PhD Neural Networks (Mathematical Analysis), Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj,Romania, 2000

MSc Artificial Intelligence, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1996

BSc Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1995

Certificate in Management, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, 1995


Professor, Keele University, UK, 2014-present

Reader (Associate Professor), Newcastle University, UK, 2005-2014

Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Newcastle University, UK, 2001-2005

Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK, 2000-2001

Teaching Assistant (AIO), University of Maastricht, Netherlands 1998-2000

Associate Lecturer (Adjunct Professor), Petru Maior University, Targu Mures,
Romania, 1997-1998

Associate Lecturer (Adjunct Professor), Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj,
Romania, 1997-1998

Director, CIVITAS Foundation for the Civil Society, 1992-1998

Membership in scientific societies:

Senior Member - Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)

Fellow - Society of Biology

IEEE - Computer Society

International Neural Network Society (INNS)

Society for Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour

Society for Neuroscience.

Industrial collaborations:

e-Theraputics Plc

Data Complexity Ltd

EnviResearch Ltd

Corbitt's Ltd


Research and scholarship

Recent Research grants

  • 2013 - 2015 KTP, Machine learning analysis of industrial data for process optimisation (PI), with XACT PCB Ltd;

  • 2013 - 2014 EPSRC, Restoration of normal activity in damaged neural systems using multi-electrode arrays and FPGA neurons (PI), with Prof Alex Yakovlev and Dr Patrick Degenaar, Newcastle University;

  • 2012 - 2013 EPSRC, Development of novel voltage-sensitive dyes for neuroimaging (co-PI), with Prof Andrew Benniston, Newcastle University;

  • 2011 - 2013 Amazon (PI), Cloud base software testing and analysis;

  • 2006 - 2009 EPSRC, NorthEast e-Science Centre - continuation grant (CI), with Prof Paul Watson and others, Newcastle University;                    

Research Interests

  • Computational neuroscience

  • Complex systems analysis and modelling

  • Network analysis of large scale software systems

  • Computational intelligence

Further information

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Research themes

School of Computer Science and Mathematics
Keele University