About the Institute (earlier introduction)
The fundamental task of the Institute is to perform basic and application
oriented research in an
interdisciplinary setting in the field of computer science, intelligent
systems, process control, wide-area
networking and multimedia. The application tasks are performed on the
basis of contracts with the aim of
transferring the research results into the industry and state administration.
The application activity is concentrated mainly on complex systems, the turn-key tasks from system planning to realization, furthermore the training of the personnel in cases when the complex interdisciplinary knowledge, possibility of organizing specialized teams, the good infrastructure and financial stability of the Institute mean competitive advantages compared with small- and medium size enterprises.
The Institute's mission includes the transfer of up-to-date results
and research technology to university
students. The Institute is very active in graduate and post-graduate
education, cooperating with most of
technical universities in Hungary and operating common chairs, post-graduate
programmes with them. More than
40 colleagues conduct regularly lectures on graduate and post-graduate
levels, and senior researchers hold
part-time position as university professors. About 50 Ph.D. students
and 30-40 graduate students participate
in the work of the Institute.
All units at the Institute are operating as individual profit centers, the basic research activity is financed from budget subsidy and from a part of contract work's profit. Colleagues who are willing to deal with basic research in the next period may apply for grants of maximum 3-years. The laboratories for basic research ensure:
|The Institute as a high-tech company||
Contract-based target research, development, training and expert support
for domestic and foreign industrial,
governmental and other partners have been some of the key activities
of the Institute.
The Institute's research and development activity aims primarily at creating custom-designed computer-based applications, implementing the related software and providing turn-key systems. Our scientists and engineers have the necessary field-specific expertise (theoretical, technological and methodological experience) by which they can complete - in close co-operation with potential users - the functional plan of the system to be implemented, followed by software design and system development. The Institute undertakes the teaching in and training of users, system installation and supervision in the starting phase of operation, as well as the follow-up of its software products.
The main fields of applied research and development are as follows:
|External relationships of the Institute||
The Institute has wide external relationships in its R & D profile.
ERCIM (European Research Consortium of
Informatics and Mathematics) granted full membership to the Institute
in 1994. Members of the Consortium are
national Informatics research centers of EU and EFTA countries (one
from a country) who aim at co-operating
in projects of European scale and in joint education of young scientists.
The Institute is a member of the W3
Consortium led by the MIT, of the European Software Institute and of
other international organizations.
Upon getting the award of numerous EU-grants, researchers of SZTAKI contribute extensively to European scientific co-operation projects The Institute was the first in our region to obtain an ESPRIT Basic Research Grant. Our international educational contacts include participation in the TEMPUS programme. Some research programs are supported by US Agencies, including NSF, ARO and ONR.
Recent years have delivered us promising development in our contacts
with Western-European, North-American
and Far-Eastern universities and research centers. Our senior researchers
are also very active in the
management and in the working committees of various international scientific
organizations. Many researchers
are members of editorial boards of leading international scientific
The present staff consists of about 320 employees, out of which about 200
are university graduates, 60 people
have intermediate education, and an assistant staff of about 60 is
also available. Graduate employees are
highly qualified engineers and mathematicians with ample expertise
and practice in advanced information
sciences (computers, communication and control) as well as in information
technology. All of them speak
foreign languages (most of them speak English), about half of them
speak two or more languages (the second
foreign language is mostly German or Russian). An average researcher
has about 8-10 years of working
experience and the Institute's team of software engineers offers an
impressive development capacity.
A significant part of the researchers have scientific degrees - practically all researchers older than 30:
The Institute employs many young specialists. At present 60-65 full-time
researchers are under 35 and 40-50
post-graduate, 20-30 graduate students are employed in part time. They
complete their diploma-work or
dissertation under the supervision of Institute's researchers.
The net profit of the contract-based work is completely used for
supporting the basic research activity, consequently the Institute
operate as a non-profit organization which is optimal from the point
of view of the Hungarian taxation system.