The University Research and Innovation Center (EKIK) was established at Óbuda University on the initiative of rector emeritus, Prof. Dr. Imre J. Rudas with the aim to prioritize applied research and innovation. EKIK was inaugurated in April 2014, having another strategic goal, to support the research of young, talented graduate students, to create a smart learning and research environment, and to establish an internationally recognized research center.

The thematic research centers of EKIK have their own lab spaces, high-value and cutting edge equipment, including the robot assets at IROB: a da Vinci surgical system, Nao and Cruzr humanoid robots, and state-of-the-art collaborative manipulators. At EKIK, there are open spaces offered for project-based research, teaching and technology transfer processes for all University citizens. Altogether a  modern, interdisciplinary research center was established at ÓU, where professionals conduct high-standard research in the fields of robotics, AI, digital health, cyber-medical systems, health informatics, sensing, data analysis, modeling and regulation and bioengineering.

EKIK also hosts, specific research groups, supported by prestigious funding programs, like the ERC Stg, the H2020 RIA programs of the EU, or the Hungarian Competence Center program  EKIK fellows cooperate with leading companies of the Hungarian machinery, electronics and medical device industry from the largest to the smallest. They maintain an intensive and wide-ranging relationship with the IEEE(and the IEEE Hungary Section within), serving in numerous leadership positions.