Alba Regia Faculty of Technology at Óbuda University places great emphasis on achieving sustainability goals in education, research, operation and future development of the institution.

From 2024, a faculty sustainability officer, Dr Péter Udvardy, coordinates efforts to achieve these goals. In this context, the development of a faculty sustainability strategy has been initiated, in which the faculty’s efforts will be formulated in relation to the 17 SDGs (sustainability goals) of the European Union.

Sustainability in education

In our educational activities, we aim to train technical and business professionals who are aware of sustainability issues and apply them in their daily lives and as well as in their professions.

The Geoinformatics Engineer/Specialist, the Precision Management Engineer/Specialist, the Unmanned Aircraft Operator Engineer/Specialist and the Geoinformatics Msc courses represent these objectives in their main subjects. The other courses provide this information in the framework of compulsory and optional subjects.

To learn more about sustainability and Green efforts, we organised a week-long Erasmus Blended Intensive course with partner institutions abroad called Young Researcher’s Academy for Green Cities, where we are building an interdisciplinary project on sustainability in urban environments. Together with our students we have participated and will continue to participate in such events. Young Researchers Academy with Case Studies (September 2023- Gyulafehérvár, Romania) and From sensors to the data analysis soil-water holistic approach (May 2024 Bucharest – Romania)

The optional course Innovation Worldwide will include presentations on sustainability.

Our Mechanical Engineering students learn how to recycle components of industrial production lines through a practical example and Energy Management and Environmental Protection is a compulsory subject in the curriculum.

Students of Economics and Management learn Environmental Economics; Students of Electrical Engineering Bsc. learn Safety Technology, Environmental Protection and the Basics of Quality Insurance.

Sustainability events

We organise a number of events to raise awareness of sustainability among our students, the younger generation and the general public.

The Girls’ Day event aims to orient women towards technical careers.

Géza Garai Open University is a series of lectures promoting science focusing on sustainability for the general public, university students and professors.

Sustainability research

There is a lot of research related to the study and achievement of the sustainability goals.

WREN project: HUF 756.55 million grant will be used to implement the WREN artificial intelligence-based decision support system, which can help mitigate drought damage for precision agriculture. The innovation development will be implemented as a project of the consortium of Combit Computer Technology Ltd., Óbuda University and István Széchenyi University until March 2025.

Chinese TÉT project The aim of the research is to investigate how point clouds and remote sensing data can help to study surface formations in rural areas, contributing to the UN-coordinated Sustainable Development Group Infrastructure initiative.

2020-1.1.2-PIACI-KFI-2020-00109: Our innovation aims at developing a complex decision support system for dairy and beef cattle farms based on LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) communication technology, which is able to reliably predict breeding and calving based on the analysis of data measured in the rumen and in the animals’ environment, to detect diseases in acute stages through the measurement of rumen temperature and even, in a unique way in the world, to continuously monitor the current stress status by measuring heart rate. Over the three-year project period, we plan to collect a large amount of data from the micro-environment of the animals (e.g. temperature, humidity, wind speed, NH3, CO2, etc.) and from the animals themselves (e.g. movement activity, time spent lying/standing, body temperature, heart rate, etc.). Decision-support alerts and advice will be provided to farmers via the user interface under development. The early deployment of this innovation as planned will facilitate timely/early interventions (medication, preventive measures, artificial insemination) in dairy and beef cattle farms and the optimisation of various environmental and animal cooling programmes in the barn/lactation or, in the case of grazing beef herds, on pasture, from an animal welfare perspective.

Selected publications

B. Beszédes, “Small-scale Off-grid Energy Supply System Architecture for Sustainable Greenhouses,” in IEEE 22nd World Symposium on Applied Machine Intelligence and Informatics : SAMI 2024 : Proceedings, 2024, pp. 377-382.
Q. Meng, J. Gao, L. Zhang, X. Hu, J. Qian, and T. Jancsó, “Coupled cooling effects between urban parks and surrounding building morphologies based on the microclimate evaluation framework integrating remote sensing data,” SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY, vol. 102, pp. 1-12, 2024.
A. T. Montañez-Reyes, L. Sajo-Bohus, and S. A. Martinez-Ovalle, “Radon activity concentration RnCA and workers lung cancer risks in SENA coal mines, Colombia,” APPLIED RADIATION AND ISOTOPES, vol. 205, 2024.
B. Beszédes, “Hybrid Battery Bank Application in Energy Storage System,” in IEEE 23rd International Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Informatics (CINTI 2023) : Proceedings, 2023, pp. 129-134.
F. Díaz, R. Liza, J. Rojas, P. Pereyra, M. E. Lopez, D. Palacios, L. Sajo-Bohus, and S. Benites, “Environmental Alpha Radiation from the Soil at a Prehispanic Ancient Sacred Site in Lima, Perú,” Ecological Engineering & Environmental Technology, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 291-299, 2023.
Dawn. Eve, Vakulya. Gergely, and Udvardy. Péter, “Heart Rate (HR) Detection by Cattle Rumen Bolus,” in IEEE 27th International Conference on Intelligent Engineering Systems 2023 (INES 2023), 2023, pp. 155-159.