Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Today, the Institute is the most successful IT research organisation in Hungary. It was established in 1964, and the current form was set up in 1973 by combining two institutes. The Institute played an important role in introducing computer techniques to Hungary, in developing special hardware and in implementing individual controlling systems. Major results have been achieved, among other things, in the field of machine industry, manufacturing and controlling printed circuits as well as industrial process controlling systems; about 120 patents have been granted in the wake of these developments. In the late eighties, the Institute gained a dominant role in setting up the current computerised networks and in developing individual network tools.
Today, the Institute creates state-of-the-art, intellectual added value, cooperating with several large-scale IT companies, but never on an exclusive basis. The activities mainly cover the wide-range cultivation of IT, controlling technical, applied mathematical, basic and applied research and the utilisation of the obtained special knowledge in the field of research and development, system planning, system integration, consulting and software development. The attention is focused on large and sophisticated systems, where diverse knowledge, the opportunity for organising large teams, as well as the infrastructure and the material weight of the Institute can be properly enforced.
A few topics where the application is attached to significant theoretical results are as follows: applying artificial intelligence methods in medical diagnostics; technological process control; analogical computer and algorhythms supporting artificial vision, especially in the fields of high-speed picture detecting; evaluating mammograms and echo-cardiograms in medical science; chromosome analysis; planning and checking printed circuit cards; motion picture coding and cryptography, intelligent traffic safety systems, etc.
The Institute runs outplaced faculties jointly with other Hungarian universities, and also takes part in PhD programmes.