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Here you can find some information on my life to
The Romanian Years
I was born in Romania,
Craiova. I grew up in Bucharest
from the age of three, where I also did all my studies. I went to high
school at Liceul "Nicolae Balcescu", which was initially called Liceul
"Sfantul Sava" but its name changed in the fifties. Like most of the Romanian
institutions, it has retrieved its original name after the Revolution in
I graduated from
"Nicolae Balcescu" in 1988 with a diploma based on mathematics and physics.
I did my universitary
studies at the Polytechnical Institute in Bucharest (now called The
University "Politehnica"), at
the Department of Computer Science and Automatics, from where I graduated
in 1993 with a Diploma in Computer Science. During my last universitary
year, I spent 6 months with the SYMPA research group at INP
Grenoble, where I did my final
year project under the supervision of Traian
now professor at Université
de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille
2, LIM Laboratory.
"Vive la France!"...
In February 1993 I
went to France
my final year project. I followed with a Master Degree (DEA) at INP
year after my graduation at the Department of Computer Science and Automatics
in Bucharest. I left Grenoble
after two years during which I've started to love this beautiful town -
as I am very fond of skiing and Chamrousse,
the resort of the 1968 Olympic Games, is only half an hour away from Grenoble-
to make friends and to enjoy doing scientific research in an academic area.
For this last thing I am grateful to all my collegues and friends from
the SYMPA Group and especially to Traian, who inoculated me with the necessary
thirst and passion!
In January 1995
I moved to Rennes, Brittany,
where I started a PhD
in Computer Science with the EP-ATR
Group at IRISA-INRIA.
I spent three long and wonderful years in Rennes: it was a very challenging
period from many points of view - and who ever has been through a PhD knows
what I am talking about! - but also a period where I discovered one of
the most beautiful and original regions of France, I started to love the
sea and its rocky coast, and I made very good friends for life...
On British Land
In February 1998 I
moved to Reading
where I worked for 18 months as a Research
Officer in the Formal
Methods and System Engineering
Group at The University
of Reading. As you might have
guessed, I have much enjoyed my work in Reading, and descovering
London, Cornwall, Scotland and so many other beautiful places... were some
of the best experiences I ever had.
Back to France
Since November 1999
I am with INRIA
in Grenoble. My work is very challenging and the mountains, now covered
by snow, are so close again...
General Information about me
My parents live in
and there might be soon a web page where you can access them. My sister
is doing a PhD in Applied Mathematics (here is a link to the Center
for Applied Mathematics) at the
of Notre Dame, Indianapolis.
My husband Peter
is working at INRIA as well, here
is his web page.
And here are my Hobbies...
My favourite one is
by no means travelling! I spent three years in Morocco (my father worked
there), I have travelled a lot around Europe (Ireland, UK, Germany, Spain,
Switzerland, Russia and Lituania), and I've even been to Beijing and Xian
I like sports,
specially cycling (with food, clothes and the tent on my cycle in Ireland,
Wales, Germany, Britanny) and skiing, but I play squash and tennis from
time to time, and I enjoy any aerobic activity. Lately, I have discovered
jogging... And when I am not doing all of that, I go to the cinema, I read
and I listen to classical music.