Research on prime exploitation of the potentials offered by industrial digitalization

The process of industrial digitalization – which is called today by general consensus as the 4th Industrial Revolution – means by far more than the pure fact that production related data are available in an incomparably vaster amount than any time before. Researchers as well as industrial experts have to face ever more frequently the experience that, on the one side, key problems that proved to be insolvable or difficult to handle in the past, cannot be dropped from the scientific agenda and, on the other side, new severe challenges not known before arise

The project coordinated by SZTAKI is a core and indispensable part of a greater project package enjoying a focused support by both the EU and the Hungarian Government. The project aims to perform discovering research in mathematical and artificial intelligence, to harness its results in robotics, the design and control of production and logistic systems and finally, in the management of power engineering systems. Its phases are of an evolving nature, starting from basic research followed by applied research up to experimental development, all in full conformance to the other elements of the aforesaid project package.

By this professional contents, which is of utmost relevance even for the industry, the project claims to promote the development of the cooperation between the industrial and the academic sectors and, besides this, also to foster reducing Hungary’s deficit in industrial digitalization compared to the European and world standards. This will be accomplished primarily on the basis of the Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control, EPIC CoE, which – ranked at the second place among 169 applicants – has won a substantial support on the high prestige Teaming Call of the EU in 2017.

A widespread dissemination of the future results will be facilitated in an excellent way by the Industry 4.0 National Technology Association where participants of the project play an eminent role. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics will be responsible to utilize these results directly in the higher education. By establishing open demonstration environments and organizing public events in the subject, the project will contribute to the broader acceptance of the industrial digitalization process by the Hungarian society.