Activities and Awards

Editorships and Organizing Events

  • 2019 – Organizing the Measuring Creativity Workshop at the Cognitive Science Conference in Montreal (over 100 scientist attendees).
  • 2019 – Guest Associate Editor and Topic Editor on a Special Issue on Re-representation in Cognitive Systems – Frontiers in Psychology/Cognitive Science & Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence/Computational Intelligence.
  • 2018 – Organizing the Computational Methods and Systems for the Cognitive Modelling and Support Workshop at the Cognitive Science Conference in Madison Wisconsin.
  • 2018 – Guest Associate Editor and Topic Editor on Creativity from Multiple Cognitive Science Perspectives – Frontiers in Psychology/Cognitive Science & Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence/Computational Intelligence.
  • 2017 – Guest Editor on a Special Issue on Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning for the Cognitive Systems Research journal.
  • 2017 – Editor of the CEUR Proceedings of the ProSocrates 2017 workshop.
  • 2017 – Organizing the 2nd Edition of the ProSocrates Symposium at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg.
  • 2016 – Organizing the ProSocrates 2016 Symposium – Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems – at KogWis 2016;

Awards and Funding

  • 2017 – Awarded the 1st Prize for the best Doctoral Dissertation in Science by the OLB.
  • 2017 – Award for obtaining research project funding with the German Science Foundation, by Universität Bremen.
  • 2016 – 2019 – Grant for the Creative Cognitive Systems project by the German Science Foundation.
  • 2016 – 2018 – HWK Junior Associate Fellowship;
  • 2016 – Second DAAD RISE funding for an intern research fellowship;
  • 2015 – Impulse grant for empirical think aloud research on insight problem solving;
  • 2015 – Secured funding via DAAD RISE for an intern research fellowship;
  • 2013 – Invited as 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;
  • 2011-2012 – Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, SFB/TR8 – The interdisciplinary Transregional Collaborative Research Center Spatial Cognition: Reasoning, Action, Interaction, at Cognitive Systems, University of Bremen;
  • 2011 – Award for student project, Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school;
  • 2010 – Distinction for MSc thesis in Cognitive Computing, University of London;
  • 2000-2005 – Merit scholarship for undergraduate studies five years in a row, West University, 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.

Teaching

  • Cognitive Systems, 19328411, Institute of Informatics, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany, WiSe 2018-2019.
  • Creativity in Cognitive Systems, 03-ME-711.15, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2017.
  • Cognitive Systems, 711.01, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2014.
  • Cognitive Systems, 711.01, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2013.
  • Cognitive Modeling, 711.02, FB3 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Bremen, Germany, 2012.

Affiliations/Memberships

  • AISB – The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour
  • CSS – Cognitive Science Society
  • GK – German Society for Cognitive Science
  • HWK – Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg – Institute for Advanced Study