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Adrian Stoica


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91109

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3471 - Section Staff

Adrian Stoica, PhD

Senior Research Scientist


- Thirty years of R&D experience in autonomous systems, developing novel adaptive, learning and evolvable hardware techniques and embedding them into electronics and intelligent information systems, for applications ranging from measurement equipment to space avionics to robotics.
- Contributed pioneering work in new fields (humanoid learning by imitation, evolvable hardware, survivable self-reconfigurable electronics for extreme environments), invented new concepts (polymorphic electronics, cognitive anti-tamper techniques) and took them to hardware demonstration.
- Recognized authority in adaptive and evolvable hardware
- Over 150 papers, 7 awarded patents, founded several conferences (including the NASA/ESA conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems), roles in IEEE (Program Chair 2011 IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics, etc), plenary speaker at more than 10 international conferences, member Board of Governors, IEEE SMC
-Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh, since 2004, current appointment till end of 2016
- Visiting professor University of Essex, 2013-2015 (prior academic involvements include Assistant Professor University of Iasi, Romania, 1991-1992, Adjunct Professor University of Queensland, Australia, 2003-2006)
- Member of various advisory and review boards for US government agencies, Canada, UK, Norway and European Commission. Was part of the European Commissions ISTAG Working Group on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), which provided strategic advice and orientations on long term foundational research in the area of Information and Communication Technology.
- NIAC Fellow (NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts): Transformers for Extreme Environments (shape-changing robots reflecting energy to create micro-environments around robotic or human explorers) Phase 1, 2013) and Phase 2, 2015); WindBots (Wind robots for exploration of gas giants) Phase 1, 2015


- PhD, Electrical Engineering, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1996, (Thesis in robot learning: "Motion learning by robot apprentices- a fuzzy neural approach")
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 1986

Professional Experience

- R&D since 1986, at JPL since 1996. Lead a variety of research projects for NASA, DARPA, USAF, DTAO, BMDO, etc., developing new technology solutions in areas ranging from evolvable hardware for survivable systems to humanoid robots for planetary surface operations.
- Principal (2002), Senior Research Scientist (2007), Group Supervisor (2008).
- NIAC Fellow (2013), (2015)

Research Interests

Autonomous systems, human-centered robots and systems, machine/robot learning, artificial/computational intelligence/cognition, human-robot collaboration, teaching/fostering robots, human-robot interaction, robot control using biological signals (EEG, EMG), social robotics, cognitive robotics, humanoids, household/service robotics, advanced electronics (secure electronics, high-performance electronics, electronics for harsh radiation/temperature environments) biometrics, adaptive and evolvable hardware and systems, anti-aging technologies, foresight and strategic R&D planning


  1. A. Stoica, F. Salvioli, C. Flowers, "Remote control of quadrotor teams, using hand gestures," Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot Interaction (HRI), 01 January 2014.
  1. , "Transformers: Shape-Changing Space Systems Built with Robotic Textiles," 01 January 2013.
  2. A Stoica, T Theodoridis, H Hu, K McDonald-Maier, DF Barrero, "Towards human-friendly efficient control of multi-robot teams," Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS), 2013 International Conference, 01 January 2013.
  1. A. Stoica, "Multimind: Multi-brain signal fusion to exceed the power of a single brain," Emerging Security Technologies (EST), 2012 Third International Conference on, 01 January 2012.
  1. T. Huntsberger, A. Stoica, "Envisioning Cognitive Robots for Future Space Exploration," Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2010, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7710,, 01 January 2010.
  1. A. Stoica, S. Khatkoori, ""Glitch Logic" and Applications to Computing and Information Security," Bio-inspired, learning and intelligent systems for security, Int Symp on, IEEE CSP, 107-112, 01 January 2009.
  2. A. Stoica, "Robotic Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering and Organ Growth," Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Quality of Life, 2009. AT-EQUAL 09., 47 - 51, 01 January 2009.
  1. A. Stoica, "Towards Recognition of Humans and their Behaviors from Space and Airborne Platforms: Extracting the Information in the Dynamics of Human Shadows," Bio-inspired Learning and Intelligent Systems for Security, 2008. BLISS 08. ECSIS Symposium on, IEEE CSP, 125-128, 01 January 2008.
  1. A. Stoica, R. Andrei, "Adaptive and Evolvable Hardware - A Multifaceted Analysis. NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive hardware and Systems, AHS 2007, IEEE CSP," 486-498, 01 January 2007.
  2. A. Stoica, D. Keymeulen, R. S. Zebulum, M. Mojarradi, S. Katkoori, T. Daud, "Adaptive and Evolvable Analog Electronics for Space Applications.," International Conference on Evolvable Systems (ICES) (Springer), 379-390, 01 January 2007.
  1. A. Stoica, "Humanoids for Lunar and Planetary Space Operations," Intelligence for Space Robotics (Eds: A Howard and E W Tunstel), 01 January 2006.
  1. A. Stoica, R. S. Zebulum, D. Keymeulen, M. I. Ferguson, V. Duong, X. Guo, "Evolvable hardware techniques for on-chip automated reconfiguration of programmable devices," Soft Computing Journal 8(5), 354-365, 01 January 2004.
  1. A. Stoica, "Robot Fostering Techniques for Sensory-Motor Development of Humanoid Robots," Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Special Issue on Humanoid Robots, 37(2-3). Elsevier Press, 01 January 2001.
  2. A. Stoica, R. Zebulum, D. Keymeulen, R. Tawel, T. Daud, A. Thakoor, "Reconfigurable VLSI architectures for evolvable hardware: from experimental field programmable transistor arrays to evolution-oriented chips," IEEE Trans. VLSI Syst. 9(1), 227-232, 01 January 2001.
  1. A. Stoica, "Learning Eye-arm Coordination Using Neural and Fuzzy Neural Techniques," in H.N. Teodorescu, A. Kandel, L. Jain, (Eds.) Soft Computing in Human-Related Sciences, CRC Press, 31-61, 01 January 1999.
  1. A. Stoica, "Neurocontrol of visually guided anthropomorphic manipulators," Proc. of the First International US-Mexico Conference on Neural Networks and Neurocontrol, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 5-15 September,, 392-406, 01 January 1995.
  1. A. Stoica, "Evolving creatures that can learn by imitation: apprentice behavior and its role in robot motor learning," Int. Conf on autonomous robots and artificial life PERAC94 - From perception to action, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 7-9 September,, 440-443, 01 January 1994.
  1. A. Stoica, "On learning arm movements in behavior-based robots: towards the integration of visual and linguistic information in learning from humans," - Machine Learning and Hybrid Systems Workshop, 6th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Melbourne, Australia, November 16, 20-24, 01 January 1993.