Representatives of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) belonging to the US Navy arrived in Hungary on a visit organized by the Embassy of the United States of America. On September 16, 2022 they visited three ELKH research sites: the Centre for Energy Research (EK-CER), the Institute for Computer Science & Control (SZTAKI), and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Wigner RCP). The ONR delegation including Martina Siwek and Jay Marble, the Scientific Directors of ONR Global's office in Prague and London respectively, traveled to Hungary with the aim of informing the local research community about the research collaboration opportunities offered by ONR. The ELKH research sites provided the visitors with an insight into some of their research areas and projects that may fit the ONR program.
SZTAKI welcomed the ONR representatives at their Innovation and Demonstration Space completed in the summer, where professor József Bokor, Vice President of the ELKH Governing Board and SZTAKI Scientific Director introduced SZTAKI to the visitors. After Martina Siwek and Jay Marble's presentations on the operations of their organization, SZTAKI’s researchers presented their aeronautical projects, autonomous systems, production technology and artificial intelligence research.
After Jay Marble's presentation at Wigner FK, Péter Domokos, Deputy Director General of Wigner FK and Director of the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, presented research being carried out at the institution and the National Laboratory of Quantum Informatics. Gergő Orbán and József Laczkó each gave a short presentation on the activities of the Computational System-level Neuroscience Research Group and the Neurorehabilitation and Movement Control Research Group. The guests also visited the Quantum Optics Laboratory and the laboratories of the Ultrafast Nanooptics Research Group and the Nanostructures and Optical Measurement Technology Research Group.
The research carried out in the EK-CER Nanostructures Laboratory was presented to the ONR delegation. To mark the occasion of the visit Laboratory Director Levente Tapasztó gave a presentation on the results achieved in the field of "two-dimensional materials in the service of energy efficiency".