University Debrecen – Consortium Leader
With its more than four-century-old history, the University of Debrecen is one of most ancient institutes of higher education in Hungary. With its 33.000 students and 1500 lecturers, 15 faculties and 25 doctoral schools it is also one the largest universities in country providing a wide range of opportunities of education and research. The quality of education and research work is signified by the high academic achievements of the lecturers. Owing to its education offering divers programmes and to its excellent lecturers, the University of Debrecen belongs to the leading universities of Hungary. According to the annually evaluated indicators of the government department responsible for education, the performance of the university is amongst the best three in the countryside, and it shares 14-15% of the performance of the universities in the whole country. This outstanding spiritual centre with its huge educational and research and development capacity turns its attention more and more to serving the demands of the economy and society based on science, and to becoming regional centre of science.
The Institute of Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI) is the largest state-owned informatics research institute in Hungary. As a member of the MTA institute network, MTA SZTAKI represents a bridge of innovation between university research and the demands of the industry. Its most important fields of basic research are computer science, system theory, control theory, machine perception and interaction, medical image processing and business intelligence. As one of research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences SZTAKI receives financial support through the Academy; its additional sources derive from funds. In the year 2013 SZTAKI started several national and international projects jointly with other research institutes, universities and companies.
The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is one of the most prestigious universities in Hungary. The BME is famous for its high quality of education at several levels, scientific research and development and innovation in the fields of technical science, natural science, economics and social science. The territory of the laboratories of the university covers 29.873 square metres. In 2010 BME, as one of the most significant institute of higher education, was granted the title of research university of engineering and busyness studies. The number of the educational research stuff of the BME is ~1000; 64% are qualified lecturers-researchers; 73, 7% are qualified lecturers working as full-time employees; 76 lecturers hold the title Doctor of the Hungarian Scientific Academy. The number of students is 24.500; more than 6400 students take part in master, undivided or PhD programs. 5% of the students arrived from abroad. There are 13 doctoral schools and 9 research groups at BME.
The location of the project SCOPIA is the Department of Control Engineering and Information Technology.
ECON Consulting Ltd., established in 2006, deals with research and development activities requiring high level of professional expertise. ECON lays special emphasis on the professional development of its employees who are experts in the areas of artificial intelligence, data mining, image processing and machine perception. The leaders of the company have outstanding experience in innovative project management. As an acknowledgment of the success that ECON has achieved since its establishment, it was chosen twice as one the fifty fastest developing companies in East-Central Europe within the frame of the program Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe.
EMD Endoscope Device Manufacturing and Sales Ltd. was established in 1997. At the beginning the aim of the Hungarian company was to satisfy the needs of clinics by repairing medical tools, especially endoscopic devices independently of type or trademark. Thus, devices could be repaired within the country, and they did not have to be sent abroad. At the time of starting the company’s activity, EMD kept contact with five hospitals in the country. Ever since the number of its customers has grown significantly; it is above one hundred. Recently, EMD has had several successful technological development projects, including two outstanding projects sponsored by EU funds.