Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
Politehnica University of Bucharest




Founded in 1818, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest (UPB) is the oldest and most prestigious technical university in Romania. The foremost mission of UPB is to educate students in science and technology at all levels (B.SC, M.SC, Ph.D.) by imparting knowledge and practical skills, developing their creative thinking, and preparing them to address the demands of today economy.

The University houses 37 Research Centres, among which 4 were recognized as Centres of Excellence at national level and 8 grew into Multi-User Research Infrastructures with the support of the Romania - World Bank Program.

UPB has a comprehensive infrastructure with modern research and teaching laboratories and an Intranet/Internet communication network. A Scientific & Technological Park is currently under development at UPB, to bring real-world technology and management issues into its research laboratories and teaching.

UPB is firmly integrated in the international academic community and shares the same moral, educational, scientific, and cultural values. Due to its prestige, UPB has bilateral co-operation agreements with 74 universities from Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and is member of international academic organizations such as: CESAER, EUA, IAU, AUPELF-UREF.

UPB actively participates in R&D international programmes like: COST, FP5, FP6, CORINT, NATO, etc. and in many education and training European programs such as TEMPUS, SOCRATES (ERASMUS, MINERVA), TEMPRA, LEONARDO.

One of the current priorities of UPB is to valorise its human potential and logistic possibilities towards the full integration into the European Research Area.


Research Centre of Automatics, Process Control and Computers (APCC)

www.acs.pub.ro, www.acpc.pub.ro

APCC was established in 1993 by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research as a research centre for Innovation and Technological transfer, inside the Automatics and Computer Science Faculty and recognized by the University Politehnica.


Description of staff involved in the project


Adina Magda Florea, Ph.D., is Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest. Professor Florea is head of the Artificial Intelligence and Multi-agent System Laboratory and has as research interests intelligent agents, knowledge modeling, e-learning, and computer supported cooperative work.

Adina Florea is contact person of UPB in AgentLink III, the EU funded European Co-ordination Action for Agent-based Computing. She has been visiting professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA (Aug.2001-Aug.2002), University Paris 13, France, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Nantes, France, and visiting researcher at Edinburgh Parallel Computer Centre, UK, and Dartmouth College, NH, USA (among other). Prof. Florea is member of several international professional associations, international conference program committees, and has acted as peer reviewer in grant competitions (FP6, INTAS, COBASE, etc.). She is the author of more than 60 research papers and 4 books, and has managed several national and international R&D projects, including two financed by the World Bank. She is responsible of international relations for the Department of Computer Science.



Monica Viorela Alexandru graduated in Control engineering at Faculty of Automatics and Computer Monica Alexandru, is lecturer at the Politehnica University of Bucharest and she works as researcher at APCC centre. She has published several papers in refereed conferences and journals. In April 2002 she was involved in the activities of Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA). She was elected in the MCFA Advisory Board and charged in July 2003 with European Integration and Collaboration sector co-ordination. She acts as an active member of the Romanian MCFA national group. Her main objective is to strengthen the activity of the Romanian MCFA national group in the areas of National and European Science Policy, Scientific Exchange, Trans-regional co-operative networking, Gender issues and their impact on labour market. Monica Viorela Alexandru participated in workshops and conferences having as topics scientific mobility in Europe, policies in research, career, reintegration and gender issues.


The most recent ones are:

  • Conference Bischenberg (France), November 6 - 9, 2002 organised by EuroScience

New Science and Technology based professions in Europe

Rapporteur at session: The Role of Higher Education in coping with the New S&T Needs in Europe

  • ENWISE Workshop on Young Scientists-Prague Workshop organised by European Commission, Research Directorate-General, Science and Society Directorate, Women and Science Unit

Debates between young scientists around the general theme of attractiveness of the scientific careers as seen by the younger generation of scientist from ENWISE countries.

  • Conference The future of European Universities/Research Relations-organised by DG
    research/K2 and Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, 18-19 May, 2003
Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.