our team

Our Team:


Principal Investigator:

Miklós Sebők

Miklós SEBŐK is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Social Sciences in Budapest. He earned an M.A. degree in politics at the University of Virginia and an M.A. degree in economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from ELTE University of Budapest. He currently serves as senoir research fellow of the Institute for Political Science at the Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest. Miklós Sebők is also the research director of the Hungarian Comparative Agendas Project and the research co-director of the Artificial Intelligence National Lab at CSS, Budapest. His research interests include political economy, public policy and the application of text mining and machine learning methods in these fields.

Senior Researchers:

Orsolya Ring

Orsolya RING received her Ph.D. in History from ELTE University of Budapest. She is working in poltextLAB Project on creation and classification of large-scale newspaper corpora and elaboration of a domain-specific method for Hungarian sentiment analysis applying various machine learning methods. She is also working on the building of large-scale historical text corpora and its analysis by NLP methods in the Research Group Computational Social Science (CSS-RECENS).

Ákos Máté

Akos MATE studied political economy (PhD, Central European University) and network science (Advanced Certificate, Central European University). His main research interest is the application of  quantitative text analysis and other big data methods in the political economy field. In the poltextLAB project he is taking part relating to cloud infrastructure and processing large-scale text corpora

Young Scholars:

György Márk Kis

György Márk KIS studied political science (BA, ELTE), public policy (MA, Central European University), and statistics (MSc, ELTE). During the past few years he worked at NGOs, in market research, and also served as an external contributor to the Hungarian CAP project. His primary fields are network science, the statistical modelling of complex systems and their application to the study of policy dynamics.

Csaba Molnár

Csaba MOLNÁR studied political science (BA, MA Corvinus University of Budapest, BA, Nottingham Trent University). He is currently a PhD student of the Doctoral School of Political Science of the Corvinus University of Budapest. In poltextLAB, he is responsible for  NLP-related and database building tasks. His main research fields are right-wing radicalism and legislative studies. He also participates in the Hungarian Comparative Agendas Project where he works on legislative database development.

Adam Kovacs

Adam Kovacs is a cultural anthropologist (BA, University of Miskolc) and an expert in ethnic and minority policy (MA, ELTE). He is a PhD candidate at the ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences. Previously, he worked in public administration and at NGOs. In poltextLAB he is dealing with writing proposals and managing the OPTED Project.

Rebeka Kiss

Rebeka KISS earned her bachelor’s degree in public administration, then an undivided master’s degree in science of public governance (University of Public Service). She is currently a PhD student of the Doctoral School of Public Administration Sciences of the University of Public Service, also a law student at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Her main field of research is legislation. Within constitutional law, her research focuses on the explanatory memorandum of laws. She has been involved in the CAP and POLTEXT projects since 2019.

Research Assistants:

Péter Gelányi

Péter Gelányi studied political science (BA, ELTE), currently studies political science (MA, ELTE). His primary research topic is the application of unsupervised classification methods to political research subjects.

Csenge Guba

Csenge Guba graduated with a master’s degree in theoretical linguistics from the University of Szeged, and she is currently a student at the University’s Doctoral School of Linguistics. Her research topic is sentiment and emotion analysis on Hungarian texts. She is working as a research assistant on the “Elaboration of a domain-specific method for Hungarian sentiment analysis” project of poltextLAB.


István Péter Járay

István Péter Járay studied Applied Economics (BA) at Eötös Loránd University. He wrote his BA Thesis about the attrition of young researchers in Hungary with the supervision of János Köllő through an agency contract with MTA KRTK KTI. His first published co- authorship was with the seniorship of Balázs Lengyel in researching future academic success of PhD students based on their co-authorship network. He is currently member of István Széchenyi College for Advanced studies where he accumulated relevant skills to his work at PoltextLab such as Data Science-oriented programming in Python, academic writing and understanding research design.

István Üveges

István Üveges is a 4th year Ph.D. student at University of Szeged, Doctoral School in Linguistics, and a 3rd year Computer Science student also at University of Szeged. He is participating in TK MILAB, “Elaboration of a domain-specific method for Hungarian sentiment analysis” project at Centre for Social Sciences, Artificial Intelligence National Laboratory. His main interests are legalese (legal language), Plain Language Movement, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.


Viktor Kovács

Viktor Kovács is a 4th year Computer Science Engineer student at University of Szeged. His primary interests include machine learning, neural networks and natural language processing. He currently writes his bachelor’s thesis on diagnostic classification of schizophrenia using state-of-the-art deep learning models.


Project Manager:

Eszter Batki