International Projects



Opportunistic Networks


A series of research subjects related to mobile wireless networks and computing applications, pervasive services, context-awareness. Examples include the SPRINT protocol (presented in IEEE WoWMoM), the SENSE collaborative selfish node detection and incentive mechanism for mobile networks (where collaboration among users is a most, presented in IEEE/IFIP IM), the HYCCUPS contextual platform (designed to assist smartphones take intelligent decisions to collaborate towards minimizing their energy footprint, presented in MSWim, and selected by Elsevier among most promising research result of 2013), and other solutions where we combined social aspects of mobile devices with context information towards advanced wireless networking aspects (with results published in IEEE AINA, ADHOC-NOW, top-ranked conferences, and high-IF journals). Find out more…


Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)


Funding scheme: EU ICT COST Action IC1303, MoU 023/13

Period: 13/11/2013-12/11/2017
MC Chair: Nuno Garcia (Portugal)

The Action aims to promote interdisciplinary research on AAL, through the creation of a research and development community of scientists and entrepreneurs, focusing on AAL algorithms, architectures and platforms, having in view the advance of science in this area and the development of new and innovative solutions. Find out more…


Semantic keyword-based search on structured data sources (KEYSTONE)


Funding scheme: EU ICT COST Action IC1302, MoU 022/13

Period: 15/10/2013-14/10/2017
MC Chair: Francesco Guerra (Italy)

To build a successful, unified and effective solution for Semantic keyword-based search algoritms, the Action proposes to join synergies from several disciplines, such as semantic data management, the semantic web, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, machine learning, user interaction, service science, service design, and natural language processing. Find out more…


Empowering Romanian Research on Intelligent Information Technologies (ERRIC)


Funding scheme: EU Coordination and support action, FP7-REGPOT-2010-1

Period: 01/09/2010-28/02/2014
Director: Adina-Magda Florea (UPB, Romania)

The ERRIC concept is to leverage, support and further develop the existing high quality human and material resources of A&C with the goal of achieving international recognition for the Faculty as a world class research excellence pole in a complex domain, Intelligent Information Technologies, which require the synergetic gathering of several research areas converging to support the development and deployment of such systems. Moreover, A&C blossom to its full research potential and promotion of its excellence in research at European and international level have the capacity to attract high quality international researchers, financial resources at national, regional and European level, and make A&C an active contributor to theEuropean Research Area (ERA). Find out more…




Funding scheme: Associated Team between KerData and Myriads teams from INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique, and Computer Science Department from Politehnica University of Bucharest.

Period: 01/01/2010-31/12/2012
Coordinators: Valentin Cristea (UPB, Romania), Gabriel Antoniu (KerData team, INRIA, France)

DataCloud@Work is an associated team between KerData and Myriads teams from INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique and the Computer Science Department from Politehnica University of Bucharest. Our research topics address the area of distributed data management for cloud services. We aim at investigating several open issues related to autonomic storage in the context of cloud services. The goal is explore how to build an efficient, secure and reliable storage IaaS for data-intensive distributed applications running in cloud environments by enabling an autonomic behavior, while leveraging the advantages of the grid operating system approach. Find out more…


Projects on Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks and Intelligent Transportation Systems


Acronym: VANETs
Funding scheme: Collaboration UPB, Romania – Rutgers University, USA

Period: 1/09/2010-present
Responsible UPB: Ciprian Dobre (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest)

Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANETs) are wireless ad-hoc networks formed among vehicles on the roads equipped with short range wireless communication devices. Such networks are particularly attractive because of their potential to improve comfort and safety of people in modern urban and highway situations. With the increase of the number of people depending on cars and road infrastructures, VANETs have the potential to optimize traffic conditions, and to reduce congestions and pollution. In University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest we conduct a number of research projects on VANETs. These projects are developed in joint collaboration with the Disco Lab Laboratory from Rutgers University, USA. Find out more…


Monitoring Agents using a Large Integrated Services Architecture (MonALISA)


Funding scheme: CERN/Caltech High Energy Physics Research

Period: 1/09/2003-present
Director: Iosif C. Legrand (CERN / California Institute of Technology, USA)

MonALISA has been developed in collaboration with Caltech and its partners, with the support of the U.S. CMS software and computing program. The framework is based on Dynamic Distributed Service Architecture and is able to provide complete monitoring, control and global optimization services for complex systems. The MonALISA system is designed as an ensemble of autonomous multi-threaded, self-describing agent-based subsystems which are registered as dynamic services, and are able to collaborate and cooperate in performing a wide range of information gathering and processing tasks. These agents can analyze and process the information, in a distributed way, to provide optimization decisions in large scale distributed applications. An agent-based architecture provides the ability to invest the system with increasing degrees of intelligence, to reduce complexity and make global systems manageable in real time. The scalability of the system derives from the use of multithreaded execution engine to host a variety of loosely coupled self-describing dynamic services or agents and the ability of each service to register itself and then to be discovered and used by any other services, or clients that require such information. The system is designed to easily integrate existing monitoring tools and procedures and to provide this information in a dynamic, customized, self describing way to any other services or clients. Find out more…


Fast Data Transfer (FDT)


Funding scheme: CERN/Caltech High Energy Physics Research

Period: 1/09/2005-present
Director: Iosif C. Legrand, Ramiro Voicu (CERN / California Institute of Technology, USA)

FDT is an Application for Efficient Data Transfers which is capable of reading and writing at disk speed over wide area networks (with standard TCP). It is written in Java, runs an all major platforms and it is easy to use. FDT can be used to stream a large set of files across the network, so that a large dataset composed of thousands of files can be sent or received at full speed, without the network transfer restarting between files. FDT was used at the SuperComputing 2006, SuperComputing 2008, SuperComputing 2009, by the Caltech team for the Bandwidth Challenge.. Find out more…


MOdels of Networked Analysis at Regional Centers (MONARC 2)


Funding scheme: CERN/Caltech High Energy Physics Research

Period: 1/09/2004-present
Director: Iosif C. Legrand (CERN / California Institute of Technology, USA)

MONARC is a simulation framework whose aim is to provide a design and optimization tool for large scale distributed computing systems, with a focus on the forthcoming LHC experiments at CERN . Our goals are to provide a realistic simulation of distributed computing systems, customized for specific physics data processing, and to offer a flexible and dynamic environment to evaluate the performance of a range of possible data processing architectures.
The current version comes with a set of new features, such as the possibility to simulate data replication and distributed scheduling, and with more ways to represent the simulation results, in order to better adapt to the users’ requirements. Another objective of the present project is to improve the flexibility and the performance of the Monarc framework, and in order to achieve it some parts of the simulation engine were redesigned; as our project is based on Java technology we also took advantage of the progress that has been made by the new Java Virtual Machine implementations. Find out more…


Localhost Information Service Agent (LISA)


Funding scheme: CERN/Caltech High Energy Physics Research

Period: 1/09/2004-30/08/2008
Director: Iosif C. Legrand (CERN / California Institute of Technology, USA)

LISA is a lightweight monitoring framework that can help in optimizing other applications by means of monitoring services. It consists of a number of service agents that can be easily deployed on any workstation. A LISA agent automatically detects the architecture on which it is deployed and dynamically loads the binary module necessary to perform monitoring services. LISA is based on Java technologies, those any LISA agent can operate independent of the operating system platform. Find out more…
Update: LISA2, being used in Bandwidth Challenge events, is also available. Find out more…


NCIT leading to EU IST excellency (EU-NCIT)


Funding scheme: EU FP6

Period: 1/05/2005-30/04/2008
Director: Nicolae Tapus (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania)

The strategic objective of the EU-NCIT project is the reinforcement of the S&T potential to provide know-how and experience in elaborating and coordination proposals and projects related to several IST research. The project is funded under the FP6 cadre, the Politehnica University of Bucharest being the coordinator of it. Find out more…


National Projects



Mobility Beyond Individualism: an Integrated Platform for Intelligent Transportation Systems of Tomorrow (MobiWay)


Funding scheme: National Funding, PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4-0321

Period: 01/07/2014-30/06/2016
Director: Ciprian Dobre (UPB, Romania)

MobiWay proposes the development of a collaborative platform designed to support ITS applications by acting 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. The goal is to develop a platform of ecosystems, to allow engaging communities in exploiting the shared value of mobility and collaborative cultures that can be leveraged beyond the classical views of social networks, respectively the current trends of service creation. The project sets out a new vision for using mobile computing capacities for provisioning and support of ubiquitous connectivity and real-time applications and services for smart cities’ needs. Find out more…


Scheduling Methods for Dynamic Distributed Systems: a self-* approach (SideSTEP)


Funding scheme: National Funding PNII – Bilateral Cooperation, PN-II-CT-RO-FR-2012-1-0084

Period: 01/01/2013-31/12/2014
Director: Florin Pop (UPB, Romania)

SiDeSTEP proposes new methods for resource management and tasks assignment in dynamic distributed systems with the capability of self-organizing, self-healing and self-stabilizing. The specific objectives consider models and algorithms for self-* ubiquitous Cloud. For validation purposes, experimental prototypes will be implemented and tested on several scenarios and evaluated using simulation. The SiDeSTEP joint team will involve several visits and internships in both directions by Master and PhD students, post-doc researchers and full researchers. They will disseminate research results by publishing of papers in major international peer-reviewed journals, as chapters in edited-books or in well-established international conferences and workshops. Find out more…


Smart Internet Data Downloader and Aggregator (SideDOWN)


Funding scheme: National Funding PNII – Suport services for innovation, ID: PN-II-IN-CI-2012-1-0324.

Period: 01/11/2012-30/04/2013
Director: Florin Pop (UPB, Romania)

SideDOWN develops connectors for unstructured Web-based resources, and technologies to identify implicit Web entities and extracting information starting from such resources. The project extends the INTEMA platform with new business requirements, such as automatic collection of information, development of guided and profile-oriented search algorithms, personalized views. Find out more…


Program strategic pentru promovarea inovarii in servicii prin educatie deschisa, continua (INSEED)


Funding scheme: OIPOSDRU, Proiect Multi-Regional, Axa: 1.”Educaţia şi formarea profesională în sprijinul creşterii economice şi dezvoltării societăţii bazate pe cunoaştere”, ID: 57748.

Period: 01/09/2010-31/08/2013
Director: Theodor Borangiu (UPB, Romania)

Proiectul INSEED vizează crearea unui cadru modern educaţional de instruire şi formare de competenţe în învăţământul superior în domeniul ştiinţei, proiectării şi managementului serviciilor (SPMS) şi de promovare a inovării în industria serviciilor pe baza unui model de educatie deschisă, continuă şi a unei infrastructuri informatice distribuite de tip cloud cu resurse virtualizate şi accesibile ca servicii, interconectate la structuri europene. Find out more…


Context-Aware Platform using Integrated Mobile Services (CAPIM)


Funding scheme: Postdoctoral Contract no. EXCEL N1/5/01.05.2010, National funds POSDRU/89/1.5/S/62557 (EXCEL)

Period: 1/05/2010-30/04/2013
Director: Ciprian Dobre (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest)

The project provides a set of contextualization features that include automatic collection of contextual information from modern mobile devices, customized information retrieval based on contextual information, aggregating and storing contextual data, and providing an aggregated view of contextual information to third-party application. It integrates context-aware monitorign adn control services in applications for orientation, information and recommendation, using mainly the capabilities of modern mobile devices. It provides a unitary API for retrieving and requesting contextual data, as well as developing actions to be triggered when specific contextual conditions are met, directly on the user’s mobile phone. Find out more…


Models and Techniques for Traffic Optimizing in Urban Environments (TRANSYS)


Funding scheme: National funding CNCSIS-PN-II-RU-PD ID: 238, No. 4/28.07.2010

Period: 1/07/2010-30/06/2012
Director: Ciprian Dobre (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest)

TRANSYS proposes the research and development of original models, methods and techniques for optimizing traffic quality in urban environments. These solutions will target Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and VANET networks. The main objective of this project is the research and development of models, methods and techniques to optimize traffic in urban environments. The project targets the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), the solutions being development within the VANET environments. This objective also assumes the development of solutions to reducing congestions in crowded traffic environments, the decrease of air-pollution and the adoption of solution to increase traffic safety capabilities. The derivate objectives complete the main objective with components and solutions defined within the project. The proposed models, methods and techniques will be based on a unitary set of solutions to ensuring security, optimized communication between vehicles and between vehicles and the road infrastructure and ensuring fault tolerance.
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Models and Techniques for Ensuring Reliability, Safety, Availability and Security of Large Scale Distributed Systems (DEPSYS)


Funding scheme: National funding CNCSIS-PN-II-IDEI, ID: 1710, No. 618/15.01.2009

Period: 1/01/2009-31/12/2011
Director: Valentin Cristea (University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest)

DEPSYS proposes a unified approach to all the aspects concerning dependable systems, by analyzing and designing methods and techniques for improving reliability, availability, safety and security of large scale distributed systems. The main objective of this project is the research and development of models, methods and techniques for increasing reliability, availability, safety and security of large scale distributed systems. The research focus is on Grid systems, but the solutions developed will be applied to other types of systems, like those based on the Web. Find out more…