MTA SZTAKI Department of Distributed Systems is working on a solution that enables long-term digital preservation of knowledge and R&D results built up during the past several decades.
Muzeum@Digit 2017 conference, organized by the Hungarian National Museum, focused on the current questions and sharing best practices regarding innovation and digital renewal. In the event held on November 28-29, András Micsik, senior researcher of the MTA SZTAKI Department of Distributed Systems gave a presentaton on the COURAGE EU project, the Linked Data approach and the long-term digital preservation.
Attila Cs. Marosi and Róbert Lovas (of the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems) together with Ádám Kisari and Ernő K. Simonyi (of the Systems and Control Laboratory) won the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Future IoT 2018 Conference, which was held in Eger . The title of their article was 'Novel IoT Platform for the Era of Connected Cars'.
The Faculty of Transportation and Vehicle Engineering of Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is to launch an English-language graduate course in autonomous vehicle control engineering from September, state news wire MTI reported
iKOMP: “Strengthening of the regional research competencies related to future-oriented manufacturing technologies and products of strategic industries by a research and development program carried out in comprehensive collaboration” (VKSZ_12-1-2013-0038), started in 2014 to encourage the research and development (R&D) in the Western Hungarian region has been ended with success in 2017.
2017 brought to our Institute numerous high-profile professional programmes, scientific cooperation opportunities and industrial innovations. Besides our best-of-breed activities in basic research our staff concentrated intensively on developing solutions for the private sector as well as defining new services to the benefit of the community and society.
Part-time researcher Sándor Molnár of the System and Control Lab successfully defended his DSc thesis.
In year 2017, already the 26th Hungarian Quality Week and its connected conference were organised in the headquarter of the Hungarian Standards Institution under the motto: “Positive aspects of change”. Our colleague, Dr. Zsolt János Viharos hold a presentation entitled “Quality Aspects of Industry 4.0” for the relative high number of participants.
Our institute participated successful on Websummit, one of the most prominent and biggest IT conference and fair in the world in Lisbon. The institute was represented by the Shared Virtual Reality Research Group of the Machine Perception Research Laboratory. Due to the open source ApertusVR product, our institute gained the opportunity to interact with future clients from sectors that were not characteristic before.
“Industry 4.0 – the future of industry and engineering education” was the motto of the 15th anniversary of the engineering education celebrated by the region of Zalaegerszeg, mirroring its present, future and traditions, too. Our colleague, Dr. Zsolt János Viharos presented one of invited speeches entitled “Industry 4.0 from scientific viewpoint”.
We congratulate Dr. Gábor Erdős, senior research fellow of the Engineering and Management Intelligence Laboratory of MTA SZTAKI, who was awarded jointly with Dr. Takahiro Nakano from Hitachi Yokohama Research Laboratory (YRL) the 2017 Technology Award of the Japan Society for Precision Engineering (JSPE). Their honoured work supports reconstructing the model of complex engineering objects from three dimensional measurement data, so-called point clouds. The internationally patented results are applied now at elevator renewal and construction sites.
The first Hungarian film-tourism smartphone application has been created with the contribution of the eLearning Department of MTA SZTAKI. The application provides the most complete guide of one of the most popular film destination capitals, Budapest.
In October, ERCIM News focuses on Digital Humanities, with László Kovács (head of the Department of Distributed Systems, MTA SZTAKI) being one of the editors of the special theme issue.
The Lidar data processing solution developed in the Machine Perception Research Laboratory (MPLab) was invited by Velodyne Europe executive director Erich Smidt for a live demonstration in the exhibition area of the market leading sensor manufacturing company at the Frankfurt Motor Show (
Krisztina Konrád, Ph.D. candidate - supervised by Dr. Zsolt János Viharos, member of the Research Laboratory on Engineering & Management Intelligence of the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - won the “National Higher Education Excellence Fellowship – for Ph.D. students and candidates”.
Tamás Péni and Tamás Luspay, two members of Systems and Control Lab, and András Kovács, member of Research Laboratory on Engineering & Management Intelligence receive the János Bolyai Research Fellowship between 2017-2020.
Experience shows that a major part of the cost of system identification is associated with performing experiments on the plant in question. For dynamical systems, it has been shown that a careful design of the experiment can lead to significant cost reduction. These observations have prompted renewed interest in adaptive input design. A major advance in this area, providing a theoretical justification for a standard adaptive method, was published recently in the IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control by László Gerencsér and Håkan Hjalmarsson.
Attila József is probably the most outstanding character of the Hungarian 20th century poetry. He was born in district 9 of Budapest, called Ferencváros, in April 1905. He spent the first 14 years of his life in the district. In 2015, on the initiative of the local government of Ferencváros, the eLearning Department of MTA SZTAKI and the Ferencváros Local History Collection prepared a GPS-based interactive smartphone walk under the title of "Attila József in Ferencváros”. In April 2017, the developers of the walk prepared and arranged a special orientation field competition based on mobile games for students studying in the district with the support of the local government of Ferencváros for the festive day of the Hungarian poetry.

The paper entitled 'Parameter varying flutter suppression control for the BAH jet transport wing" written by B. Patartics, T. Luspay, T. Péni, B. Takarics , B. Vanek  and T. Kier  was shortlisted for the Best Interactive Paper Prize at the IFAC World Congress in Toulouse  (France).

The presenters in the Interactive Section were encouraged to emphasize their scientific contributions in vivo, i.e., by means of videos, simulations, demonstrations in  addition to usual slide-show. 

A recent article from the Machine Perception Research Laboratory landed on the cover page of the July 2017 issue of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.