The EIT Digital Budapest Associate Partner Group, with Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and Cisco Systems Ltd. as its members, has been granted HUF 1 billion funding by the state to set up the local Co-Location Centre and serve as a “carrier” for the research projects carried out between March 2013 and the first half of 2014.
The call for proposals was issued in 2012 on the promotion of Hungary’s participation in the EIT KICs and its cooperation with other EIT Digital partners; the R&D&I projects were financed for 18 months by the Research and Technological Innovation Fund.
The all-day closing conference called ICT and Innovation was organized on 3 June 2014 to conclude the research and innovation results of the program and report on the activities of the Partner Group, where representatives of the government, EIT Digital, and the consortium together with the leading scientists of the projects participated. The venue of the event was the Faculty of Informatics, ELTE South building (1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C) in the vicinity of Infopark.
The plenary lectures were held in Hungarian supported by demonstrations on the technological results in practice. Following greetings from the Rector of ELTE, Dr. Barna Mezey, the Hungarian Secretary of State for Higher Education, Dr. István Klinghammer, and the Deputy Director of the Hungarian National Innovation Office, László Korányi – 17 short scientific lectures were presented, and academic introductions were complemented by an investors forum. Visitors had the chance to test the developments and get an insight into business potentials of research at the section dedicated to this topic.
The projects belonged to four research categories of high interest:
- I. Solutions for complex infocommunication networks
- II. Mobility and the digital cities of the future
- III. Human-computer collaboration
- IV. The security of critical systems
Researchers of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and Cisco Systems Ltd. carried out 18 different subprojects in these four research areas of innovative solutions and developments in informatics in 2013 and 2014. Smartphone data sharing, solutions that help organizing urban mobility in the digital cities of the future, complex ICT solutions based on the newest teaching and learning methods, and technologies of effective security and privacy methods were all among the research themes.
„This project – built on new basic research results – targeted the development of reliable technologies that help our daily lives in the increasingly developing world of ICT solutions and provides assistance for a wide range of users and IT enterprises” – said Zoltán Horváth, Dean of Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Informatics, Director of the EIT Digital Budapest Associate Partner Group. Multifaceted developments included solutions to predict traffic jams, games that develop inductive reasoning, infrastructures to test mobile applications, solutions to defend critical systems, or an innovative speech synthesizer for future railways. In parallel to IT projects, a research on innovation capacities and business potentials was also carried out – having in mind the business development of university research as the goal of the program.
The EIT Digital Budapest Associate Partner Group was responsible for the complete scientific and financial management and co-ordination of this project, as well as for ensuring the program’s operational framework.
- Detailed program (in Hungarian)
- Press release about the ICT and Innovation closing conference (5 June 2014)
- Downloads – ICT and Innovation at EIT Digital Budapest APG
- Press release about the HUF 1Billion Research Program (5 March 2013)
- Photo gallery of the event
Last modified: July 18, 2016