Babes University

Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Anca Andreica is currently full professor in the Department of Computer Science at Babes-Bolyai University. She successfully coordinated several research projects and human resources projects and she is the Head of the Department of Computer Science. She obtained her PhD in the area of new evolutionary optimization techniques. Since 2004, Anca Andreica participated in ten research projects, among which as project director in four of them and research group coordinator for one of them. Her research is focused both on the development of competitive intelligent computational techniques and on the application of such methods to complex optimization problems. Her research results therefore concern new artificial intelligence search and optimization techniques and new image processing models. Her research results have been published in more than 80 high impact journals and conferences proceedings, with almost 300 overall citations which confirm the impact of her research results.

Camelia Chira is an associate professor in computer science at Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and researcher in computational intelligence as part of the Metaheuristics for Complex Systems research group. She obtained a Master in Science degree in 2002 and the PhD title in 2005 from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland) in the area of agent-based systems for distributed collaborative design.  After obtaining the PhD, Camelia Chira continued her work in the area of multi-agent systems and artificial intelligence being affiliated with important institutions such as Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Technological Institute of Castilla y Leon (Spain) and Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania). She participated in several international research projects with results being exploited in industry or published in journals and conferences. She has served as a PC member to important conferences in the area of computational intelligence, PC chair and local organizer to several international conferences, reviewer for top journals in the area of artificial intelligence and complex systems. Current main research interests include computational intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, nature-inspired computing, complex systems and networks, multi-agent systems and bioinformatics. Research results have been disseminated in more than 100 publications including 2 books, 3 book chapters, 48 journal papers and 70 conference papers.

Laura Diosan is currently a full professor in the Department of Computer Science at Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and researcher in computational intelligence as part of the Metaheuristics for Complex Systems research group. She obtained a Master in Science degree in 2004 and the PhD title in 2008 from INSA Rouen (France) in the area of evolutionary optimisation. Laura Diosan has a vast research experience participating in more than ten projects in the last 15 years, from which she coordinated three projects successfully completed. Her research areas cover evolutionary optimisation, swarm intelligence and machine learning with excellent research results obtained by different hybrid models given by evolutionary computation and kernel algorithms for image processing and classification. Another part of her research activity has been dedicated to self-adaptation of algorithms to the problem to be solved (to improve the quality of the solving/learning process) through the parameter optimisation and the fusion of information. Research results have been published in journals and conference papers obtaining more than 450 citations.