Department Of Mathematics and Computer Science

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The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science provides specific training forthe students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as mathematics training for all students of the University. Of the 55 members of the Depertament, 46 have a PhD in either Mathematics or Informatics. Of the 6 PhD tutors 3 are full members of the faculty: G. Pitiş (Geometry), G. Munteanu (Geometry), R. Păltănea (Analysis) and 3 are associated members: G.V. Orman (Probabilities), G. Atanasiu (Applied Mathematics), E. Ciurea (Informatics).The department coordinates a number of 16 doctoral students and 2 postdoctoral researchers.

Short history:

The beginning of the Department coincides with the beginning of higher technical education in Braşov in 1949. In 1960 higher education in mathematics was founded in Brasov once with the Pedagogical Institute, followed in 1971 by the formal establishing of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. Since then the faculty’s graduates specialized in: mathematics and informatics, mathematics, informatics, applied informatics and informatics delivered in German. After 1995, several master’s courses in applied mathematics and computer science were developed. Doctoral programmes have been offered since 1990.

The department members conduct advanced research in the fields of mathematics and computer science. The main directions are:

1.     Geometric methods and applications of differential equations: Real and complex Lagrange geometry; Theory of submanifolds; Mechanics of microporous media; Applicationsof partial differential equations; Dynamic systems; Thermoelasticity

2.     Real and complex analysis, stochastic modeling and optimization: Approximation theory; Markov processes and applications in reliability; Theory of analytic functions; Brownian motion and applications; Stochastic processes; Fixed point theory

3.     Algorithms and Software: Parallel distributed programming; Mathematical modeling of engineering problems; Algorithms of programming; Graphs and network optimization; Computer graphics; Machine learning; Cutting and packingproblems; IT security; Distributed databases; Data mining

The scientific results of the departement members have been published in prestigious journals and proceedings of international conferences. In the last five years 50 articles were published in ISI reviewed journals and other 25articles in ISI reviewd conference proceedings. Also the departement members published several books at prestigious publishers: G. Muntanu (Kluwer), R. Paltanea(Birkhauser), M. Marin (Elliot & Fitzpatrick), V. Pescar (BulgarianAcademy) and M. Neagu (Wiley). The department members’ works widely cited in ISI reviewed publications

Six of our professors were granted the Romanian Academy Award for Mathematics:

  • G. Atanasiu (1980), G. Pitis (1991), G. Munteanu (2006), R. Păltănea (2007), E. Păltănea (2010), M. Marin (2012).

National and international grants were obtained on the following topics:

  • New results in the geometry of Finsler, Lagrange and Hamilton spaces (G. Munteanu)
  • Studies in approximation theory and optimization problems; stochastic approximation and applications (R. Păltănea),
  • Monotonic proprieties, extremum principles and applications (M. Pascu),
  • Brownian motion and Applications: monotonicity and extremum properties (M. Pascu),
  • The minimization of execution time of some algorithms in graph theory and applications of graphs in noncommutative geometry.(L. Ciupala)
  • Combinatorial optimization methods and the metaheuristic in operational researches (M. Cocan)
  • Statistical factor analysis for the performance behavior of the tomcat web container (L. Sangeorzan - international)
  • The Geometry of Finsler Spaces with Berwald-Moor metrics (G. Atanasiu – international)

The Faculty and Department of Mathematics and Informatics organized a number of prestigious scientific conferences at Transilvania University of Brasov:

  • Complex Functions and Applications (2004, 2006),
  • 9-eme Colloque Franco-Roumain de Mathematiques Appliquees (2008),
  • Riemannian Geometry and its Applications (2008),
  • The Seventh Congress of Romanian Mathematicians (2011),
  • Finsler Extensions of Relativity Theory (2011).

Cooperation and partnerships

Thedepartment members have significant scientific collaborations within largeprojects with other Romanian and foreign universities or with other faculties from our university in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Mention should be made of:

  • International partnerships with the Foundation on Research Development in the Field of Finsler Geometry (Moscow), Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (Kaunas), Tallin University of Technology EE, (Tallin), and Tartu Ulikool.
  • Bilateral contracts Socrates/Erasmus, 2005-2013, for student and lecturers exchange, agreements made with universities from Germany (Universität Oldenburg, Fachhochschule Fulda, Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Hochschule Heilbronn) - coordinated by L .Sângeorzan
  • Organization, in partnership with Bloomfield College (USA) of a master’s programme in computer science
  • Cooperation with teaching staff from Germany, within the applied computer science course delivered in German.

There is ongoing intensive cooperation with industrial companies:

  • Organizing specialized student practical placements with software companies in Brasov (Siemens, iQuest, Pentalog, Route 66, LSM, etc.)
  • Systematic involvement of partners from industry in organizing the annual session of student research papers
  • Collaboration with Siemens, materialized in the endowment of a computer laboratory
  • Development of educational and technological partnerships with Microsoft, Oracle and other companies:
    • Mention of the following programmes should be made:
  • Sun Academy (since 2008): Aimed at students who wish to obtain professional certifications in Java on standard and enterprise platform and become software architects.
  • OracleAcademy (since 2009) - Advanced Computer Science and Enterprise Business Applications: designed for college and university computer science departments, this option provides the faculty with Oracle database and middleware software, as well as the teaching curriculum.
  • Oracle University Initiative (since 2010): provides vouchers of 40% discount for Oracle exams and Oracle University trainings for our students
  • Computer-Based Testing Provider for Certification and Licensure Exams: Pearson VUE (since 2011): delivers millions of high-stakes tests a year across the globe for clients in the licensure, certification, academic admissions, regulatory, and government testing service markets.