News and recent activities

10.07.2023 The paper Neuro-symbolic model for cantilever beams damage detection, authors D. Onchis, G.R. Gillich, E. Hogea, C. Tufisi, has been accepted for publication in the Elsevier journal Computers in Industry, Impact Factor 11.245

30.06.2023 The paper Explainability-enhanced neural network for thoracic diagnosis improvement, authors F. Costi and D. Onchis, has been accepted at the 20th International Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (CAIP), 25-28 September 2023, Limassol, Cyprus

27.04.2023 We have presented the implementation of the UNITA Alliance Virtual Campus at the Connected-Campuses workshop in Pau, France, held during the UNITA Days event. The campus will be serving a large community of academics and students from 6 European universities and it will be extended in the fall to 12 European universities.

11.04.2023 Darian Onchis has been invited to give a presentation at the workshop Trust-AI Human-centered approaches for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, organized as part of the Smart Diaspora 2023 event, under the high patronage of the President of Romania

23.03.2023 We just defined a novel cognitive neuro-symbolic deep learning architecture. The hybrid model allows intrinsic explainability through the embeddings of symbolic reasoning into a convolutional neural network and it has the advantages of better avoiding overfitting while also speeding up the training cycle. Arxiv preprint here.

08.02.2023 My SIMT research group from the West University of Timisoara joined AI4Media as an associate member for building an European network of AI organisations. The list of associate members is available here

26.10.2022 The paper Advantages of a neuro-symbolic solution for monitoring IT infrastructures alerts, presented at SYNASC 2022 has been accepted for publication in the conference post-proceedings edited by IEEE.

06.07.2022 Keynote Speaker at the national conference Tehnology and IHealth in the XXI Century Medicine, AI & Bioinformatics Section.

10.06.2022 The paper Artificial Intelligence System for Predicting Prostate Cancer Lesions from Shear Wave Elastography Measurements, has been published in the journal Current Oncology (Impact Factor 3.67), see full text here.

18.05.2022 Invited panelist at the Breakout session: Explainability aspects in AI for disinformation, organized during the EU-workshop AI: Mitigating Bias & Disinformation

16.05.2022 Succesfully defended the SECOND habilitation (after the first one, exactly 8 years ago at the Aix-Marseille University). This time in computer science. Now I can advise PhD students in both computers science and mathematics !

24.11.2021 Invited panelist at the ROUNDTABLE: NATIONAL AI STRATEGY, held during the ROMANIAN AI DAYS

05.10.2021 In a collaboration with the CEA LIST laboratory, the paper on Dataset Knowledge Transfer for Class-Incremental Learning without Memory, has been accepted at the rank A conference WACV2022, in the Algorithms section. WACV is the premier international computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and tutorials.

12.04.2021 The AI research hub TRAIN, Timisoara Research in Artificial Intelligence Network and the XAION, Explainable Artificial Intelligence Competition platform, have been publicly launched, with the support of the UVT Rector professor Marilen Gabriel Pirtea and in the presence of the local media and the two renown AI professors, Bernhard Schölkopf director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Pedro Real from the University of Seville. Darian Onchis is the project coordinator for this AI initiative.

02.04.2021 Darian Onchis has been selected as IT Engineer for the EU consortium UNITA, made of six universities from Portugal (Covilhã), Spain (Zaragoza), France (Pau and Chambery), Italy (Torino) and Romania (UVT). He will coordinate the software implementation of the future UNITA Intelligent Virtual Campus .

01.02.2021 Main guest editor for the special issue "Machine Learning in Image Processing and Pattern Recognition: Modern Methods and Applications", organized in the Q1 journal Mathematics. See the Call for Papers open until 31.10.2021.

21.11.2020 The paper "Stable and explainable deep learning damage prediction for prismatic cantilever steel beam", authors Darian Onchis and Gilbert-Rainer Gillich has been accepted for publication in the Elsevier journal Computers in Industry, (Impact Factor: 3.954, Q1 red zone).

06.10.2020 Darian Onchis was invited to be member of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). See here the full list of members.

30.07.2020 Large resources of personally curated and updated information on all facets of Explainable AI. Part 2, see Part 1 below.

28.07.2020 The SIMT group offered 3 summer interships in machine learning under the supervision of Dr. Darian Onchis. Congratulation to Diogen Babuc for developing the XAIBOT, to Matei Bertea for developing the COVID19 colorimetry detection app and to Adelin Ciorogariu for contributing to the XAIES platform !

18.05.2020 Large resources of personally curated and updated information on all facets of Explainable AI. Part 1.

18.03.2020 SIMT group launches XAIES the first platform for Explainable Artificial Intelligence Expert Systems competitions, developed from scratch with our enthusiastic students. You need to login to create new XAI competition or to submit your explainable results to our proposed use-cases.

14.01.2020 The paper "Timely-Automatic Procedure for Estimating the Endocardial Limits of the Left Ventricle Assessed Echocardiographically in Clinical Practice", authors D. Onchis, C. Istin, C. Tudoran, M. Tudoran and P. Real, has been published in the journal Diagnostics, Medical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Section.

09.09.2019 Responsible and main lecturer for the Machine Learning module at the West University of Timisoara International Summer School held in Timisoara, between September 5th and September 12th.

04.09.2019 The paper "Refined Deep Learning for Digital Objects Recognition via Betti Invariants", authors D. Onchis, C. Istin and P. Real, has been presented at the 18th International Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (CAIP2019) held in Salerno, Italy.

06.06.2019 The 27th Summer School in Image Processing will be held in Timisoara, between July 8th and July 17th

30.04.2019 Special Issue on Topological Image Analysis and Recognition (TIAR) in the Elsevier Journal Pattern Recognition Letters.

22.02.2019 The paper "Enhanced Parallel Generation of Tree Structures for the Recognition of 3D Images", authors P. Real, H. Molina-Abril, F.Di az-del-Rio, S. Blanco-Trejo, and D. Onchis, has been accepted at the 11th Mexican Congress on Pattern Recognition (MCPR2019)

25.01.2019 The paper "Generating Second Order (Co) homological Information within AT-Model Context, authors P. Real, H. Molina-Abril, F. Diaz del Rio and D. Onchis, has been presented at International Workshop on Computational Topology in Image Context, held in Malaga, Spain.

10.12.2018 The paper "A deep learning approach to condition monitoring of cantilever beams via time-frequency extended signatures", single author Darian Onchis, has been accepted in the Elsevier journal Computers in Industry (Impact Factor 2.850).

11.08.2018 The paper "Lax-like stability for the discretization of pseudodifferential operators through Gabor multipliers and spline-type spaces", authors Onchis and Zappala, was accepted as a position paper at the SYNASC 2018 conference (

04.07.2018 Two master students (Andrada Telcian and Eugen Fologea), succesfully defended their master thesis


22.05.2018 Congratulations to Simone Zappala for successfully defending his PhD thesis at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Dr. Darian Onchis. Best wishes for the future to Dr. Simone Zappala !