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Adrian Stoica:
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EEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Magazine introduces Adrian Stoica, a member
of the Society's Board of Governors.
Stoica is also a senior research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL).
SMC Magazine: What is your current position, and what was your
journey to get there?
Stoica: For more than 20 years,
I have been with the NASA JPL, the
leading center for robotic space exploration. JPL, in Pasadena, California, is a federally funded research and
development center, staffed by more
than 5,000 and managed for NASA by
the California Institute of Technology
(Caltech). I am a senior research scientist at JPL, a position equivalent to
full professor at Caltech. I am also supervisor of the Robotic Systems Estimation, Decision, and Control Group,
part of the Robotics and Mobility Systems Section in the Autonomous Systems Division.
My journey around the world started in Iasi, Romania, where I was born
and educated. This journey continued in Melbourne, Australia, where I
received my Ph.D., and it brought me
to Pasadena, California, 20 years ago.
I grew up in Iasi (also spelled Jassy
in English), the former capital of the

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adrian Stoica, senior research
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principality of Moldavia, one of the
three historical provinces of Romania. Iasi is a city of culture and home
to the oldest university in Romania.
My father was a university professor and nurtured in me a love for
knowledge and respect for the academic world.
I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical
University of Iasi and then worked in
industry designing systems with microprocessors before moving back to
the university to become an assistant
professor. I almost completed a Ph.D.
in fuzzy control, but when the borders
opened at the fall of communism, I decided to explore opportunities abroad.
I moved to Australia and started
a Ph.D. program at Victoria Univer-

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sity in Melbourne, but this time in
robotics. I was given the freedom
to choose the research topic and
chose something ambitious, aiming
to enable robots to learn by observing people performing tasks involving
movement. I remember taking lessons
in aikido and fencing to watch how the
coach instructed students, combining
verbal descriptions and illustrating
body movements. It was pioneering
work in the field, now referred to as
learning by imitation, and my Ph.D.
thesis Motion Learning by Robot Apprentices-A Fuzzy Neural Approach
seemed to be the first Ph.D. thesis in
this field of endeavor.
In 1995, the last year of my Ph.D.
work, I gained permanent residency
in the United States through the Diversity Visa Program (the so-called
Green Card Lottery). As a result, I
moved to North America and joined
JPL. Although I moved to JPL because
of its leadership position in robotics,
my first career there was in designing intelligent and reliable computer
systems. For a number of years, I built
smart very-large-scale integration
integrated circuits (ICs), implementing fuzzy logic, neural networks, and,
later, evolutionary algorithms.
In 2008, I moved to the robotics
section and refocused my efforts
on robots and human-robot interaction. Over the years, I led the
development of new technologies,
created new concepts, initiated new
research projects, obtained funding,
and led in efforts to produce successful demonstrations. As principal
investigator, I guided many projects
for NASA and non-NASA sponsors,
including five projects for the U.S.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). I wrote more
than 150 articles, obtained seven
patents, and participated in leading
roles at many conferences.



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