Introduction

Mission

The iRob Center for Intelligent Robotics is devoted to promote the scientific and technological advancement of robotics, primarily for service applications.
 
The Robotics Center is operating within the University Research and Innovation Center (URiC)

Aims and scope of the center

The ABC Center of Intelligent Robotics was created as a primary reply to the rising demand of integrated education and application-oriented development in robotics. It is an independent platform within the Óbuda University, extensively relying on a national and international network of key partner institutions and companies in Europe and North America, predominantly. It acts as a research center of excellence, and has three major focuses for operation:
  • Cutting edge development in the fundamentals of robotics—including hardware and software; mechatronics, control and application.
  • Bridging the development projects to particular applications, tapping into the scientific results to solve the emerging issues of modern society.
  • Disseminating current knowledge about robotics both in structured form via university courses and to the wider public.
We are willing to become a competence center for R&D in service robotics, including medical, social and cloud robotics. Inherently, the Center is involved with technological development, focusing on novel instruments, robot platforms and sensors, with adequate control structures and user interfaces.
The Center is aiming to gain experience in manufacturing engineering, system testing, validation and commercialization. Technically, it provides “Software as Service (SaaS)”, “Platform as Service (PaaS)” and eventually “Infrastructure as Service (IaaS)” to other university units and external contractors. The key to its success is the ability to bring together mechatronics, software engineering and usability research to create the accessible robot technology of tomorrow.

Background and history

ABC Center of Intelligent Robotics was founded by the Senate of the Óbuda University in September 2012, however, its predecessor, the University Knowledge Center for Robotics was founded in 2010. Besides, the University has long been conducting theoretical research in robotics, especially in modern robot control. An experimental center has been thought after to physically employ these results, and implement them into applications. After initial success of the Robotics Knowledge Center, the Senate was determined to extend the capabilities of the robotics-focused group, raising the new Center to the level of the Faculties, that reports directly to the President. The initial tasks of the Center include the reform and upgrading of the robotics education at the university, providing a constant source of students interested in robotics research. The Center further supports the maintenance and improvement of national robotics teaching materials.
 

Commitment to excellence

The ABC Center is fully devoted to the planned, strategic transformation of higher education in Hungary and beyond. Through donations and prizes, it facilitates the sharing of new ideas coming from the students. The Center takes active role in national and international decision and law-making affecting the domain of robotics. It is also a strong advocate of sustainable development and green research practices. It is operated according to the EU ethical norms, and the ISO quality management practices. These principles are expressed through the services
and tasks the Center may execute for the internal and external partners.