Prof.Catalin Alexandru

Director of the University Doctoral Council, Transilvania University of Braşov, Romania

Member in the CNATDCU commission of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and 

Robotics (2016 - )

Member in academic councils: Administration Council of the Transilvania University of Braşov (2016 - ); Faculty of Technological Engineering (2004 - 2010); Faculty of Product Design and Environment (2010 - 2012, 2016 - ); Department of Product Design, Mechatronics and Environment (2016 - ) ; Project manager, administrative manager and financial manager for national research projects; Member in the national board of the Romanian Association for the Mechanisms and Machines Science - ARoTMM (2005 - 2013); Member in the scientific council of the technological & business incubator Products and Technologies for Sustainable Energy - ITA Pro-Energ (2005 - ) 


Title of presentation: Influence of the Deformations in Bushings on the Dynamic Behaviour of the Vehicles’ Rear Axle Guidance Systems

Abstract: The work investigates the influence of the deformations in bushings on the dynamic behaviour of the rear axle guidance systems of vehicles, actually continuing a previous study in which the problem was approached from a static point of view. In the comparative analysis, there are considered two models for the joints (bushings) through which the bars of the guidance mechanism are connected to the adjacent parts (chassis and axle, respectively), namely spherical joints, which consider only the rotational movements, and flexible/compliant joints, which consider both linear and angular mobilities. The study, which is developed for the two structural types of guidance mechanisms (depending on their number of degrees of mobility), was conducted using the virtual prototyping package ADAMS of MSC Software.



Prof.Radu Rugescu

Manager of ADDA Private Company

University Politehnica of Bucharest

Dr. Radu D. Rugescu, university professor, married (daughter and son), born in Bucharest, Romania, E. U. was affiliated since 1969 with University “Politehnica” ofBucharest (UPB), successively from assistant professor to full professor. With expertise in Space Technology and Astronautics, specifically Propulsion, Thermochemistry, Astrodynamics, Optimization, Statistics, Programming, Robotics and Manufacturing Technology, he has taught courses in Romanian, English and German languages.He has received the Doctor in Science degree from UPB in Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and performed several specializations in Germany and USA. He is the founder President of ADDA-Association Dedicated to Development in Astronautics since 1959, incorporated as LLC in 1991, now the owner of the space propulsion large test facility in Fagaras city, Romania. Dr. Rugescu first presented a public conference on Space Flight in May 16, 1959, at the National College St. Sava in Bucharest, Romania followed by micro-rocket launches, a largely mediatized event. His research firsts include a Genuine Solid Rocket Propellant in 1959, The first Romanian liquid propellant rocket engine in 1969, the first Capture of freezing temperature of water-gas reaction in 1982, the firstRomanian air-breathing rocket engine in 1987, a New variational method for discontinuous integrands in 1997, a new technology for Air captured imaging and TV live transmission from high altitude airplanes of solar eclipse in 1999, Non-Keplerian gravity coupling of very large space structures in 2004, Solar gravity- assisted Accelerator in 2006, The unit histogram for scarce statistical information in 2008, the first Romanian Rocket-to-ground telemetry transmission in 2010 (in cooperation), Micro-thruster for spacecraft orientation and Graphometric process and device in 2013, Retroinjector for instable liquids and theCombined Rocket Engine in 2014, Rocket engine with free nozzle in 2015 and others. He was PI in the ORVEAL project, granted by UEFISCDI to ADDA LLC in 2012 for a four-year development of the third stage of the Romanian orbital launcher SPARTACUS, scientific director in the 4 mills euro MORALISS- NERVA project in 2016 and in other 23 national and 7 international R&D grants. Dr. Rugescu is inventor in four patents and authors 3 other patent applications under evaluation in Romania. He is member of the Astronautics Commission of the Romanian Academy since 1975, member of theInternational Institute for Acoustics and Vibrations since 2002, of the Working Group for the Space Elevatorof the International Academy of Astronautics since 2004, of the American Chemical Society since 2010, of the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics since 2011, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers-ASME since 2013, founding member of the Romanian-US Alumni Association since 2013, and in other societies. He was nominated in 2011 by the Romanian government and proposed again in 2016 as board member of the National Commission for Academic Titles CNATDCU in Aerospace and Transportation.Dr. Rugescu was honored with the “Henry Coanda” prize of the Romanian Academy in 2013


Title of prezentation: Unexpected injector discharge by improved 4-digits accuracy measurement.

Abstract: Advances in the experimental phase of the ORVEAL space project revealed the unexpected flow characteristic of the triple injectors by accurate 4-digits pressure measurement, still with conventional, low-cost recording oscilloscopes. Signs of the blunt discontinuous flow in cylindrical, spray type nozzle injectors were observed as early as along the ‘50s by European researchers in the early stage of rocket technology development and briefly reported in a classical work of the field (Barrére et al, 1960), with little published details. The subject is repeatedly cited by more recent works in the field, but later appears submerged in the open literature, however. The new finding during the injector head development of the novel, compound ORVEAL rocket engine reveals a more striking discharge characteristic with a double turn in the region of high pressure and low flowrate, presumably produced by the triple-crossing sprays of the injectors. The chart could only be obtained by extending the accuracy of recording of the oscilloscopes from 3 to 4-digits steady level through a measuring method tested by ADDA. The method is simple and could be extended to any type of ordinary recording oscilloscopes in practice.

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Assoc. Prof. Cicerone Laurenţiu POPA

Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest

Cicerone Laurentiu Popa is Associate Professor at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics, with a PhD in Industrial Engineering. From 2020 he is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics responsible with scientific research. He has published over 50 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He was project manager in the project Selective waste collection integrated system for a smart city – SMARTCOLLECT (2016-2018) and participated as a researcher in over 12 research projects. Experience in projects or grants evaluation: Expert proposal evaluator for European Commission, Research Executive Agency (REA); Expert proposal evaluator for Romanian PNCDI (National Research, Development and Innovation Plan); Monitor for ROSE projects (Romania Secondary Education Project). Research topics: industrial engineering, waste management, material flow management, logistics, smart cities, Industry 4.0.


Title of presentation: Designing and developing an automated waste collection system for a smart city

Abstract: Nowadays, waste collection systems are partially automated, mainly only the collection of plastic& glass recipients and aluminium cans is somehow automated by using Reverse Vending Machines. Companies are looking for solutions to increase the collection level of various waste types by using new technologies and devices such as smart sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud platforms. The presentation will be focused on discussing solutions to increase the use of the system, to improve its productivity and its collected waste storage capacity and to find solutions to integrate the system into a smart city infrastructure. A fully automated integrated waste collection system will be analysed, a system able to separately collect different types of waste: plastic recipients, glass recipients, aluminium cans, WEEEs, paper and cardboard. 



Prof.Costel Cotet

RSP Department

University Poitehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Qualifications and studies: PhD Degree in Industrial Engineering (2000) MSc Degree in Strategic Management (1995) Bachelor of Science Degree in Machine Tools (1994) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience in Education and Education Management: Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Research Assistant/engineer, from: 2015, 2008, 2001,1995 in the Department of Robots and Manufacturing Systems (former Machines and Manufacturing Systems), Vice-dean (2012-2016) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience and knowledge related to research and entrepreneurship:  Manager of UPB-PREMINV Research Centre. Coordinator of MSc programme MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING FOR VIRTUAL INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES. Team member in more than 40 Research projects (4 as coordinator) and more than 100 scientific papers published in the field of: Industry 4.0, Discrete material flow management, Digital manufacturing, Waste management devices, Smart cities. Experience in projects or grants evaluation:Expert, Proposal evaluator for European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Expert proposal evaluator for The Central Finance and Contracting Agency of Latvia, Expert proposal evaluator for Romanian PNCDI (National Research, Development and Innovation Plan), Proposal Evaluator and Monitor for ROSE projects (Romania Secondary Education Project). Professional Journals Editorial board: Member in Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal of Simulation Modelling, Vienna, Austria, ISSN 1726-4529, Member in Editorial Board of Proceedings in manufacturing systems, Bucharest, Romania, ISSN 1842-3183.


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Sharif university

Tehran, Iran

Afshin Banazadeh is an associate professor in the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Sharif University of Technology (SUT), where he has taught and researched since 2008. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Banazadeh has served as an academic advisor to several Masters and Doctoral students and is frequently called upon to testify as an expert in his field. He has published over 50 refereed papers in high ranking journals and conferences and has received awards for research excellence from SUT. He is a senior member of AIAA and a member of ISIRI/TC20 Technical Committee. His current

research interests are system identification, uncertainty-based design optimization, nonlinear stability analysis, data-driven control systems, and electric aircraft design. He also consults for various companies in the area of modeling, simulation, and design as well as technology demonstration activities.

Title of presentation: Integrated SMC-MPC Design for Path Tracking of Quadcopters

An integrated SMC-MPC design has been proposed here for path-tracking and attitude control of multirotors. Sliding mode control has been used for tracking desired attitude and altitude under modeling errors and external disturbances. Model predictive control has also been designed to track the desired path in the horizontal plane of motion, which has been constrained to have feasible values of reference roll and pitch angles. In addition, considerations on the control design integration and thrust force constraints have been made. This technique has been examined using two different paths for tracking. The integral of the absolute error has been selected to check the performance and it is shown that the proposed technique has outstanding performance under the external disturbances and control limits.


Prof. Adrian Olaru

University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Adrian Olaru finished the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Machines and Manufacturing Systems, Romania, in 1974, head of promotion. From 1974 until 1990 he worked as a designing engineer at the "Optica Romana" Enterprise, also being an associate assistant at the Faculty of Machine-Building Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. In 1990 Prof. Adrian became an appointed lecturer at the Faculty of Technological Systems Engineering and Management, the Machine-Tools Department. Now, he is university full professor, and teaches the following courses: Industrial Robots Dynamics, LabVIEW application in modeling and simulation of the dynamic behavior of robots, Technological Transport Systems, Electrohydraulic Servosystems, Analyze and Syntese of Electrohydraulic Servosistems for Industrial Robots, Personal and social robots and Vibration of the virtual prototypes of industrial robots. Prof. Adrian Olaru has published over 160 national and international papers concerning modeling and simulation of hydraulic power system, technological transport systems, electrical and hydraulic servo systems and dynamic behavior of industrial robots. For recent relevant details, see the publication list and the web page. He also has substantial contribution for over than ten technical books. Prof. Adrian Olaru was invited professor of the prestigious universities arround the world and the invited speacker at the different international conferences from Slovakie, France, Italy, China, India, Iran, Poland, Autrich, Rusian Federation, United Arab Emirates, Turkie, Croatie. He was coopted each year in the more than 30 International Technical Committees and like general co-chair from the different international conferences arroun the world: USA, Australy, India, United Arab Emirates, Porto Rico, China, Singapore, Malayesia, Japan, Tayland, Slovaky, Czech Republic.

Title of presentation: Optimising the Robot’s Dynamic Behavior Using the Proper ROBO-PVAFM Software Platform and Neural Network

Abstract: After simulation of the neural network we can remark the following: •the time delay with the parameter d determines one general possibility to adjust the parameters; •it is necessary to respect the essential condition that d must be one odd number comparing with the next layer to assure the alternative oscillation near the target curve; •in the network with many time-delay, the delay parameter d2 must be odd number comparing with d1; •the reaction with time-delay applied with one weight matrix can determine the instability of the network solution. To eliminate some of these deficient of the researched neural network on propose one new structure of network what was analyzed in the paper (BSHTNN(TDRL)).


Prof. Vlad Muresan

Technical University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

was born in Zalǎu, Sǎlaj, Romania, in 1983. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automation and Applied Anformatics from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania (in 2007 and in 2009) and the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania, in 2010. Since 2008 he is a member of staff in the Automation Department, Faculty of Automation and Computer Science, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Since 2014 he is Associate Professor and since 2017 he is Ph.D. coordinator).

The main research interests are: mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of distributed parameter processes, industrial plant control, isotope separation processes (modeling and control), advanced control of the metallurgical processes, intelligent control, biomedical processes, fractional-order systems etc.

He published more than 130 papers in journals or communicated at international conferences, he is the main author or coauthor of 9 technical books and he participated in 11 research contracts as manager or as member in the research team. Also, he is IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) member and he received the Best Paper Award in 5 international conferences.   


Title of  prezentation  Modeling and Control of Industrial Processes

Abstract: In the presentation, the domain of industrial processes is approached. In this context, examples of thermal processes, of metallurgical processes and of energy processes are detailed. For each industrial process, the solution of obtaining the mathematical model is presented. The main challenges in modeling the industrial processes are due to the fact that, in general, they are distributed parameter processes and the experimental data are hard to be obtained. Also, the main original strategies proposed for controlling the operation of the approached industrial processes are exposed. 

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Prof. Gabriel JIGA

Strength of Materials Department

Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics

Head of the UPB ERASMUS desck

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania

Qualifications and studies: PhD Degree in Industrial Engineering (1997) Bachelor of Science Degree in Machine Building Technology (1986) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience in Education and Education Management: Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Research Assistant/engineer, from: 2004, 1997, 1994, 1990 in the Department of Strength of Materials, Vice-dean (2008-2012) and (2012-2016) - Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems, POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest, (Romania). Experience and knowledge related to research in the field of advanced materials. 2005 – Marie Curie projects evaluator (48 projects) in Brussels (EIF Mobility 5 – 20 projects, IIF Mobility 7 – 15 projects, OIF Mobility 6 – 13 projects).Project manager POSDRU/161/2.1/G/136467, „First steps to a successfull carrier”– PRIMUS,Long term expert in POSDRU/86/1.2./S/56872 Project, „Inter-universities virtual community for science, technology, innovation and capitalization of intellectual properties”, Project manager in Excellence in Research project CEEX 211/2006 “Research on modular elements achievement destined for the increase of impact strength of the safety guardrails”. Project manager in Excellence in Research project  CEEX 213/2006 “Research on achievement of modular elements made from composite materials in order to increase the mechanical shocks of cabins protective structure”.Trainer in the frame of several European projects E-learning, IT (Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig). Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Student Professional Contest in Strength of materials. Chairman of the first and IVthInternational Conference of Structural Analysis of Advanced Materials ICSAAM 2005, ICSAAM 2011, held in Bucharest and Sinaia. Vice-chairman at the IInd(Patras), IIIrd (Tarbes), Vth(Patras) and VIth(Porto) International Conference of Advanced Materials. At present ERASMUS+ Coordinator in University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.


Title of presentation: Researches on the behavior of PLA sandwich structures, with different core configurations loaded in three points bending