Special Sessions

Automated Driving

Special Session Name:
Automated Driving - organized in the framework of the Horizon 2020 UP-Drive Project

Sergiu Nedevschi - Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

The UP-Drive European project aims to address the outlined transport-related challenges by providing key contributions that will enable gradual automation of and collaboration among vehicles – and as a result facilitate a safer, more inclusive and more affordable transportation system.

In order to adequately address this complexity UP-Drive will focus on advancing the following technologies:

  • Robust, general 360° object detection and tracking employing low-level spatio-temporal association, tracking and fusion mechanisms.
  • Accurate metric localization and distributed geometrically consistent mapping in large-scale, semi-structured areas.
  • Representations and mechanisms for efficient and cost-effective long-term data management across devices.
  • Scene understanding, starting from detection of semantic features, classification of objects, towards behavior analysis and intent prediction.

As a result of this strategy UP-Drive expects a significant technological progress that will benefit all levels of automation: from driver assistance in the short-term to full automation in longer term – across a broad range of applications.


Special Session Name:
ELEMENT - Enhanced Living EnvironMENTs

Rodica Potolea - Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

The special session is dedicated to the dissemination and evaluation of original contributions to the architectures, techniques, protocols, components, orchestration, choreography and development related to the ELE area. Investigations, discussions and exchange of experiences from different stakeholders’ perspective on AAL technologies are welcome. 


Special Session Name: 
ENTERTAIN - Intelligent Systems in Entertainment

Mariana Mocanu - University Politehnica of Bucharest
Nicolae Mandea - National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale", Bucharest
Costin Chiru - University Politehnica of Bucharest

The special session is dedicated to the dissemination and evaluation of original contributions to intelligent systems for the arts and entertainment sphere.

The entertainment industry is competing for one of the first places in the world in terms of number of employees, covering a wide range of competences that require more and more in depth IT skills and knowledge. The session addresses the contributions to intelligent systems that can contribute to the growth of the expanding field of entertainment. Investigations, discussions and exchange of experiences from different stakeholders’ perspective on Art & Technology are welcome. 


Special Session Name:
HiPerGRID - High Performance Grid Middleware

Nicolae Tapus - University Politehnica of Bucharest
Valentin Cristea - University Politehnica of Bucharest
Florin Pop - University Politehnica of Bucharest

HiPerGRID is an annual event dedicated to dissemination and evaluation of current advances in Grid, Cloud and Datacenters research. Following the success of last years HiPerGRID invited session held in conjunction with the International Conference on Intelligent Computer Communication and Processing (ICCP) organised in Cluj-Napoca, Romania by Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, aims at providing a venue and an open forum for researchers, designers, practitioners, developers, and industrial/governmental partners to present, discuss, and exchange related ideas, results, and experiences in the area of distributed systems. HiPerGRID supports community of researchers, developers, practitioners as well as current and potential Grid users who work in the field of grid technologies and their applications.

Grid Middleware refers to resource management, execution management, data management, security, monitoring and discovery, accounting, and other functions required by Virtual Organizations to operate effectively a shared services environment. Obtaining high performance Grid Middleware through new, innovative solutions is a challenge of today research, due to the strong requirements imposed by the dynamic behavior of the user and resource communities. The event also aims at stimulating synergies between Grid communities and related technology communities (P2P, Service Orientation, Workflow management).