Opening of the Biomatics Institute

The new facility of the University of Óbuda is uniqe in the Hungarian higher education. Besides education,it highly focuses on research and development and its purpose is to integrate the education and research of biotechnology, healthcare IT, robotics and applied computer science in the frame of MSc and PhD trainings.

There has been a significant develpoment both in robotics and healtcare IT. These Educations were hold seperately in different facilities before. In the first half of 2015, the University and the Faculty recognized these tendencies and decided to create a new structure for the institute for the sake of increasing efficiency and quality. With this step, the University gave a bigger rank to the said scientific areas and it treats such courses as a strategical area. Both the student, the lecturer and the industrial background has been established for the targeted education and research areas that are within the Institute.

Where does the name „Biomatics” come from?

Unlike bioinformatics (which specializes for the informatical procession of biological data), biomatics specializes in tissue, cell and molecular biology, engineering science, medical mechatronics, complex infrastructures. The definition of „biomatics” was coined in 1994, to distinguish it from the too theoretical and calculation heavy bioinformatics. Biomatics incorporates not just theoretical biology, modelcreation, but also works with the mechanical, planning and syntetic aspects of biology, including the practical implementation of these (artificial heart, artificial pancreas, etc.).

How is it going to achieve it?

Educational and educational development activities related to specific fields are planned to be organized in two working groups, which receive continuous professional background support from 3 research and development teams (Biotech Lab, Physiological Controls Group, Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics). On the field of education Biomatics Institute’s declared strategic goal is to focus on the MSc and PhD trainings, integrate them on faculty level and connect them with the R&D work of the institute. Within the frame of the IT Engineer MSc course, the robotics specialization started in February 2015, and from February 2016 the second specialization, the medical engineering informatics specialization will be launched. The finance of the Biomatics Institute is based on several pillars. Its primary activity is the highly efficient knowledge transfer to the students, with the target audience being the Hungarian and foreign university student base. In addition, through its industrial relations, it conducts research and development and technology transfer activities and provides the appropriate resources through the use of tender resources. Cooperating multinational companies support the operation and development by providing material conditions (IT tools, softwares), and by tutor's scholarship. By doing so, they contribute to the ongoing renewal of education, to keeping knowledges up-to-date and to the acquisition of valuable certificates for the labor market.