Responsible for coordinating AIT academic program and faculty.
Andras Recski (born 1948), program director of the Aquincum Institute of Technology, professor of mathematics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he served as the head of the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics for 21 years. He is also part time professor of computer science at the L. Eötvös University of Budapest. As a visiting professor he taught at Yale, Cornell, and at several universities in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan and Turkey. He was the John von Neumann-Professor of the Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wissenschaft at the University of Bonn in 1999. He serves in the editorial board of several mathematics journals. His major research area is matroid theory and combinatorial optimization, with applications in electric engineering and in statics. He has over 120 publications, including a monograph published by Springer and several university textbooks. He has edited/coedited several conference proceedings. His Erdös number is 2.
Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks
Daniel Abel (born 1983) obtained his degree in physics from Eötvös Lorand University, where he studied complex networks and collective behaviour. He is a cofounder of Maven Seven Ltd, a Hungarian startup company applying network science in sociometry, marketing and business, where he works on building tools and web interfaces in Java and Python for doing data analysis and visualization.
Computational Biology and Medicine
András Aszódi (born 1964) studied chemistry at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest where he graduated in 1988. He then studied molecular neurobiology at the University of Oxford, supported by a Soros scholarship. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 on the kinetic models of simple learning processes. From 1992 to 1996 he developed protein structure prediction methods at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. In 1996 he joined the Novartis Research Institute in Vienna as a computational modeller. He built up the In Silico Sciences unit that provided bioinformatics and computational chemistry tools to researchers. In 2006 he joined the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna where he was developing data analysis tools and databases for high-throughput sequencing projects. He is currently working in the BioComp group of the CSF GmbH and also teaches a systems biology course at the University of Vienna. He has over 35 scientific publications, including a book with W.R. Taylor on protein structure prediction.
KATALIN BAKONYI BERÉNYI
Katalin Bakonyi Berényi (born 1952) Language teacher in the Centre of Modern Languages at BME, since 1978; graduated from Kossuth Lajos University, qualification: teacher of Hungarian and English language and literature. Teaching activity: Hungarian as a foreign language to foreign students studying engineering in Hungarian or English; to Erasmus/Study Abroad exchange students; teaching general, technical and business English to Hungarian students; Hungarian literature and film courses to Erasmus/Study Abroad students. Publications on teaching Hungarian as a foreign language, the methodology of teaching languages and cultural topics; co-author of the Coursebook for Advanced Learners of Hungarian.
Hungary Through Hungarian Cinema
György Báron (born 1951) is a full professor at the University of Drama, Film and Television, Budapest and is president of the Hungarian Society of Film Critics within FIPRESCI. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of several institutions, including the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation, the Visegrad Documentary Library and the European Parliament Lux Prize Jury. Since the 1970s he has published more than thousand reviews, essays and studies, both in Hungarian and other languages. He has made educational documentaries for various television channels and he is the author of the books Hollywood and Marienbad and Descent to the Underworld. He received a Béla Balázs Prize, a Mihály Táncsics Prize, an Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic and a Necktie Prize (voted for the best teacher of the University).
András Benczúr (born 1969) is a senior researcher of the Computer Science and Automation Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA SZTAKI). He is co-founder of the Data Mining and Web Search Group and head of the Informatics Laboratory. He has been teaching Algorithms, and Web Information Retrieval at Eötvös Loránd University and Statistics at Central European University (CEU), Budapest. He received his Ph.D. degree at MIT, US in 1997. His primary research areas are information retrieval, data mining and algorithms. He has been awarded the “Young Researcher Award” and the “Béla Gyires Award” of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He won a “Yahoo! Faculty Research Grant” in 2006. Benczúr’s group won 1st place at the KDD Cup of the ACM in 1997. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 refereed research papers with over 200 citations. He has served as coordinator and/or principal researcher of several national and international information retrieval and data mining projects.
István Zsolt Berta is Business Information Security Officer at Citibank since 2013. He is responsible for Citi Technology Infrastructure teams of Europe, Middle East and Africa countries complying with Citi’s information security standards. From 2004 to 2012 he worked for Microsec, a Hungarian Certificate Authority, where he was Head of R&D and Operations. He represented the company at the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI), where he participated in writing European PKI standards. He wrote a book on electronic signatures, and runs a blog on information security, cryptography and PKI. István received PhD from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (CrySyS Lab) in 2006. He earned MBA (2004) from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and he also became Certified Information Systems Auditor (2006) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (2013).
Gábor Bojár (born 1949) is one of the very few entrepreneurs of Central-Eastern Europe to have succeeded in global business during the era of state-socialism. He founded Graphisoft, a software development firm, which became one of the top three international software vendors in its field within ten years. Claiming the most prestigious awards of the trade, Graphisoft's leading product, ArchiCAD® is used by hundreds of thousands of architects around the world. Graphisoft was listed on the Frankfurt and the Budapest stock exchange and has been purchased by Nemetscheck Gmbh in 2007. Mr. Bojár remains Chairman of Graphisoft's Board of Directors. Mr. Bojár is also the founder of Graphisoft Park, a real-estate development that turned an industrial site on the bank of the River Danube into a state-of-the art science park. Mr. Bojár was also an adjunct faculty member of Central European University Business School, lectures internationally, and has published a book exploring the "Graphisoft story" with an analytic perspective.
In 2007 Mr. Bojar founded Aquincum Institute of Techology and dedicates most of his time and other resources to realize the mission of AIT. Mr. Bojár has received numerous national and international awards for scientific and business excellence. He has been named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten most successful entrepreneurs in Central Europe and by Ernst and Young as Entrepreneur of the Year in Hungary. He has also spoken at several prestigious events including the Davos World Economic Forum. Mr. Bojar obtained his M.S. in physics from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.
Levente Buttyán received the Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne (EPFL) in 2002. In 2003, he joined the Department of Networked Systems and Services at BME, where he currently holds a position as an Associate Professor and leads the Laboratory of Cryptography and Systems Security (CrySyS Lab). He has done research on the design and analysis of secure protocols and privacy enhancing mechanisms for wired and wireless networks. Recently, he has been involved in the analysis of some high profile targeted malware, such as Duqu, Flame, MiniDuke, and TeamSpy. He published 100+ refereed journal articles and conference/workshop papers. He also co-authored a book on Security and Cooperation in Wireless Networks published by the Cambridge University Press in 2008. Besides research, he has been teaching courses on network security and electronic commerce in the MSc program at BME, and gave invited lectures at various places. He held visiting professor positions at EPFL and at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also providing consulting services, he has co-founded three IT security companies Tresorit, Ukatemi Technologies, and IT-SEC Expert.
Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks
Péter Csermely (born 1958) received a Ph. D. in chemistry from Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. He is corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Scinces. His major fields of study are stress, aging and networks. He has launched a highly successful initiative that provides research opportunities for more than 10,000 gifted high school students, and has established a National Talent Support Council in Hungary. He is the author and editor of 15 books (including The Weak Links at Springer) and has published over 200 research papers. Dr. Csermely is Vice President of the Hungarian Biochemical Society, and an Ashoka Fellow. He was a member of the Wise Persons' Council of the Hungarian President, the President of Cell Stress Society International and a Fogarty and Howard Hughes Scholar. He has received several other national and international honors and awards including the 2004 Descartes Award of the European Union for Science Communication. Dr. Csermely is member of the AIT board.
Algorithms and Data Structures
Judit Csima (born 1972) is an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University as a mathematician in 1997, and received her Ph.D. in computer science in 2003.
She started to teach at BME in 1998; in the next year she was awarded as "Excellent Teacher of the Department", based on student feedback surveys. She has been teaching Theory of Algorithms at BME for several years.
Ernő Duda (born 1968) is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Solvo Biotechnology, Hungary’s largest independent biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Duda is also Founder and President of the Hungarian Biotechnology Association, and Co-Founder and Senior Consultant of Qualinnova Consulting. He has been acting as CEO of Solvo since 1999, and as a genuine entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded 20 companies, including a corporate finance consulting company focused on high-tech Hungarian start-ups, and Hungary’s largest online second-hand book store. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Aquincum Incubator, founded to help to develop new technology startups. He was Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, and President of the Junior Achievement Foundation Hungary. Mr. Duda was a member of the Research and Technology Innovation Council, the Board of Trustees of the Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied Research, and works on the board of the Hungarian Association for Innovation. As an Associate Professor at the University of Szeged, he holds courses on the business aspect of the biotech industry. He is also a regular contributor to newspapers, periodicals and other publications, and frequently holds presentations on biotechnology and entrepreneurship at conferences, trainings and other public events.
Mobile Software Development
Péter Ekler is a senior lecturer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Automation and Applied Informatics. He received his Ph.D. degree at BME in 2011. He has been working with mobile P2P and social networks for six years. He is the creator of the first BitTorrent client for mainstream mobile phones based on Java ME platform. He was co-author of several mobile related scientific papers and book chapters. His field of research covers mobile-based social networks, P2P solutions, data analysis and power law distributions in large networks. He has participated in several data warehouse and business intelligence related projects. He teaches mobile software development for several mobile platforms.
Hungarian Music in a Central European Context
Gergely Fazekas (born 1977), musicologist and editor, is senior lecturer at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Studied literature and philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University and musicology at the Liszt Academy. For a year, he studied in Paris at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique. He received his PhD from the Liszt Academy, where he has been lecturing since 2006 on 17-18th century music history. Among his latest contributions are the study, ‘Musique laide et malsaine ou boussole indiquant un art plus pur de qualité supérieure? Les premiers temps de la réception de Debussy en Hongrie (1900–1918)’ (Cahiers Debussy, Paris 33 (2009), 33-50) and the conference paper, “J. S. Bach and the two cultures of musical form’” (The 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, University Mozarteum Salzburg, 9–13 July 2014). Since 2013 he has been working as editor-in-chief at the music publishing house Rózsavölgyi & Co.
Tamás Fleiner (1971) is an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). He received his Mathematics degree in 1995 at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and he got his PhD in 2000 at the TU/e in Eindhoven. His main research areas are Combinatorial Optimization, Combinatorics and its connection with Game Theory. At the BME and ELTE, he teaches inroduductory courses to Computer Science and Game Theory.
Mobile Software Development
Bertalan Forstner is an associate professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Automation and Applied Informatics. He received his Ph.D. degree at BME in 2008. He has been involved in industrial and academical research and development projects for more than ten years. His core research area deals with semantic information retrieval in multihop mobile networks, cooperative systems, protocol simulation and optimization, and protocol modeling. He teaches mobile software development and is a co-author of several mobile related journal papers, scientific papers and book chapters.
Algorithms and Data Structures; Theory of Computing
Katalin Friedl (1959) is an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University as a mathematician in 1983, and received a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Chicago. She has been teaching Theory of Algorithms at BME for several years. Her Erdős number is 2.
Guest lecturer of IT Entrepreneurship and Software Usability
Tamás Hajas (born 1960) is a senior consultant on software product Development. He graduated from the Budapest Technical University with an MSc. in Mechanical Engineering and received a postgraduate MSc. in IT Management from Central European University in Budapest. He joined Graphisoft in 1982 as student and made significant technical contribution to the development and success of ArchiCAD. Starting as a software developer Tamás worked in several leadership positions heading the engineering team for 6 years with responsibilities in development, product management, quality assurance, localization, documentation and technical support. To see what's on the other side of the looking glass, he managed the North-American sales and marketing subsidiary of Graphisoft for a while. After spending 3 years in Brazil and 4 years in the USA he is sensitive to cultural differences and ways of working with and selling to people of different cultural backgrounds and language.
User Interface Design
Gyuri Juhász (born 1962) is lead User Experience Designer at LogMeIn, Inc. Graduating from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1986 as an architect, he joined Graphisoft in 1987. As a user interface designer, he participated in the development of Graphisoft's leading product, ArchiCAD, a 3D architectural design and building simulation software. Subsequently, he established a special software design team introducing usability engineering methods to the development process of Graphisoft. In recent years, he has consulted for various organizations in the field of online banking, telecom and remote access and helped them deliver user-friendly systems. Recently, he designs user experiences for LogMeIn's portfolio of innovative products and services.
GYULA Y. KATONA
Theory of Computing
Gyula Y. Katona (born 1965) is an associate professor and head at the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University as a mathematician in 1991. Receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1997 from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Katona spent two years at Ibaraki University, Japan. He also had a visiting appointment for a year at Arizona State University. He is the author of more than 25 papers and co-author of a university textbook on discrete mathematics. He has been teaching Theory of Computing at the Budapest Semesters of Mathematics for several years. His Erdős number is 2.
Hungary Through Hungarian Cinema
György Kárpáti (born 1979) holds a PhD in communication and is an assistant professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University within the Institute of Communication and Media Sciences. He teaches courses on subjects within the field of communication as well as film. He is the regular film critic and correspondent for Magyar Nemzet, Hungary’s second biggest national daily. He is the vice president of FIPRESCI, The International Federation of Film Critics and the secretary of the Hungarian Society of Film Critics. He participated in FIPRESCI juries around the world including Palm Springs, Montreal, Moscow, Kerala, Yerevan, Kyev, Torino and Geneve. Dr. Kárpáti has authored and published several books and has many articles which appear in journals and magazines focusing on film and cinema.
Mobile Software Development
Imre Kelényi is an assistant lecturer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Automation and Applied Informatics. He has been involved in developing applications for mobile devices for eight years. He was the main developer of the first Gnutella- and BitTorrent-based Peer-to-peer file sharing clients for mobile devices (Symella nad SymTorrent). He is co-author of several mobile related journal papers, scientific papers and book chapters. Currently he is doing research on energy efficient P2P protocols, giving courses on iOS programming and working on several mobile application projects at BME.
István Keszei (born in 1974) graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest as an industrial designer. He commenced his Ph.D. studies at MOME in 2012, where he has been lecturing since 2010. His Ph.D. thesis is titled “design for disaster situations.” He is currently teaching a course at MOME on intelligent materials and technology and presentation skills with 2D/3D. He has received several national and international design awards and honors, including the 2009 Pál Takács Scholarship for Academic Achievement for best industrial design student of the year. He currently also works as an industrial lighting and electronics designer.
István Lám is the CEO and co-inventor of Tresorit’s encryption technology. From a very young age, István had a deep interest in security and cryptography. During his time as a University student, István needed a secure cloud service where he could store his personal files and intellectual property securely. Feeling that no option on the market provided the top-tier security he required, István went on to develop and found Tresorit in 2011, deploying the strictest data security measures in the public cloud, backed by the company’s patent-pending cryptographic encryption technology. Prior to founding Tresorit, István worked as a student researcher at the CrySyS Lab and at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and he was a student lecturer at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Previously, he was a financial advisor at Future Invest and Business Kft in Hungary. In addition, István has spearheaded Challenge24, a 24-hour long programming contest held annually in Budapest. István is a graduate from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering (both with highest honors) with a specialty in cryptography engineering.
Márta Magasi (born 1959) graduated from Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest in 1982 with a degree in Hungarian language and literature. She has been a teacher at BME in the Centre of Modern Languages for 14 years, where she teaches Hungarian language courses to foreign students studying engineering. In addition, she is involved in university language training programs abroad and in editing and writing university publications (e.g. Readings in Technical English; Language Tests for Foreign Students, etc.). Recently she has been working as a teacher and coordinator of language trainings for leading multinational companies.
Semantic and Declarative Technologies
Zoltán Mann (born 1977) is an associate professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Computer Science and Information Theory. He is the author of 50+ publications with 250+ independent citations in the fields of combinatorial algorithms, complexity of algorithms, and algorithmic problems in computer engineering. He teaches theoretical computer science and constraint logic programming. Based on students' votes, he was awarded the "Outstanding young faculty" award of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 2014. Beside his academic activities, he also worked as an IT and management consultant for 10 years.
Advanced Algorithms for Bioinformatics
István Miklós (born 1974) is a research fellow at the Rényi Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University as a mathematics teacher and biology-chemistry teacher in 1998. In the same year he started his Ph.D. studies in the field of statistical alignment under the supervision of János Podani. He received his Ph.D. in 2002, and took a postdoctoral position at the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford. He returned to Hungary in 2004 and has been teaching various bioinformatics courses at several universities, including the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and Central European University since 2001. His main research fields are Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, genome rearrangement and stochastic models in bioinformatics. He has 45 peer-reviewed publications, including four book chapters. His Erdős number is 2.
Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks
Gergely Palla (born 1975) is a senior research associate at the Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). He received his Ph.D from the Eötvös University (ELTE) in 2002, the topic of his thesis was related to quantum chaos, semiclassical approximation and mesoscopic physics. His main field of interest concerns complex networks, with a special focus on topological phase transitions, community finding , the time evolution of communities and the studies of tagged networks. He has 30 publications in peer reviewed journals (including 2 papers in Nature), his independent citations are above 1200. During his scientific carrier he received the following prizes:Young Scientist Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2006), Bolyai Scholarship (2008), Imre Bródi Award (2009) and Junior Prima Award (2009).
PÉTER PÁL PACH
Algorithms and Data Structures
Péter Pál Pach (born 1985) is an assistant professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). He received his M.Sc. in Mathematics (2009) and his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science (2013) from Eötvös Loránd University. His main research topic is Combinatorial Number Theory. He was given Erdős Pál Young Researcher Scholarship in 2014. At BME he teaches introductory courses in Computer Science and Theory of Algorithms and advanced courses in Linear Algebra. As a high school student he participated twice at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and received a silver and a gold medal. His hobby is long-distance running, in 2014 he finished 10th at the Marathon National Championship.
Hungarian Music in a Central European Context
Lóránt Péteri (born 1976), musicologist and music critic, is associate professor and member of the Doctoral Council at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Graduated from the same institution in 2002 and also from Eötvös Loránd University, where he studied history, in 2006. As a postgraduate research student, he received supervision from the University of Oxford in 2004/05 and received his PhD. from the University of Bristol, UK, in 2008 with the dissertation entitled “The Scherzo of Mahler’s Second Symphony: A Study of Genre.” Among his latest contributions are the studies “God and Revolution – Rewriting the Absolute: Bence Szabolcsi and the Discourse of Hungarian Musical Life” (in: Blazekovic Z. and Dobbs Mackenzie B. (eds.): Music’s Intellectual History. New York: RILM, 2009); and “Form, Meaning and Genre in the Scherzo of Mahler’s Second Symphony” (Studia Musicologica 50 / 3-4, 2009).
Ernő Rubik (born in 1944 in Budapest) studied architecture and design in Budapest and after graduating, worked as an assistant professor. While trying to give his students a true "feel" for abstraction and complexity, Mr. Rubik developed several 3D constructions, among them his best-known puzzle, the Rubik's Cube.
In addition to the Cube, he patented several successful toys and design pieces including the Magic Snake in 1977 and Rubik's Magic in 1985, selling millions of both worldwide. He has also remained a prolific architect, largely designing family homes, and is actively engaged in interior design. He co-founded the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, the Palace of Marvels (a science center in Budapest), and most recently the Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) where his latest public sculpture is on display.
A recipient of numerous national and international distinctions, Mr. Rubik has also been engaged in major international projects promoting innovation and creativity. He acted as Ambassador to the European Year of Innovation and Creativity, convened by the European Commission in 2009 and is a 2011 and 2012 member of the European Inventor Award's international jury.
Mariann Schiller is a secondary school teacher and teacher trainer in one of the most prestigious grammar schools in Budapest run by L. Eötvös University. Apart from teaching youngsters she is active in mentoring and educating teachers in a teachers’ association and occasionally at university. She is also the editor of several teaching materials. She has been active in developing new ways of teaching Hungarian. For years she was responsible for the national board of the European Youth Parliament. She is a true Budapest dweller: born, brought up, and has been living in downtown in historic buildings.
ISTVÁN L. SZABÓ
Cultural Program Consultant
István L. Szabó (born 1974) has been working as a guide and interpreter for 15 years. He obtained his M.A. in German studies and in Netherlandistics after studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, US; at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands; and at the University of Vienna. His fields of specialization are impressionism and the secession in Europe. He has been working for the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for more than 10 years, and also at Abercombie & Kent, Exeter International, and Tauck Word Discoveries. He is also involved in the postgraduate education of professional guides.
Computational Biology and Medicine
Csaba Szalai (born 1961) graduated at the Technical University of Budapest as a biologist engineer and received his Ph.D. from molecular biology at Semmelweis Medical University. Now he is there a full professor and deputy head of the Department of Genetics Cell and Immunobiology. He is cofounder and life science director of Abiomics Europe Ltd, a bioinformatic company. In 1991-1992 he studied molecular biology in Germany. Since then he is involved in studies of genetic background of monogenic and multifactorial diseases. He has been PI of several projects including basic research, searching for biomarkers in immunotherapy, development of diagnostic and bioinformatic tools. His present projects include studies of genomic background of allergy, asthma and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and pharmacogenomics of ALL. He also participates in bioinformatic research and in development of methods in next generation sequencing. He is author of more than 130 papers and editor of 4 books. At the Semmelweis University he teaches genetics, genomics and immunology for medical and pharmaceutical students. He is also tutor for Ph.D. students. Until now 9 of his students have received his/her Ph.D. He is also a reviewer for EU projects. He has received several national and international grants and awards.
Semantic and Declarative Technologies
Péter Szeredi (born 1949) is an Associate Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Between 1972 and 2003, he worked for several software R&D companies in Hungary. In the mid 1970s he authored the first Hungarian Prolog interpreter, and led the development of the MProlog system, a pioneering Hungarian software product sold worldwide in the 1980s. He worked as a research fellow at UK universities (Manchester and Bristol, 1987-1990) and at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (1998-1999). His main research fields are semantic technologies, as well as logic and constraint programming. He edited and co-authored a textbook on the Semantic Web to be published by Cambridge University Press. He is the author or co-author of about 90 peer-reviewed publications, including 14 books and book chapters. He has received several academic awards and is among the 15 researchers recognized by the Association of Logic Programming as “Founders of the field of Logic Programming”.
Dávid Szeszlér (born 1975) is an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). In 1997 he was awarded as "Excellent Teacher of the Department", based on student feedback surveys. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University as a mathematics teacher and English language technical translator in 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. in the field of VLSI routing in 2005; in the same year, he was awarded the "Farkas Gyula prize" of the János Bolyai Mathematical Society for applications of mathematics. His Erdős number is 3.
László Szécsi (born 1978) is an associate professor at the Department of Control Engineering and Information Technology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He also lectured Computer Graphics at the János Selye University in Slovakia. He received his Ph.D. in 2010. His research interests include real-time computer graphics, non-photorealistic rendering, computer game programming, and programming of graphics cards both for rendering and for general-purpose computations. He is author of 43 publications, including 1 book, 7 book chapters, 10 journal articles, and 25 conference papers. He won the Bolyai Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2012.
László Szirmay-Kalos (born 1963) is a full professor and the head of the Department of Control Engineering and Information Technology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He received Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1992 and 2001, respectively. His research interests cover computer graphics, games, Monte Carlo methods, scientific and medical visualization, and the application of graphics cards for general-purpose computation. He has published more than 200 papers in these fields, including 24 books, 16 chapters, 50 journal articles, and 112 conference papers. He has worked as a visiting researcher or professor at the University of Minnesota (USA), University of Girona (Spain), and the Technical University of Vienna (Austria). He is the associate editor of Computer Graphics Forum and is a member of the editorial board of Computers & Graphics. He received a Charles Simonyi Award in 2004, a Bolyai Award in 2005, and was elected as the Fellow of Eurographics in 2008.
Computer Vision Applications for Digital Cinema
Gergely Vass (born 1978) is a researcher and developer at Colorfront Ltd., one of Europe's leading digital film post-production facilities. He got involved with 3D computer graphics at the age of 14 and soon became a 3D animator and instructor. As the technical director at the post production studio of the Hungarian Film Laboratories, he worked on the visual effects of several feature films and commercials. Upon receiving his M.Sc. at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, his interest shifted towards research and development in image processing and computer vision. As a member of Colorfront Ltd. from 2000, he got involved with motion tracking techniques. Following the acquisition of Colorfont technologies by the leading 3D software company Autodesk, Vass joined Autodesk’s Image Science Team in Montreal, Canada. He developed various tools and algorithms for the world-renowned high-end visual effects product line of Autodesk, including camera tracking, shape tracking, image warping and video stabilizing. Vass is a regular contributor to Computer Graphics World magazine.
Hungary Through Hungarian Cinema
Teréz Vincze (born 1971) is assistant professor of film theory and film history at the Film Studies Department of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Since 1999 she has been editor of the Hungarian quarterly journal of film theory and film history, Metropolis. She is also member of the editorial board of the Slovakian quarterly journal, Kino-Ikon. She has been teaching film studies at ELTE University since 2002, and received her PhD degree at the same university in Film Studies in 2009. She has been visiting scholar at the King's College, London; Charles University, Prague; and at the Korean Film Archive, South Korea. She has been publishing articles about film and television history in English, Italian, Czech and Slovak in edited books and in film journals. Her first book (Author in the Mirror: Auteurism and Self-Reflexivity in Cinema) was published in 2013 in Hungarian.
Quantum Probability and Quantum Logic
Mihály Weiner (born 1976) received his M.Sc. in physics (2001) at the Eötvös University but then went on to do a PhD in mathematics (obtained in 2005) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He had postdoctoral positions and research grants at several different places including the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Göttingen, the Erwin Schrödinger Institute for Mathematical Physics, the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Currently he is an assistant professor at the Department of Analysis, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) but also teaches at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM). His main research fields are operator algebras and matrix analyses with direct motivations coming from quantum physics. His Erdős number is 2. Apart from English and Hungarian, he kept courses in Italian, too. He also plays the violin.
Gábor Wiener (born 1973) is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He received his M.Sc. in mathematics (1996) and his Ph.D. in computer science (2003) from Eötvös University under the supervision of Gyula O. H. Katona. He got a NOKIA telecommunications research scholarship (1999), a young researcher scholarship at the Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1999-2002) and a Suzuki Fellowship (2009). He was awarded the Farkas Gyula prize of the Bolyai János Mathematical Society (2003) and the “Excellent Teacher of the Department” prize (2005). His fields of research are search theory, graph theory and hypergraphs. He has been teaching combinatorics, graph theory, and computer science since 1996. His Erdős number is 3.