AwardsFunding and Organizing Events

  • 2017 - Awarded the 1st Prize for the best Doctoral Dissertation in Science by the OLB.
  • 2017 - Award for obtaining research project funding with the German Science Foundation, by Universität Bremen.
  • 2016 - 2019 - Grant for the Creative Cognitive Systems project by the German Science Foundation.
  • 2016 - 2018 - HWK Junior Associate Fellowship;
  • 2016 – Second DAAD RISE funding for an intern research fellowship;
  • 2016 - Organizing the ProSocrates 2016 Symposium - Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems - at KogWis 2016;
  • 2015 – Impulse grant for empirical think aloud research on insight problem solving;
  • 2015 – Secured funding via DAAD RISE for an intern research fellowship;
  • 2013 – Invited as Fellow of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2013, an event bringing together Abel, Fields and Turing Laureates and the next generation of mathematics and informatics researchers;
  • 2011-2012 - Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, SFB/TR8 - The interdisciplinary Transregional Collaborative Research Center Spatial Cognition: Reasoning, Action, Interaction, at Cognitive Systems, University of Bremen;
  • 2011 - Award for student project, Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school;
  • 2010 - Distinction for MSc thesis in Cognitive Computing, University of London;
  • 2000-2005 - Merit scholarship for undergraduate studies five years in a row, West University, Timisoara, Romania;
  • 1990-2003 - Participated in and won various piano competitions, played in national and international tours across Europe (1990-2003) – in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Holland, etc.

Activities as a Reviewer, Programme Committee Membership and Chairing

  • • Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society;
  • • Pattern Recognition Letters Journal;
  • • Philosophy and Theory of AI conference;
  • • International Workshop on Creative Agents;
  • • Spatial Cognition
  • • Advances in Cognitive Systems
  • • JARCA - Workshop on Qualitative Systems and Applications in Diagnosis, Robotics and Ambient Intelligence
  • • ACM SIGSPATIAL
  • • ProSocrates
  • • CogMiR - A Workshop on Cognition in Mixed Realities Environments
  • • CONTEXT-17 - International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context
  • • COSIT 2017 - International Conference on Spatial Information Theory
  • • ICCC 2017 - International Conferences on Computational Creativity

Teaching

  • Cognitive Systems, 711.01, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2014.
  • Cognitive Systems, 711.01, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2013.
  • Cognitive Modeling, 711.02, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2012.

Affiliations/Memberships

  • AISB - The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour
  • CSS - Cognitive Science Society
  • GK - German Society for Cognitive Science
  • HWK - Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg - Institute for Advanced Study

Language Fluency

  • English (fluent, native level)
  • French (fluent)
  • Romanian (native)
  • German (B1.2)
  • Italian (B1)