This year’s first international event of the University of Óbuda was held on 23-25 January in Herl’any, near Kassa, Slovakia, under the title of the IEEE 18th World Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics (SAMI 2020).
In the first event of the annual calendar, the SAMI conference was organised by the Technical University of Košice, the University of Óbuda, the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the IEEE Hungary Section and the Hungarian Fuzzy Society. Its importance and inevitable value lies in the fact that it used to be based solely on Hungarian-Slovak relations and was limited to a local event, whereas now it is recognized as an international conference sponsored by the Hungarian IEEE branch and the submitted papers are accepted by the IEEE Xplore database, which greatly increases the value, accessibility and searchability of the publications.
The World Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics (SAMI 2020) was opened by Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács, Rector of Óbuda University, who highlighted the main features of the event. Initially, only two countries were represented, but 18 years later, 12 countries are represented. He paid tribute to the tradition of the conference series and appreciated the great work of Prof. Dr. Imre J. Rudas and Professor Ladislav Madarász, founders of SAMI. At the opening ceremony, Prof. Dr. Stanislav Kmet ‘, Rector of the Technical University of Kazan, Honorary Professor of the University of Óbuda, emphasized the role of close and active international and scientific cooperation between the two institutions, reaffirmed his support for the SAMI conference and suggested the inclusion of various other topics in the field. The Rectors agreed that the long-term cooperation between the two universities has so far played an important role for both institutions and is essential for international recognition, and agreed to do their utmost to maintain this good relationship. Liberios Vokorokos, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Technical University of Kazan, confirmed his support to the University of Óbuda and the SAMI conference series and expressed his intention to continue the cooperation, for example by publishing in the international journal Acta Polytechnica Hungarica.
Besides the scientific success and value of the event, the participants were saddened to remember the ever-active, energetic, tireless Professor Baltazar Frankovič, a regular participant of the symposium, who, unfortunateAt this year’s conference, the renowned plenary speakers of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and SZTAKI, Prof. Dr. Gábor Szederkényi from Pázkari University of Pázkari, Belgium, whose lecture on “Analysis and verification of non-negative dynamical models with network structure”, Dr. Cosmin Copot from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on “A graph-oriented approach to robot system programmability”, and finally Dr. Csaba Johanyák from the John von Neumann University in Kecskemét, Hungary, on “Fuzzy Logic-based Network Intrusion Detection Systems”.The conference programme included a special session with seven talks on intelligent applications of IT, presented by Prof. Dr. In his honour, the Hungarian Fuzzy Association and Budapest Tech established the Baltazar Frankovič Young Researcher Award, which is awarded to the best article and talk by young people under the age of 35 at the annual SAMI Symposium.
Besides the scientific success and value of the event, the participants were saddened to remember the ever-active, energetic, tireless Professor Baltazar Frankovič, a regular participant of the symposium, who, unfortunately, can no longer gift us his eternal optimism. In his honor, the Hungarian Fuzzy Association and Budapest Tech established the Baltazar Frankovič Young Researcher Award, which is awarded to the best article and talk by young people under the age of 35 at the annual SAMI Symposium.
This year, Tímea Fülöp, MSc student of Sapientia University, received the award.Together with Rector Dr. Levente Kovács, the evening reception was opened by Dr. Radovan Hudák, Vice Rector for International Relations of the Technical University of Košice, who proudly mentioned that he received the Frankovič Prize in 2010.
The professional and scientific value of the three-day event, as well as its networking and community-building role, is indisputable, and the positive feedback from participants confirms this fact.
The University of Tokyo has already issued a press release featuring Professor Takayuki Kawahara and his publication at the conference. The article can be found here: https://www.tus.ac.jp/en/mediarelations/archive/20200123001.html . We appreciate that the event was announced by Japanese news, giving the event wide international visibility.
All information about the event can be found at the following link: http://conf.uni-obuda.hu/ sami2020