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 140 publications, including a monograph published by Springer and several university textbooks. He has edited/coedited several conference proceedings. His Erdös number is 2.
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.
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.
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.
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 Avatao.
Balázs Csébfalvi (born 1972) is an associate professor at the Department of Control Engineering and Information Technology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2001 at the Vienna University of Technology, where he worked in the VisMed research project from 1999 to 2002 at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms. His research interests include interpolation, quasi interpolation, approximation, filter design, sampling theory, optimal sampling lattices and their applications in computer graphics and image processing. He is an author or coauthor of more than hundred scientific papers, and has more than eight hundred citations. He has served on the program committees of conferences IEEE Visualization, EuroVis, Volume Graphics, VCBM, ISVC, GRAPP, WSCG, SCCG, and IADIS MCCSIS. He won the Siemens Research Scholarship in 2002, and the Bolyai Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2007.
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 was 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Janos received his degree in Mathematics from ELTE, Budapest, in 1973. He started his career in the Computer and Automation Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences where he was Head of a CAD/CAM department. He left for the USA in 1981. He worked for the CS Department of SUNY at Stony Brook and for a number of large companies (Wang Laboratories, Lotus, IBM, Modicon.) In this period in various roles he architected and led engineering teams to build large scale back-end systems and UI intensive end-user products. (Lotus Notes and SmartCenter, a desktop electronic publishing system, a graphical front-end for PLC editing and monitoring.) After 1994 he worked exclusively on Internet-related technologies. Co-presence server with Ubique (sold to AOL), SurfLogic, his own startup, a client-side customizable crawler that he sold to Oracle in 1997, relevance matching engine (Lumapath) and a content delivery system (Radiance.) In 2004 he joined Google, where he was one of the first 25 engineers hired in New York. He retired in 2015. During his 11 years at Google he helped to grow the NY organization and led several engineering teams, building both consumer facing products (AdWords, Maps) and large scale distributed internal services (network monitoring and management, data processing pipelines, data mining.) As a senior level architect he learned and used most of Google’s vast technical infrastructure and technologies.
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
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 30 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.
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.
Zsuzsanna Kovács (born 1981) is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Prezi. She studied computer science and mathematics and was teaching programming during her university years. After finishing her studies she joined SAP where she started as a UI Developer, in 2008 she became a UI Designer. Between 2010 and 2013 she lived and worked as a UX Design Specialist at the SAP Headquarters in Germany. In 2013 she came back to Hungary and started to work at Prezi.
She is one of the main organisers of the first Hungarian UX conference called Amuse and the UX Budapest meetup community. She has a passion for psychology and classical music.
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.
Gergely Loch (born 1983) is an Assistant Researcher at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Between 2005 and 2012, he studied musicology at the same institution and at the University of Stockholm. Since 2013 he has been lecturing at the Liszt Academy on the history of electroacoustic music and conducting PhD research on the aesthetics of birdsong.
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.
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 37 publications in peer reviewed journals (including 2 papers in Nature), his independent citations are above 4000. 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).
Balázs Patkós (born 1978) is a senior researcher at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He obtained his MSc degree at Eötvös University, Budapest in 2003 and his PhD at Central European University in 2008. After a 3-semester postdoc position at the University of Memphis, he returned to Hungary in 2010. He has been teaching introductory courses in several areas of mathematics at several universities (Eötvös University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Central European University, McDaniel College) both in English and in Hungarian. He has been awarded the Youth Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and several research fellowships by the Academy and the Hungarian National Scientific Fund. His Erdős number is 2.
Lóránt Péteri (born 1976), is musicologist and music critic. He is professor and head of the Musicology Department of the Liszt Academy of Music (State University), Budapest. He is a member of the Council of the Hungarian Musicological Society, and of the Musicological Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has given papers about the musical life of state socialist Hungary and about the music of Gustav Mahler in international conferences (in Bristol, Brno, Budapest, Canterbury, Cardiff, Guildford, New York, Pittsburgh, and Radziejowice). Among his latest contributions are chapters in Jeremy Barham (ed.), Rethinking Mahler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017); and in Słavomira Żerańska- Kominek (ed.), Nationality vs. Universality: Music Historiographies in Central and Eastern Europe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).
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.
Peter Sarkozy (born 1984) received his degree in Computer Science from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2009, and continued his graduate studies at the Department of Measurement and Information systems. During his graduate studies from 2009 to 2012 he participated in multiple projects together with the Department of Genetics, Cell and Immunobiology at the Semmelweis University. His areas of interest include the measurement and error characteristics of next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. He is the first person in Hungary to apply Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ single molecule real-time sequencing technology. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Department of Measurement and Information Systems at BUTE.
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.
Andrea Szabó (born in 1969) works as an executive, team and career coach, and as a Gestalt Therapist. She holds an M.A. degree (Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest), a degree in Human Resources Management (Central European University), and a Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Norwegian Gestalt Institute). She has a certification in individual and team coaching, and a license in career coaching (Accredited by the Association of Coaching, London, UK). Andrea has held various managerial positions for 15 years before becoming a coach in 2008. She has worked as a Managing Partner for the largest Hungarian Executive Search firm, Telkes Consulting Inc, and as the HR Director Worldwide for Graphisoft. She has a professional international background, having worked on projects e.g. in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland.
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.
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 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.
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.
Máté Vizer (born 1982) is a research fellow at Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) as a mathematician and got his PhD at Central European University (CEU) in 2013. As a high school student he participated at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and received a silver medal. At the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) he teaches introductory courses in Computer Science and Theory of Algorithms. His fields of research are combinatorics of graphs and hypergraphs and combinatorial search theory.
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.