Bálint Vanek

deputy director
1111 Budapest, Kende u. 13-17.
Room number
K 218
+36 1 279 6113
P-FLEX (demonstrator aircraft within the FliPASED project)
P-FLEX aeroservoelastic demonstrator at DLR Cochstedt airport (photo: DLR)


My research interest includes safety aspects of both manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). My research areas include fault detection and reconfigurable control of aerospace systems, mainly using the linear parameter-varying (LPV) framework. UAVs and their insertion into the common airspace is another research topic I am interested in. I am working on developing a safety critical avionics architecture for small UAVs and also providing them a vision based sense-and-avoid system. I coordinated the H2020 Research Projects FLEXOP and  FliPASED , working on flexible aircraft control technologies, to mitigate the effects of flutter. I coordinate currently the Hungarian TKP-V research project dealing with hydrogen powered remote sensing platforms. I am also working together with my colleagues within the  ARNL (NATIONAL LAB FOR AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS), mostly related to drones and autonomous ground vehicles and their coordinated control.


  • Senior research fellow, leader of the Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Group, 2009- (SZTAKI)
  • Deputy director 2023- (SZTAKI)
  • Senior scientist 2008-2009 (Honeywell Aerospace Advanced Technology)


Research Interest

Memberships, professional activities


Selected projects

    • FliPASED, Coordinator, (EU H2020) (2019-2023)
      • Advanced control methods for flutter free aircraft flight control. First conventional configuration unmanned aircraft flight with active flutter control.
    • VISION, PI, (EU H2020 - Japan collaborative project) (2016-2019)
      • Validation of Integrated Safety-enhanced Intelligent flight cONtroL.
    • FLEXOP, Coordinator, (EU H2020) (2015-2019)
      • Advanced methods for aeroelastic aircraft modelling and control design. The methods are validated on a flexible wing unmanned demonstrator.
    • ADDSAFE (EU FP7) (2009-2012)
      • Fault detection of aircraft flight control surfaces. The methods are validated on hardware testbenches of Airbus.
    • ACTUATION 2015 (EU FP7) (2010-2014)
      • Modular electro mechanical actuators for the future generations of aircraft. SZTAKI’s role is related to advanced control and health monitoring.
    • RECONFIGURE (EU FP7) (2013-2015)
      • Reconfigurable flight control algorithms for helping the pilot with maintain flight envelope protection and handling qualities applied to Airbus’s flight control benchmark.
    • Sense and Avoid (ONR Global) (2011-2014)
      • Vision only sense and avoid system for small UAVs with low power consumption.

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