I am a researcher in the Cognitive System (CoSy) group within FB3 (Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics) at Bremen Universität, and a member of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center. One of my main current interests is on creative problem solving.
Humans operate well in environments over which they hold incomplete knowledge, by using their previous knowledge in new ways. Thus humans are creative when solving abstract and concrete problems, being able to draw on a variety of representational formats, make analogical transfers, make visuospatial inferences, create new concepts, new heuristics and new problem representations which capture the functional properties of and are productive representations for the new problems they encounter.
My current project investigates representations and processes which can be applied in cognitively-inspired AI for creative problem-solving. My general interest is to enable creative problem-solving and creation of new useful knowledge in cognitive AI systems, and the study/modeling of human creativity.
2016 - Associate Junior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Hanse Institute for Advanced Study)
2016 - DAAD RISE grant to enable a research fellow internship.
2015 - Secured funding via DAAD RISE for a research fellowship which enabled a research intern to work for 3 months in the Cognitive Systems group in Bremen.
2013 – Invited as a Fellow of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2013, an event bringing together Abel, Fields and Turing Laureates and the next generation of mathematics and informatics researchers.
Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, SFB/TR8 - The interdisciplinary Transregional Collaborative Research Center Spatial Cognition: Reasoning, Action, Interaction, at Cognitive Systems, University of Bremen, 2011-2012.
2011 - Award for student project, Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school.
I have defended my Doctoral thesis and received the summa cum laude predicate, and am now awaiting for the official new title (Dr.rer.nat.).
Creative Problem-solving, Computational Creativity, Spatial Cognition, Cognitive Modeling, Cognitive Architectures, Cognitive Systems, Visuospatial reasoning, Knowledge representation, Insight and scientific discovery, Machine learning, Cognitive Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Information, Philosophy of Mind, Machine vision, Phenomenology, Cognitive Aesthetics, Computational Aesthetics.
I was part of the SFB/TR 8 project R1-ImageSpace between 2011-2014.
Cognitive Systems - SoSe 2014
Cognitive Systems - SoSe 2013
Cognitive Modeling - WiSe 2012
I am co-organizing the ProSocrates Symposium on Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems with Dr.-Ing. Zoe Falomir. The event will take place at the KogWis 2016 conference, in Bremen, between 26-30 September.
In 2017 I will be co-organizing the second edition of the ProSocrates Symposium with the support of the HWK (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg).
Doctor rer. nat., Computer Science, University of Bremen, Germany, 2012-2016
Doctor of Philosophy, Music, Universitatea Nationala de Muzica Bucuresti, Romania, 2007-2011
Master of Science, Cognitive Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2009-2010
Bachelor of Arts, Musical Interpretation, Piano, Universitatea de Vest, Faculatea de Muzica, Timisoara, Romania, 2005
2005 - Certificate of Graduation – Level 1 Certification for the teaching profession – Departamentul pentru Pregatirea Personalului Didactic– Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, Romania
1990-2003 - Participated in and won various piano competitions, played in national and international tours across Europe (1990-2003) – in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Holland, etc.