About me

Information about the degrees and diplomas
Habilitation thesis “Set-theoretic methods in control. Applications to fault tolerant control and motion planning”, confirmed through Order 5500/14.11.2018;
PhD thesis “Fault tolerant control based on set-theoretic methods” in Control Engineering, Dept. of Automatic Control, École Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec), Gif-sur-Yvette, France. Reviewers: R. Bitmead, J. Maciejowski. Supervisor: Sorin Olaru;
Electrical Engineering Degree (in Control Systems and Applied Informatics), Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, Univ. “Politehnica” of Bucharest (UPB), Romania. Bachelor diploma “Multisensor control systems” at Supélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (through an Erasmus mobility).
Information about the professional experience and jobs
Full Professor (previously Associate, 2016-2019 and Assistant, 2013-16), Automatic Control and Systems Engineering Department (ACSE), UPB, Romania;
Postdoctoral research fellow at UPB, Innoresearch POSDRU/159/1.5/S/132395;
Postdoctoral research fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, through an ERCIM Fellowship (supervisor: Morten Hovd).
professional experience:
Principal investigator of a “Young Team” project “Reliable motion planning for nonlinear systems under uncertainties (REPLAN)”, PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-4-1614;
Responsible from UPB’s side for the “Economic Transfer” project “Versatile and economically viable robotic platform for indoor navigation in cluttered environments with obstacles (OMNI-Z)”, PN-III-P2-2.1-PTE-2019-0867;
Mentor in the “Posdoctoral” project “Data Driven Fault Accommodation for Distribution Networks (DDNET)”, PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0825;
Responsible from UPB’s side for the “Innovation Cheque” project “Implementation and development of algorithms for the dynamic motion planning of robotic systems (DEVROS)”, devros.pub.ro, PN-III-P2-2.1-CI-2017-0403;
Principal investigator of a “Young Team” project “Set-theoretic approaches for fault tolerant control of complex systems (SETS2FTC)”, sets2ftc.pub.ro, PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2713;
2016, 2019
Responsible for two “Young Researcher from Diaspora” mobility projects (PN-III-MCT-2016-0037 and PN-III-MCT-2019-0112; invited researcher: I. Prodan – Grenoble INP, France);
Grantee of a mobility project covering expenses (travel and registration) for the Safeprocess’18 conference, PN-III-P1-1.1-MC-2018-1913;
Grantee of multiple “Awarding the research results”-type grants: PRECISI-2014-6144, -2015-10076, -2016-15179, -2016-15822, -2017-14869, -2018-42721, -2019-47925;
Member in ESA, ROSA, PN-II/III projects:
  • “Advanced Control Techniques for Future Launchers (ACTFL)”, 2017-20;
  • “Multisensory robotic system for aerial monitoring of critical infrastructure systems (MUROS)”, 2013-16;
  • “Integrated Multi-Agent Aerial Robotic System for Exploring Terrestrial Regions of Interest (MAARS)”, 2016-19;
  • “Multi-drones system for evaluation of flood effects (SIMUL)”, 2016-18;
Co-promotor of a SEE mobility grant between the Engineering Cybernetics Department of NTNU and ACSE Department of UPB;
Publications and visibility
publications (author and co-author):
  • Co-author (with C. Oară) of the USPTO Patent “Method for controlling vehicle in heterogeneous platoon, involves translating received control signal into corresponding translated control signal for vehicle, and setting throttle and brake of vehicle to level based on control signal”, with no. WO2018215910-A1, Derwent Primary Accession no. 2018-95178F, published on 29 Nov. 2018;
  • book “Set-theoretic Fault-tolerant Control in Multisensor Systems” in FOCUS series, ed. by Hermes Penton-ISTE Ltd with Wiley (2013);
  • book “Mixed-integer representa-tions in control design: Mathematical foundations and applications”, in SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Eng. series, ed. by Springer (2016);
  • 2 book chapters (ed. by Springer in 2013, 2015);
  • 0 articles in ISI indexed journals (7 in Q1, 8 in Q2, with a cumulative impact factor of 45.34);
  • 0 papers (32 ISI) in top (IEEE and IFAC affiliated) Automation and Control conferences;
  • citation numbers (excluding auto-citations): Scopus (349, h=9), Web of Science (225, h=7).
research interests:
  • motion planning algorithms using flat-based descriptions and B-spline representations;
  • fault tolerant control (via set-theoretic methods, with applications in multisensor schemes);
  • positive and controlled invariance (applications for RPI/mRPI computations, switched systems with dwell time or time-delay systems, zonotopic sets);
  • mixed integer programming (efficient descriptions for non-convex and non-compact regions via hyperplane arrangements, description of complementarity conditions);
  • geometrical interpretations for constrained optimization issues.
  • reviewer and jury member for the PhD theses of Wang Ye (Univ. Politècnica of Catalunya, Spain, 2018), N.Q.H.Tran (Grenoble INP, LCIS, France, 2019) and Mukhtar Sani (Grenoble INP, Gipsa-lab, France, 2022);
  • invited professor at LCIS Laboratory – INP Grenoble (2015, 2016), CentraleSupélec (2015, 2016, 2019), TU Chemnitz (2016,2019) for short-term visits (1 – 4 weeks);
  • teaching activities at NTNU, Norway (as part of a SEE mobility grant, 2014) and at TU Ilmenau, Germany; UPC, Spain (as part of Erasmus+ mobility grants, 2015, 2016);
  • assoc. editor for the Mediterranean Control (2017, 2018, 2020) and for the Systol Conferences (2019);
  • IPC for the Wi-DROIT’22 conference;
  • part of the national organizing committee (NOC) for European Control Conference 2023 (ECC’23, to be held in Bucharest);
  • in the organizing committee of ICDEA’22 (the 27th international conference on Difference Equations and Applications, July 18-22, Paris-Saclay, France);
  • IPC for the “14th International Science Conference Diagnostics of Processes and Systems (DPS’20)”;
  • “Local Arrangements” and IPC for the “4th Workshop on Advanced Control and Diagnosis”;
  • 2017 Outstanding Reviewer” for the “L-CSS” journal;
  • in (from 2020) the Editorial Board of the journal “Applied mathematics and computer science”;
  • in (from 2018) the Editorial Board of the journal “Mathematical Problems in Engineering”.
scientific presentations:
  • invited speaker at the iCODE workshop (CentraleSupélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 2019);
  • organizer of a focus session at the 4th European Conf. on Comp. Optimization (EUCCO’16);
  • invited speaker at the 36th Summer School of Automatic Control (GIPSA lab, Grenoble INP, 2015);
  • invited speaker to the SADCO OMPC workshop (Univ. of Bayreuth, Germany, 2013).

My ORCID, ResearcherID numbers and Publons account are 0000-0002-4550-9113, C-3564-2012 and http://publons.com/a/1212638/, respectively.