about me

I am currently visiting Fluid Interfaces at MIT Media Lab working with Pattie Maes.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Augmented Human Lab working with Prof. Suranga Nanayakkara.

My PhD thesis focused on development and evaluation of a set of working prototypes that present information in new ways around the human body  for the task of map navigation while  walking and cycling. My supervisor was Prof. M. Fjeld from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.



I studied Embedded Systems and my Eng. degree thesis was on the topic, so I obtained a scholarship for the European Masters program in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) that took place at two universities, one in Germany, the other one in UK. During the year in UK, I followed the course human-computer interaction which I wanted to study for long since it was interdisciplinary, combining most of my interests, knowledge, and skills. I gained my MSc. with the thesis “Instruction- vs. Marker-based Motor Learning” at University of Southampton, UK, working with Prof. m.c. schraefel who inspired and pointed me to the field of human-computer interaction.


Before starting the EMECS Masters (above) I worked at Wipotec GmbH, a German company that was growing in the scanning food industry. Their X-Ray system was composed of three parts: the real-time operating system controlling the conveyer belt, the image processing of X-Ray images, and a touchscreen with the user interface controlling the system. Since the system was becoming so complex and customer number increased, a solution was needed to combine these 3 modules swiftly, deploy, and even test them automatically on the big hardware that was assembled in the factory halls. I took on the challenge, had a great time working and learning with Peter Monz as lead and great people and teams.



As many of the Computer-Science student colleagues, I became a freelancer working with clients from New York and Athens on web-based tools and applications. After getting a feel of the programming trends of that time, together with my friend Diana Teodorescu we created a facebook application that attracted more than 800 000 monthly users according to statistics. It was listed as the application with the most number of users in Romania at that time. In total, Romania had 3 million active users in 2010, as opposed to 8 million in 2015. This experience made me think more about startups, human nature and its relationship to digital information.



It started as an internship over summer working on a project on creating from scratch the user interface for a mobile device equipped with a display and a fingerprint sensor. It was a research project of the company Electronic April S.R.L. in Cluj-Napoca manufacturing medical equipment. It extended into a job where I learned so much by working with Ferenc Puskas and with two engineers who designed from scratch the hardware for this mobile device.



I obtained my Engineering Degree (Dipl.-Ing) from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UTCN) in Computer-Science with the thesis done at School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS).