Assistant Professor and Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, Department of Chemical Engineering/ Applied Informatics and Automation group, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania
Elena-Niculina Dragoi received her B.Eng.(2008 - Computer Science) and M.Sc.(2009 -Distributed Systems) from the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, and her PhD (2012 - Modelling and optimization methodologies based on neuro-evolutive techniques applied to chemical engineering processes) from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi. In 2011 she performed a research stage at Politecnico di Torino, Department of Material Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Italia. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, Iasi, teaching classes related to applied informatics and automation.
The main research interests consist in developing and implementing different types of Artificial Intelligence techniques for solving specific aspects of chemical engineering problems. In particular, optimization techniques belonging the Evolutionary Algorithms and Artificial Immune Systems (represented by Differential Evolution and Clonal Selection Algorithm) are combined with FeedForward multilayer perceptron in order to a) determine optimal structure of the network modelling the process and b) to optimize the process based on the optimal structure previously identified. The main aspects taken into consideration are performance (speed of computation and resources consumed) and easiness of use (by the non-specialized end-user).