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U-Multirank 2018

Written on June 11, 2018.

U-Multirank 2018

Agora University of Oradea

Agora University of Oradea is one of 44 universities included in U-Multirank for Romania. Agora University of Oradea is a small private university located in Oradea. It was founded in 2012. With regard to the scope of its subjects and degree programmes offered, the Agora University of Oradea is a specialised institution. It is characterised by a none percentage of international students. As made clear by its sunburst chart – a snapshot illustration of the university’s performance profile across the five U-Multirank dimensions. It’s overall profile shows top performance across various indicators, with 2 ‘A’ (very good) scores. For a comprehensive overview of this university’s performance, see its complete performance scores in the tables below.


Written on May 28, 2018.


Accepted Special Session at ITQM2018

The Sixth International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management

Special Session 01: Soft computing methods in quantitative management and decision making processes

October, 21-22, Omaha, Nebraska, USA


Ioan Dzitac, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad & Agora University of Oradea, Romania,

Florin Gheorghe Filip,Romanian Academy, Romania,

Misu-Jan Manolescu, Agora University of Oradea, Romania,

Simona Dzitac,University of Oradea, Romania,

Session scope

In 1965 Lotfi A. Zadeh published "Fuzzy Sets", his pioneering and controversial paper, that now reaches over 101,000 citations. All Zadeh’s papers were cited over 195,000 times. Starting from the ideas presented in that paper, Zadeh founded later the Fuzzy Logic theory, that proved to have useful applications, from consumer to industrial intelligent products. We are presenting general aspects of Zadeh’s contributions to the development of Soft Computing(SC) and Artificial Intelligence(AI).
In accordance with Zadeh’s definition, Soft Computing (SC) consist of computational techniques in computer science, machine learning and some engineering disciplines, which study, model, and analyze very complex reality: those for which more traditional methods have unusable or inefficiently.
SC uses soft techniques, contrasting it with classical artificial intelligence, Hard Computing (HC) techniques), and includes: Fuzzy Logic, Neural Computing, Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning, and Probabilistic Reasoning.
HC is bound by a Computer Science (CS) concept called NP-Complete, which means that there is a direct connection between the size of a problem and the amount of resources needed to solve that called "grand challenge problem". SC aids to surmount NP-complete problems by using inexact methods to give useful but inexact answers to intractable problems.
SC became a formal CS area of study in the early 1990’s. Earlier computational approaches could model and precisely analyze only relatively simple systems. More complex systems arising in biology, medicine, the humanities, management sciences, and similar fields often remained intractable to HC. It should be pointed out that simplicity and complexity of systems are relative, and many conventional mathematical models have been both challenging and very productive.
SC techniques resemble biological processes more closely than traditional techniques, which are largely based on formal logical systems, such as Boolean logic, or rely heavily on computer-aided numerical analysis (as in finite element analysis).
SC techniques are intended to complement HC techniques. Unlike HC schemes, which strive for exactness and full truth, soft computing techniques exploit the given tolerance of imprecision, partial truth, and uncertainty for a particular problem. The inductive reasoning plays a larger role in SC than in HC. SC and HC can be used together in certain fusion techniques.
Soft Computing can deal with ambiguous or noisy data and is tolerant of imprecision, uncertainty, partial truth, and approximation. In effect, the role model for SC is the human mind.
Artificial Intelligence and Computational Intelligence based on SC provide the background for the development of smart management systems and decisions in case of ill-posed problems.
The goal of this special session is to bring together researchers interested in applications of soft computing algorithms and procedures in quantitative management and decision making, in order to exchange ideas on problems, solutions, and to work together in a friendly environment.
Decision making in fuzzy environments In many real-world situations, the problems of decision making are subjected to some constraints, objectives and consequences that are not accurately known. After Bellman and Zadeh introduced for the first time (1970) fuzzy sets within multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM), many researchers have been preoccupied by decision making in fuzzy environments.
The fusion between MCDM and fuzzy set theory has led to a new decision theory, known today as fuzzy multi-criteria decision making (FMCDM), where we have decision-maker models that can deal with incomplete and uncertain knowledge and information. The most important thing is that, when we want to assess, judge or decide we usually use a natural language in which the words do not have a clear, definite meaning. As a result, we need fuzzy numbers to express linguistic variables, to describe the subjective judgement of a decision maker in a quantitative manner. Fuzzy numbers (FN) most often used are triangular FN, trapezoidal FN and Gaussian FN.
We highlight that the concept of linguistic variable introduced by Lotfi A. Zadeh in 1975 allows computation with words instead of numbers and thus linguistic terms defined by fuzzy sets are intensely used in problems of decision theory for modelling uncertain information.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Ant colony optimization algorithms;
  • Artificial intelligence methods for web mining;
  • Bayesian networks and decision graphs; Computational intelligence methods for data mining;
  • Decision support systems for quantitative management;
  • Decision making with missing and/or uncertain data;
  • Fuzzy multi-criteria decision making;
  • Fuzzy and neuro-fuzzy modelling and simulation;
  • Fuzzy numbers applications to decision making;
  • Fuzzy-sets-based models in operation research;
  • Knowledge Discovery in Databases;
  • Machine learning for intelligent support of quantitative management;
  • Neural networks in decision making tools;
  • Smarter decisions;
  • Support Vector Machine in SC applications.
Bibliography Ioan Dzitac, Florin Gheorghe Filip, Misu-Jan Manolescu, Fuzzy Logic Is Not Fuzzy: World-renowned Computer Scientist Lotfi A. Zadeh, International Journal of Computers Communications & Control, ISSN 1841-9836, 12(6), 748-789, December 2017. DOI:


Written on May 25, 2018.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Welcome to Here you can find the official PDF of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) as a neatly arranged website. All Articles of the GDPR are linked with suitable recitals. The European Data Protection Regulation will be applicable as of May 25th, 2018 in all member states to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe. If you find the page useful, feel free to support us by sharing the project.

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Program of IEEE-ICCCC2018

Written on March 29, 2018.

Program of IEEE-ICCCC2018

IEEE- ICCCC2018 General Program

Authors' countries: 1) Algeria; 2) Chile; 3) China, 4) Colombia;  5) Ecuador; 6) France; 7) Hungary; 8) India; 9) Israel;  10) Lithuania; 11) Mexico; 12) Romania; 13) Russia;  14) Saudi Arabia; 15) Serbia; 16) Spain; 17) Turkey; 18) United Arab Emirates, 19) UK; 20) USA.

7th International Conference on Computers Communications and Control

8-12 May 2018, ORADEA, BAILE FELIX, Hotel President Spa






May 08



(Business Corner – near to Reception)

Transfer from Oradea Airport  to Hotel President (Baile Felix) - 10 km

Hotel President

Oradea-H. President


May 09


Breakfast +


Restaurant R1+

Hotel President


Transfer from Hotel President to Agora University of Oradea

H. President- Agora U. (Bus)


Official Opening Ceremony

1.ICCCC &  IJCCC in context of the next level in computing” – welcome word presented by Rector of Agora University:  Prof. Ioan Dzitac

2. In honor of the 100th anniversary of  Richard  P.  Feynman    (1918-1988):

Computer Aided Design for Quantum Computing Circuits” – lecture presented by ACM Distinguished Speaker Prof. Amlan Chakrabarti (India)

3. "A Brief History of Computers in Romania" - presented by Dr.H.C. of Agora University Acad. Florin Gheorghe Filip

4.100 Romanian Theoretical Computer Scientists- presented by Dr.H.C. of Agora University Acad. Gheorghe Păun (Romanian Academy) &  Acad. Svetlana Cojocaru (Moldavian Academy of Sciences)

5. "Dr.H.C. Ceremony for Prof. Alfred M. Bruckstein" - chaired by President of  Senate: Prof. Adriana Manolescu & President of Agora University  Prof. Misu-Jan Manolescu.

Agora University/

Blue Aula

Chairs: Prof. I. Dzitac, Acad. F.G. Filip, Prof. M.J. Manolescu, Dr. S. Dzitac


Keynote lecture: "From Ants to A(ge)nts: The Wonderfully Weird World of Multi-Agent Swarms"

Prof. Alfred M. Bruckstein (Israel)

Agora University

Chair: Acad. A. Kaklauskas


Coffee break &

Exhibition"100 Books and Journals"

Agora University

Green Aula


"100 minutes through beautiful Oradea"  - guided tour of Oradea with participants at ICCCC2018.

H. President –Agora U. (Bus)


Transfer to Hotel President

Agora U.– H. President (Bus)



Restaurant R1/Hotel P.


Plenary lecture (Romanian experienced researcher from diaspora):"Advances in Fuzzy Systems"

Dr. Barnabas Bede  (USA)

Hotel President/ Room S1

Chair: Prof. V. Beiu


Plenary lecture:"Body Language and Affective Computing"

Acad. Arturas Kaklauskas  (Lithuania)

Hotel President/ Room S1

Chair: Acad. F.G. Filip


Coffee break

Hotel President/ Room S1


Plenary lecture: "Methodologies for Solving Complex Multi-Objective Combinatorial Problems in Engineering: An Evolutionary Approach Applied to Computer Networks"

Dr. Yezid Donoso  (Colombia)

Hotel President/ Room S1

Chair: Dr. B. Bede


Plenary lecture (Romanian experienced researcher returned from diaspora):"Brain-inspired Nano-architectures"

Prof. Valeriu Beiu  (Romania)

Hotel President/ Room S1

Chair: Dr. Y. Donoso


"Romanian songs & dances"

Romanian Welcome Dinner

Restaurant R2/Hotel


May 10



Hotel President/ R1


Parallel Sessions

Hotel President


Coffee break

Hotel President


Parallel Sessions

Hotel President


Closing Ceremony

Hotel President S1



Hotel President/ R1


Free activities

Baile Felix Tour/Swimming


International Dinner

Hotel President


May 11




EXCURSION: H. President -Turda Salt Mine - Onelia House (Girda)- Arieseni- -Beius - H. President

Hotel President



May 12




Departure of participants

General Chair:  Prof. Ioan DZITAC, Rector of Agora University

Tel. +40722562053, Fax +40359101032


Prof. Alfred M. BRUCKSTEIN, PhD at Stanford University

Written on March 23, 2018.

Prof. Alfred M. BRUCKSTEIN, PhD at Stanford University

Professor Alfred M. Bruckstein : Doctor Honoris Causa of Agora University

A brief CV

Alfred M. Bruckstein, born in Sighetu Marmatiei – Maramures, Transylvania, Romania, in 1954,  received his BSc and MSc degrees at the Technion, Haifa, in 1976 and 1980, respectively and then earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in Stanford University, California in 1984, his advisor being Professor Thomas Kailath.  

From October 1984 he has been with the Technion, where he now holds of the Ollendorff Chair in Science, in the Computer Science Department.  His research interests are in Ants and Swarm Robotics, Signal and Image Processing, Image Analysis and Synthesis, Pattern Recognition, and various aspects of Applied Geometry. Professor Bruckstein authored and co-authored over one hundred and fifty journal papers in the fields of interest mentioned.

Professor Bruckstein held visiting positions at MIT, Groningen University in Holland, Stanford University, and TsingHua University in Beijing, China, Evry University and at CEREMADE, Dauphine University in Paris, France,  and was a visiting Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, from 1987 to 2000, working with Dr. Arun Netravali and several colleagues there on Image Processing and Computer Vision topics. Since 2009 he is also a Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

From 2002 till 2005 he served as the Dean of Technion’s Graduate School, and from 2006-2011 as the Head of Technion’s Excellence Program for Undergraduate Studies.

Professor Bruckstein is a member of the AMS, and MAA, and is a SIAM Fellow for contributions to Signal Processing, Image Analysis, and Ant Robotics, and received SIAM’s 2014 SIAG-Imaging Science Prize (with David Donoho and Michael Elad, for the paper “From Sparse Solutions of Systems of Equations to Sparse Modeling of Signals and Images”).

Professor Bruckstein is happily married to Rita and they have one son, Ariel, with whom they wrote and illustrated a bestiary of imaginary animals of Ariel’s invention called “The Knocktopus and His Friends”, published by Panopticum Press in 2013.  He also illustrated several books, most of them published by his late father Ludovic Bruckstein, in Romanian, Hebrew and French, and a collection of humorous verse  in Hebrew, by Professor Irad Yavne, entitled ”Comical Relief”, describing Academic Life in general, and at the Technion, in particular.

In 1993, Professor Bruckstein published a paper titled “Why the Ant Trails Look So Straight and Nice” in “The Mathematical Intelligencer” Journal (Vol 15/2, pp.59-62), introducing a chain-pursuit model for the process of ant-trail optimization based on a simple rule of local interactions between consecutive agents in the chain. The paper was reviewed in Science (USA), The New Scientist (England), Resonance (India), and many other popular scientific publications world-wide and was selected as a Top Story in Mathematics, in a Special Issue “The Year 1993 in Science” of the Journal Discover (USA).  This paper subsequently led to a series of research theses and papers examining various examples of local interactions betweens simple agents leading to emergent global behaviours in swarms. Professor Bruckstein’s work in this field, which by now has resulted in five PhD Dissertations and seven MSc Theses at the Technion by a distinguished group of students under his guidance, made a notable impact in the field of Ant-Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems.

Professor Bruckstein’s work in other areas of  research include contributions to Modeling of Neural Coding using Stochastic Point Processes, to Estimation and Scattering Theory in Signal Processing, to Sparse and Holographic Signal Representations,  to Variational Models in Image Processing and Low-Level Machine Vision, to Pattern Recognition and Fiducial Design Methodologies, to Shape Analysis and Probing in Computer Vision and Robotics, and to Digital, Discretized and Applied Geometry Topics.  His research in these areas, carried out over the past thirty years jointly with an outstanding group of students doing PhD and MSc Theses under his academic supervision, and with several Post-Docs, Visitors and Collaborators from several Universities and from Bell Laboratories, led over the years to significant and seminal research papers published in leading venues world-wide, and a total of thirteen PhD Theses and about fifty MSc Theses so far.

Among Professor Bruckstein’s students, visitors and post-Docs over the years, one finds world-famous, and top-class  researchers like Professor Michael Lindenbaum (Technion,Israel), Professor Nahum Kiryati (TelAvivU, Israel), Professor Ron Kimmel (Technion, Israel), Professor Guillermo Sapiro (DukeU, USA), Professor Polina Golland (MIT, USA), Professor Guy Lebanon (Georgia Tech/Netflix, USA), Professor Ilan Shimshoni (Haifa U, Israel), Professor Miki Elad (Technion, Israel), Dr. Doron Shaked (HP Research, GE Research, Israel), Dr Amir Arnon (IBMResearch, USA) Dr. Israel Wagner  (IBM Research, Israel),  Dr. Yaniv Altshuler(ENDOR/MIT, USA), Dr. Noam Gordon (CamTek, Israel), Dr Ychin Pnueli (Google,Israel) , Dr Yotam Elor (Final, Israel), Dr. Eli Osherovich (Amazon Research, Israel), Dr Vladimir Yanovski (UToronto, Canada), Dr Tal Nir  (HiTech, Israel), Dr Ruth Onn (HiTech, Israel), Dr. Rotem Manor (HiTech, Israel), Dr Wang Yu (HiTech, Singapore), Dr Daniel Vainshencher (PrincetonU, USA) and many further outstanding Scientists and Engineers, making significant contributions to HiTech, in Israel and world-wide. 

Professor Alfred M. Bruckstein  have over 21,000 citations in Google Scholar.

Professor A.M. Bruckstein is a member in Editorial Board of 

International Journal of Computers Communications & Control edited by Agora University (IF=1.374).

Also he is a keynote speaker at IEEE-ICCCC2018.

On May 9, 2018,  Prof. Alfred Bruckstein will be awarded, in an official ceremony, with the best honorary title of Agora University: Doctor Honoris Causa.


on the occasion of awarding the title

Doctor Honoris Causa

to Professor Alfred M. Bruckstein


Acad. Florin Gheorghe Filip, Romanian Academy, Romania.


1.Prof. Misu-Jan Manolescu, Agora University of Oradea, Romania.

2.     Prof. Razvan Andonie, Central Washington University, USA.

3.     Prof. Felisa Cordova, University Finis Terra, Chile.

4.     Prof. Barnabas Bede, DigiPen Institute of Technology, USA.

5.     Prof. Yezid Donoso, University de los Andes, Colombia.

*Note. The Commission has been nominated by Rector Decision No. 420/12.01.2018 based on approval of Agora University Senate.

Discover SWUFE 2018

Written on Jan. 4, 2018.

Discover SWUFE 2018

Dear colleagues,

We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year for 2018!With increasing successes in past six years, we’re delighted once again to welcome you and your students to participate in 2018 Discover SWUFE International Summer School themed as New Era of Economic Globalization scheduled from July 1st to July 14th, 2018 in Chengdu, China!The Discover SWUFE International Summer School is a two-week-long, credits-conferring, English-taught summer program focusing on Business Learning and Culture Experience in China.

The program fee is WAIVED especially for our partner universities!We give two fee-waived places to each partner university of SWUFE (with signed agreements):

In 2018 a targeted program of focused academic content will be complementing the rich cultural exchange experiences. Students will be evaluated and certificated based on their contributions and performance within the academic, helping recognize the importance of the academic exchange within their personal academic development.Why to join the Discover SWUFE International Summer School?

An opportunity to visit Chengdu, one of China’s most rapidly expanding cities and host for the Summer School;
A comprehensive 2-week program immersing students in business education in China context with corporate experience;
A variety of curricular and cultural activities featuring lectures, workshop, company visits, sightseeing, cultural night and social events;

A diverse student body of the brightest young talents from the leading universities across continents;

A Certificate from SWUFE and 2 credits to serve as a permanent record for your academic achievements and active engagement during this memorable experience.

For your reference, the following documents are attached to this email. They can be also downloaded via the website under the Application section:

1. 2018 Discover SWUFE International Summer School Brochure

2. 2018 Discover SWUFE International Summer School Syllabus

3. Discover SWUFE Online Application Guideline We would appreciate if you could deliver the information to your undergraduate or graduate students, via email or website posting, thus attaching the texts and logo as well for your use where you see appropriate.

Please send us a list of nominates by March 31th and direct the students to complete application on-line at by April 30th, 2018.
The nomination serves as a strong supportive application material for your university's applicants. 
If you are interested in sending a group of over 4 students, please contact me for further information.

We warmly welcome your students to join the 2018 Discover SWUFE International Summer School! If you have any question, please feel free to contact

Many thanks and best wishes!

Zhenzhen Xie |Program Manager

Office of International Exchange and Cooperation | Southwestern University of Finance & Economics

A: 555 Liutai Avenue, Wenjiang, Chengdu, P.R. China | 611130

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