At the age of 84, our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Professor András Jávor has died.
András Jávor graduated from the Technical University of Budapest and received his M.Sc.E.E. followed by his Ph.D. degree in computer science. He received his D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
After his graduation, he worked at the KFKI Research Institute for Measurement and Computing Techniques leading the Department for Simulation. He was full professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the Szechenyi Istvan University, Győr. In the latter he was dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Electrical Engineering between 2000-2002. His major interests were discrete simulation methodologies; knowledge base and AI controlled dynamic simulation, simulation methodologies and their application in the simulation of highly complex systems in the fields of micro- and macroeconomy, development of regions, environmental problems, flexible manufacturing systems, traffic, logistics, etc. He led the development of several simulation systems of 3 EU projects.
The number of his publications – among them several books and papers published in international journals and proceedings of conferences – is above 179. Since 1995 until his death, he was the Director of the McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences Hungarian Center that has been working in the frameworks of INFOTA and he was also the Vice-Director of this international network.
Among his other responsibilities he was the chairman of IMACS/Hungary, the Hungarian Simulation Society and member of the Board of directors of EUROSIM. He was a member of the editorial boards of four international scientific journals. He was chairing four IMACS European Simulation Meetings and an SCS European Simulation Multiconference.
He was awarded by the Gold Medal of Outstanding Inventor from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Gold Cross of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. He was invited professor at the Aachen Technical University three times and invited lecturer at the Delft Technical University, Tokyo University, Johannes Kepler University, Tsinghua University, Xian Jiaotong University and the Shanghai University.
Professor András Jávor remained active even after stopping teaching work and made numerous publications until his death. He was always an approachable, humble scientist, teaching younger colleagues not only professional knowledge but humanity as well. We will miss his specific, individual, friendly manners, cultural and unique professional knowledge, his humour and the extensive discussions with him.