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Our Department was created in 2003 by the merger of the Department of Broadband Communication Systems (formerly Department of Microwave Telecommunications, founded in 1951, Heads of Department: Dr. Edvin Istvánffy, Dr. Lajos Pásztorniczky, Dr. István Bozsóki, Dr. László Zombory) and the Department of Electromagnetic Theory (founded in 1950, Heads of Department: Dr. Károly Simonyi, Dr. György Fodor, Dr. Gyula Veszely). Dr László Zombory became the head of the merged department, followed from 2007 to 2021 by Dr Lajos Nagy, associate professor. Since 2021, the head of the department is Dr. Szabolcs Gyimóthy, Associate Professor.

The main areas of the department are: radio and optical communications, antennas and wave propagation, microwave remote sensing, radio interference and perturbation problems in space technology, electromagnetic field theory and simulation. These are mostly unique and strategic fields at the BME. They have in common that they generally cover knowledge-intensive competences based on physics, requiring a long background. These areas are managed by five research groups in the department:

  • Space Technology
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Antennas and EMC
  • Microwave and optical telecommunication systems
  • Radar and remote sensing

Our teaching activities cover the fields of signal and systems theory, field theory, communications, telecommunications, remote sensing, optical telecommunications and space science. The department is involved in the BSc, MSc and PhD level courses in electrical engineering and computer engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Our undergraduate specialisation within the Infocommunication Systems specialisation is the High Frequency Systems and Applications branch. At the Master's level, the department is responsible for the main specialisation in Wireless Systems and Applications, and for the electrical engineering specialisations in Optical Networks and the computer engineer specialisation in Physical Protection of IT Systems.

The Department has extensive international links with foreign universities and institutions and has built up significant industrial relations with national and multinational telecommunications and aerospace companies.