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"Politehnica" University of Bucharest

Overview:
"Politehnica" University of Bucharest is a state educational institution providing higher technical training, at both undergraduate (engineering studies - 5 years, college - 3 years) and graduate level (advanced studies - 6th year, doctoral-Ph.D. studies).

Specialized in:
The Bio-Medical Engineering Center (BMEC) brings together expertise in the fields of medicine, biology and engineering, in order to pursue interdisciplinary basic and applied research in the domains of Signal and Image Processing, Morphologic and Functional Tissue and Organ Imaging, Non-Invasive Investigation Techniques, Medical Instrumentation, Telemedicine, BME-ODL, etc. The main directions of research and study are related to topics like Knowledge Computing and Neural Networks, Wavelet Multi-Resolution Analysis, Bio-Medical Data Visualisation, Static and Dynamic Stereopsis.

Description:
The "Politehnica" University of Bucharest (Universitatea "Politehnica" Bucuresti - UPB) is the oldest, the largest, and the most prestigious Technical University of Romania. Its roots are in the first technical school of Romania founded by Gheorghe Lazar in 1818 at the Saint Sava Abbey. UPB has now 12 schools, five of Mechanical Engineering, three of Electrical Engineering, and the Department of Engineering Sciences (founded in July 1990), with all the courses given in large circulation European languages (English, French and German).

To be admitted as UPB's student, one has to be a secondary school graduate (12 years of studies and Baccalaureate diploma) and to pass an entrance examination. The undergraduate curriculum covers five years of studies, including half a year for the graduation (Diploma) project, and leads to an Engineer Diploma. A sixth year of postgraduate studies, ending with a thesis, leads to an "Advanced Studies" diploma. The training can be continued with a doctoral thesis in Engineering Sciences, which, if successfully defended, leads to the title of Doctor Engineer, equivalent to a Ph.D.

The transferable credit system has recently been introduced to quantify the learning load requested by the studies. Currently, UPB has about 22,000 undergraduate students, out of which over 3500 in the first year of study, 630 postgraduate students pursuing advanced studies (sixth year of study), and over 700 postgraduate students enrolled in doctoral studies. Several hundreds of foreign students pursue engineering studies at UPB. The teaching and research activities are carried out by 1830 full time teaching staff persons and by as many part time staff persons, assisted by 3340 administrative, technical and auxiliary staff people.

The R&D activity takes place both in the chairs of the faculties and more than 30 research centers, affiliated to UPB and working on long term contracts in all the fields of expertise of the various departments.

The Bio-Medical Engineering Center (BMEC) is a research center in the framework of the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, organised on the basis of the Law of Education, the Romanian Government Decision no. 57/1992 and the Decision of the university Senate no. 846/014 from July 8th 1996. BMEC is juridically represented by the University "Politehnica" of Bucharest, but is a self-financed entity, with full financial autonomy and responsibility.

Products, projects and services

    The academic staff of the BMEC provides the teaching for students of Bio-Medical Engineering Sciences' advanced studies (6th year of study) organised at the Department of Engineering Studies of UPB. BMEC has been an active partner in several joint EU educational and research projects like TEMPUS S_JEP-07817 - "Structuring University Centres for Medical Physics and Medical Engineering in Romania", the EUROMED project, and the "Concerted Action for NIR Spectroscopy and Imaging".

    BMEC is currently co-ordinating the "Bird-View" project - Synthesis of 3D scenes from 2D sequences of images, financed by the World Bank, as well as several other projects, financed by the National Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation of Romania.

Contact information:
"Politehnica" University of Bucharest
Bio-Medical Engineering Center, Department of Engineering Sciences
Dr. Paul Cristea
Spl. Independentei 313, sector 6
77206 Bucharest, Romania
Tel.: +40-1-4100391
Fax: +40-1-4115365
E-mail: pcristea@paul.dsp.pub.ro

Last update:
Bucharest, Wednesday 27th October 1999