: ultra-high speed, low power, embedded image processing devices
Major technical achievements
2010-2012: Visual remote airplane detector device for UAVs for collision avoidance
2008-2009: Theoretical studies of many-core cellular processor arrays
2006-2007: 8x8 nanoantenna sensor interface including per pixel analogue amplifiers and programmable digital filters (100dB signal to noise ratio total) (Project Leader)
2005-2006: Focal-plane sensor-processor array with 64 fully programmable on-chip processors: XENON (Project Leader)
2004-2005: Locally adaptive image sensor development
2002-2005: Biologically motivated collision warning focal-plane sensor-processor array: LOCUST (Group Leader)
2002-2003 Bi-i: Industrial grade camera capable over 25,000 FPS visual decision making (capturing and real-time evaluation) Product of the year, Vision 2003, Stuttgart (Project Leader)
1996-2000: CNN Chip Prototyping System (chief developer)
Publication Summary
31 peer-reviewed published (or accepted) papers
1 edited book
5 Book chapters
45 conference contributions
300 total number of citations (excluding self citation)
2 patents
Most Important International Collaborations
1994- present: Focal-plane sensor-processor chip development and testing, Microelectronic Institute Seville, Spain, Prof. Angel Rodriguez-Vazquez and his group
2002-present Active contour algorithm implementation on sensor-processor array School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering The University of Manchester, Dr. Piotr Dudek
2000-present: Neuromorph modell implementations on sensor processor arrays Friedrich Miescher Institute, Dr. Botond Roska
1998-present Robot guidance algorithms for sensor-processor array Department of Electronic and Electrical Systems, University of Catania, Dr. Paolo Arena
2005-present Peter Pazmany Catholic University, „Electronic components of the computing, communicating and sensing devices”
Grants and Scholarships
2005-2007: Nanoantenna sensor-processor array development: Eutecus Inc, Notre Dame University (two US grants: N00014-05C-0370 and HQ0006-05-C-7268, over $1,5M) role: PI
2002-2003 RobotEyepair (Hungarian grant IKTA4-044) Budget: 420k Euro. Role: PI
2004-2007 SPARK: Spatial-temporal Patterns for Action-oriented perception in Roving robots, (FP6-2003-IST-2) EU FP6, role: participant
2002-2005: LOCUST: Life-Like Object Detection For Collision Avoidance Using Spatio-Temporal Image Processing. (IST-2001-38097) EU FP5-FP6. Role: participant
2000-2003 DICTAM: Dynamic Image Computing Using Tera-Speed Analogic Visual Microprocessors. (IST-1999-19007) EU FP5. role: participant
Honors and Awards
2007 Charles Simonyi Award
2007 Microprocessor Report Innovation Award, San Jose, California: Superfast Sensor-Processors Break New Ground in Digital Imaging
2005 Best paper award, “Per-pixel integration time controlled image sensor” ECCTD Ireland
2003 Product of the year at Stuttgart Vision fair: Bi-i camera
2002 John von Kemeny Award
2000 Denes Gabor Patent Award
1999 General Electrics Scholarship
Spcecial issues, sessions sessions
2004: Special issue: IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems—I: Fundamental Theory and Applications (TCAS-I), „CNN Technology and Active Wave Computing: Analog-and-logic cellular machines integrating sensors and/or actuators” guest co-editor
2003: Special session: IEEE International symphosium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) „Spatiotemporal cellular vision systems” co-organizer
2002: Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers, „CNN Technology and Visual Microprocessors”, guest co-editor

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