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Marc Frincu

Senior Lecturer

Computing Science

Staff Group(s)
Computing and Technology


Dr. Frincu is teaching modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level on project conceptualization and planning, and service oriented cloud computing.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Dr. Frincu was a teaching staff member with over 13 years of teaching experience at West University of Timisoara Romania, where he led modules related to Big Data Technologies and Applications, Distributed Systems, and Fundamentals of Computer Graphics.

Research areas

Dr. Frincu has published over 80 articles in areas related to resource management and task scheduling, cloud computing, Big Data, smart grids, and cultural astronomy (archaeoastronomy).

He received his PhD in 2011 from West University of Timisoara Romania with a thesis on "Dynamic and Adaptive Scheduling for Distributed Systems" and was a postdoc for 3 years, first at University of Strasbourg (2012-2013) and later at University of Southern California (2013-2015).

Over the years he was a PI/local coordinator for 4 national/international research projects focused on smart grids, astronomy software, and mathematical software.

His research has been published in top conferences and journals including IEEE/ACM CCGrid, IEEE IPDPS, IEEE ICDCS, Future Generation Computing Systems, Expert Systems and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. Many of his articles are joint venues with researchers from France, India and USA.

In addition to computer science related research he has also published articles on archaeoastronomy and cultural astronomy in journals such as the Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, and Journal of Skyscape Archaeology. He also regularly participates in the SEAC conference series and publishes articles part of the proceedings. Many of his articles are joint work with researchers from Mexico, Armenia and Romania.

His current interests include:

  • Big Data applications running on HPC and clouds in areas involving astronomy and Earth Observation. He is working on accelerating applications for scalable and efficient execution on parallel and distributed systems.
  • Cultural Astronomy. He is researching ancient sites by employing modern techniques such as satellite imagery and by automating their detection and analysis on parallel and distributed systems.

Dr. Frincu is a senior IEEE member as well as fellow and vicepresident of the European Society for Cultural Astronomy (SEAC).

Dr. Frincu is looking for prospective outstanding students from around the world to work on exciting PhD topics on Big Data analytics (smart grids, image processing in astronomy and Earth Observation) and cloud computing. More details on the NTU PhD studentship can be found here. The closing date for this round of applications is January 4, 2021 with a start date in October 2021 or January 2022.

External activity

Dr. Frincu is actively involved in synergistic activities including being a guest editor for top journals (Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Internet of Things), reviewer for international journals, PC member in international conferences, and R&D project proposal reviewer.

He has co-initiated and co-chaired 4 editions of the International Workshop on Scalable Computing for Real-Time Big Data Applications (SCRAMBL) collocated with the IEEE/ACM CCGrid top conference.

New! We invite researchers and practitioners to submit their work on smart grids to our Special Issue on the Applications of IoT and Clouds in Smart Grids in the journal of Electronics (IF: 2.412). The journal follows an open-access policy. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2021.

Recent activities include:

Press expertise

Dr. Frincu has published press articles, delivered invited talks, and had media appearances on topics involving emerging trends in Big Data and IoT, as well as on cultural astronomy. For his vision on the future synergy between fog and cloud computing in the upcoming smart world see Lifting the Fog into the Clouds in Future Cities (2017 - IBM Think Blog). You can also follow his invited on 5G as enabler of the future smart grid at the 2018 International Conference of the Romanian National Authority for Administration and Reglementation in Communications (ANCOM).

He is available to talk to the press on topics including:

  • Big Data
  • Cloud computing
  • Smart Grids
  • Cultural astronomy