The CER (Cloud Enhancing Research on Big Data & Applications) group consists of faculty members and students part of the e-Austria Research Institute (IeAT) and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at West University of Timisoara Romania (UVT).
As a side note, cer is also a Romanian word meaning sky.
The group focuses on research on resource management for large scale systems dealing with applied Big Data problems. Its objective is to strengthen research at IeAT and UVT by engaging students in research activities alongside senior faculty members.
In parallel, it facilitates collaborations with national and international research groups in connected areas through online webinars. Prospective students will have the chance to work on various national and international projects and even pursue doctoral degrees before continuing their academic, research, or industry career in Romania or abroad.
Through these activities it provides an excellent platform for students to discover how research should be done and to publish high quality papers in top conferences and venues.
The group was initiated by dr. Marc Frincu. Marc is an associate professor at UVT and researcher at IeAT working on resource management for clouds. He is also a senior IEEE member. His interests also include fog computing and applied Big Data research, especially for smart grids. Prior to joining UVT Marc was a research associate at University of Southern California and a postdoc at University of Strasbourg where he worked on several academic and industry oriented projects. For some of these he acted as technical manager. He published in various top journals and conferences such as Future Generation Computing Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Springer Computing, Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience, IPDPS, CCGrid, ICDCS. He also acted as guest editor for journals such as Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He is co-chair for the SCRAMBL workshop series (CCGrid 2014-2015) which aims to bridge real-time processing of Big Data with clouds.