Prof Marcian Cirstea

Professor, Head of the School of Computing and Information Science

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Computing and Information Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology

Research Supervision:Yes

Marcian is an active professional in digital systems, focusing on artificial intelligence and the use of computer aided design tools and methods applied to digital systems modelling and rapid prototyping using VHDL and FPGAs.


Marcian’s research is focused on digital controllers. With 25 years of academic experience, he has published one research monograph, one text book and more than 145 peer-reviewed papers (three with awards). He has delivered six international tutorials on Digital Systems Design Methodologies using VHDL and FPGAs, coordinated an European FP6 control of renewable integrated systems project consortium, supervised 13 research degrees to completion and examined 17.

General Chair of 6 IEEE conferences, Marcian is also Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence applied to the Internet of Things, making use of Hardware Description Languages and FPGAs
  • Intelligent systems - software engineering approach to hardware systems design

Marcian is a member of our Computing, Informatics and Applications research group.

Areas of research supervision

  • Digital controllers based on Artificial Intelligence
  • Design of FPGA-based Internet-of-Things intelligent systems

Find out more about our Computing and Information Science PhD.


Modules taught: Digital Systems and Power Control, Power Conversion Systems


  • PhD Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • PGCE Learning & Teaching, De Montfort University, UK
  • MEng Electrical Engineering, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK (CEng)
  • European Engineer of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (EurIng)
  • Fellow, the Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET)
  • Senior Member, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa title awarded by Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania (2016)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics/Informatics

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Introductory training courses on VHDL digital circuit design
  • FPGAs used in digital control of power electronic systems

Selected recent publications

Petreus, D., Patarau, T., Etz, R and Cirstea, M.N., 2018. An islanded microgrid energy management controller validated by using Hardware-In-the-Loop Emulators. International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Elsevier, Vol. 106, March 2019, Pages 346-357, DOI: org/10.1016/j.ijepes.2018.10.020.

Stanciu, A., Cirstea, M.N. and Moldoveanu, F., 2016. Analysis and Evaluation of PUF-based SoC Designs for Security Applications. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 63(9), DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2016.2570720.

Folea, S., Mois, G., Muresan, C., Miclea, L., De Keyser, R. and Cirstea, M.N., 2016. A Portable Implementation on Industrial Devices of a Predictive Controller using Graphical Programming. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 12(2), DOI: 10.1109/TII.2016.2532118.

Monmasson, E. and Cirstea, M.N., 2013. Industrial Control Applications of FPGAs. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 9(3), editorial review, DOI: 10.1109/TII.2013.2270011.

Sutikno, T, Nik Idris, N. R., Jidin, A. and Cirstea, M.N., 2013. An improved FPGA Implementation of Direct Torque Control for Induction Machines. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 9(3), DOI: 10.1109/TII.2012.2222420.

Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M.N., 2012. SOM Neural Network Design - a New Simulink Library Based Approach Targeting FPGA Implementation. Journal of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, ISSN: 0378-4754.

Alecsa, B., Cirstea, M.N. and Onea, A., 2012. Simulink Modeling and Design of an Efficient Hardware-constrained FPGA-based PMSM Speed Controller. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 8(3), DOI: 10.1109/TII.2012.2193891.

Recent presentations and conferences

Hazzaa, F., Yousef, S., Sanchez, E., Cirstea, M.N., 2018. Lightweight and Low-Energy Encryption Scheme for Voice over Wireless Devices. IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics (IECON 2018), Washington, USA, Oct. 2018, pp.2992-2997.

S. Sadeghi-Esfahlani, S., Cirstea, S., Sanaei, A., Cirstea, M.N., 2018. Mixed Reality and Fire Detection Algorithm. IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics (IECON 2018), Washington, USA, Oct. 2018, pp.2757-2762.

Darvill, J., Tisan, A., Cirstea, M.N., 2017. A Novel ANFIS Architecture for FPGA Implementation. IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2017), Edinburgh, UK, 19-21 June 2017, pp.1244-1248. DOI: 10.1109/ISIE.2017.8001423

Lelutiu, L.M., Lungoci, C.M., Calin, M.D., Cirstea, M.N., 2017. A Power Efficient Mobile Solar Tracking System. Proceedings of IEEE Joint International Conference OPTIM-ACEMP 2017, Brasov, Romania, 25-27 May 2017, pp.561-566. DOI: 10.1109/OPTIM.2017.7975028

Cirstea, M.N., 2016. Modelling and Design of Digital Electronic Systems. Proceedings of IEEE International conference on Development and Application Systems, University of Suceava, Romania, 19-21 May 2016, pp.189-194.

Cirstea, M.N., 2015. Modern Methodologies for Digital Systems Modelling and Design. Presented at Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China, 9 April 2015.