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 (all the editions since 2006 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.

AQTR'18 Conference Program

Program at a glance

Detailed program

Program booklet, as printed for the attendees.

Conference Venue & Maps

Invited talks

Dennis Raabe

Testing 4.0 - Agility as solution?

Testing is a profession which can only be done with passion – as an industry we seem to struggle to show the work that we do. The entire development world is changing and talking about agility, artificial intelligence or machine learning. What is the next step in this testing industry – Testing 4.0? Do we have to follow these trends, is there a need to adapt? How can we deal with this extreme and continuously increasing number of software releases and still be reliable? Automatization is only one of the steps that we as testers have to go. Moreover we have to challenge the organizations and our approach in this volatile world.

Short bio:
Dennis Raabe, Vice President of Bosch Engineering Center Cluj started his career in Bosch in 2006, after receiving his Dipl.-Ing (FH) in Informatics followed by the M.Eng degree in Communication Technology.

In the early years, Mr. Raabe worked as test manager for Electric Power Steering and later as Leader Software & Testing for Photovoltaic Inverters at Bosch Germany. In 2015 Dennis took over the responsibility for Bosch Engineering Center in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The young organization that today has roughly 400 associates is delivering innovative solutions in software, hardware and reliability engineering. The main projects focus on automated driving, vehicle electrification and connected devices & industry. In order to sustain the continuous growth in projects, responsibility and associates, in 2018 the organization reached one of its most important milestones: the start of construction for its own SW development building in the heart of Cluj-Napoca.

Antonio Varriale

Next Generation of Cybersecurity: A full disruptive approach

Trends continue to show more hyper-connected workplaces and the increasing availability of “smart” devices around the world have sparkled a chain reaction when it comes to security risks. There is a need of a new vision of next generation cybersecurity, based on a combination of innovative hardware, software and disruptive defence schemes while taking advantage of artificial intelligence, with state of the art encryption and customised algorithms for government-grade national security, when required. Standard cybersecurity solutions are focused on collecting information and events from the end-points and try to match well-known cybersecurity attack patterns, daily updated from hundreds of (sometimes questionable) sources. The next generation approach is based on hybrid deep machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) built on real hacker behavioural models and implemented on fully-controlled secure hardware, endpoints data collection (data-in-motion) and storage (data-at-rest) protection capabilities. Under this disruptive and multi-faceted approach, new exploits and weaknesses can be discovered in realtime and analysed through continuous learning of changing behavioural patterns to help to mitigate further attacks at both end-point (local) and infrastructure (global) level.

Short bio:
Antonio Varriale started his career as a System On Chip HW & SW developer at CSELT. He spent over 5 years in Telecom Italia Lab developing secure mobile platforms and services.

Driven by a huge passion for innovation and creativity Antonio produced several patents in a few years. After completing a master in Business and Telecommunications he worked as an ICT and Security consultant for European and Asian companies. He moved to Blu5 View Pte Ltd Singapore to lead the Research & Development creating a great portfolio of HW/SW platforms and products including PipeComm® (

He has finally joined Blu5 Labs Ltd to head the Maltese company and create new technologies and solutions, including SEcube™ (, in reply to the more and more challenging market requirements.

Paolo Prineto

IoT Security and Trust Challenges

Giorgio Di Natale

Hardware Authentication and Trust

Internet of Things will soon connect billions of devices, leading to an increasing number of security challenges. To improve security, an IoT device should have strict rules to access the network (including authentication and trust). However, security experts have warned of the potential risk of large numbers of unsecured devices connected to the Internet. Indeed, these objects will reach a sufficient lifetime to become vulnerable to attacks that are not known at the design time. This talk will address the hardware authentication and trust mechanisms that will prevent such weaknesses.

Ioana Vatajelu

Emerging Memories for Security Primitives

The rapid development of low power, high density, high performance SoCs has pushed the embedded memories to their limits and opened the field to the development of emerging memory technologies. The Spin-Transfer-Torque Magnetic Random Access Memory (STT-MRAM) has emerged as a promising choice for embedded memories due to its reduced read/write latency and high CMOS integration capability. Inner properties of STT-MRAMs make them suitable for the implementation of basic security primitives such Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs) and True Random Number Generators (TRNGs). PUFs are security primitives used to implement low-cost device authentication and secure secret key generation. On the other hand, TRNGs generate random numbers from a physical process. We will show how it is possible to exploit (i) the high variability affecting the electrical resistance of the magnetic device to build a robust, unclonable and unpredictable PUF, and (ii) the stochastic nature of the write operation in the magnetic device to generate randomly distributed numbers.

Alin Farcas

Cristian Stanus

Process Safety in Off-Shore Deep Sea Oil Extraction

The last decade of increasing demand for energy has accelerated the development of off-shore deep sea wells extraction technology. Although major accidents in the past have led to improvements of design and safety in offshore projects, such accidents still occur, harming people, damaging the environment and company assets. Identification and assessment of Risk and implementation of Safety Instrumented System is mandatory and critical in order to eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level the probability of occurrence of undesired events. This is achieved using specific techniques of risk analysis and systems design that have to meet strict standards such as IEC 61508/61511/615013. This presentation will introduce the basic terms of Functional Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems with references to off-shore deep sea oil extraction processes.

Short bio Alin Farcas:
PhD. Automation Engineer, graduated at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2006. General Director at ARQES since 2011, specialized in Engineering Services for worldwide process industry.

Short bio Cristian Stanus:
Automation Engineer, graduated at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2012. Safety Software Application Engineer in Oil & Gas process Industry at ARQES since 2013 specialized in Offshore Oil Extraction safety control systems.

Andreea Raṭiu

Emerson Process Simulation in the Digital Era

Through Process Simulation Emerson is aiming to improve the way automation projects are executed and also the way our customers are operating their plant. We are delivering these competitive advantage through extensive use of Digital Twin, Virtual Plant in the Cloud and Immersive 3D Simulations. Recent changes in Emerson (Minah Acquisition and AspenTech Alliance) allows more focused on:

  • high-fidelity simulation to help validate project design and train operators before start-up;
  • manufacturing and supply chain software, including advanced process control software designed for highly complex operations;
  • and asset performance management software to improve plant reliability.

This presentation will cover some of the details of these technologies and provide a few examples of how they could be used, both in the automation project delivery phase to eliminate cost, reduce complexity and accommodate late changes, as well as in the plant operation phase to optimize production, improve reliability, minimize emissions and ensure safety.

Phd automation engineer with over 10 years of experience in process control and dynamic simulation projects:

  • Automation Diploma 2008 – Simulation of a pyrolysis pipe in DeltaV
  • Emerson Intern in the Discrete Control System team (2008) and Emerson fellow in Advanced Process Control team UK (2010)
  • Teaching Assistant for the Optimization Course (2011)
  • Automation and Chemical Engineering PhD. (2008 - 2011) – Simulation and Optimization of a Power Plant, Ethylene Plant and Coking Plant using DeltaV PredictPro
  • Process Simulation Engineer (2011 - 2014) – Medium/ High Fidelity Simulation & DeltaV integration
  • Process Simulation Technical Lead Engineer (2014 - 2015) - Technical Leader for medium and high fidelity operator training simulation projects (5+ engineers teams), eg. BP Quad OTS, the largest process simulation project in Emerson
  • Advanced Loop Services & Optimization Engineer (2016)– tuning, advanced control, DCS changes, demo development for the Advanced Loop Services team
  • Senior Process Simulation Engineer (2017) – Execution and Coordination of High fidelity simulation projects & integration for major Oil&Gas customers: Maersk, Lukoil, MOL
  • Process Simulation Engineering Team Leader (2017 - present) - supervising and coordinating the activity of the assigned engineering team.
Coordinated internships of over 20 Automation & Chemical Engineering students from Cluj and from abroad as well as research activities for Engineering and Master Thesis.

Radu Toev

Lucian Itu

GPU based workflows in AWS: Cinematic Rendering and A

Siemens Romania - Corporate Technology

Social Event

This year, AQTR offers the choice of two social events, which will unfold simultaneously. In order to participate, please state your choice when you submit the registration form, in Step 4: Registration details > General comments.

Both buses will leave on May 25, 15:00, from the parking of Hotel Sport (after the Friday lunch at Chios Social Lounge, 3 min/260m from Chios on foot, 9 min/800m from Hotel Platinia on foot, 11 min/800m from Grand Hotel Napoca on foot).

AQTR'18 Conference Registration

Bank info, steps, registration form.

Important dates

Event  |  Deadline
Special session proposals  |  January 8, 2018
Paper submission  |  January 15, 2018
Extended paper submission  |  February 8, 2018
Notification of acceptance  |  March 30, 2018
Camera-ready papers  |  April 14, 2018
Student forum submission  |  April 24, 2018
Student forum notification of acceptance  |  May 07, 2018
Student forum camera-ready papers  |  May 17, 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, is 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 (all previous editions since 2006 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 and Student forum 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.


The conference organizers have negotiated with several hotels to offer rooms at discounted prices, for our attendees. Limited number of rooms. Please mention the conference (AQTR 2018 at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca) before making the reservation:

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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

Adela Pușcașiu
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

Nicoleta Arghira

Radu Arsinte

Camelia Avram

Radu Babiceanu

Olivier Barais

Peter Bikfalvi

Theodor Borangiu

Roxana Both-Rusu

Radu Babiceanu

Adrian Burlacu

Lucian Busoniu

Marco Ceccarelli

Alexandru Codrean

Adrian Colesa

Cristinel Costea

Mircea Cristea

Alexandra Csavdari

Robin De Keyser

Mihaela Dinsoreanu

Radu Dobrescu

Virgil Dobrota

Jozsef Domokos

Monica Dragoicea

Eva Dulf

Ioana Fagarasan

Adrian Filipescu

Silviu Folea

Eugen Gergely

Bogdan Groza

Wolfgang Halang

Sorin Herle

Eugen Iancu

Eugen Lupu

Cosmin Marcu

Konrad Markowski

George Mois

Traian Muntean

Vlad Muresan

Pal-Stefan Murvay

Ioan Nascu

Octavian Pastravanu

Carla Pinto

Petrica Pop Sitar

Theodor D. Popescu

Dumitru Popescu

Dan Popescu

Mihai Postolache

Romain Postoyan

Radu-Emil Precup

Mircea Bogdan Radac

Antonio Sala

Gheorghe Sebestyen

Helga Silaghi

Valentin Sita

Octavian Stefan

Alin Suciu

Levente Tamas

Romulus Terebes

Stefan Trausan-Matu

Mihaela Unguresan

Mircea Vaida

Gabriela Varvara

Ioana Vatajelu

Matei Vinatoru

Lucian Vintan

Mihail Voicu

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. This session is address to the undergraduate students. The accepted papers in this session will be publish in a separate electronic volume with ISBN.

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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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.
Registration for Student Forum section is free of charge.
For any other informations please don't hesitate to contact the Student Forum Chair - adina.astilean[at]

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

Student forum - important dates

Student forum submission
April 24, 2018

Student forum notification of acceptance
May 07, 2018

Student forum camera-ready papers
May 17, 2018

Student forum - program

Paper submission

Please follow the Author Guidelines for Paper submission.