ENgineering Responsible Smart Systems (EN-RSS)

Workshop exploratoriu ȋn cadrul conferinţei ”Smart diaspora – diaspora în învățământ superior, știință, inovare și antreprenoriat. Diaspora și prietenii ei” – Smart Diaspora 2023, 10-13 aprilie 2023, Timişoara.


Artificial Intelligence is becoming a key enabler for new systems in a variety of domains, including smart health, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, to name a few. It provides the technological enablement for solving pressing issues such as automation of routine tasks, improvement of systems performance and efficiency, and accelerates the digitization of many sectors. At the same time, AI can have negative impact on society when used without sound engineering principles or input from a variety of stakeholders. There are many challenges in engineering responsible smart systems, such as fairness, transparency, safety, privacy and security combined with the demand for ensuring equal access, inspiring participation and engagement, and protecting civic rights and liberties. Meeting these challenges is only possible through advances in fundamental AI and learning technologies, software and system engineering for AI smart systems, assurances for AI intensive systems and through a multidisciplinary effort.

This workshop brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from academic, research and government institutions, from Romania and abroad, to present and debate the state of the art and practice in engineering smart systems. The presentations will be on topics including but not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Software and system engineering for large scale socio-technical systems
  • Process automation including IT cloud automation and AIOos, autonomic and self-adaptive systems
  • Socio-technical factors for smart systems: human and social factors; trust, ethics, privacy, security, safety; social and environmental implications, sustainability, law and public policies.
  • Applications of Smart Systems, e.g. cyber-phyysical systems, internet of things, smart health, smart transportation, etc.

The workshop will also include several panels and round-tables with the goal to develop new research and collaboration programs among the participants.

The workshop participation is gender diverse and multi-disciplinary, including Master, PhD and postdoctoral students, early career, and established researchers from Romania and abroad.

Invited Speakers from Diaspora

Gheorghe CĂPĂȚÂNĂProfessor, Dr.Universitatea de Stat din Moldova, Chişinău, Republica Moldova
Silvia CȊRSTEA Associate Professor, Dr.Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Sergiu DASCĂLU Professor, Dr.University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Ada DIACONESCUAssociate Professor, Dr.Telecom Paris, France
Mark FRȊNCU Senior Lecturer, Dr.Nottingham Trent University, UK
Dan IONESCUProfessor, Dr.University of Ottawa, Canada
Alexandru IOSUPProfessor, Dr.Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherland
Marin LIŢOIU Professor, Dr.York University, Toronto, Canada
Cristina LUCAAssociate Professor, Dr.Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Irina NEDELCUSoftware development engineerAmazon EU, Luxemburg
Vio ONUŢAdjunct Professor / Senior Manager Research, Dr.University of Ottawa / IBM, Canada
Ana-Lucia VȂRBĂNESCU Professor, Dr.University of Twente, Netherlands

Invited Speakers from Romania

Liliana DOBRICĂProfessor, Dr.Universitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Miruna Elena ILIUŢĂTeaching Assistant, PhD StudentUniversitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Anca Daniela IONIŢĂProfessor, Dr.Universitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Mihnea Alexandru MOISESCUProfessor, Dr.Universitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Dana PETCUProfessor, Dr.Universitatea de Vest Timişoara
Mălina STANCIUMaster’s StudentUniversitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Lăcrămioara STOICU-TIVADARProfessor, Dr.Universitatea Politehnica Timişoara


Sergiu DASCĂLUProfessor, Dr.University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Anca Daniela IONIŢĂProfessor, Dr.Universitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Marin LIŢOIUProfessor, Dr.York University, Toronto, Canada
Mihnea Alexandru MOISESCUProfessor, Dr.Universitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucureşti
Dana PETCUProfessor, Dr.Universitatea de Vest Timisoara


April 11:

  • 8:30 – 9:00 Registration (UVT – B-dul Vasile Parvan 4, 059)
  • 9:00 10:30 Session 1: Sustainable Computing (UVT, 059)
    Online access link
    Chair: Marin Litoiu
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Smart Systems and their Engineering (UVT, 059)
    Online access link
    Chair: Anca Daniela Ionita
    • AI and System Self-adaptation: Results, Challenges and Risks
      Marin Liţoiu, York University
    • Multi-scale Architectures for Sustainable and Scalable Socio-Technical Systems
      Ada Diaconescu, Telecom Paris
    • Risk Assessment for Digital Twins in Systems Medicine
      Miruna Elena Iliuță, Mihnea Alexandru Moisescu, University Politehnica of Bucharest
    • Roundtable Q&A
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Software Engineering for Smart Systems (UVT, 059)
    Online access link
    Chair: Dana Petcu
    • Blending Algorithmic and Artificial Intelligence Platforms for Higher Precision and Shorter Data Sets
      Dan Ionescu, University of Ottawa, Canada
    • A VR Simulation for Mining Engineering Education
      Sergiu Dascălu, Pengbo Chu, Levi Scully, Charlotte Moreland, Nathan Bertram, Dustin Hurtz, University of Nevada
    • Artificial Intelligence Meets Modeling
      Irina Nedelcu, Amazon EU Sarl, Anca Daniela Ioniţă, University Politehnica of Bucharest
    • Ontology-based Analysis Tools at Early-stage Development of Cyber-physical Systems
      Liliana, Dobrică, Mălina Stanciu, University Politehnica of Bucharest
    • Roundtable Q&A
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Session 4: Smart Applications (UVT, 059)
    Online access link
    Chair: Mihnea Moisescu
    • Empowering Healthcare Business Management Systems by AI to facilitate decision making
      Cristina Luca, Amirali Shirazibeheshti, George Wilson, Anglia Ruskin University
    • HosmartAI – Frame for a Common Open Integration Platform Supporting the Benefits of Incorporating Digital Technologies in the Healthcare System
      Lăcrămioara Stoicu-Tivadar, University Politehnica Timișoara
    • The Rise of Responsible AI to Balance the Potential Bias in Truly Smart Grids
      Marc Frîncu, Nottingham Trent University
    • Roundtable Q&A
  • 17:30 – 19:30 Exhibition

April 12:

  • 09:00 – 10:30: Session 5: Responsible AI (UVT, 059)
    Chair: Marin Litoiu
    • Deepfake – Security and Societal Challenges
      Vio Onut, IBM Canada
    • Intelligent Software for the Research Domain: Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Epilepsy
      Gheorghe Căpățână, Moldova State University
    • Contributions to the Development of Assistive Technologies
      Silvia Cirstea, Anglia Ruskin University
    • Roundtable Q&A
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Session 6: New Research Directions and Collaboration Opportunities (UVT, 059)
    Chair: Organizers
    • Private Networks for Manufacturing 4.0
      Florin Ciocan, Nokia Romania
    • Panel: All participants
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Conclusions (UVT, 059)
    Workshop chairs
  • 19:30 Gala Dinner

April 13:

  • 09:00 – 11:00 Session 7: Conclusions
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Sesiune transversală. Prezentarea concluziilor referitoare la viziunea și obiectivele de țară privind cercetarea, dezvoltarea și inovarea în România: concluzii, aspirații și direcții de acțiune (Aula Magna, UVT)
  • 13:00 – 19:00 Romanian lunch (Cramele Recas)

The Smart Diaspora 2023 conference program is available here.

More details about each session, as well as the abstracts and bio are available here.


Dana Petcu, Universitatea de Vest Timișoara
Anca Daniela Ionita, Universitatea POLITEHNICA din Bucuresti

Web Chair

Iulia Iacob, Universitatea POLITEHNICA Din Bucuresti


Universitatea de Vest Timișoara
Blvd. Vasile Pârvan, nr. 4
300223 Timișoara


11 - 12 apr. 2023


All Day


Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara
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