IEEE 12th International Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics

The 12th International Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics (SAMI) took place at Herl’any, Slovakia January 23-25. The event was organized by the Technical University of Kosice and Óbuda University, hosted by the Guest House of the Slovakian university. 

Followed by the opening speech of Prof Imre J. Rudas, rector of Óbuda University, the technical program featured several interesting plenary sessions. First, Zoltán Vámossy and Tamás Haidegger, members of the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics at Óbuda University held their plenary speeches. Tamás Haidegger spoke of the emerging opportunities in the field of medical robotics, its importance, state-of-the-art technologies and its future. Zoltán Vámossy introduced the recent result in image analysis and image processing in case of obstacle avoidance algorithms, achieved by several research groups at Óbuda University. He addressed the ongoing research at the Jon von Neumann Faculty of Informatics that is focusing on aerial reconnaissance and high resolution image capturing and processing.

The following plenary speaker, Radovan Hudák from the Technical University of Kosice spoke of the topic of artificial implants used in modern surgery. After introducing the audience to today’s methods of additive manufacturing, an interesting case study was presented. Dr. Hudák and his research group had managed to manufacture a titanium plate using the Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology, which could be implanted to the skull of a patient, who had a part of his skull missing due to an earlier accident. The greatest achievement of this technology is that the implant was created using 3D reconstruction of the patient’s skull, therefore the installation and the recovery of the patient was made easier and considerably faster. 

Szilvester Kovács, professor of the University of Miskolc introduced the idea of a robot companion. The attitude of such companion was modelled using research data from observing dog behavior. The implementation was made using a novel fuzzy rule interpolation technique.

Numerous interesting presentations and posters were presented during the second part of the conference, given by participants from the countries of the region such as Romania, Serbia, Chech Republik, Slovakia and Hungary. The PhD students of Óbuda University were also given a chance to present their newest research results during an afternoon session.

The technical program was followed by a banquet dinner and traditional live Hungarian and Slovakian music, where Prof. Rudas, representing Óbuda University for the last time, thanked for the successful work of the organizers. The guest and the staff shared a great weekend and left with the promise of seeing each other soon.

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Árpád Takács (ABC iRob)