International Conference on Automation, Quality and Testing, Robotics
- MAY 24-26 -

- 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 2018 (THETA 21), which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on May 24-26 2018. The conference follows the tradition of the 20 automation and testing-related scientific events, organized in Cluj-Napoca since 1981 under the name THETA/AQTR.

AQTR 2018 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 ISI indexing (the previous three editions are indexed in ISI Web of Science).

1511All time accepted papers
1811All time participants
42All time countries


AQTR'18 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.

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 and posters that have not been presented at the conference.

Please note that the projectors are 4/3 aspect ratio (not widescreen), 1024x768 resolution.

Paper submission submission

Please follow the Author Guidelines for Paper submission.

Important dates

Event  |  Deadline
Special session proposals  |  January 8, 2018
Paper submission  |  January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance  |  March 30, 2018
Camera-ready papers  |  April 14, 2018
Advance registration  |  May 04, 2018
Late registration  |  May 9, 2018

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 2 papers/registered author/fee). A Student registration only, sn not sufficient for inclusion in the program and proceedings. Advance registration is until the 4th of May, 2018. Registrations are open until the 9th of May, 2018.

Accepted papers will be included in IEEE Xplore and submitted for ISI indexing (the previous editions are indexed in ISI Web of Science).

Fee type Currency
IEEE Member
Advance registration 280 240 1150
Late registration 350 300 1400
IEEE Non-member
Advance registration 350 300 1400
Late registration 440 375 1750
IEEE Student member
Advance registration 155 135 650
Late registration 195 165 750
IEEE Student Non-member
Advance registration 195 165 750
Late registration 250 215 1000
IEEE Life & Retired member
Advance registration 155 135 650
Late registration 195 165 750
Accompanying person
Adv./late registration 150 130 600

AQTR 2018 Full Registration fee for IEEE members / IEEE retired/life members / non IEEE members includes: access to all the conference sessions; conference proceedings (on USB stick) and Program Booklet; coffee breaks; 2 lunches (Thursday, Friday); welcome cocktail; social event; souvenirs.

AQTR 2018 Student Registration fee for IEEE student members / non IEEE student members includes: access to all the conference sessions; conference proceedings (on USB stick) and Program Booklet; coffee breaks; 2 lunches (Thursday, Friday); welcome cocktail; social event; souvenirs. Please scan your student ID and have the scan ready when registering, to upload it with the form.

The accompanying person fee includes: Access to all the conference sessions; coffee breaks; 2 lunches (Thursday, Friday); welcome cocktail; social event.

Inclusion in IEEE Xplore

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 will not be included in the IEEE AQTR 2018 Proceedings and will not be indexed in IEEE Xplore, but they will be included in a separate AQTR 2018 volume, with its own ISBN code.

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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

Dorina Căpăţînă
IPA Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Special Session Chairs

Mirela Dobra
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

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


Reaching Cluj Napoca

Due to its location (equal distance between two East-European capitals, Bucharest and Budapest) and its economic situation, Cluj-Napoca is easy to reach by different means of transport:

By plane

Cluj-Napoca International Airport, located at 8 km from the city center, offer directs regular flights to the following domestic and international destination and returns: Barcelona, Bari, Basel, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Charleroi, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Dubai, Dublin, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Iasi, Istanbul, Köln, Larnaca, Liverpool, Luton, Madrid, Malmö, Malta, Memmingen, Munich, Nisa, Nüremberg, Rome, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Timisoara, Treviso, Valencia, Warsaw, Zaragoza

Cluj-Napoca International Airport is linked with the city center:

Other options for those who do not have direct flights to/from Cluj-Napoca International Airport are offered by the Bucharest and Budapest international airports, the links between these European capitals and Cluj-Napoca being made by plane, by train, by car or by bus.

By train

Cluj-Napoca railway station, located in the city center, offers direct train connections with the following European capitals: Bucharest, and Budapest.

By car and long distance bus

Cluj-Napoca is linked with Bucharest through the following main routes:

Cluj-Napoca is linked with Budapest through highway M3 and European routes E79 and E60 (483 km).

Cluj-Napoca Beta bus station, located near the railway station, offers direct bus connections with Bucharest and Budapest.


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.

Hardware & Software Security - Special track

Cryptography, secure programming, authentication & control, attacks, side channel attacks, blockchain, security protocols, local defence, end-user security, hardware security, web security, mobile security, cloud security, legal and ethical aspects.

Student forum

Student presentations in the above 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, 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.


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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