Hungarian-American team wins $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The MarmotE Team, a group of young Hungarian-American scientists placed second and won $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge in Los Angeles, California.

It is worth to mention that the MarmotE team already won $1.5 million earlier by taking the top prize in 2017 and the second place in 2018. That brings their total winnings to $2.5 million.

The four-member team is connected to Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. They are current and former researchers who have worked together since 2016 to create a radio system that can manage the wireless spectrum. The aim was to use the Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to find “unused slices in its rigid bands” to jump to for more bandwidth – collaboratively with other users – in complex scenarios.

Team MarmotE members:

Miklós Maróti, a mathematician at the University of Szeged; the main architect of the team.

Péter Völgyesi, a research scientist at Vanderbilt University was the administrative lead.

Sándor Szilvási, an engineer with data visualization skills for tool support and performance evaluation.

Péter Horváth, a digital communication expert with theoretical background.

Szilvási and Horváth are currently associated with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Mr. Péter Völgyesi, Mr. Miklós Maróti, Mr. Péter Horváth and Mr. Sándor Szilvási.


György Lázár

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