My Enigmas

Mihaela Ulieru, PhD
President, IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy
Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University


IMPACT Institute

IT Revolutions

UNESCO Future Forum Digital Ecologies Future of Medicine
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PARADIGMS

Keystone Paper

Along her over 25 year career, Professor Ulieru led several large scale projects aiming to make ICT an integral component of policy making for a healthier, safer, more sustainable, and innovation-driven world.
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Keystone Paper

Professor Ulieru works with the United Nations, the Executive Branch of the United States Government, and international agencies on policy development for societal transformation in the digital economy, including projects targeting the management of complex situations through more organic ways of governance through the adoption of latest knowledge society practices by governments to better address societal challenges.
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Keystone Paper

As a tenured professor and Canada Research Chair in eSociety she founded the Adaptive Risk Management Laboratory and led several large scale projects targeting decentralization of the command and control backbone hindering the effectiveness of emergency response and security systems.
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Keystone Paper

Professor Ulieru founded in 2001 the Canadian GAIN (Global Agents Integration Network) that joined the research efforts of 19 Universities and Research Institutes across the country working together with the industry to develop intelligent web services for collaborative virtual organizations. Several international consortia were involved, among which the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Consortium and the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (now an IEEE Computer Society association). Her main contribution as leader of this consortium was the Holonic Enterprise paradigm for modeling and analysis of targeted, response-oriented and short-living network-enabled hybrid organizational systems and the dynamics of their interdependent cascading effects under various conditions.
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EXPERIENCE

Professor Mihaela Ulieru is President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy, aiming to capitalize on her achievments as the Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Information Infrastructures for the eSociety which she held for five years since July 2005. In 2007 she was appoined to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada by the Minister of Industry, to advise the government and provide foresight on innovation issues related to the ICT impact on Canada's economic development and social well-being against international standards of excellence. In 2006 she was appointed to the Science and Engineering Research Council of Singapore, and in 2010 she was appointed Expert in ICT-Enabled Innovation at the Executive Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation of Romania, and as Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa. As a tenured professor at the University of New Brunswick (2005-2012) she founded the Adaptive Risk Management Laboratory with Canada Foundation for Innovation sponsorship. She led several large scale projects funded by NSERC, DRDC, CANARIE and NBIF targeting the management of complex situations through more organic ways of governance (book chapter here).

The broadness of her background and expertise enable Dr. Ulieru to tackle problems from original perspectives which require a high level of interdisciplinarity - such as her large scale international collaborative projects aiming to make ICTs an integral component of policy making for social innovation generation for a healthier, safer, more sustainable, and innovation-driven world Future of Medicine, Living Technologies - book chapter here and Emulating the Mind, recently coined in a book.

Professor Ulieru obtained her PhD (1995) in computational intelligence applied to systems diagnostics under the illustrious supervision of Professor Rolf Isermann at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. Her academic career started as Lecturer in Computer Science and Information Systems at Brunel University, London, UK. A postdoctoral fellowship (1997) with Prof. William Gruver in the Intelligent Manufacturing and Robotics Group at Simon Fraser University brought her to Canada where she was awarded the Junior Nortel Chair at the University of Calgary in 1998. She founded in 2001 the Canadian GAIN (Global Agents Integration Network) that joined the research efforts of 19 Universities and Research Institutes across the Country working together with the industry to develop intelligent web services for collaborative virtual organizations. Several international consortia were involved, among which the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Consortium and the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (now an IEEE Computer Society association) . Her main contribution as leader of this consortium was the Holonic Enterprise paradigm for modeling and analysis of targeted, response-oriented and short-living network-enabled hybrid organizational systems and the dynamics of their interdependent cascading effects under various conditions. In 2002 she founded (under contract of international cooperation with Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing) the Emergent Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Calgary which she led until 2005.

Professor Ulieru works with the United Nations, the Executive Branch of the United States Government, and international agencies on policy development for societal transformation in the digital economy, including the adoption of latest knowledge society practices by governments to better address societal challenges. Professor Ulieru has held and holds appointments on a plethora of international S&T advisory boards and review panels: Advisory Board of Maxeler Technologies, the Scientific Council of the EU Proactive Initiative on Pervasive Adaptation (PERADA) and the EU Network of Excellence in Intelligent Manufacturing (IPROMS), the NSF Electrical Engineering and Cyber-Systems and several EU FP7 expert panels. Professor Ulieru is co-founder of the ICST IT Revolutions Forum and was General Chair of the 1st IT Revolutions Conference in 2008. She also co-founded the IEEE-IES Industrial Informatics Conference Series (INDIN) and was the General Chair of the 1st INDIN which she organized in Calgary/Banff, Canada in 2003. She was on the governing board of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) (2004-2007), and co-chairs the IEEE-IES Industrial Agents Technical Committee which she founded (at the time as a sub-committee) in 2003. (Her leadership within IEEE goes back to her PhD years when she was appointed by Madan Singh - then the Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society's President - to be in charge with the area of Fuzzy Logic on the Neural Networks Council, which in the meantime grew to become today's IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.) As Member of the IEEE'SMC Distributed Intelligent Systems Group she initiated the IEEE Workshop on Engineering Cyber-Physical Ecosystems. Most recently she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Canadian Section, as Editor In Chief of the International ICST Transactions on EnergyWeb and as Field Editor of the Computing Journal, in charge with the area of Bio-Inspired Computing.

Professor Ulieru is an expert in distributed intelligent systems, topic on which she is a frequent Keynote and Tutorial speaker as well as distinguished visiting professor internationally (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany; Technical University of Vienna, Austria; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; UC San Diego; Stevens Institute of Technology, NYC, USA; University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris, France; Chinese Academy of Science, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Melbourne University, RMIT and University of New South Wales, Australia), McGill University, Queen's University, University of Ottawa.

Along her career she raised her two children as a single parent. She is a native of Romania (Read about its history here).