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Professor Marian Gheorghe

Professor Marian Gheorghe

  • Title: 50th Anniversary Chair/Professor of Computational Models & Software Engineering
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  • Extension: 3930
  • Room No. Horton D5.08c
  • Qualifications: PhD in Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Romania. BSc in Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Romania.
  • Additional Role: School Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer
  • Additional Role: co-Director of the Bradford Computing Enterprise Centre


Education and Teaching.
Professor Gheorghe obtained his PhD and BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest. He has taught extensively topics in core Computer Science - data structures and algorithms, compiler construction, formal languages and automata, discrete mathematics, different programming language concepts and Software Engineering - software analysis and design, group projects, software testing.

Professor Gheorghe's research interests are in computational models and software engineering. He is interested in various computational models like rewriting systems - formal grammars, multiset rewriting -, automata, process algebras and Petri nets. He has a special interest in new classes of unconventional computational models, especially membrane systems and their connections with other (unconventional) computational models - Petri nets, process algebras, L-systems, reactive systems etc. He is also interested in formally verifying such models by using model checking approaches. Professor Gheorghe is also interested in model-based testing and connections with formal verification. He has been working with large scale simulations, based on formal models, and contributed to building adequate software platforms for such approaches. He is also interested in applications of formal specifications and formal verification methods and tools in computational biology and synthetic biology, but also in autonomous systems.
He served as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Conference on Membrane Computing between 2010 - 2014, the main research forum of the membrane computing community, editing the proceedings of these events with Springer, in Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series. He has connections and active collaborations with many prestigious Universities and research groups in the world, being invited to give lectures and providing guidance to PhD students.
Professor Gheorghe's research has been funded by EPSRC, EU, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Council and has been included in some international projects abroad - China and Romania - as scientific advisor and collaborator.

Personal interests.
I am a Christian, member of the Orthodox Church where I was ordained sub-deacon. I can provide information and advice related to Orthodox communities and churches in Yorkshire and surroundings. If you are interested please contact via email.


Future plans

- Synthetic Biology EPSRC or EU proposal
- H2020 ICT

Current, and significant recent, funded projects

1.ROADBLOCK project funded by EPSRC, 2012-16; joint project with Universities of Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Warwick.
2.HPC-FLAME project funded by EPSRC, 2011-13.
3. OSEPA funded by EU, Interreg, 2010-12


1. CMC18, Bradford 2017 Co-chair:
2. Chair of the Steering Committee and CMC Conferences, 2010-2014 - the main conference on membrane computing
3. Invited speakers to conferences like CMC 2010, BIC-TA 2006, CiE 2005. UPP 2004, MIPNETS 2003.


Dr Raluca Lefticaru


Omololu Makinde (2nd supervisor; 1st supervisor - Prof Daniel Neagu))
Bashar Abaji (2nd supervisor; 1st supervisor - Prof Felician Campean)
Ahmad Idris Tambuwal (3rd supervisor; 1st supervisor - Prof Daniel Neagu, 2nd supervisor - Prof Felician Campean)

Mehmet Bakir - at the University of Sheffield.
Ionut Niculescu, Laurentiu Mierla (co-supervision) - at the University of Bucharest, Romania

Old PhD students
Francesco Bernardini, Omar Kurdi, Marina Nkita, Ciprian Dragomir - at the University of Sheffield.


1. Xueyuan Wang, Gexiang Zhang, Ferrante Neri, Tao Jiang, Junbo Zhao, Marian Gheorghe, Florentin Ipate, Raluca Lefticaru: Design and implementation of membrane controllers for trajectory tracking of nonholonomic wheeled mobile robots. Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering 23(1), 15-30, 2015.
2. S. Konur, M. Gheorghe, A Property-Driven Methodology for Formal Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 12(2), 360-371, 2015.
3. S. Konur, M. Gheorghe, C. Dragomir, F. Ipate, N. Krasnogor, Conventional Verification for Unconventional Computing: A Genetic XOR Gate Example. Fundamenta Informaticae, 134(1-2), 97-110, 2014.
4. G. Zhang, M. Gheorghe, L. Pan, M. J. Perez-Jimenez, Evolutionary Membrane Computing: A Comprehensive Survey and New Results. Information Science, 279, 528-551, 2014.
5. M. Gheorghe, G. Rozenberg, A. Salomaa, P. Sosik, C. Zandron (Eds.), Membrane Computing - 15th International Conference, CMC 2014, Prague, Czech Republic, August 20-22, 2014. LNCS 8961, Springer.
6. G. Zhang, J. Cheng, M. Gheorghe, Q. Meng, A Hybrid Approach Based on Differential Evolution and Tissue Membrane Systems for Solving Constrained Manufacturing Parameter Optimisation Problems. Applied Soft Computing, 13(3), 1528-1542, 2013.
7. M. Gheorghe, Gh. Paun, M.J. Perez-Jimenez, G. Rozenberg, Research Frontiers of Membrane Computing: Open Problems and Research Topics. International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science, 24(5), 547-624, 2013.

Profile last updated on: 23-02-2017