About me

Motto: Make it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat.

Short Bio

Denisa Constantinescu — Ph.D. student in Mechatronics at the University of Malaga and researcher in the Computer Architecture Department since 2017. She is also an Intel oneAPI Innovator. She obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Malaga in 2017 and a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 2015. She was a Research Visitor at the NUCAR Laboratory (Northeastern University, Boston, USA) in 2018. Her research interests are in parallel computing, robotics, optimization, and intelligent control systems. In summer time, she's a trainer and organizer at Campus Tech Chicas.

Hobbies and interests: painting, cooking, soap making, reading, photography, electronics, yoga,..., but one rules them all, learning :)


PhD Student in Mechatronics

2017 – Present

Dept. of Computer Architecture, Universidad de Málaga (Spain)

  • High-performance computing

  • Mobile robot navigation

  • Decision-making algorithms under uncertainty

Master in Computer Engineering

2015 - 2017

Universidad de Málaga, Málaga (Spain)

  • Management of research, innovation and investigation

  • High-performance computing

  • Cloud computing

  • Big data analysis

  • Uncertainty management in intelligent systems

M.Eng. Thesis: Optimization of a decision making algorithm under uncertainty for heterogeneous platforms. Advisors: Prof. Angeles Navarro, Prof. Juan Antonio Fernández Madrigal, Dept. of Computer Architecture, 2017. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24922.70082.

Degree GPA: 9.31/10. Final project distinction with honour.

Automatics and Applied Informatics B.Eng.

2011 - 2015

University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania)

  • Industrial process control systems; Assisted design of control systems

  • Robots programming

  • Real-time systems

  • Industrial computer networks; Network infrastructure design

  • Numerical methods and optimization techniques

B.Eng. Thesis: Model-based development of self-organizing socio-technical systems (Dezvoltare pe bază de model a sistemelor socio-tehnice cu auto-organizare) Advisor: Prof. dr. ing. Drăgoicea Monica, Dept. of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31633.58728.

Degree GPA: 9.54/10. Final project distinction with honour.

Work Experience

Teaching / Instructor

Universidad de Málaga, Málaga (Spain)

Visiting Scholar

Aug 2018 – Nov 2018

NUCAR Lab at Northeastern University, Boston USA

  • High-performance computing

  • Social aware robot navigation

Details: Stay at the NUCAR Lab (Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Laboratory, Boston USA) under the supervision of Prof. David Kaeli and Prof. Taskin Padir. During this fellowship, we have worked on developing a navigation solution for autonomously driving the HSR robot in crowded spaces. A secondary goal of this stay was to find collaboration opportunities between NUCAR Lab and RIVeR Lab (Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory). Stay duration: 3 months, 01/08/2018 - 31/10/2018.

Research and Development Intern

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015

Thales, Bucharest (Romania)

  • Control systems engineering for railway signalling control and communication.

IT Technician & Content management - Volunteering

Oct 2014 – Sep 2015

Fundația Svasta, Bucharest (Romania)

  • Web development

  • Database modeling and development

  • Systems installation and configuration

  • Multimedia content management

Math tutoring - volunteering

Oct 2009 – Sep 2010

World Vision, Vâlcea (Romania)

  • Mathematics tutoring sessions for a group of 10 high school students, organized

once a week

Internship - leonardo da vinci program

Oct 2008

Commerce & Resources, Porriño (Spain)

  • Implementation of an SQL data base for managing China import products

Reasearch & Publications

[J] Constantinescu, D. A., Navarro, A., Corbera, F., Fernández-Madrigal, J. A., & Asenjo, R. (2020). Efficiency and productivity for decision making on low-power heterogeneous CPU+ GPU SoCs. The Journal of Supercomputing, 1-22. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11227-020-03257-3. ~~~> Download

[J] Constantinescu DA, Navarro A, Fernández-Madrigal JA, Asenjo R. Performance evaluation of decision making under uncertainty for low power heterogeneous platforms. Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. 2019 Nov 21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpdc.2019.11.009.

[C] Constantinescu DA., Navarro A., Corbera F., Fernández-Madrigal JA., Asenjo R. Solving Large-Scale Markov Decision Processes on Low-Power Heterogeneous Platforms, 19th International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering, Costa Ballena, Cádiz (España), Universidad de Cádiz, 2019.

[B,C] Munoz D., Constantinescu DA., Asenjo R., Fuentes L. ClinicAppChain: A Low-Cost Blockchain Hyperledger Solution for Healthcare. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1010. Springer, Cham. DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-23813-1_5, 06/2019.

[C] Munoz D., Constantinescu DA, Herrera E., Vera-Ferrer L., Rodríguez-Hernández AP, Martínez-Hernández M. ClinicAppChain: A Blockchain Solution for Electronic Health Records in Mexico's Hospitals and Clinics. Turku University of Applied Sciences International Week 2019 (TUAS Week'19) , 04/2019.

[C] Constantinescu DA, Rohra A., Padir T., Kaeli D. Path Planning for Socially-Aware Humanoid Robots. RISE Expo 2019, Northeastern University, Boston, USA, 04/2019.

[C] Constantinescu, DA., Navarro, A., Fernández Madrigal, JA., Asenjo, R. Optimization of a decision-making algorithm for heterogeneous platforms. XXVIII Edición de las Jornadas de Paralelismo, Spain, 09/2017.

[M.Eng. T] Constantinescu DA. Optimization of a decision making algorithm under uncertainty for heterogeneous platforms. Advisors: Prof. Angeles Navarro, Prof. Juan Antonio Fernández Madrigal, Dept. of Computer Architecture, Universidad de Málaga, 2017. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24922.70082.

[C] Cáncer Gil, J., Escuín Blasco, C., Constantinescu, DA., Pérez Pavón, B., Canales Mayo M., Three is not a crowd: a CPU-GPU-FPGA K-means implementation. HiPEAC Computing Systems Week 2017, Zagreb, Croatia, 04/2017.

[B] Drǎgoicea M., Falcão e Cunha J., Alexandru MV., Constantinescu DA. Modelling and Simulation Perspective in Service Design: Experience in Transport Information Service Development. Handbook of Research on Strategic Alliances and Value Co-Creation in the Service Industry. IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2084-9.ch019, 2017.

[C] Drǎgoicea M., Constantinescu DA., Falcão e Cunha J. Experience from a Modelling and Simulation Perspective in Smart Transport Information Service Design. Exploring Services Science. IESS 2016. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32689-4_6, 2016.

[B.Eng. T] Constantinescu DA. Dezvoltare pe bază de model a sistemelor socio-tehnice cu auto-organizare. Advisor: Prof. dr. ing. Drăgoicea Monica, Dept. of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31633.58728.

[B - Book Chapter | C - Conference Article | J - Journal Article | T - Thesis]

Grants, Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Winner of IMFAHE's fellowship for women in STEM / ENTREPRENEURSHIP. IMFAHE, in collaboration with the Spanish universities of Valladolid, La Laguna, Europea Miguel de Cervantes, Politécnica de Valencia, Sevilla and Málaga. 2017-2018

  • Winners of IMFAHE-Shark Tank Contest. IMFAHE’S Nodal Award Program 2018 Special Shark Tank Edition. Nodal Award Pilot Project Program to encourage the development of local and international scientific and entrepreneurial collaborations. In collaboration with an international team of mentees and mentors from engineering, biomedicine and entrepreneurship, we developed the ClinicAppChain proposal.

  • International Mentor Program. International mentoring to develop the professional career of university students through mentors affiliated with prestigious Universities such as Princeton, Harvard, MIT or Stanford. International Mentoring Foundation For The Advancement Of Higher Education, 2017-2018.

  • Rethinking 2.0. Business project design training program for Master Students. Grant that covers 90% of the Master’s study fee for a year for completing the Rethinking 2.0. program. Campus de Excelencia Internacional Andalucía TECH, 2015 - 2016.

  • Svasta Study Scholarship. Romanian undergraduate study scholarship granted by Svasta Foundation for top students that come from families with financial problems. Svasta Foundation. 2012-2013, 2014 - 2015.

  • Roberto Rocca Study Grant. Competitive scholarship to reward and encourage academic excellence. Roberto Rocca Education Program, 2013 - 2014.

  • Erasmus student at Universidad de Málaga, 2013 - 2014

Others: Training, Projects & Event Organization

Courses, Conferences & Seminars

  • Robotics and AI summer school 2020, June 29 - July 1, 2020. The focus was on 3 broad topics: Deep learning perception on robotics, Human Robot Interaction and robot navigation, and Assistive Robotics.

  • Using Intel® oneAPI Toolkits with FPGAs Virtual Workshop, June 26, 2020

  • Japanese course 2019-2020 FGUMA. Annual course by FGUMA, beginner level.

  • Talent Woman 2019 - Corner Speaker, Málaga, Spain 11/2019.

  • Convergence – The Global Blockchain Congress 2019, Málaga, Spain, 11/2019.

  • Service-learning Course. El Aprendizaje Servicio (ApS) como método de aprendizaje y de transferencia del conocimiento a la sociedad, UMA, Málaga, 10/2019.

  • ROS Developers Conference 2019, 06/2019.

  • Seminary: Introduction to particle filters. Juan A. Fernández Madrigal, Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Universidad de Málaga, 04/2018.

  • Probability and statistics in engineering. Juan A. Fernández Madrigal, Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Universidad de Málaga, 04/2018.

  • German course 2017-2018 FGUMA. Annual course by FGUMA, beginner level.

  • Volunteer for the organization of the "Joarnadas Sarteco 2017" conference. E.T.S.I. Informática, University of Málaga, 09/2017.

  • Deep Learning with TensorFlow. Joarnadas Sarteco 2017, Málaga, 09/2017.

  • Academic English Course. Escuela de Doctorado, University of Málaga, 01/2017-05/2017.

  • English for oral communication. Escuela de Doctorado, University of Málaga, 02/2017-05/17.

  • Modeling of Mechatronic Systems Course. University of Málaga, 04/2017.

  • HiPEAC Student Heterogeneous Programming Challenge. HiPEAC Zagreb Computing Systems Week, 04/2017.

  • Elixir Excelerate High Performance Computing Course. BITLAB, 04/2017.

  • Media Skills for Computing Engineers. SCREENHOUSE, 04/2017.

  • Sustainable Urbanism “Bioconstrucción: La construcción de hoy y del mañana". Vice Rectorate of the Smart- Campus, University of Málaga, Spain, 12/2016.

  • Machine learning and low-cost hardware with Matlab. The MathWorks S.L., University of Málaga, Spain, 04/2016.

  • Advanced control systems and new information technologies. French-Romanian Summer School, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 05/2015.

  • CCNA Routing and Switching. Cisco Networking Academy, 2013.

  • Linux System Administration I: Implementation. IBM Linux Competency Center, 07/2013.

  • Linux Power User. IBM Linux Competency Center, 07/2013.


  • TIN2016-80920-R - Arquitecturas de altas prestaciones para aplicaciones intensivas en datos

  • PIE19-042 - Diseño e implementación de metodologías activas en grupos grandes (Proyecto de Innovación Educativa, Convocatoria 2019-2021. Participación como investigadora.)

  • ClinicAppChain

Experience in Event Organization



  • Romanian - Native

  • English - Proficient

  • Spanish - Proficient

  • French - Médiocre

  • German - Beginner

  • Japanese - Beginner


  • Generic: C & C++, Matlab, Java, Python, ARM & MIPS

  • HPC: TBB, OpenMP, OpenCL, oneAPI, SYCL, CUDA, MPI

  • Web: HTML, CSS, Django, Wordpress

  • Robotics: ROS