Title: Membrane computing with complex objects
Radu Nicolescu is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Auckland, New Zealand (which is ranked at 38 in the world, according to the QS 2013 World Rankings section for Computer Science and Information Systems).
He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Bucharest (Romania). Before joining the current department, he worked at the University of Bucharest and later five years in industry, on combinatorial optimization and robotics projects (Austria and Germany).
His research interests include discrete mathematical models, formal languages, compiler construction, logical and functional programming, parallel and distributed computing, information coding and complexity. In the last five years he has published 7 papers in peer reviewed journals and 19 papers in international conferences. He had an invited plenary talk at the 12th edition of the Conference for Membrane Computing, Fontainebleau, France, 2011. Currently, he is director of the Communications and Information Technology Research (CITR) research group and coordinator of the Models for Parallel and Distributed Computing profile.
During his career, he received a few significant distinctions and awards, such as: First place at the national level Mathematical Olympiad (Romania, 1966), Award of the Ministry of Education for Excellence in Applied Research (Romania, 1983), Distinguished Teaching Award (University of Auckland, 2001), Michael Lennon Award for Excellence as Head Judge (ACM Programming Competition, South Pacific Region, 2003).