AQTR 2016

- May 19-21 -

International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics
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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The Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics, AQTR 2016 (THETA 20), which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on May 19-21 2016. The conference follows the tradition of the 19 automation and testing-related scientific events, organized in Cluj-Napoca since 1981 under the name THETA/AQTR.

AQTR 2016 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.

Selected papers will be included in IEEE Xplore and submitted for ISI indexing (the previous edition was indexed in ISI Web of Science).


AQTR'16 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 registration, using the conference registration form, is mandatory for conference attendance.

Payment solutions include online credit card payment (processed by PayU. Legal terms.), wire transfer or at the registration desk.

More info is available on the registration page.


Event Deadline
Special session proposals January 12, 2016
Paper submission February 2, 2016
Notification of acceptance April 5, 2016
Camera-ready papers April 25, 2016
Advance registration May 04, 2016
Late registration May 9, 2016

Camera ready submission

Please follow the Author Guidelines for Camera Ready paper submission: papers accepted for oral presentation, papers accepted for poster presentation.


Control systems

Modeling and simulation, fault-detection and isolation, fault models, control methods, real-time systems, decision support systems, distributed systems, intelligent systems, embedded systems.

Quality and Testing

Dependable systems, automatic test generation, design for testability, built-in self-test/repair, reliability, software testing, system testing, service testing, QoS, quality of experiments, networking and security, field trials and deployment, advanced metering infrastructure, wide-area monitoring, technology trends and the impact on error rates.

Robot control

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


Industrial applications, software applications, cyber-physical systems, large-scale and critical systems, network sensors, image processing, eHealth, eLearning, eCitizen and SmartCity.

Student forum

Student presentations in the above topics.


On test technology topics, offered by IEEE TTTC Test Technology Educational Program (TTEP) 2016 (

On other conference topics

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, Zsofia Lendek (zsofia.lendek[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.

Special sessions


Prof. Efstratios Pistikopoulos1

Ioana Nascu2, PhD Student

Dana Copot3, PhD Student

1Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M, College Station TX
2Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE), Imperial College London SW7 2AZ, London, U.K
3Dept. of Electrical energy, Systems and Automation, Ghent University

This session will include presentations that report on relevant applications of process control techniques to a wide range of chemical engineering systems.

The aim of this special session is to bring researchers and professionals together in order to address and discuss recent developments on chemical process system enginering techniques regarding theory, methodology, software and modeling, calibration and control related applications in both academia and industry. Participation of researchers, practitioners, teaching faculty and all those interested is highly welcome.

Authors of this special session are welcomed to submit original research describing scientific and engineering aspects and techniques related to chemical processes system enginering. Submissions describing industrial applications and the associated challenges that were solved are strongly encouraged.

The topics of this special session include (but are not limited to): analysis, modeling, identification, simulation, model calibration, state and parameters estimation, control techniques etc, applied to chemical processes.


Eng. Ioan Nascu1, PhD

Eng. Marian Barbu2, PhD

Eng. Ruben Crisan1, PhD

Eng. Dorina Capatana3

Eng. Iulia Stefan1, PhD Student

1Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Department of Automation
2"Dunarea de Jos" University of Galaţi, Department of System Engineering
3IPA SA CIFATT Cluj Subsidiary

Water and wastewater industry has reached a global coverage and new technologies are impacting this complex industry. Over the past decade, considerable investments have been made in the developments in processes and phenomena understanding, models development, on-line instrumentation, monitoring and control strategies and water resources management.

The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers and professionals in the water and wastewater industries in order to address and discuss recent developments on instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), and automatic control and to discuss the issues, challenges and technologies affecting the treatment and distribution of water, the collection and treatment of wastewater and the water resources management.

We invite anyone involved with the automation, instrumentation, system integration, operation, maintenance and management in the water and wastewater sector to submit original research describing scientific and engineering aspects and techniques related to monitoring, supervisory and control systems in water and wastewater management, including water processing and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment.

The topics of this special session include (but are not limited to):

  • water processing and distribution: analysis, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, control techniques.
  • sewer networks and wastewater treatment: analysis, modeling, identification, simulation, model calibration, state and parameters estimation, control techniques.
  • water management: collaborative instruments for water management, critical water infrastructure managements (dams,dikes,channels,etc.), practice in total water management.


Cristina I. Muresan1, Phd

Eva H. Dulf1, PhD

Clara Ionescu2, PhD

1Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Department of Automation
2Ghent University, Department of Electrical energy, Systems and Automation, Belgium

Fractional order differentiation is a generalization of classical integer differentiation to real or complex orders. In the last couple of decades, a more profound understating of fractional calculus, as well as the developments in computing technologies combined with the unique advantages of fractional order differ-integrals in capturing closely complex phenomena, lead to ongoing research regarding fractional calculus and to an increasing interest towards using fractional calculus as an optimal tool to describe the dynamics of complex systems.

This special session aims at presenting some recent developments in the field, focusing, but not limited to: numerical and analytical solutions to fractional order systems, new implementation methods, improvements in fractional order derivatives approximation methods, time response analysis of fractional order systems, the analysis, modeling, control of phenomena in: electrical engineering, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, thermal engineering, mechanics, mechatronics, automatic control, biology, biophysics, physics, etc.


Daniel FODOREAN1, Phd

Mamadou B. CAMARA2, PhD

1Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2University of Le-Havre, France

This special session be will focused on the recent developments and new trends with regard to the design and optimization of control techniques, by using the real time strategies, to be used for the optimal energy management in transport applications. Specifically, papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Real time control strategies for electric or hybrid propulsion.
  • Real time control strategies for Ultracapacitor/battery electrified vehicles;
  • Real time control for optimal energy management strategies (Flatness, Predictive etc.) in transport applications; 
  • Real time control strategies for power flow optimization on board of electrified vehicles; 
  • Real time control strategies for optimized dynamics, torque ripple mitigation and fault tolerance;
  • Real time optimized control strategies for cost minimization in trasport applications; 


Cosmin Copot1, Phd

Levente Tamas2, PhD

1Dept. of Electrical energy, Systems and Automation, Ghent University, Belgium
2Dept. of Automation, Robotics and Nonlinear Control (ROCON), Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This session will include presentations that report on relevant robotics related applications which cope with uncertainty in their perception or control modules.

Robotic applications tend to be present in our everyday life, however the specific paradigms from this domain are far from being trivial. Most of the problems can be traced back to the uncertainty either in the perception or in the control part of the robotic system. The common sources for the uncertainty include the ones emerging from the environment representation as well as the ones due to the imprecision in the control actions.

The main aim of this special section is to bring together the researchers dealing with these problems, focusing on the real life application specific solutions within this domain. Thus the participation of researchers from this domain as well as enthusiasts from the emerging robotics field are welcome.

The topics of this special session include (but are not limited to): perception, nonlinear control, robotics application, stochastic modelling.


Mihaela Gordan

Dorina Capatana

Keywords:multimedia data processing, signal processing for big data, big visual data, video analytics, real-time data analytics, multimodal data fusion, scalable computing, distributed computing, parallel computing, machine learning, deep learning, knowledge discovery, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, smart cities, medical analytics

With the explosion of intormation, availability of multimodal data acquisition systems (video cameras, medical devices, mobile devices) and the expansion of the communications systems, social media and e-applications, huge volumes of data - called "big data" - are captured, transmitted and ready for processing daily. While this cna be redarded as a benefit, it is also a problem in terms of storage, intelligent informationa extraction, information integration, interpretation and real time processing.

This special session aims to provide a forum discussing botb established and new techniques adaptable to big data processing and analytics, addressing theoretical or application challenges, with a particular emphasize on the following topics:

  • signal processing and pattern recognition;
  • speech analytics and speech processing;
  • multimedia processing and analysis;
  • big data compression;
  • image and video analysis and understanding;
  • multi-view geometry, 3D computer vision;
  • real time data/signal processing;
  • sparse data processing and analysis;
  • data de-noising;
  • information fusion;
  • machine learning for big and heterogeneous data;
  • deep learning;
  • decision support;
  • systems and knowledge management technologies for big data;
  • applications: biomedical data analysis and interpretation, medical image analytics, video surveillance, biometrics, multimedia.


Mihail Abrudean

Vlad Muresan

Iulia Clitan

Ionut Muntean

Vapour-liquid and liquid-liquid separations are fundamental processes in the Chemical Process Industries. Distillation operations alone are responsible for some 40% of energy usage. Chemical plants commonly have from 40% to 70% of both capital and operating costs in separations. The proper design, modelling, monitoring and control of these separation processes are required in capital and operational savings, increased yield and throughput, improved product characteristics, greater operational flexibility and reduced operational risk. One of the main interests of the organizers represents the isotope separation processes modelling and control, being the theme of several PhD Thesis and research projects from our department. The goal of this special session is to provide experimental or theoretical research work bringing new perspectives to established principles, highlighting unsolved problems or indicating directions for future research. Authors of this special session are welcomed to submit new advances and research results in the fields of separation technology. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Challenges in Separation Technologies
  • Hydrodynamics, heat and mass transfer in separation equipment
  • Process design, operation and intensification
  • Process operations
  • Process modelling, simulation and optimisation
  • Control of Separation Processes


Radu Drobot

Istvan Kovacs

Keywords: environment and water management large scale systems, hydrologic / hydraulic modeling and simulation, real time predictive environment, advanced metering and decision support systems, cyber physical system, big data.

Large scale systems for environment monitoring and water management are enabled by ICT deployment and have the objective to integrate real-time knowledge on demand and supply of different resources. The special session aims to provide a forum discussing the state-of-art and recent advances on this topic, with research and industry representatives in order to establish the framework of their future collaboration.

Topics in instruments for monitoring and control solutions for large scale systems, involve:

  • large scale system for data acquisition,
  • modeling and simulation,
  • quality of water and environment monitoring,
  • innovative demand management systems,
  • decision support systems and data management technologies.


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)

Dorina Căpăţînă (IPA Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Special Session Chair

Zsófia Lendek (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Finance and Industrial Relations Chairs

Mihail Abrudean (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Teodora Sanislav (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Honoriu Vălean (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Publicity Chairs

Iulia Ştefan (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Ovidiu Ghiran (IPA Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Web & Publication Chairs

Szilárd Enyedi (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Ovidiu Stan (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

George Moiș (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Sorin Ignat (IPA Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Program Committee Topic Chairs

Tiberiu Leţia (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Szilárd Enyedi (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Gheorghe Lazea (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Istvan Kovacs (IPA Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Adina Aştilean (TU Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Program Committee

Radu Arsinte (Romania)

Camelia Avram (Romania)

Damian Axente (Romania)

Radu Babiceanu (USA)

Olivier Barais (France)

Alfredo Benso (Italy)

Miguel Bernal (Mexico)

Theodor Borangiu (Romania)

Roxana Both-Rusu (Romania)

Lucian Busoniu (Romania)

Mamadou Camara (France)

Radu Campeanu (Romania)

Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)

Iulia Clitan (Romania)

Alexandru Codrean (Romania)

Cristinel Costea (Romania)

Mircea Cristea (Romania)

Alexandra Csavdari (Romania)

Robin De Keyser (Belgium)

Mihaela Dinsoreanu (Romania)

Mirela Dobra (Romania)

Petru Dobra (Romania)

Virgil Dobrota (Romania)

Jozsef Domokos (Romania)

Monica Dragoicea (Romania)

Radu Drobot (Romania)

Eva Dulf (Romania)

Dan Dumitrache (Romania)

Victor Estrada-Manzo (Mexico)

Ioana Fagarasan (Romania)

Daniel Fodorean (Romania)

Silviu Folea (Romania)

Eugen Gergely (Romania)

Gil Goncalves (Portugal)

Bogdan Groza (Romania)

Kevin Guelton (France)

Thierry Marie Guerra (France)

Wolfgang Halang (Germany)

Sorin Herle (Romania)

Eugen Iancu (Romania)

Sergiu Stelian Iliescu (Romania)

Jimmy Lauber (France)

Corneliu Lazar (Romania)

Christoph Legat (Germany)

Eugen Lupu (Romania)

Cosmin Marcu (Romania)

Konrad Markowski (Poland)

Koppany Mathe (Romania)

Mariana Mocanu (Romania)

George Mois (Romania)

Constantin Morarescu (France)

Ionut Muntean (Romania)

Cristina Muresan (Romania)

Vlad Muresan (Romania)

Ioan Nascu (Romania)

Cristian Nichita (France)

Elod Pall (Romania)

Doru Panescu (Romania)

Octavian Pastravanu (Romania)

Carla Pinto (Portugal)

Doina Pisla (Romania)

Adrian Pisla (Romania)

Petrica Pop Sitar (Romania)

Dan Popescu (Romania)

Theodor D. Popescu (Romania)

Mihai Postolache (Romania)

Romain Postoyan (France)

Radu Precup (Romania)

Matteo Rossi (Italy)

Antonio Sala (Spain)

Gheorghe Sebestyen (Romania)

Dan Selisteanu (Romania)

Helga Silaghi (Romania)

Iulia Stamatescu (Romania)

Octavian Stefan (Romania)

Alin Suciu (Romania)

Levente Tamas (Romania)

Damien Trentesaux (France)

Mihaela Unguresan (Romania)

Mircea Vaida (Romania)

Gabriela Varvara (Romania)

Ioana Vatajelu (Italy)

Matei Vinatoru (Romania)

Mihail Voicu (Romania)

Zeljko Zilic (Canada)

Internet of Things Student Challenge

First upcoming deadline - Team enrollment - March 15, 2016

For the Automation and Applied Informatics’ 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

Find out more

Social event

This year, for the Social Event, the AQTR Organizers chose a newly accessible location with a great view over the Cluj-Napoca area. As the name suggests, the Wonderland Resort offers opportunities for entertainment in a green location, above the city. More details here.

AQTR Student


Detailed program (PDF).

Key dates

Paper submission: May 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance: May 18, 2016

Email address for submissions: adina.astilean[at]

Student Forum Registration

Student forum registration is free of charge. Registered authors of accepted papers will have access to all the conference sessions.

Guide for authors

Make sure you used the A4 IEEE template to format your paper. Six pages is maximum. Shorten your paper, if it is over six pages long.