Opening of the new Intelligent Robotics Center

The opening ceremony of the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics took place at Óbuda University 20. November. The event attracted numerous experts from the field of robotics from Hungary and abroad. 

The robotics center, located in the Kiscelli building is part of the University Research and Innovation Center. Its main objectives are to integrate the research areas in the field of robotics at the university, reform concepts in questions of education and research, collaborate in joint development projects with other departments and university centers and many others.

The guests received a warm welcome from Professor János Fodor, vice rector of the university, followed by the welcoming words of Professor Imre Rudas, rector of the Óbuda University. In his talk, Professor Rudas quoted the lines of Rudyard Kipling from the Jungle Book: “Look well!”—said during the presentation ceremony of the wolf cubs. The center holds a lot of opportunities in itself, he said.

The center was named after Antal Bejczy, the well-known Hungarian scientist and roboticist. His greeting words were forwarded by the rector, followed by a short introduction to the infrastructure, staff and the members of the international advisory board. As the chairman of the board, Oussama Khatib, professor of Stanford University welcomed the guests in his message.

Tamás Haidegger, vice director of the robotics center described the mission and the goals of the institution in short and long terms, discussing present opportunities in robotics research, current and future robot infrastructure of the center and the four proposed main fields of research: cloud robotics, applied industrial robotics, medical robotics, and telerobotics.

A collaborator of the center, Levente Kovács, head of the Physiological Controls Group, vice dean of the John von Neumann Faculty of Information Technology also welcomed the guests, then gave a short introduction to the work of his research group, describing their results and future plans, highlighting the possibilities of joint research project with the robotics center.

The ceremony was concluded with the talk of András Molnár, dean of the John von Neumann Faculty of Information Technology. Professor Molnár introduced AERObot, an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the university.

Following the ceremony, the guests were invited to a demonstration of the current equipment on the robotics laboratory. First, Péter Galambos, member of the Hungarian Institute for Computer Science and Control presented the VirCA project, a loosely coupled modular, 3D Internet based interactive virtual environment for collaborative manipulation of robots and other hardware or software equipment. After a short tour in the laboratory, youngest member of the robotics center, Bence Takács presented his successful Rubik’s Cube solver robot.

The professional program continuedin an ample dinner. The guest and the staff shared a great evening and left with the promise of close future cooperation. 

Just a week later, the Center held its first public Open House event, joining hundreds of laboratories within the frames of the European Robotics Week, organized by the EURobotics aisbl association.

 

Árpád Takács (ABC iRob)