Innovation & Technology

Hungarians win Agile Robotics for Industrial Applications competition

BME HSN Lab research team won first place, taking home $10,000.

The cloud robotics team of the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics (TMIT) at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) won first place in the top-ranked American competition. The BME HSN Lab research team took home $10,000. Dept. of at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics 

The Agile Robotics for Industrial Applications competition is organized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. The teams had to create robots operating in an industrial environment, i.e., on an industrial production line. 

The production line was modeled in a simulator environment with special software, and teams had to react as quickly and efficiently as possible to various unexpected tasks: sensor failure, the accidental dropping of a part with a robotic arm, or the appearance of a human among the robots. It was specified what sensors could be used; how many resources the teams used to solve the task was also taken into consideration. 

High Speed ​​Networks Laboratory (HSN) was founded in 1992 and works as a long-term strategic partner for Ericsson. The Swedish telecommunications company collaborates with universities around the world, but Hungary’s HSN is one of the largest centers of its kind.

Ericsson hires the lab for specific projects every year, giving researchers here the opportunity to work for the Swedish company. A very large part of Ericsson’s research team in Budapest graduated from BME.

The main research areas for HSN currently are 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, network communication, virtualization, artificial intelligence, robotics and smart cities.

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