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We congratulate Ottó Hutter
This is to congratulate our colleague, Ottó Hutter, Head of e-Learning Department, upon his being awarded Dennis Gábor Medal (donated by Dennis Gábor College) with the appreciation as follows:

Dr Ottó Hutter is a well-known representative of e-Learning in Hungary. His organizational activity exerted in the field is unique. It is under his leadership that the committee with the aim of endevouring the standardization of e-learning was established. Similarly, the professional lecture-series introducing the developments in e-learning - in which Dennis Gábor College played an important part - is to be attributed to him.

A recent result of Dr Hutter is the fresh publication of the first trade-book of the e-learning branch in Hungary, with the title „e-Learning 2005”. Publisher: Műszaki Könyvkiadó.

We wish Ottó further success in his work!

Gusztav Hencsey is an Advisor of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
Congratulations to Gusztav Hencsey, who was appointed to be "A Lifetime IFAC Advisor" by the President of IFAC at the Opening Ceremony of the 16th IFAC World Congress held in Prague on 3 July, 2005. The list of IFAC Advisors: Pedro Albertos (ES), Brian D.O. Anderson (AU), Jiri Benes (CZ), Janos Gertler (US), Gusztáv Hencsey (HU), Rolf Isermann (DE), Stephen J. Kahne (US), Lennart Ljung (SE), Mohamed Mansour (CH), Michael Masten (US), Yoshikazu Sawaragi (JP), Walter Schaufelberger (CH), Manfred Thoma (DE), Tibor Vamos (HU).
We congratulate László Keviczky,
academician, on his being admitted to the Polish Academy of Sciences, as Honorary Member.
The General Assembly meeting of the Polish Academy was held in May, 2005.
On the occasion of the National Day, Széchenyi Prize was awarded to János Demetrovics, as a recognition of his future-shaping results, significant also internationally, in database theory. (He was honoured with the Prize together with Gyula Katona, director, Rényi Alfréd Institute of Mathematics, HAS.) The Prize was donated by the President of the Republic of Hungary, Ferenc Mádl, in the Parliament building. Congratulating also István Nagy, Domokos Szász and Iván Bach, further obtainers of the Prize.
We congratulate Péter Bakonyi,
deputy-director, SZTAKI, on his being awarded the Order named "Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend Tisztikereszt polgári tagozat". The medal was presented by the Minister of the Ministry of Informatics and Communications, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Hungary. Wishing Péter Bakonyi further success!
Congratulations to András Siegler
Based on the decision taken by the European Commission on January 19, 2005, András Siegler, vice president of the National Office for Research and Technology, former deputy director of SZTAKI, has been appointed to the position of the director responsible for the international scientific and technological co-operation at DG Research. András Siegler worked at SZTAKI between 1975 and 1996. At the European Commission, he will be in charge of formulating and managing the scientific and technological co-operation policy of the EU with third countries (countries which are not members of the Union) and with international organizations.
Dennis Gabor Prize to László Monostori
László Monostori, deputy director, research, SZTAKI, and head of Department of Production Informatics, Management and Control, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, was awarded DENNIS GABOR PRIZE, on the 16th of December, 2004, as a recognition of his achievements based on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for handling complexity, changes and disturbances on different levels of the production hierarchy; for his future-shaping research acknowledged internationally in the interdisciplinary field of intelligent manufacturing systems and digital enterprises; for establishing and heading university departments; for bringing up a series of young researchers and for his activity which is manifested in leading positions at national and international scientific organisations and periodicals.
Congratulations to Tibor Vámos
The European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence have elected Tibor Vámos to be an ECCAI Fellow. ECCAI Fellow titles have been awarded since 1999 to the outstanding individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence in Europe with pioneering advances in the theory of AI, unusual accomplishments in technology and applications, as well as leadership in the international AI community. The ECCAI Fellows Programme honours only a very small percentage of the total membership of all ECCAI member societies and this is the first time that this title was awarded a Hungarian scientist.
Best Paper Prize
The paper "Using Jini to Connect Condor Pools into a Computational Grid" written by Gergely Sipos and Peter Kacsuk has been awarded the best paper prize by the Programme Committee of the MIPRO Conference held at Opatija from 24th to 28th May, 2004.
Department of Distributed Systems participated at 2nd INFOtrend
The Department of Distributed Systems participated at the 2nd INFOtrend International IT and Telecommunications Conference and Trade Exhibition held between 27-29th November, 2003 at the Budapest Fair Centre. It is a high-quality trade forum including a three-day conference-series, displaying IT solutions, hardware and software innovations. Supported by the Ministry of Informatics and Communications, the department presented its on-going projects at its booth. The posters can be viewed online. More information on the projects of the department is available at
P-GRADE demonstrated at Supercomputing'03
The Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed System of MTA SZTAKI has demonstrated P-GRADE at the Supercomputing'03 exhibition in Phoenix with great success. Members of the laboratory demonstrated the new Grid features of P-GRADE like job migration and workflow execution in the Grid and P-GRADE Grid portal by live demos. More than 100 people visited our booth including staff members of Cray, Apple, Intel, Microsoft and HP. Additionally to English, French, Dutch, Italian and German research booths our one was the only booth from the rest of Europe. Interested readers can find more information on P-GRADE at the following web site:
Tamás Rapcsák
We congratulate Tamás Rapcsák on his being awarded the Gold Medal of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration by the Council of the University, as the recognition of the outstanding tutorial and scientific activity of prof. Rapcsák.
Tamás Rapcsák was awarded the Farkas Bolyai Prize of the Board of trustees of academic specialization of János Arany Public Funds for Science as their recognition of his outstanding scientific activity. Congratulations! Doctors of the Academy pursuing research, education, organisation of research and propagating general knowledge jointly on a high level may be awarded this honourable Prize.
András Prékopa
This is to congratulate András Prékopa, academician,M mathematician, recipient of Széchenyi Award, on his beingM awarded by the Gold Medal of the European Association forM Operations Research Societies (EURO) in 2003, for his scientificM activity. The medal is awarded in every 2nd year for outstandingM scientific and organisational activity in the field of operationsM research. András Prékopa's fields are operations research computer science,M probability theory, mathematical statistics.
Visits from diplomatic spheres to the SZTAKI
Led by Dr. A. Carty, the President of the National Research Council of Canada and Dr. T. Brzustowski, the President of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada a Canadian delegation paid a visit to our Institute on the 3rd of May, 2003. The guests were received by Péter Inzelt, Director and László Monostori, Deputy Director. After the Institute having been introduced, lectures were delivered on Digital Enterprises, Production Networs, a National Research and Development Programme, and on the activity at the Analogical and Neural Computing Laboratory. The visit ended with lunch at the restaurant of the Institute.
Hungarian GRID Competency Center
The Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, the Computer and Automation Research Institution, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the National Information Infrastructure Development Office established the Hungarian GRID Competency Center on 14 March 2003. The GRID, as a result of long-time cooperation, research and development of the founding institutions enables users to fulfil enormous computational tasks with the linking of computers of different types and capacity.
The core of the technology is a complex software which ensures the access to Internet based resources (computers, computer clusters, registers and measuring instruments). It also provides users' interface, information systems, resource brokers, resource allocation, job- and workflow-management, fault tolerance. With the help of the GRID technology, research centers and students of countries with limited financial resources may have the access to immense information capacity.
Award for Young Scientists by the Academy
Based on his competition essay submitted, Botond Kádár from Research Group on Intelligent Manufacturing and Business Processes was awarded the "Akadémiai Ifjúsági Díj" (Award for Young Scientists by the Academy), by the Secretary-general of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Visits from diplomatic spheres to the SZTAKI
Richard Alston, the Minister of the Australian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and His Excellency Leo Cruise, the Ambassador of Australia to Hungary paid a visit to our Institute on the 14th of March, 2003. The guests were received by Tamás Roska, Academician and László Monostori, Deputy Director. Following a general introduction of the Institute, colleagues from the Analogical and Neural Computing Systems Laboratory and the Systems and Control Laboratory provided with brief surveys on their activity, for the guests.
First prize of the 'Agentcities Technology Competition and Exhibition'
The System Development Department of the Informatics Division won the first prize of the "Agentcities Technology Competition and Exhibition" in the Infrastructure Category. Fifty four entries from all over the world registered for the competition which was organised by the Agentcities initiative and IST project. The event was featured on the Spanish national television as well and the prizes were presented in the Barcelona city hall.
Farkas Gyula Prize
Márta Pintér, a research fellow of the Informatics Laboratory, has been awarded the Gyula Farkas Prize of the János Bolyai Mathematical Society for her seminal work in the area of nonparametric statistics.
John von Kemeny award
Ákos Zarándy for the development of the first prototype of CNN visual computer and his outstanding achievements and publication activity won the John von Kemeny award of the John von Neumann Computer Society.
The Nevanlinna prize
The Nevanlinna prize, awarded in every four years by the International Mathematical Union, is perceived as the highest honour in the field of Theoretical Computer Science. This year the prize was given to Madhu Sudan (MIT). He has had outstanding contributions to several areas related to algorithms. We are pleased to mention, that our colleague, Dr. Katalin Friedl has a joint paper with professor Sudan on probabilistic proof checking, a subject with which was qoted in the prize citation.
Virtual Institute for Production and Business Management
On May 7, 2002 the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) and the Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI) established the Virtual Institute for Production and Business Management.
The aim is to launch co-ordinated research, development and consulting activities in Hungary for supporting enterprises acting in the production and service industries. The fields of activity address the most important challenges they face, independently of their specific scope: Product management, Factory and logistics planning, Organisation and quality management, Order and process management, Supply chain management, Production networks and E-business.
For further information please contact Mr. Botond Kadar.
Visits from diplomatic spheres to the SZTAKI
Ambassador Wilfried Gruber, the Ambassador of Germany accredited to the Republic of Hungary and M. Alain Costes, the Director of the Department of Technology at the Ministere de la Recherche paid visits to the SZTAKI on the 28th of March, and on the 25th of April. The Board of Management of the Institute made the visitors acquainted with the research results at the SZTAKI, outlining the plans and programs for the near future. The participants discussed some co-operation opportunities, with special regard to the EU VI framework.
Outstanding Young Technological Innovator of the Year
István Varga received the special prize of Alstom Power Hungaria Company for his work "Startup test machine" prepared for use at the Nuclear Power Plant Paks.
Young Researcher Prize of Hungarian Academy of Sciences
The Secretary-General of the Academy awarded two researchers of SZTAKI: András Benczúr for his work on "Randomized algorithms for optimisation problems in networks" , while Csaba Mészáros for his work on "Special problems and applications of large scale optimisation".
2002 Bolyai Prize Presented
Budapest, March 2 (MTI) - Academician Tamas Roska (62), an authority on computer science, received the Bolyai Prize, Hungary's highest non-state scientific award named after the world-renowned mathematician Janos Bolyai (1802-1860), from President Ferenc Madl in the Budapest Convention Centre on Saturday.
Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Hungary was currently spending 1.5pc of its gross domestic product to support scientific research, but the ratio should be upped to 2pc in the future.
The Bolyai Prize Foundation was set up in 1998 at a non-governmental initiative. The prize, with a purse of USD 50,000, was first awarded in 2000, to brain researcher Tamas Freund (43).
4th Austrian-Hungarian Workshop on Distributed and Parallel Systems
Linz, Austria, September 29th - October 2nd, 2002
The workshop will be organized jointly with the 9th EuroPVM/MPI conference. While EuroPVM/MPI is dedicated to the latest developments of PVM and MPI, DAPSYS is expected to be a major event to discuss general aspects of distributed and parallel systems, this time with a special emphasis on clusters, grids, metacomputing and the related fields.
Exhibition on significant Hungarian achievements
Out of ten areas from informatics, represented at an exhibition open all the year round, two fields are due to colleagues at SZTAKI: results in Cellular Neural Network, research lead by Tamás Roska and in Reverse Engineering is dealt with by the group headed by Tamás Várady. For more details you can visit their websites accordingly
For his outstanding contribution to the Hungarian science, the member of the Board of the Institute, the Wolf-prize winner in mathematics, László Lovász was awarded with the very special and prestigious Hungarian prize at December 1st.
Best paper award
Miklós Horváth and József Borka won the 2001. Best Paper Award of the Hungarian Electrotechnical Association for their work on "New modular energy converters for controlling the luminuous intensity of fluorescent lamps".

Congratulations to Tamas Roska, Academician, on his being acknowledged as a "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the University of Veszprem. The honouring title is a token of the recognition of Prof.Roska's outstanding scientific activity and that of done for the sake of the University.

The National Scientific Board of Students' Association awarded the title of Mestertanar (Master in Teaching) to Tamas Sziranyi for his high-level and successful activity supporting the students' scientific development in higher education in Hungary. It was given on the occasion of the XXV. Conference of the National Scientific Board of Students' Association.

New 3D scanner in the Geometric Modelling Laboratory
An advanced laser scanner, called Modelmaker, was installed at GML last month, which is the product of 3DScanners, UK. The laser head is mounted to a robot arm with seven degrees of freedom. The operator can move the head in the 3D space practically free in order to capture the coordinates of data points on the surface of the object to be measured. An open day is going to be arranged soon for everybody interested.
Kalmár Prize
Dr Miklós Bíró, the Head of our Quality Management Department, won the prestigious Kalmár prize for his outstanding work in computer science and applications of computer techniques.
John von Kemeny award
László Gulyás, the scientist of the Research Group on Application of AI Methods in Mechanical Engineering, won the John von Kemeny award. Since 1992 Gulyás takes part in the training of the Hungarian team for the International Student Olimpics in Informatics, while in 1991 he was third place winner in the Olimpics. The award can be given to young scientists (under 30) for their research work.
Newly elected members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences from our Institute
The General Assembly of the HAS elected József Bokor Member of the Academy and Lajos Rónyai the Corresponding Member of HAS, on the 7th of May, 2001.
Hevesi Endre prize
Vicsek-Strehó Mária received the Hevesi Endre prize of scientific journalism.

Zsolt János Viharos for his work on "Intelligent techniques in the modelling and optimization of manifacturing processes" received the prize from the Secretary-General of the Academy.

In April the ECDL Foundation holding an international quality control audit in Hungary, acknowledged the outstanding level of our Training Center.
The EU granted the prestigious title of CENTRE-of-EXCELLENCE to SZTAKI
From March 2001 for a 3 year long period, SZTAKI will function as an EU Centre of Excellence in the field of Information Technology and Automation. Our scientific international and national activities will be highlighted , and SZTAKI will host well known foreign experts to work at our research laboratories for longer periods.
Successful supercomputing demo
SZTAKI actively participated in the Cactus testbed demo of the European Grid Forum in Dallas at the Supercomputing conference 4-10 November. The Cactus testbed demonstrated the usage of a European Grid connecting the following sites: AEI (Berlin), Brno Supercomputing Centre, MTA SZTAKI (Budapest), Poznan Supercomputing Centre, Padernborn Supercomputing Centre, Rein University (Amsterdam). The program demonstrated by Ferenc Szalai (staff member of MTA SZTAKI) was simulating the collision of black holes and was executed on the machines of the participating institutes.

Lajos Rónyai received the special mathematical prize of the Academy for his outstanding work in research, education and popularization of mathematical results.
The 2000. September issue of the Hungarian PRINT & PUBLISHING writes an appreciation of the image-setter developed in MTA SZTAKI, which is one of the first platesetters in the world. It is based on the most up-to date CTP (Computer To Plate) technology (Hardware + Software).
Laser and Computer Techniques Department >>>
SZTAKI becomes a Centre-of-Excellence
In April MTA SZTAKI was recognised as a Centre-of-Excellence by the European Commission, Directorate General Research, - International co-operation, after our proposal had been favourably evaluated by the Commission services with the help of independent experts. Contract negotiations are in progress, but SZTAKI wishes to thank all those partner institutions and colleagues within ERCIM, who helped to achieve this prestigious title.
Kalmar prize
Peter Kacsuk, head of the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems received the Kalmar-prize - the second biggest prize of the Hungarian Neumann Society - for his outstanding work in computer science and technology.
Best paper award
Wiley publisher announced on April 11, 2000 that the 1998 year best paper award of the International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications went to Csaba Rekeczky and professor Tamas Roska jointly with professor Akio Ushida for their paper on "CNN-based difference-controlled adaptive non-linear image filters".
New Computer Laboratory is at work
At a press conference, March 6th at 11 a.m. our new 58 processor computer laboratory at Victor Hugo street was presented. The processors are connected into a cluster providing supercomputing power. The state of the art user friendly graphical software environment (P-GRADE) for supercomputer programs have been developed by Kacsuk Peter's group. The laboratory will serve as a training room as well. The cluster will be available for our partners through internet and it can be connnected with our supercomputers and clusters.
Second Web Cache Managers Workshop
On behalf of the DESIRE II project TERENA organised the Second Web Cache Managers Workshop, hosted by SZTAKI, on 2-3 March 2000. The workshop was targeted to web cache managers and administrators both from the academic community and commercial Internet Service Providers. The participants were able to attend to lectures on caching architectures and communication protocols, cache monitoring and analysis and more interesting topics. They were also be able to participate in practical hands on about cache meshes building. A final session dealt on most recent developments and research issues. The workshop payed special attention to the local developments in Central and Eastern European Countries.
Success of an important application of advanced process control systems
Over the past two years Siemens, the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Paks and SZTAKI have been working on the modernization and refurbishment of the complete reactor protection system (RPS) of NPP Paks, Hungary. By August of 1999 the refurbishment of the 1st unit was succesfully finished.

While Siemens provided a state-of the- art distributed multiprocessor-based I&C system the SZTAKI's team was entrusted with the complex task of verification and validation (V&V) of the new system. The subject of V&V was the verification of hardware and software design both in activity and document level. The verification of testing methods provided by Siemens , moreover, the elaboration of the test cases independent from the supplier was also part of the project.

The work is continued till all the units will be refurbished. By accomplishing the refurbishment project the Paks NPP becomes the first VVER 440 type plant modernizing its safety system according to the most recent methods of I&C technology.

Supercomputer performance was achieved on a single analogic visual microprocessor
Supercomputer performance was achieved on a single analogic visual microprocessor by academician Tamás Roska and his research team. Their results, made jointly with a research team in Seville, have been demonstrated recently at an international technology assessment meeting organized by the Office of Naval Research (US) in Budapest. Since 1992 the invention of the analogic CNN computer architecture by Roska and L.O.Chua this was the first occasion to demonstrate that complex problems can be successfully solved in real time based on the latest design. The measured performance - 1012 operations by second on a single chip - is more than thousand times better compared to the time performance of the available digital microprocessors in image processing related computations.

The new chip serves as a camera and computer at the same time. Monitoring cardiac diseases this chip can help the immediate evaluation of certain features of the human heart in the ultrasoundechocardiography. It can also complete the detection of very fast (30 thousand pictures/sec) phenomena like a sudden atomic gleam. The chip can possibly be used in cars for detection of the position and velocity of passengers in order to control the starting of airbags. A press conference on the Analogic Visual Microprocessors was held in 1999. October 18th at Hotel Gellért.

The entire computational infrastructure of the new analogic cellular microprocessor has been developed in the Analogical and Neural Computing Systems Laboratory of the Institute. A number of novel analogic CNN algorithms has also been synthesized in several application related studies. Recently, the members of this laboratory have completed 5 PhD and 3 DSc dissertations, and made several internationally acknowledged contributions to the CNN research field. Further details can be found at the following address:

HUNGARY CERT has been founded
The Hungarian CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) wants to help prevention and management of security problems in connection with the Internet. SZTAKI is one of the founders of HUNGARY CERT.
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