euRobotics week

The first open day took place on November 28 at the Antal Bejcy Center for Intelligent Robotics as a part of the Hungarian program of euRobotics Week. The aim of the open day was to officially open the doors of the institution for the public.

The euRobotics AISBL (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) is a Brussels based international non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics. euRobotics builds upon the success of the European Robotics Technology Platform (EUROP) and the academic network of EURON, and will not only continue the cooperation but will also strengthen the bond between members of these two community driven organizations. Thus, leading towards the establishment of only one sustainable organization for the European robotics community as a whole. One of the association’s main missions is to collaborate with the European Commission (EC) to develop and implement a strategy and a roadmap for research, technological development and innovation in robotics, in view of the launch of the next framework program Horizon 2020. Towards this end, euRobotics AISBL was formed to engage from the private side in a contractual Public-Private Partnership with the European Union as the public side. 

Among a few other locations in Hungary, the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics participated this event by organizing its first open day under the title ‘The new waves of robotics’, hosting several guests from both academic and non–academic fields. The guest were welcomed by Tamás Haidegger, deputy director of the ABC Center, who shortly explained the structure of the institution and its place in the infrastructure of the Óbuda University. Tamás spoke about the main areas of research, aims and possibilities, addressing the current trends and challenges in today’s world of robotics, where research and development task are becoming more and more into focus every day.

The opening speech was followed by the presentation of Péter Zentay, regular member of the research center. He talked about the most commonly used robotics applications worldwide and highlighted how wide the spectrum of applications is nowadays, including industrial, military and hundreds of other, special uses.

After the presentations, Péter Galambos, member of the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences held a demonstration about the VirCA platform. VirCA provides a platform where users can build, share and manipulate 3D content, and collaboratively interact with real-time processes in a 3D context, while the participating hardware and software devices can be spatially and/or logically distributed and connected together via IP network. Later, Péter Zentay presented the structure and operation modes of the two FANUC robots, which are placed in the great laboratory of the ABC Center.

The technical program of the open day was followed by an informal conversation between the guest and the members of the institution.