In just a few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded, and almost all industrial sectors are taking advantage of the state-of-the-art technology. The application of AI is also radically transforming the development dynamics of many industries and their related labor-market needs. Governments are supporting businesses by promoting artificial-intelligence investments, creating educational programs and encouraging research and development.
The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is connected to Hungary’s national AI strategy in many ways, including via government and EU-themed projects and excellence programs.
AI-focused thematic research is also underway at the university itself, with more than HUF 1.1 billion worth of projects generated with the university’s large corporate partners including Nokia, Ericsson, Vodafone, Morgan Stanley, MOL, Knorr-Bremse, Bosch, Siemens and Continental. BME has worked with Knorr-Bremse to develop an AI solution that monitors potential emergencies on the testing track and its surroundings and prevents accidents with early-braking systems. Together with Nokia, researchers and students at the university are working to develop the 5G, and soon 6G, network.
BME is a member of the National Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which was established with significant government support in 2020 as a consortium of several leading scientific and higher-education institutions; its leader is the Computer Science and Automation Research Institute of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network.
Six of the BME’s eight faculties are participating in the work of the National Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, dealing with machine vision, language technology, healthcare applications, sensors, smart device networking and security technology. János Levendovszky, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, said that for now, only a small proportion of AI patents in the EU can be attributed to Hungary, although there is significant potential. He is convinced Hungary could easily take the lead in mathematically based, algorithm-oriented research.
In addition to Artificial Intelligence, BME also participates in the tasks of the National Laboratory of Quantum Informatics and the National Laboratory of Autonomous Systems.