Alexandru Caranica


Technical consultant, Research staff, PhD, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology,
University Politehnica of Bucharest

Email: alexandru.caranica@speed.pub.ro
Office: B042, Leu Campus


Last update: July 2016


Research Interests

  • Spoken Language Technology (Automatic Speech/Speaker Recognition, Speech Indexing, Spoken Term Detection)
  • Natural Language Processing (Statistical Language Modeling, Diacritics & Punctuation Restoration)
  • Computer network security
  • High availability systems

Degrees and Professional Experience

Degrees

  • PhD Degree, in Electronics and Telecommunications (Dec 2015), University “Politehnica” of Bucharest.
  • Master`s Degree, in Electronics and Telecommunications (July 2012), University “Politehnica” of Bucharest.
  • Bachelor`s Degree, in Electronics and Telecommunications (July 2010), Constanta Maritime University.
  • Highschool Graduation Degree (June 2006), “Traian” Highschool, Constanta.

Professional experience

  • Research Enginner (Dec 2015 – present) at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Speech and Dialogue Research laboratory.
  • System Enginner & Pre-sales Support (Jan 2004 – present) for GLYKON SRL, Constanta, Romania. I design and administer clusters or servers based on IBM / Lenovo System X hardware (Linux, Windows Server, VMWare ESX). Also, I am involved in a lot of IT integration projects for the company (Fuel Management Systems, WMS Applications, Industrial & Retail Sector, Wireless Infrastructure implementation, etc.).
  • PhD Student (Oct 2012 – Dec 2015) at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Speech and Dialogue Research laboratory.
  • Teaching Assistant (March 2012 – Oct 2014) at Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Constanta Maritime University. Teaching Sensor Networks, Analog-to-Digital Communication and Mobile Communication Laboratory. Supervising BSc projects in sensor networks and embedded systems.
  • Implementation Expert (2008 – 2012) at Constanta Maritime University. Developed software for the research department, administered web servers and developed web applications.
  • Short Term Expert (2009 – 2012) at University Politehnica of Bucharest. Developed high traffic conference web-sites and network security laboratory platforms for the students.

Academic Activity

Teaching

All my teaching activity took place in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Constanta Maritime University.

Bachelor curricula

  • Sensor Networks, seminary (2012 – 2014) and laboratory (2012 – 2014);
  • Analog-to-Digital Communication, seminary (2012 – 2014) and laboratory (2012 – 2014);
  • Mobile Communications, seminary (2012 – 2014), laboratory (2012 – 2014).

Teaching books

  • Alexandru Caranica, “Reţele de senzori: îndrumar de laborator”, Laboratory Guide, Nautica Publishing House, Constanta, 2014, ISBN: 978-606-681-029-6.
  • Electronic support for “Analog-to-digital Communications” laboratory, Constanta Maritime University;
  • Electronic support for “Mobile Communications” laboratory, Constanta Maritime University;
  • Electronic support for “Network Security” laboratory, University Politehnica of Bucharest.

Scientific Activity

National research projects

  • 2014 – 2016: research member, project AFLR (“Phonetic Analysis of the Romanian Language”), funded by the Romanian Government through UEFISCDI, project coordinator Softwin Group, ID PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4-1451.

National collaborations

  • Softwin R&D: several research projects in digital signal processing and natural language processing.

Affiliation to scientific community

  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Jan 2012 – present;
  • Member of SpeeD Laboratory, Oct 2011 – present;

Organizer

  • Member of the organizing committee for the 8th International Conference on Speech Technology and Human-Computer Dialogue – SpeD 2015.
  • Member of the organizing committee for the The 7th edition of the International Conference “Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies” – ATOM-N 2014.
  • Member of the organizing committee for the The 6th edition of the International Conference “Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies” – ATOM-N 2012.

List of publications

PhD thesis

Alexandru Caranica, “Optimizations in Spoken Language Recognition”, PhD Thesis, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Dec 2015 (scientific coordinator: prof. Corneliu Burileanu).

Books and book chapters

  • Alexandru Caranica, “Reţele de senzori: îndrumar de laborator”, Laboratory Guide, Nautica Publishing House, Constanța, 2014, ISBN: 978-606-681-029-6.

Journal papers

2016

2015

Conference papers

2016

  • Alexandru Caranica, Horia Cucu, Andi Buzo, “Exploring an Unsupervised, Language Independent, Spoken Document Retrieval System,” in the Proceedings of the 14th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing (CBMI), Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

2015

2014

  • Alexandru Caranica, Corneliu Burileanu, “An automatic speech recognition system with speaker-independent identification support“, in Proc. SPIE 9258, Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies VII, 925834, Constanța, Romania, 2015, doi:10.1117/12.2072245.

2009

  • Alexandru Caranica, Vali Mihaela Stefan, Danut Argintaru, Eliodor Constantinescu, “Simulating The Marusya Setup With Geant4“, in Proc. of The 10th International Balkan Workshop on Applied Physics – IBWAP 2009, Constanța, Romania, 2009.
  • Mihaela Hnatiuc, Alexandru Caranica, “Communication between the Sensor Levels for Monitoring Subjects with Disabilities“, in Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Quality of Life – AT-EQUAL ’09, Iași, Romania, 2009.

2008

  • Danut Argintaru, Calin Besliu, Alexandru Jipa, Tiberiu Esanu, Alexandru Caranica, “Glauber analysis of He+AT nuclear colisions at 4.5 GeV“, in Proc. of the 15th National Conference on Physics, Bucharest, Romania, 2008.
  • D. Argintaru, A. Baldin, C. Argintaru, A. Jipa, D. Moscalu, Alexandru Caranica, Searching for the Mixed Phase with the Marusya Setup at the Nuclotron Energies“, in Constanta Maritime University Annals,  Year IX, Vol.11, 2008.