Informative News

After the successful smartphone outdoor competition last year, the Municipality of Ferencváros and the eLearning Department of MTA SZTAKI have jointly prepared and organised a new competition on the scenes of childhood of Attila József.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 15th Night of Museums is organised on the 24th June this year which has become the most popular domestic event series for a long while. Across the country, more than 2000 events at some 380 locations vie for our attention. Its highlighted topic is value preservation and its capital is Debrecen this year. The eLearning Department of our institute supports the organisers and visitors by providing a smart phone application again this year.

The event organized by the Antall József Knowledge Centre focused on accessibility and the innovative solutions that support it. In the workshop, held on May 3 in Pécs, several applications that improve life for people with disabilities were demonstrated. László Kovács, head of the Department of Distributed Systems gave a presentation on Tolmácskesztyű (InterpreterGlove) and Symbio-TIC projects.

"Go Digital!" conference, organised by the National University of Public Service, dealt with the current questions of digitalization regarding public collections, and focused on the challenges that museums, libraries and archives are facing in the field of knowlegde and information preservation. In the event held on May 2, László Kovács, head of the Department of Distributed Systems gave a presentation on long-term digital preservation.

The March event of the Budapest Open Knowledge Meetup series took place on March 23, titled “See through the walls!”
The COURAGE project had a successful project review on 28 March in Brussels. The project will create a comprehensive online database (digital registry) of existing but scattered collections on the histories and forms of cultural opposition in the former socialist countries and thereby make them more accessible.
D+ Sport developed by the eLearning Department of MTA SZTAKI is the first and only Hungarian language sport application. You can use it when you run, ride a bicycle or walk while the software measures your speed and the time needed to take a kilometre and logs the route which you can fly in street view later. It organises the photos taken during the walk into an album or puts them onto a map in order you can share with anyone where you went and what you saw!
2016 brought us numerous professional programmes, opportunities for scientific cooperation and industrial innovation. Besides the achievements of traditionally high quality in basic research, the Institute placed great emphasis on the applications in the private sector as well as the services rendered to the communities providing them significant societal benefits.
You are reading this article in English, but there are around 7,100 known living languages around the globe, according to Ethnologue. You wouldn’t know it from browsing the World Wide Web, though. We like to think of the web as a diverse place filled with the world’s knowledge, but only a fraction of active languages spoken around the globe are online at present. English and other dominant languages have a stranglehold on the internet, explained linguist and mathematician András Kornai in a recent scientific paper titled “Digital Language Death.” The future for a language that isn’t properly maintained and spoken online may not be rosy.
European Robotics Week (ERW) has broken all records from previous years with over 800 events. The ERW offered one week of various interactive robotics related programs across Europe for the general public.

Our laboratory pays special attention to provide an opportunity and a up-to-date environment for the representatives of the next generation so that they can gain industrial-like experience along their theoretical education. Thanks to our co-operation with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, project tasks, scientific student research and theses are made with the supervision of our lab’s staff on our research infrastructure, which is constantly being developed together with the students.

It is hard to describe the deep sorrow we feel for the loss of Gary Balas, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Hungarian Engineering Academy. He left us on November 12 at his age of 54.

With more than 90 participating organisations in 21 European countries and over 200 robotics related activities offered for the public, the second European Robotics Week was a tremendous success!We had our joint Hungarian event on the 27th, Tuesday 13.30-16.00.  Now We report only about the CIM Research Lab. of SZTAKI, the coordinator.  We made everything as planned, see the lefthand side of www.eurobotics.sztaki.hu.   Naturally one could reach our web-site from the www. eurobotics-project.eu as well.