Tamas Roska

TAMAS ROSKATAMAS ROSKA received the Diploma in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest in 1964 and the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Hungary in 1973 and 1982, respectively. He is the Fellow of the IEEE and elected member of four Academies of Sciences in Europe.

Since 1964 he has held various research positions, since 1982 he has been with the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences where he is presently head of the Cellular Sensory and Wave Computing Research Laboratory and the Chairman of the Scientific Council. He is also a Professor and had been a founder Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at the Pázmány P. Catholic University, Budapest. Since many years he is directing a Multidisciplinary Doctoral School. Since 1989 in each year, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. During the autumn semester of 2007 he had been a visiting endowed chair professor at the University of Notre Dame.

His research interests are: cellular wave computing, info-bionics, cellular nonlinear/neural networks, nonlinear circuit and systems, analog-and-logic spatial-temporal supercomputing and computational complexity. He has published more than hundred research papers and four books (partly as a co-author). His seminal paper on the CNN Universal Machine, co-authored by L. O. Chua, has received close to 800 citations, out of his close to 3000 citations. Dr. Roska is a co-inventor of the CNN Universal Machine (with Leon O. Chua) and the analogic CNN Bionic Eye (with Frank S. Werblin and Leon O.Chua), US patents of UC Berkeley.

During the last 15 years he has received two NSF grants, five ONR grants, two EU Grants and several Hungarian Grants. He has been a founding member of two spin-off companies, one in Berkeley and one in Budapest.

In 2002 and 2003 he had been serving as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications, the International Journal on Bifurcation and Chaos, the Journal of the Franklin Institute, and the Neural Processing Letters. He has been a founding Chair of the Technical Committee on Cellular Neural Networks and Array Computing in the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He received the IEEE Third Millenium Medal and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s Golden Jubilee Award. He has been awarded a “doctor honoris causa” from the Pannon University.

In recent years, he has been the General co-Chair of the IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (2004) and the IEEE International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and Applications (CNNA-2010, Berkeley), respectively. For 4 years, in Hungary, he had been the advisory Chair of the National R&D Program on Information and Communication Technology, and since 2005 he had been serving for 2 years in the Advisory Committee of the EU Commissioner in the Commission of Information Society and Media Technologies in Brussels.

Dr. Roska received in Hungary the Széchenyi Prize, the Szentgyörgyi Prize and the D. Gabor Prize, the Grand Prize of the „Pro Renovanda Cultura Hingariae”, and the 2002 Bolyai Prize, given biannually to one Hungarian Scientist. Dr. Roska is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Academia European, the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, the St. Steven Academy, and a Fellow of the IEEE.