Name and position: Ciprian Dobre, Professor, PhD., Habil., Professor at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Automatic Controls and Computers, Computer Science Department
Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web page: http://cipsm.hpc.pub.ro
Work address: Room R601, Computer Science Department, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Splaiul Independentei 313, Sector 6, Bucharest, 060042, Romania
2008 (January): Ph.D. in Computer Science, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Thesis Advanced techniques for modeling and simulation of Grid systems (advisor: Valentin Cristea), distinction CUM LAUDE.
2004 (January): M.Sc. in Computer Science, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, and Master Thesis Optimized data structures for PES implementations (advisor: Valentin Cristea).
2009-present: Professor within the Computer Science Dep., University Politehnica of Bucharest. Classes on: Parallel and Distributed Algorithms, Instruments for Software Development, Web Programming, Cloud Computing, Dependable Systems. Research: minimum 70% of allocated time.
2011: Research visit (2 months) to INRIA Rennes, France. Working with Gabriel Antoniu and Luc Bougé (within the KerData joint research team between INRIA and UPB).
2006: Research visit (4 months) with funding from the OpenLab program, CERN, Switzerland. Working with Iosif C. Legrand (Caltech) and Harvey Newman (Caltech).
Ciprian Dobre has early scientific and scholarly contributions in the field of large scale distributed systems concerning monitoring (MonALISA), high-speed networking (VINCI, FDT), Grid application development (EGEE, SEE-GRID), evaluation using modeling and simulation (MONARC 2, VNSim), mobile applications and smart technologies to reduce urban congestion and air pollution (TRANSYS), and context-aware applications (CAPIM). These contributions led to important results, demonstrating his qualifications and potential to go significantly beyond the state of the art. Ciprian Dobre was awarded a PhD scholarship from California Institute of Technology (Caltech, USA), and another one from Oracle. His results received two CENIC Awards, and one Best Paper Award. The results were published in 3 books, 3 chapters in edited books, 10 articles in major international peer-reviewed journal (4 as main author), 61 articles in well-established international conferences and workshops (47 indexed by IEEE and ACM, 16 articles published as main author). These articles received over 150 citations (the highest number of independent citations for an article is 74, and the average number of cites per paper is 2.66).
Ciprian Dobre helped establish scientific collaborations between University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Caltech (USA), and Rutgers University (USA). These resulted in joint international projects, where Ciprian Dobre had an important scientifically coordination role, together with the PhD supervisor. The projects helped fund and establish a high-quality scientific recognition for the laboratory of Distributed Systems within UPB. In these projects, mainly after Ciprian Dobre finished his PhD studies, he assumed a scientific leadership. He was coordinator and trainer for “UPB GridInitiative Summer School”: 2nd Edition (2005), 3rd Edition (2006), 4th Edition (2008). Within the Distributed Systems laboratory he supervised over 40 Bachelor-level and 20 Master-level students (in the last five years). The results were jointly published in 24 articles in prestigious international conferences and workshops. They all finished with well-received Bachelor and Master Degree Theses and highest marks. Many of these students were later admitted to Master and PhD programs in top ranked universities.
In collaboration with CERN and Caltech Ciprian Dobre developed an important monitoring application for large scale distributed systems, MonALISA. Today MonALISA monitors and provides a unitary global view of the production infrastructures that support the Large Hadron Collider physics experiments. It collects more than 2 million persistent parameters in real-time, with 25.000 updates per second. It provides continuous support and control for approximately 40.000 computers and 100 WAN links worldwide, supporting 8 million user requests each day. Ciprian Dobre has also a good experience in networking technologies, with results in the development of high speed networking applications to support large distributed environments. In collaboration with CERN and Caltech, he participated in the VINCI project with two applications, FDT and LISA. These are applications capable of providing solutions for high speed transfer. FDT offers high-speed transfer capabilities and LISA provides the control capabilities. The two projects have led to world-wide record transfers over high speed networks during the Super Computing conferences in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The role in achieving these records for fast transfers brought to Ciprian Dobre an international recognition, in the form of two Awards by CENIC for Innovations in Networking, in 2006 and 2008.
Ciprian Dobre has important scientific and scholarly contributions in the field of modeling and simulation of large scale distributed systems. In collaboration with CERN and Caltech, he developed MONARC 2, a generic simulator for modeling and performance analysis of distributed systems. The scientific contributions to the field, all incorporated within the simulator, were the subject of the Ciprian’s PhD thesis – defended in 2008, and awarded with CUM LAUDE. The simulator was successfully used in simulation experiments that led to the evaluation and assessment of the production systems used in the LHC experiments at CERN. Later on, the experience was used in two projects. The DEPSYS project, to be finished this year, is a national-funded project targeting models, methods, and techniques to increase the dependability in large scale distributed systems. Under the scientific coordination of Ciprian Dobre, the results were published in prestigious scientific conferences and journals, and one Best Paper Award. For the evaluation of the dependability solutions the MONARC 2 was extended with the support to simulate fault tolerance and security-related aspects. The second result of the MONARC 2 experience is the collaboration with Rutgers University. In this collaboration Ciprian Dobre scientifically coordinated all activities that led to the development of VNSim, a simulator designed for evaluation of Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANET) applications. Applications such as these rely on ad-hoc networks formed between participants in traffic. Ciprian Dobre scientifically coordinated the development of innovative solutions in this domain, proposing methods and techniques to increase of traffic safety, enforce air-pollution control and decrease congestions in urban environments. The results were well-received by the scientific community, with articles published in prestigious conferences.