I obtained my MSc in Computer Science, as valedictorian, from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, and my PhD in Computer Networks from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, in 1997 and 2003, respectively. In parallel with my Computer Science studies I also obtained in 1999 a BSc diploma in European Studies, after gaining some knowledge on areas such as European law, philosophy, administration or economics.
I joined the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 2003, where I am currently Associate Professor at the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics. Since 2018 I am the Head of HSNLab, a strategic academic research partner of Ericsson for more than 30 years. With nearly 50 researchers and PhD students in the lab, we are the largest academic partner of Ericsson outside Sweden.
Between 2003 - 2006 I was a Georg von Békésy Postdoctoral Fellow of the Hungarian Ministry of Education, then between 2010-2013 a Janos Bolyai Research Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2014 I received the Tivadar Puskas award of the Scientific Association for Infocommunications (HTE), the Sister Society of IEEE ComSoc in Hungary. Since 2015 I am the Coordinator of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) activities of the EIT Digital (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) Doctoral Training Center at BME. My research areas are related to wireless sensor networks and their applications, vehicular communications, smart cities, peer-to-peer networks and multicast technologies.
After a few smaller events, I started to get involved more seriously in organizing IEEE conferences in 2009. After being the Operations Chair of the IEEE VTC-Spring 2011 conference, I served also as Operations Chair of IEEE ICC 2013 in Budapest, handling the challenging task of relocating most of the social functions at the very last moment, due to the historical flooding of the Danube river.
In 2014 I was then invited to join ComSoc's Globecom & ICC Management and Strategy Committee (GIMS), overseeing the organization of all the society's flagship conferences in a 4-year time window. I served in GIMS for 8 years, first as Operations Chair, then Vice-Chair, and finally as GIMS Chair between 2020-2021. I was also member of the Globecom & ICC Technical Committee (GITC) in that period.
I served as GIMS advisor for IEEE Globecom 2015, IEEE Globecom 2018 and IEEE ICC 2021. I am now Tutorials Co-Chair for IEEE Globecom 2023. I also served as Finance Chair for IEEE MeditCom 2022, Tutorial Co-Chair for IEEE NOMS 2022, IEEE NOMS 2020 and IEEE HPSR 2015. Currently I am member of ComSoc's Conferences Council and its Educational Services Board.
Besides ComSoc, I was also involved in other IEEE societies and councils, I was member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Sensors Council, first as representative of the Vehicular Technology Society, between 2015-2017, and then as ComSoc representative between 2017-2020. I served as TPC Co-Chair of the flagship IEEE Sensors conference on three occasions, in 2019, 2020 and 2022. Currently I am member of the IEEE Sensors Council Meetings Committee. I was also ComSoc's representative in the Steering Committee of IEEE Smart Cities, serving as Chair of the Conferences Advisory Committee between 2019-2022, and General Co-Chair of the flagship IEEE International Smart Cities Conference in 2020.
I am Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Letters since 2018, Steering Committee Member of IEEE IoT Journal since 2017, I served as Guest Editor of several special issues of the IEEE Sensors Journal, and I was Editor-in-Chief of the Infocommunications Journal between 2018-2018.
I live with my wife and two daughters in Telki, a small village of 5000 people in the outskirts of Budapest. Molly, adopted from a dog shelter, is member of our family since 2018. I was elected as member of the Local Council of Telki in 2014, and then once again in 2019. Within the council I am the Head of the Public Education Committee, and member of the Social and Financial Committees.
In my spare time I like gardening, hiking in the neighboring hills and forests with Molly, listening to jazz and classical music. During winter time I do skiing for more than 40 years now.