International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics
- MAY 21-23, 2020 -

- Organized by -
IEEE Computer Society - Test Technology Technical Council
Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania, Department of Automation
IPA-S.A. - R&D Institute for Automation, Cluj-Napoca subs., Romania

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About AQTR Conference

The Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics, AQTR 2020 (THETA 22), which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on May 21-23, 2020. The conference follows the tradition of the 21st automation and testing-related scientific events, organized in Cluj-Napoca since 1981 under the name THETA/AQTR.

AQTR 2020 is an international forum for researchers in the field of automation, quality, testing and robotics. It will bring together researchers, equipment manufacturers, software developers and end-users to discuss the current trends and future directions of control and testing technologies and their industrial and social applications in the private and the public sectors. Active participation of students and graduate students is strongly encouraged.

Accepted papers will be included in IEEE Xplore and submitted for Clarivate/ISI indexing (all the editions since 2006 are indexed in Clarivate/ISI Web of Science).

1599All time accepted papers
1923All time participants
45All time countries


AQTR'20 will be held in Cluj-Napoca, the main city in Transylvania. With its rich historical and cultural heritage, Cluj-Napoca is an intellectual centre with an active society, renowned universities, museums, theatres and eye-catching architecture.


Cluj is an important academic, industrial and commercial center. It is a dynamic multicultural and diverse city with a population of around 350000 inhabitants and 120000 students. The city was the 2015 European Youth Capital.

Online conference access

The conference will be held online, hosted on Microsoft Teams, enabled by the co-organizer Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.
We recommend installing the Microsoft Teams application for Windows. There are free install kits available for Windows, OSX, Linux, iOS, Android.
If you do not want to install, you can access Teams directly from the web browser (Edge, Chrome, not Firefox, not Safari).

Here is a short tutorial on using Teams to access AQTR 2020.

Each presenter will do the presentation from their own computer (or other suitable device), while sharing their screen and talking, then discussing with the participants.
The meetings will not be recorded.

Please make sure that your laptop/computer/tablet/phone/microwave has a reliable Internet connection and a functioning microphone.

Conference program with clickable links that take you to the correct Teams meeting directly.

AQTR Conference Program

Program at a glance

Detailed program booklet

Plenary talks

Paolo Prinetto

Politecnico di Torino

CyberChallenge: A game, A challenge, An opportunity

Paolo Bernardi

Politecnico di Torino

Today's Automotive Device Testing Challenges and Research Perspectives for the Academy

Manufacturing Automotive System-on-Chip is becoming always more challenging and it is estimated that the quality aspects are weighting up to the 50% of the entire productive flow costs. The talk will depict the general scenario about all efforts put in the manufacturing flow of a today's automotive chip, including technology qualification, design for testability, wafer sort/final test/burn-in/system level test, in-field self-test, certification tools and field return failure analysis. Finally, major research perspectives for the Academy will be discussed.

Cătălin Golban

Robert Bosch SRL

Automated driving – current status and what comes next

Even if it is on the decreasing slope of the hype cycle, automated driving stays a realizable, challenging and attractive technology field from both series development and research point of view. The presentation will show the main trends in the ongoing development, some of the remaining challenges ahead, and how Bosch Engineering Center Cluj is contributing to this leading-edge development.

Important dates

Event  |  Deadline
Special session proposals  |  January 20, 2020
Paper submission  |  January 20, 2020   February 7, 2020
Notification of acceptance  |  April 15, 2020
Camera-ready papers  |  April 30, 2020

Advance registration  |  April 30, 2020   May 7, 2020
Late registration  |  May 7, 2020

Student forum submission  |  April 24, 2020   May 4, 2010
Student forum notification of acceptance  |  May 7, 2020   May 10, 2010
Student forum camera-ready papers  |  May 17, 2020

Registration fees

Each paper must have a full registration for presentation of the paper at the conference and for inclusion of the same in the proceedings (maximum 1 paper/registered author/fee). A Student registration only, is not sufficient for inclusion in the program and proceedings.

Advance registration is until the 30th of April, 2020. 7th of May, 2020

Registrations are open until the 7th of May, 2020. Registrations and payments will not be processed after this day.

Fee type Currency
IEEE Member
Advance registration 160 150 720
Late registration 200 188 902
IEEE Non-member
Advance registration 200 188 902
Late registration 250 234 1123
IEEE Student member
Advance registration 88 83 398
Late registration 110 103 494
IEEE Student Non-member
Advance registration 110 103 494
Late registration 138 129 619
IEEE Life & Retired member
Advance registration 88 83 398
Late registration 110 103 494

The registration fee for IEEE Member, IEEE Non-member, IEEE Life & Retired member includes: access to all the conference sessions; Proceedings (online); Program (online); publication of one paper that you authored and was accepted.

The registration fee for IEEE Student member, IEEE Student Non-member includes: access to all the conference sessions; Proceedings (online); Program (online). This registration fee does not include the publication of your paper.

Inclusion in IEEE Xplore

Accepted papers (except Poster and Student Forum) will be included in IEEE Xplore and submitted for ISI indexing (the previous editions are indexed in ISI Web of Science), after they are presented.

IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference, also from IEEE Xplore® Digital Library, if the paper is not presented by the author at the conference.

Papers accepted for Poster presentation and Student Forum will not be included in the IEEE AQTR 2020 Proceedings and will not be indexed in IEEE Xplore, but they will be included in a separate AQTR 2020 volume, with its own ISBN code.

AQTR Conference Registration

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Organizing committee

General Chairs

Liviu Miclea
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Ioan Stoian
IPA Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Honorary Chair

Yervant Zorian
Synopsys, USA

General Vice-Chair

Mihail Abrudean
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Program and Tutorial Chairs

Paula Raica
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Finance Chairs

Mihail Abrudean
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Teodora Sanislav
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Dan Goța
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Industrial Relations Chairs

Ovidiu Stan
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Honoriu Vălean
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Special Session Chairs

Mirela Dobra
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Publicity Chairs

Iulia Ştefan
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Web & Publication Chairs

Szilárd Enyedi
TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Program Committee Topic Chairs


Program Committee

Nicoleta Arghira

Radu Arsinte

Radu Babiceanu

Roxana Both-Rusu

Adrian Burlacu

Lucian Busoniu

Alexandru Codrean

Adrian Colesa

Cristinel Costea

Mircea Cristea

Mihaela Dinsoreanu

Virgil Dobrota

Jozsef Domokos

Monica Dragoicea

Eva Dulf

Ioan Dumitrache

Ioana Fagarasan

Silviu Folea

Eugen Gergely

Bogdan Groza

Wolfgang Halang

Sorin Herle

Sergiu Stelian Iliescu

Jimmy Lauber

Zsofia Lendek

Eugen Lupu

Cosmin Marcu

Konrad Markowski

Oliviu Matei

George Mois

Traian Muntean

Cristina Muresan

Vlad Muresan

Pal-Stefan Murvay

Ioan Nascu

Anastasios Natsakis

Octavian Pastravanu

Carla Pinto

Doina Pisla

Petrica Pop Sitar

Theodor D. Popescu

Dumitru Popescu

Dan Popescu

Mihai Postolache

Romain Postoyan

Radu-Emil Precup

Antonio Sala

Gheorghe Sebestyen

Dan Selisteanu

Helga Silaghi

Valentin Sita

Iulia Stamatescu

Martin Stava
Czech Republic

Octavian Stefan

Alin Suciu

Levente Tamas

Romulus Terebes

Mihaela Unguresan

Mircea Vaida

Cristian Vasar

Ioana Vatajelu

Mihail Voicu


Reaching Cluj Napoca

We will meet online, this time.


Control systems

Modeling and simulation; fault-detection and isolation; fault models; control methods; realtime systems; decision support systems; distributed systems; intelligent systems; automotive systems.

Quality and Testing

IoT and CPS dependability; automatic test generation; design for testability; built-in selftest/repair; reliability; software QA; system testing; machine learning and test; quality of experiments; field trials and deployment; advanced metering infrastructure; wide-area monitoring; test, reliability and security of emerging technologies.

Robot control

Mobile robots; cooperative robots; parallel structures; machine vision; sensor fusion.


Cyber-physical systems; industry 4.0 applications; software applications; network sensors; image processing; eHealth; eLearning; eCitizen and Smart City.

Special sessions

Researchers working in the conference topics are encouraged to submit proposals for organizing special sessions.

Each proposal should include a half-page description of the theme of the special session along with a list of at least five papers (authors and tentative titles) that will be submitted to the session.

The organizers may be the (co-)authors of at most two papers in the proposed session. Proposals for special sessions should be submitted to the special session chair, Mirela Dobra (mirela.trusca[at]

Papers submitted for a special session will be reviewed exactly in the same manner as the regular papers. Each session should have at least five accepted papers. The session organizers should ensure that at least one of the authors for each paper will register for the conference and present the paper.

Accepted Special Sessions


Separation Processes Modeling and Control

Detailed information available here


Recent Trends in Modeling and Control Applications

Detailed information available here


Workshop on Cognitive Systems for Personal Robots and Autonomous Vehicles

Detailed information available here

Student forum

Student presentations in the above topics. This session is addressed to the undergraduate students and master students.

You will find guidelines for authors, below. Papers have to be submitted through the paper submission site (the same as for the main conference).

The accepted papers in this session will be published in a separate electronic volume with ISBN.

Registration for Student Forum section is free of charge. For any other information, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Forum Chair - Adina.Astilean[at]

Paper submission

Please follow the Author Guidelines for Paper submission.

Guidelines for authors

Each submitted paper should be a complete PDF manuscript, up to six (6) pages (inclusive of all figures, tables, and bibliography) in a standard IEEE format: A4 pages, two columns, single spaced, 10 points Times New Roman font. IEEE template that can be found [here]. Papers not compliant with the IEEE template or exceeding the page limit will be returned without review! Papers identified as double submissions with respect to other conferences and/or journals will be rejected.

A submission of a scientific paper is considered as a commitment that, upon acceptance, authors will submit their camera-ready version for inclusion in the formal proceedings and will present the paper (or the poster) at the conference. AQTR reserves the right to remove from IEEE Xplore papers that have not been presented at the conference.

Accepted posters and Student forum papers will be published in a separate electronic volume with ISBN, not submitted to IEEE Xplore or ISI.


For the Automation and Applied Informatics Department's student community, this year, AQTR Organizers decided to rise the stake and to organise the AQTR IoT Challenge.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects - devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity - that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

Design and implement your most crazy IoT idea

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