Andreea Dragut

About me

I received a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 2003. Before quitting the wonderful academia world, I held an Associate Professor position in the Department of Theoretical Computer Science of Aix-Marseille University, France for ten years. My research interests lie at the frontier of Probability theory and Computer Science. More precisely, in the fields of structural (monotonicity, multi modularity) of optimal policies of Markov Decision Processes for applications and of Markov Models for differential side channel cryptanalysis.

While I spent most of my life in France, I was born in Romania and I owe my love for Mathematics to my Romanian teachers. As a young child I spent my Sundays attending the Mathematics, Physics Circles organized under the guidance of professors from the University of Bucharest. Later, as a student I loved to work with gifted children in the framework of a Romanian mathematical publication for children called Gazeta Matematica. When I became a parent, I tried first to be a Renaissance person supplementing my children education in all directions. After a little bit of thought, joining School Nova and the FIRST Robotics programs seemed the more natural path for my children and for myself. Nowadays, my children grew up, but I still volunteer teaching mathematics and coach a First Lego League robotics team, The Robosaurus.

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