About the Institute

The HUN-REN SZTAKI is a research institute, governed by the Hungarian Research Network (HUN-REN). 

SZTAKI is the acronym of the Hungarian name of the institute, while its full English name is "Institute for Computer Science and Control".

The Institute was founded in 1964. Its staff consists of more than 300 full-time employees, more than 200 with university diploma and more than 70 with scientific degrees. 

The fundamental task of the Institute is to perform basic and application-oriented research in an interdisciplinary setting in the fields of computer science, engineering, information technology, intelligent systems, process control, wide-area networking and multimedia.
Contract-based target research, development, training and expert support for domestic and foreign industrial, governmental and other partners are important activities at the Institute.

The mission of HUN-REN SZTAKI includes the transfer of up-to-date research results and state-of-the-art technology to university students. The Institute is very active in graduate and postgraduate education, co-operating with most technical universities in Hungary and operating common chairs, postgraduate programs with them. More than 40 members of the Institute’s researchers conduct regular lectures/classes at graduate and postgraduate levels, and senior researchers hold part-time positions as university professors. 20-30 Ph.D. students and 20-30 graduate students participate in the work of the Institute. 


External relationships of the Institute

The Institute has wide external relationships in its R&Dprofile. ERCIM (European Research Consortium of Informatics and Mathematics) granted full membership to the Institute in 1994. The Institute is a member of the (World Wide Web) W3 Consortium led by theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and of other international organizations.
Our Institute won the title of "Centre of Excellence" of the EU, and the number of EU projects is also impressing.


Operation Strategy

All units at the Institute operate as individual profit centers, the basic research activity is financed from budget subsidy.
The applied research and development activities are supported from revenues derived from commercial contracts and research grants.

Virtual Institutes and Research Centers

In the EU the concept of supporting the collaboration of research groups working at different institutions on specific subjects is a new emphasis, called virtual research centers. SZTAKI has joined forces in this pioneering endeavour with a number of research establishments in a Hungary, as well as in the EU.
The Institute participating in Centers:

  • In the field of Production and Business Management, the Engineering and Management Intelligence Laboratory has joined forces with Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation of Germany.
  • Twelve establishments, including five universities form the Virtual Research Centre in InfoBionics. One of the founding members is the Analogic & Neural Computing Laboratory of the Institute.
  • The Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems is a very active and early member of the (computer) Grid Consortium.


The Institute as a High-Tech Company

Contract-based target research, development, training and expert support for domestic and international industrial, governmental and other partners have been some of the key activities of the Institute.

The Institute’s research and development activity aims primarily at generating custom-designed computer-based applications, implementing the related software and providing turn-key systems. Our scientists and engineers have the necessary field-specific expertise (theoretical, technological and methodological experience) by which they can complete - in close co-operation with potential users - the functional plan of the system to be implemented, followed by software design and system development. The Institute takes up the teaching in and training of users, system installation and supervision in the starting phase of operation, as well as the follow-up of its software products.


The main fields of applied research and development: 

Basic research - main domains

  • Computer Science
  • Systems- and control theory
  • Engineering and business intelligence
  • Machine perception and human-computer interaction

R&D Activities

  • Vehicles and transportation systems
  • Production informatics and logistics
  • Energy and sustainable development
  • Security and surveillance
  • Networks, networking systems and services, distributed computing

Quality is an important issue at the Institute: we have an EN ISO 9001:2000 certification. Through numerous EU FP6 and FP7 projects, researchers of SZTAKI contribute extensively to European scientific co-operation projects. Different groups within our Institute work on projects for international and Hungarian companies, as General Electric, Knorr-Bremse AG., T-Com, MOL Rt. - the Hungarian Oil Company, RICOH, GE Hungary, NASA- National Aeronautic and Space Administration (USA), ONR - Office of Naval Research (USA), Paks- the Hungarian Nuclear Power Station. Our senior researchers are very active in the management and in the working committees of various international scientific organizations. Many researchers are members of editorial boards of leading international scientific periodicals.

The Institute is a stable, independent partner in R & D and in the field of contract-based applied work, as system planning, system integration, consulting, and turn-key information systems.


The Management:


Director, science:

Director, finance:

László Monostori, academician

József Bokor, academician

Mariann Kanizsainé Dörnyei

Deputy Director:

Róbert Lovas, PhD.

Dr. Csaba Benedek

Dr. Bálint Vanek

The Advisory Board:

Chairman of the Board:                

Csirik János, univ. prof.

National Members of the Board :

Gábor Stépán, academician
László Pap, academician

International Member of the Board: 

Prof. Hendrik van Brussel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Prof. Jürgen Beyerer, Fraunhofer IOSB
Prof. Paul M. J. Van den Hof, Eindhoven University of Technology

The Scientific Advisory Council:

Chairman of the Council:

László Keviczky, academician

Members of the Council:

József Bokor, academician
Sándor Bozóki, PhD
János Demetrovics, academician
Katalin Hangos, univ. prof.
Tamás Kis, PhD
László Kovács, PhD
László Monostori, academician
Lajos Rónyai, academician
Tibor Vámos, academician