Curriculum Vitae

Ciprian DOBRE

 

Professor of Computer Science, Director of MobyLab: Laboratory on Pervasive Products and Services

University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Specializations

 

Data Science, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile and Urban Smart Technologies, Internet of Things, Monitoring, Wireless Networks, Modeling / Simulation

Education

 

2010-2013: Postdoctoral fellowship (3 years) within the project POSDRU/89/1.5/S/62557 “Excellence in research though postdoctroral programs in priority areas of knowledge-based society” (EXCEL) Post-doctoral research project: Context-based services for mobile devices, part of the eUPB – Integrated System of Electronic Services cluster.

2004-2008: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Thesis Advanced techniques for modeling and simulation of Grid systems (advisor: Valentin Cristea), distinction CUM LAUDE.

2003-2004: M.Sc. in Computer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and Master Thesis Optimized data structures for PES implementations. Developed, as team member, the MonALISA monitoring platform, in use to monitor large scale distributed systems (Tool used around the clock: more than 350 services are running at sites around the world; it collects more than 2 million persistent parameters in real-time, with 25.000 updates per second; provides control for approximately 40.000 computers and 100 WAN links worldwide, supporting 8 million user requests each day).

1998-2003: B.Sc. in Computer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest. Developed MONARC 2, simulator used to evaluate production systems for LHC experiments at CERN (http://monarc.cacr.caltech.edu/).

Academic and Professional Experience

 

2009 – present: Professor within the Computer Science Department, University POLITENICA of Bucharest. Classes on: Parallel and Distributed Algorithms, Instruments for Software Development, Web Programming, Cloud Computing, Dependable Systems.

2017 – present: Principal Researcher within the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics (ICI Bucharest).

2015 – 2018: IT Officer (cabinet director), National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation (ANCSI), Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, Romania.

2012 – present: Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, UPB (responsible with International Cooperation).

2017 – present: Manager of SmartRDI (http://smartrdi.net), Romanian SME developing technologies on mobile and IoT. We focus on mobile and smart environments (the reality all around us is getting smarter and more connected, thus one of the biggest challenges we’re taking on is leveraging all smart devices and sensors that surround us and making them improve everyday life).

2003 – 2014: Research Fellowship from California Institute of Technology, U.S.A. (supervisor: Dr. Iosif C. Legrand).

Research Projects and Grants1

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June 2018 – May 2021: Clinically-validated INtegrated Support for Assistive Care and Lifestyle Improvement: the Human Link (vINCI), EU AAL Call 2017. Coordinator, 10 EU partners. vINCI develops an integrated and validated evidence-based Internet of Things (IoT) framework to deliver non-intrusive monitoring and support for older adults to augment professional health care giving.

March 2018 – Feb. 2020: Mobile telemonitoring platform for air quality monitoring (TEL-MONAER) – Coordinator. Objective is to develop HW/SW for air quality monitoring.

February 2017 – July 2018: Traffic and Data Offloading in Mobile Networks (TTOff), as part of H2020-ICT-2014-1 MONROE. Mechanisms for Smart switching traffic between MBB and Wi-Fi, or opportunistically through devices in proximity. Carry out experiments on a large scale measurement platform to mitigate tech. risks associated with traffic offloading.

Oct. 2017 – Oct. 2021: COST Action CA16226, Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly (SHELD-ON). Responsible for Communication Activities. It fosters a joint research agenda on multifunctional indoor environments for healthy and safe ageing.

Feb. 2017 – March 2021: Space technologies used in the management of disasters and major crises, manifested at local, national and regional levels (SPERO)

April 2015 – April 2019: COST Action 1406, “High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications (cHiPSet)”. Training School Chair. The Action aims to promote interdisciplinary research on Modelling and Simulation and HPC, for data-intensive domains, such as Life and Physical Sciences, and Socioeconomic Systems.

November 2013 – November 2017: COST Action IC1303, “Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments” (AAPELE), Scientific Events Chair. The Action aims to promote interdisciplinary research on Ambient Assisted Living, focusing on AAL algorithms, architectures and platforms.

July 2014 – June 2017: MobiWay: Integrated Platform for Intelligent Transportation Systems of the Future, PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4. Collaborative platform to ac as a middleware connection hub, offering an optimal support to different ITS partners and municipalities through and a data sharing and ITS support service integration platform.

July 2010 – June 2012: TRANSYS: Models and Techniques for Traffic Optimizing in Urban Environments, CNCSIS-PN-II-RU-PD ID: 238, No. 4 / 28.07.2010. The project proposed models, methods and techniques for optimizing traffic quality in urban environments.

Awards

 

2017: Best Poster Award, „C. Dobre, F. Pop, C. Gosman, Privacy-preserving data aggregation in Intelligent Transportation Systems”, FNSCC 2017 within IEEE/IFIP IM 2017, Portugal, 2017.

2016: Award “Gheorghe Cartianu” of the Romanian Science Academy, for the work on “Optimised communication using people-centric ad-hoc networks”.

2016: Series Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, Series on Internet of Things and Ad Hoc Networks, Flagship journal for IEEE Communications Society.

2015: Runner Up Award, 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science (CLOSER 2015), Lisbon, Portugal, for “A. M. Alberti, W. Moreira, R. da R. Righi, F. J. Pereira Neto, C. Dobre, D. Singh, Towards An Opportunistic, Socially-Driven, Self-Organizing, Cloud Networking Architecture with NovaGenesis”.

2013: IBM Faculty Award 2013, Project title: Multi-modal Informational Management & Analysis for Context-aware Smart Cities.

2013: Best Paper Award for “D. Urda, C. Dobre, F. Pop, Storing location-aware data in mobile distributed systems, in Proc. of 12th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing (ISPDC 2013), Bucharest, Romania, pp. 135-142, June 2013.

2013: 2nd place worldwide, obtained during the MANIAC Challenge 2013, Berlin, Germania – the team supervised by C. Dobre demonstrated advanced algorithms for data offloading in mobile challenged networks.

2012: Best Paper Award for “R.-C. Marin, C. Dobre, F. Xhafa, Exploring Predictability in Mobile Interaction, in Proc. of 3rd Intn. Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies (EIDWT-2012), Bucharest, Romania, pp. 133-139, September 2012”.

2010: Best Paper Award for “C. Dobre, F. Pop, V. Cristea, A fault-tolerant approach to storing objects in distributed systems, in Proc. of Int. Conference on P2P, Paralel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC 2010), Japan, pp. 1-8, November 2010”.

2008: Innovations in Networking 2008 Award of Excellence, for innovative contributions to global research in computer networks – Award granted by the Corporation of Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), 2008.

2006: Innovations in Networking 2006 Award of Excellence for innovative contributions to global research in computer networks – Award granted by the Corporation of Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), 2006, as member of the VINCI project’s development team.

2006-2008: Oracle Award. PhD Performance Scholarship for three years.