PhysCon at ATTD 2019


The PhysCon group was represented by the head of the group Prof. Kovács at the biggest world class diabetes congress held in Berlin, Germany this year.
Prof. Kovács presented a poster summarizing the latest findings of our group regarding diabetes researches. Successful negotiation was made with top scientists and industrial partners as well.


The 2018 ERC Workshop


The 2018 ERC Workshop organized by Professor Levente Kovács and the Physiological Controls Research Center took place at Óbuda Universiy on 22nd of November with the participation of the researchers of the Physiological Controls Research Center and four invited international experts, who presented their current research results.

In the first part of the Workshop, the current results of the ERC (European Research Council) funded research of the Physiological Controls Research Center were disseminated. After the opening and introductory presentation of the principal investigator of the project, Professor Levente Kovács, the three post-doc researchers, Dr. Dávid Csercsik, Dr. Dániel András Drexler, Dr. György Eigner and the PhD student Bence Czakó presented their work.

In the second part of the Workshop, the international experts of the area presented their current research: Professor Andrea de Gaetano (CNR IASI BioMatLab, Rome, Italy), Professor Clara Ionescu (Ghent University, Belgium), Professor Antonio Visioli (University of Brescia, Italy) and Professor Éva Dulf (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania). The presentations were followed by a seminar, where the possible future projects based on international collaboration were discussed.



Outstanding SMC Chapter Award goes to Hungary Chapter

AQTR 2018

On the banquet of international conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (October 7-10, 2018, Miyazaki, Japan) IEEE Hungary Section SMC Chapter received ’Outstanding SMC Chapter Award’ from Region 8 countries for outstanding regional leadership and organization of international events of the highest quality.

Getting recognized the importance and leadership of SMC Society, Imre J. Rudas launched IEEE SMC Chapter in the frame of IEEE Hungary Section in 2003, which has been involved in organization of numerous international scientific conferences and symposia.

This prize rewards the chapter for its hard work, mostly for increasing the membership and activity during the last years, including being involved in SMC 2016 conference, organized in Budapest.

The award was handovered to Levente Kovács (chair of SMC Chapter, Hungary since 2014) on October 8, 2018, during the Award Ceremony.




AQTR 2018

Between the 9th and 11th of May, the conference of control design subsection (TC 2.1) of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) was organized, which is held in every three years. Our teachers received the best paper award at the event.

The aim of the 3rd IFAC Conference on Advances in Proportional-Integral-Derivative Control is to present the classical PID design methodology in modern control engineering applications.

Dr Levente Kovács, the head of PhysCon, had the opportunity to organize an invited section under the name of „PID Control of Biosystems”, where the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics was also represented by Dr. Péter Galambos, director of the University Research, Innovation and Service Center.

From 12 papers that was presented by various scientists around the word, including Canada, Protugese, Sweden, Italy, Quatar and Belgium, the work, „Robust Fixed Point Transformation Based Proportional-Derivative Control of Angiogenic Tumor Growth”, of Dr. Levente Kovács was awarded by the Best Paper Award in the category of Biosystems. The award was given in the closing ceremony by the organizers.

In addition to the presence of Dr Levente Kovács, and Dr. Péter Galambos, the young researcher Bence Czakó were also presented his paper at the event.


IEEE International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics – AQTR 2018

AQTR 2018

From 24th of May to 26th of May, 2018, Cluj-Napoca held the International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics (AQTR 2018). The conference, that is organized in every two years, had a special section organized by PhysCon group.

The PhysCon group jointly organized a special session under the name of „Modern control methodologies and modeling techniques” with the Automation and Control department of Technical University Cluj-Napoca, with the lead of Dr. Levente Kovács and Dr. Éva Dulf.

The aim of the section was to present the applicability of modern control methods, such as fractional, Tensor Product, or LMI methodologies on physiological and chemical engineering fields.

On top of presenting the recently developed results of the ERC project, research with the Hungarian Diabetes Association was also presented to the audience. The PhysCon group was represented by Dr. Levente Kovács and the young researcher Tamás Gönczy on the conference.


The University Research, Innovation and Service Center moved to the university campus

The University Research, Innovation and Service Center (EKIK) moved to the Bécsi street campus of the University of Óbuda, so that it can function in a modern and representative environment.

In December of the previous year, the migration of the EKIK, which includes Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics(BARK), Biotech Research Center (BRC) and the Physiological Control Center (PhysCon), have finished. Special measures had to be taken into consideration, since the special laboratories and expensive equipment, such as the da Vinci surgical robot, needed extraordinary care during the migration.

The da Vinci surgical system and other industrial manipulators were moved into spacious laboratories on the second floor. Modern community spaces were also estabilished for research and educational purposes.

The biomedical engineering department was moved to the first floor. The BioTech research facility is equipped with a microbiology and optics laboratory, and also has 3D printing technologies. The Physiological Controls Research group is also contained in the EKIK depratment, which is led by Dr Levente Kovács and currently working on the „Tamed Cancer” ERC StG Grant.

Because the EKIK has moved to the university campus, the students and visitors have a better opportunity to closely examine the work that is conducted in the facility. Moreover, students have a profound opportunity to join research projects, coordinated by national and international experts on the field, or international industrial representatives.

„The state of the art robotics laboratory, and word class research environment efficiently support the field orientation and schooling of the university by inviting primary and high school students for interesting and interactive presentations.” – said Dr. Péter Galambos, director of the EKIK department.


Research collaboration between the Physiological Controls Research Center and the Frank Doyle Research Group of Harvard University

The head of the EKIK Physiological Controls Research Center (PhysCon) was invited between 6-8 August 2018 by the Doyle Group of the John A. Paulson Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University, USA.
Following February 19, 2018 talk of Dr. Eyal Dassau, senior researcher of the leading research group of the artificial pancreas (AP) topic in the world, the invitation was proposed on the research results obtained meantime by PhysCon in the AP topic. In February 2018, Dr. Dassau was invited by the PhysCon and the IEEE Hungary Section to discuss about initiating a research collaboration between the two centers.
The current two-day discussion concluded in a research collaboration between the two research entities. Direct regular communication, joint research proposals and common publication possibilities have been agreed. The collaboration represents an important acknowledgement of the PhysCon and implicitly to Obuda University as well.

The ERC grant of Obuda University at the Italian mathematics congress

Rome held the bi-annual congress of the Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI) between 2-6 of July, 2018. The Physiological Controls Research Center (PhysCon) of Obuda University was invited by its head, Prof. Dr. Levente Kovacs as a keynote lecturer in the biomathematics session of the congress on the very first day of it (2nd of July, 2018).
The SIMAI’s healthcare oriented mathematical session was organized by the SIMAI’s host institution, La Sapienza University together with the CNR Rome research institute and was sponsored by the European Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Society (ECMTB). The PhysCon was represented by its leader Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács and its post-doc Dr. Daniel Drexler.

The Physiological Controls Research Center at the European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

The 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB) was organized in Lisbon, Portugal between 23-27 July, 2018. The Physiological Controls Research Center organized a special session together with the CNR’s (Rome, Italy) biomathematics research group. The PhysCon was represented by its head, Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács and its young post-doc, Dr. György Eigner.
The session titled „Recent trends in the modeling and control of the glucose-insulin system” beside PhysCon and CNR (whom head is the recently elected president of the ECMTB) involved research works from Nantes (France), Louisville (USA), Beijing (China), Valencia (Spain) and Linköping (Sweden). Researchers discussed the newest modeling challenges of artificial pancreas and physiological modeling in from of a large biomathematical audience. The presentation held by PhysCon was the first in the session giving a comprehensive picture of the field as well.

IEEE HS invited lecture: Eyal Dassau from Harvard University and the Frank Doyle Group

Dassau PhysCon

Based on the Óbuda University EKIK Physiological Research Center’s (PhysCon) invitation, in contribution with IEEE Hungary Section and the Hungarian Artificial Pancreas Workgroup, Dr. Eyal Dassau, senior researcher of Harvard University and top researcher of the artificial pancreas research topic of the world, visited Hungary on 19th of February, 2018 and had an invited talk at Óbuda University. The title of his presentation was “The Artificial Pancreas: A Medically Inspired Automated Glucose Control System”.

Dr. Dassau approached the diabetes mellitus related problems from the perspective of control engineering and system theory including in the context the IOT researches and challenges, like telemedicine, cyber-security, sensorics and mobile applications. In his presentation, Dr. Dassau highlighted the latest trends and challenges of engineering and medical sciences in artificial pancreas. He has emphasized the importance of international collaborations and researches that in his opinion were the key point to visit Hungary based on the invitation of Dr. Levente Kovács, head of the PhysCon Research Center.

Furthermore, he has highlighted that similar to other fields, medical sciences involves more and more smart devices, hence, engineering knowledge and artificial pancreas is one of the best examples in this context. However, beside the technical details Dr. Dassau emphasized the importance of evidence-based medicine in the evaluation of clinical results.

The event was opened to everyone. As a result, students and young scientists represented the biggest part of the audience and the invited talk finished with an interactive discussion.


Dassau PhysCon


The EKIK’s Physiological Controls Research Center at the IEEE CDC 2017 annual congress and invited university keynote talks

From 12th of December to 15th of December 2017, Melbourne, Australia held the IEEE Control Systems Society’s annual congress, the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2017).

The CDC conference is no. 1 ranked conference in control engineering in the World. The Physiological Controls Research Center (PhysCon) by its leader, Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács and its senior lecturer Dr. Johanna Sápi represented Hungary and Obuda University. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács and Dr. Johanna Sápi organized an invited session at the event on “Individualization and Optimization of Therapies” held on 14th of December, 2017. Beside the PhysCon’s research paper presented by Dr. Johanna Sápi on the latest ERC grant results, the other 5 papers came from prestigious universities of Uppsala University Sweden, Johannes Kepler University Linz Austria, CNR Rome Italy, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Pittsburgh University of the USA.

More information about the congress can be found at

In addition, the head of PhysCon, Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács was invited by the IEEE SMC Australia chapter and Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation ( to have a keynote talk on the ERC grant and the PhysCon’s research results. After the presentation, the two research entities’ representatives initiated a research collaboration agreement.

On 4th of December, 2017, Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács held a keynote talk at the National University of Singapore (NUS) about “Cyber-Medical Systems: the Digitalized Healthcare Approach and Its Trends”. The seminar was co-sponsored by the IEEE SMC and EMBS Singapore Chapters as well. The talk represented the apropos of starting the extension negotiations of the 2015-2018 collaboration agreement between the two research entities and universities.

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AQTR 2018

From 5th of October to 8th of October, 2017, Banff, Canada held the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC 2017), the flagship conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, the leading medium of the dissemination of interdisciplinary fields of biomedical engineering, informatics and biology.

Professor Levente Kovács participated in the organization of two special sessions, titled “Computational and Medical Cybernetics” and “Drug Assist Devices for Personalized Healthcare”. The researchers of the PhyCon group presented the results of the ERC project in three research articles.


2017 IEEE day

We have celebrated the 30th anniversary of IEEE Hungary Section.

Many respectable honoured the event with their participation. Oussama Khatib and Imre J. Rudas was awarded with Rudolf Kalman Award, Tibor Vámos and Péter Arató was granted with IEEE HS 2017 Excellence Award. Afterwards, the former and the reigning board members received a commemorative medal for their devoted work.

Oussama Khatib has held an interesting presentation about Human-Robot collaboration. This was followed by the presentation of the newly awarded Professor Honoris Causas: Huijun Gao, Viorel-Aurel Serban, Ivan Gutman and the honorary professor presentations by Clara Ionescu and Michael E. Auer.

We are grateful for honoured audience for the participation, we are looking forward to see everyone on the next upcoming IEEE event.

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2017 ERC day

As a part of Hungarian Scientific Season, a workshop was organized on 22.11.2017 by the Physiological Controls Research Center has taken place at the John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics of Óbuda University.

The main aim of the worksop was to sum up the experiences and results of the first year of the Tamed Cancer ERC Stg grant, while further emphasis was put on the discussion of future challenges including scientific and administrative affairs as well. In the first part of the workshop, after the introduction by the Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. habil. Levente Kovács, all the researchers of the project summarized their contributions to the audience. Prof. Dr. Zoltán Sápi professor of pathology from the Semmelweis University gave a speech about the connection of engineering approaches in medicine and targeted cancer therapies, while the post-docs (Dr. Dániel András Drexler, Dr. Johanna Sájevicsné Sápi and Dr. Dávid Csercsik) gave presentations in the topic of their narrower field of research. The results of student participants of the project (Bence Czakó and Tamás Gönczy) were also shortly presented. In the second part of the workshop, mainly administrative affairs were discussed with the administrative staff of the University.

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ERC day - 22.11.2017

ERC day 2017

Workshop on the results of the first year of Tamed Cancer ERC Grant. The workshop is organized as a part of Hungarian Scientific Season (Magyar Tudomány Ünnepe, MTÜ 2017).

Detailed program description and registration:


The EKIK’s Physiological Controls Research Center and the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics at the IFAC World Congress 2017

From 09th of July to 14th of July 2017 Toulouse, France held the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) triennial World Congress, the largest and most prestigious international conference in control engineering in the World.

The 2724 accepted contributions (the total number of contributions were 4267, hence an acceptance rate of 64%) came from 82 countries all over the World. Hungary was represented by 33 researchers, 6 of them coming from Óbuda University (!) representing the EKIK’s Physiological Controls Research Center (PhysCon) and the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics (BARK).

The Physiological Controls Research Center’s head and ERC Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. habil. Levente Kovacs together with Ghent University’s young professor Prof. Dr. Clara Ionescu (who will become Óbuda University’s honorary professor soon) organized a whole Open Invited Track (OIT, one of the 76 OITs of the conference) in the IFAC Technical Committee 8.2 titled “Control and Data Driven Modeling in Biomedicine”. The OIT was held between 13-14 July 2017 involving 16 papers with publications from 18 countries and under 2 invited sessions and one interactive session. The PhysCon was represented by senior lecturers Dr. Johanna Sápi and Dr. Dániel A. Drexler and by researcher Dr. Dávid Csercsik together with its head, Prof. Dr. habil. Levente Kovács, presenting 3 papers with the newest results of the only H2020 ERC grant of the Óbuda University, titled Tamed Cancer.

The BARK organized an invited session in “Tensor Methods for Modelling and Control” on 11th of July 2017 involving 6 papers from 3 countries and presented 2 papers. BARK was present with its young associate professor Dr. Péter Galambos and PhD student József Kuti.

More information about the congress can be found at and its Twitter site

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Invited presentation at BIT's 10th Annual World Cancer Congress 2017

Prof. Levente Kovács presented his invited paper, "Taming cancer: is it possible?" at the BIT's 10th Annual World Cancer Congress in Barcelona, May 19-21, 2017.

Dr. Johanna Sápi and Prof. Dr. Zoltán Sápi are also participated at the conference from our ERC group.

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Excellence in research - International ERC and Bejczy Day 2017

Bejczy day

As of the 10-year jubilee of the European Research Council’s ERC Starting and Advanced Grant program, the Obuda University organizes a symposium based on our only ERC StG grant and celebrating as well being members of the elite group of Starting Grant host institutions.

Furthermore, paying tribute to Prof. Dr. Antal Bejczy physicist, chief researcher of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, affiliate professor of the Washington University in St. Louis, the outstanding character of international space research and robotics, Óbuda University Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics (IROB) pronounced 16th of January the IROB International Bejczy Day.

In memoriam of the birthday of the honorary professor of Óbuda University, antal Bejczy and celebrating the ERC excellence in research, the EKIK organizes an international scientific day March 3 Friday, 2017, where renowned robotics and biomedical engineering experts share their views and latest results. The annual Award Ceremony of the Antal Bejczy Student Publication Prize will also take place.

For further information, please click here.

Click here to download the tentative program.

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15th SAMI conference

The newest results of the ERC StG "Tamed Cancer" project has been presented at the 15th IEEE SAMI (IEEE 15th International Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics) conference.

At the jubilee Hungarian-Slovakian symposium organized by the Obuda University and the IEEE Hungary Section we have presented a minimal model of tumor growth with angiogenic inhibition. The validit of the developed model was demonstrated by real measured results.


György Eigner was elected as a BoG member of IEEE SMCS

György Eigner

Our collegue György Eigner was elected as a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Society as Members-at-Large representative.

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New Technical Committee has been created under the IEEE SMC Society led by researchers of the Obuda University

IEEE SMC Cyber-Medical Systems

From the 36 societies of the IEEE (the biggest engineering non-profit society of the World with more than 400.000 members), one of the most active one, the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society, has approved a new Technical Committee (TC) under the Cybernetics branch, named as Cyber-Medical Systems (CMS).

The TC was initiated by two professors of the Obuda University, Dr. habil. Levente Kovács and Dr. Imre Rudas at the beginning of 2016 and the SMC board investigated at different levels before acceptance the TC’s technical novelty, relevance and the international scientific impact of its proposed members.

The aim of the approved TC is to serve its members and the society at large by promoting the theory and practice of personalized healthcare. Cyber-Medical Systems connects physical healthcare systems with computational components, a case of special smart systems involving topics of model-based healthcare treatments, physiological control systems, medical knowledge-based systems, medical robotics, cloud computing.

The TC’s members are represented by 49 researchers throughout the world with a declared aim of strengthening the intelligent healthcare research directions both from academic (high impact publications, corresponding special sessions at relevant international conferences) and industrial fields. However, the TC is opened to anybody willing to actively support the declared research directions.

The chairs of the TC are professors Dr. habil. Levente Kovács and Dr. Imre Rudas from Obuda University, Dr. Hamido Fujita from Japan and Dr. Clara Ionescu from Belgium. More information can be found on the official web-page of the TC,

We congratulate for the approval and wishing success in the further work!



Kick off meeting of the European Research Council (ERC) granted project Tamed Cancer at the Óbuda University

ERC kick off

Kick off meeting of the ERC granted project held by the leader of the Physiological Controls Knowledge Center, Dr. habil. Levente Kovács, took place in the central building of the university, in room Pauli, F.09 at 19th of July, 2016.

The grant, which is a scientific excellence grant sponsored by the European Union (EU), is the first won Horizon 2020 grant at our university. The EU has created the ERC excellence research grants to sponsor the development of competitive research institutions that can cope with research facilities in the USA, Japan or the uprising China, by demanding high risk, high gain, and highly productive projects.

In 2015, out of 1490 applications in the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the European Research Council has decided to fund 143 grants, containing 3 grants with grant holders being Hungarian researchers. Although, out of the 3 Hungarian researchers, only 2 (including Levente) has decided to carry out their research in Hungary. However, in the field of Computer Science and Informatics, Levente’s grant is the first Hungarian grant that has been approved since the foundation of ERC in 2007.

Dr. habil. Levente Kovács, vice dean of education of the John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics, has presented the start of the project and exposed the administration and technical tasks of the initial time period.

The highlight of the research is an interdisciplinary field made up by combining medical and engineering sciences; the aim of the research is to provide an alternative to cancer therapies. This will be achieved by using automated algorithms based on targeted molecular therapy, in order to minimize the cost of the therapy by applying the optimal amount of drug, while maximizing the quality of the therapy (i.e. the life span of the patient).

The full name of the 5-year long ERC Starting grant is Personalized Cancer Therapy by Model-based Optimal Robust Algorithm, or Tamed Cancer in short, that has received a funding of more than 1 million euros. The Óbuda Univesity has 90% share of this funding, while the 1st Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research lead by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Sápi in Semmelweis University receives 10% of the funding.


Levente Kovács won the ERC StG grant named Tamed Cancer

Tamed Cancer

Tamed Cancer is the first H2020 grant in the Obuda University's history. It was won by Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács, who is the head of Physiological Controls Group (Research and Innovation Center of Obuda University).

The project has started in 01.07.2016, the duration of the project is 5 years. The grant amount is approximately EUR 1 million, the host institution is Obuda University, Hungary and additional beneficiary is Semmelweis University, Hungary (1st Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research with the leadership of Prof. Dr. Zoltán Sápi (Professor of Pathology, Deputy Head)).


Levente Kovács reached the ERC StG second round

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The ERC research calls represent the most competitive individual research calls of the European Council. Year by year Europe's best researchers are competing in three categories (starting, consolidator and advanced).

The aim of the ERC is to provide long-term financing for high-gain high-risk researches that could increase Europe's research competence. The ERC support form is unique from several points of view in the EU's research programmes.


Levente Kovács reached the ERC StG second round

The "only" requirement is the scientific excellence of the applicant (principal investigator - PI). Important priority is to help the PI reaching his researcher independence mostly by creating or consolidating his own research group and research idea (

In the two-stage application process the success rate is very low, 10-12%, especially due the first stage "survival" rate (only approximately 20% of the submitted proposals are selected for the second round).

Among the yearly best researchers' applications, in 2015 the leader of the PhysCon research group and center, Dr. habil. Levente Kovacs was invited in the staring grant (StG) category for the second round interview with his innovative research idea. This gives him the opportunity to present live his proposal in the front of the ERC StG research panel.