Undegraduate degrees: I obtained a bachelor degree in Computer Science Engineering at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (in parallel, also majoring in Economics at the Babes-Bolyai University). During the last year of my study, I obtained a scholarship to study for a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (where Prof. Catholijn Jonker was my master thesis advisor).
Graduate degree: I subsequently pursued my PhD at CWI (The Netherlands National Research Center for Mathematics and Computer Science) also in Amsterdam, the in the Computational Intelligence and Multi-Agent Games (SEN 4) (of Professor Han la Poutre ). During this time, I also took part in the complex systems summers school at the Santa Fe Institute (in 2006), and was a part-time lecturer in the Algorithmics Group at TU Delft. I defended my PhD thesis at TU/e on the 2nd July 2009 (you can see a photo of me with my PhD committee here).
Postdoc: On 1st February 2009 I moved to the University of Southampton UK, where I accepted a position as a research fellow in the group of Professor Nick Jennings, working in the Intelligent Decentralised Energy-Aware Systems (IDEaS) project (please see the project website for futher details).
Industry work experience: During my university studies in the Netherlands, I also worked part time as a software developer at Almende B.V., Rotterdam. During my studies in Romania, I worked (on a part-time at the Central Library of the University of Medicine in Cluj as a knowledge engineer and database developer. However, also during my PhD at CWI, I collaborated a lot with VOS Logistics Organizing (one of the largest Dutch logistics companies), while in Southampton I work closely in a project with the largest producer of smart electricity meters in the UK.
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