Dr Dorel Picovici

BSc (Eng), MEng, PhD, MIEEE

Lecturer Department of Aerospace, Mechanical & Electronic Engineering
 

Dr Picovici is a BEng graduate in Electronic Engineering from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1999), earned his second MEng and PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering at University of Limerick, Ireland. (MEng in 2000 and PhD in 2004), In 2006, monthly statistics from Expertise Ireland revealed that Dr Picovici’s research/academic profile was among the top ten experts from academic institutions in Ireland. In IT Carlow he is one of the first academics to collaborate with local industry through Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Vouchers initiative. In 2015 he was the first principle investigator in IT Carlow to secure research funding through Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund programme. In June 2015, Dr. Dorel Picovici organised the 26th Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC2015). Dorel was the first ISSC general chair to attain IEEE official endorsement for this conference.

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision

Research Interests

Research interests are in the area of aircraft vehicle detections, brain computer interfaces, non-intrusive objective networks quality assessment and end-user behaviour modelling. 
 
During 2004 to 2007 Dr. Dorel Picovici was a research officer with the National Communications Network Research Centre (NCNRC) based in University of Limerick. The research work carried out with NCNRC consisted in Adapting QoS for VoIP in B3G/4G Wireless Networks using Non-Intrusive evaluation. 
 
Since 2015 he is the principle investigator for two projects funded by Enterprise Ireland related to aircraft vehicle detection (AVoiD). AVoiD, is a novel solution for both the detection and reporting of contact and near-contact incidents between aircraft and ground service equipment (GSE). AVoiD will give GSE handlers, airlines and airports internationally the tools necessary to ensure compliance with ground handling safety standards and airside operating procedures.
 
Since 2012 Dr. Picovici is the IT Carlow’s representative for Tyndall’s National Access Programme (NAP) Committee.
 
Dr. Picovici has three patent applications, authored and co-authored over 50 book chapters, refereed journals and international conference articles. In 2003 & 2004, he was a jury member during International Annual Students’ Contest “Hard & Soft”, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Suceava, Romania. He is a regular reviewer and member of the Steering Committees for a number of national, European and international conferences, and has acted as a reviewer for a number of journals, books and research funding bodies.
 

Research Contacts:

University of Limerick, University College Dublin, National University of Maynooth, National University of Ireland Galway, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, University of Florence, University of Pristina, Liverpool John Moore University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology.
 

Research Funding:

2015: Enterprise Ireland CF-2015-0099: Commercialization Fund: Aircraft Vehicle Detection (AVoiD) (141,876 €)
2014: Enterprise Ireland CF20140132Y: Commercialization Feasibility Fund: Aircraft Ground Proximity Detection (13,132 €)
2014: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Tara Equestrian. (5000 €)
2014: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Maven TM. (5000 €)
2013: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Turtle Bunbury. (5000 €)
2013: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Real Hair International. (5000 €)
2012: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Shamrock Leisure Ireland. (5000 €)
2011: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Athy Heritage Museum.(5000 €)
2011: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: BonaFidePharma.ie (5000 €)
2010: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Treadsman.ie  (5000 €)
2010: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: Privateseller.ie  (5000 €)
2010: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: eBamma Ltd  (5000 €)
2009: SIF 2 Funding: Teaching and Learning Centre IT Carlow (2500 €)
2009: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher: eBamma Ltd  (5000 €)
2007: Commercialisation Fund: Proof of Concept Phase 2007 (78,154 €)
2007: Stage 1 Patent Funding, Enterprise Ireland: IP281-I (7000 €).
2006: Microsoft Research: Wireless Networking Research Program (3000 €).
2004-2009: University Grant from Wind River System Inc. (44,250 €).
2002-2004 Plassey Campus Postgraduate Scholarship (6,058 €).
2003 International Speech Communication Association Travel Grant (500 €).
2002 Enterprise Ireland IC/2002/040: International Collaboration Program “Speech training system for the hearing impaired” (3,650 €)

Publications


Patents Applications:  

• D. Picovici and D. Denieffe: “A method and apparatus for determining an overall quality factor for playing a game online”, documents finalised and submitted to the Irish Patent Office (Ref FFG/ER/P2664).
• D. Picovici and J. Nelson “A Telephony System and Method” Patent application in Ireland filed at the Irish Patents Office. (IPO Ref: 2007/0327, UL Ref: UNI 031/P/IE, Enterprise Ireland Ref: IP281-I).
• D. Picovici, R. Skehill, I. J. Rice and M. Barry “Location-based Services” Patent application in Ireland filed at the Irish Patents Office (UNI039/P/IE, UL Ref: UL2006057).
 

Books: 

• D. Picovici, D. Denieffe and B. Carrig “The Impact of Network-Based Parameters on Gamer Experience”, Book Chapter published in the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition (8 Volumes), Publisher: Information Science Reference, September 2008, pp: 1830-1837, ISBN: 978-1-60566-026-4. 
• D. Picovici and J. Nelson “Perceptual Voice Quality Measurements for Wireless Networks”, Chapter XI in the “Wireless Multimedia: Quality of Service and Solutions”, Publisher: Information Science Reference, July 2008, pp: 274-295, ISBN: 978-1-59904-820-8.
• R. Skehill, W. Kent and D. Picovici “ARES: Evaluating QoS in a Multi Access Wireless Network”, Chapter I in the “Wireless Multimedia: Quality of Service and Solutions”, Publisher: Information Science Reference, July 2008, pp: 1-30, ISBN: 978-1-59904-820-8.
• J. Nelson and D. Picovici “UWB Bluetooth: Strategies for Integration” Chapter 8 in the “Mobile Multimedia: Communication Engineering Perspective" book, Publisher: Nova Publisher 2006, pp: 137-156, ISBN: 1-60021-207-7.
• A.E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, “Perceptual Voice Quality Measurement- Can You Hear Me Loud and Clear?”,  Chapter XV  in the “Handbook of Research on Mobile Multimedia” , Publisher: Idea Group Inc., Publisher Date: April 2006,  ISBN: 1-59140-866-0 .
 

Journals:

• D. Picovici, “What is Happening to Electronic Engineer?” International Journal of Advance Innovations, Thoughts & Ideas (IJAITI), July 2014, ISSN: 2277-1891.
• A. E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, “New Single-ended Objective Measure for Non-intrusive Speech Quality Evaluation”, Signal, Image and Video Processing – Springer, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 23-38, March 2010.  ISSN: 1863-1711.
• A. E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, “Advances in Voice Quality Measurement in Modern Telecommunications”,Digital Signal Processing – Elsevier Sci, Vol. 19, No.1, pp. 79-103, Jan 2009, ISSN: 1051-2004.
• D. Picovici, A. V. Contiu, A. Topa and J. Nelson, “Wireless Lab for Wireless Sensor Networks”, Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering” Journal, Vol. 8(15), December 2008, ISSN 1582-7445.
• A. E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, “New single-ended objective measure for non-intrusive speech quality evaluation”, Signal, Image and Video Processing, Journal-Springer-Verlag, ISSN: 1863-1703 (Print) 1863-1711 (Online), DOI 10.1007/s11760-008-0092-1, November 2008.
• A. E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, “ Advances in Voice Quality Measurement in Modern Telecommunications”, Digital Signal Processing Journal- Elsevier, DOI:10.1016/j.dsp.2007.11.006,  December 2007.
• D. Denieffe, B. Carrig, D. Marshall and D. Picovici, “A Game Assessment Metric for the Online Gamer”, Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering” Journal, Vol. 7(14) pp: 3-7, December 2007, ISSN 1582-7445.
• D. Picovici, M. Berglund and J. Nelson, “Voice Controlled Wireless Sensor Networks”, Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering” Journal, Vol. 7(14) pp: 3-9, July 2007, ISSN 1582-7445.
• J. Nelson and D. Picovici “UWB Bluetooth: Strategies for Integration” Internet Journal Vol. 1. No. 3 pp: 187-287, Nova Publisher, NY 2007.
Picovici and J. Nelson “Advances in Perceptual Quality Measurements Applied to Voice Over IP (VoIP) Networks.  “Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering” Journal, Vol 6(13) pp: 45-50, May 2006, ISSN 1582-7445.
• K. Johnson, D. Picovici, T. Hall “The Implementation of an Open Source System for the Creation of e-Learning Content within an Irish University”, Vol 4/11 pp. 31-37, Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering Journal, May 2004, ISSN: 1582-7445.
• A. E. Mahdi and D. Picovici “Output-Based Objective Measure for Non-Intrusive Speech Quality Evaluation” Vol 1/3 pp. 139-145, WSEAS Transactions of acoustics and music, July 2004, ISSN: 1109-9577. 
• D. Picovici, D. Levy, A. E. Mahdi and T. Coffey “The cascade induction machine: a reliable and controllable motor or generator” Vol 68/3 pp. 193-207, Electric Power Systems Research Journal - Elsevier Science, March 2004, ISSN: 0378-7796.
• D. Picovici, D. Levy and A. E. Mahdi “A Novel Low Cost, High Efficiency Air Filter”. The Irish Scientist Vol.9, November 2001, ISSN: 0791-878X.
 

Conference Publications:

• A. Szalowski and D. Picovici “Investigating the robustness of constant and variable period graphics in eliciting steady state visual evoked potential signals using Emotiv EPOC, MATLAB, and Adobe after effects” Irish Systems & Signals Conference, June 25 – 26, 2016, Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland. IEEE ISBN 978-1-4673-6974-9 
• L.Venturelli, D. Picovici and J.Kehoe “Online Game Quality Assessment”, Irish Systems & Signals Conference, June 26 – 27, 2014, University of Limerick, Ireland.
• D. Picovici, D. Denieffe and Z. Kastrati “Enhanced Network Based Model for Measuring Online Games Quality of Experience”, International Conference on DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION SYSTEMS, 11th Edition, May 17-19, 2012, Suceava, ROMANIA.
• A. Berisha, D. Picovici, D. Denieffe and D Pupovci “Objective-based assessment of games quality”, 11th IT&T Conference 2012, Cork IT, 29th-30th March 2012.
• D. Picovici, D. O’Sullivan and F. Fennelly “PBL Group Assessment and Evaluation for Irish and International Students”, HETAC & SIF2 ERA Symposium, Repositioning Learner Assessment in Higher Education, Dublin, 14 May, 2010.
• D. Picovici, D. Denieffe and Z. Kastrati “Subjective-Based Quality Assessment for Online Game”, 3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques, Malaga Spain, March 15 – 19, 2010, ISBN:78-963-9799-87-5.
• D. Picovici and J. Nelson “Time-varying quality estimation for VoIP over Wireless Networks”, Ninth IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Mobile and Wireless Communications Networks, Cork, Ireland, 19 - 21 September, 2007.
• A. Raja, R. M. A. Azad, C. Flanagan, D. Picovici and C. Ryan, “Non-Intrusive Quality Evaluation on VoIP Using Genetic Programming”, 1st International Conference on Bio Inspired mOdels of NEtwork, Information and Computing Systems (BIONETICS 2006), 11-13 December 2006, Cavalese, Italy,  ISBN: 1-4244-0538-6.
• T. Murphy, D. Picovici and A. E. Mahdi,” A New Single-ended Measure for Assessment of Speech Quality” Accepted to International Conference of Spoken Language Processing, Interspeech2006 ICSLP, pp: 177-180, 17-21 September 2006, Pittsburg PA, USA, ISSN 1990-9772.
• R. J. Skehill, D. Picovici, K. Mc Grath “VoIP Assessment in IEEE802.11 Networks Using Speech and Packet Based Techniques”, 15th IST Mobile & Wireless Communication Summit, Myconos 4-8 June 2006, Greece.
• B. Gleeson, D. Picovici, R. Skehill and J. Nelson, “Exploring Power Saving in 802.11 VoIP wireless links”, “International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing (IWCMC 2006), pp: 779-784,  July 3 - 6, 2006, Vancouver, Canada, ISBN: 1-59593-3 306-9.
• M. Berglund, J. Nelson and D. Picovici, “Voice User Interface for Understanding Wireless Sensor Networks”, IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC 2006), pp: 173-177 June 28-30, 2006, Dublin, Ireland, ISBN 0-86341-665-9.
• D. Picovici, A. Raja and C. Flanagan, “Real-Time Non-Intrusive VoIP Evaluation Using Second Generation Network Processor”, 2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustic, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2006), May 2006, Proceedings published on DVD, IEEE Cat No.:06CH37812C, ISBN: 1-4244-0469-X.
• D. Picovici, R. Skehill, C. Flanagan and J. Nelson,” Towards Real-Time Objective Assessment of Conversational Speech Quality for Next Generation IP Networks”, Global Signal Processing Conferences & Expos for the Industry- Pervasive Signal Processing (GSPx-2005), 24-27 October 2005, Santa Clara, California, ISBN 0-9728718-2-9. 
• D. Picovici, A.E. Mahdi and T. Murphy, “An Enhanced Single-Ended Method for Objective Speech Quality Assessment for Telephony Systems”. Presented at 10th International Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOOM-2005), pp: 633-636, October 2005, University of Patras, Patras, Greece, ISBN 5-7452-0110-X.
• D. Picovici, A. Raja and C. Flanagan “Real-Time VoIP Evaluation Using IXP 2400 Network Processor”, Intel IXA University Education Summit 2005, Hudson Massachusetts, USA,  27-28 September 2005. 
• M. Zolog, D. Picovici and J. Nelson “A low cost flexible mesh wireless sensor platform”, International Symposium for Design and Technology of Electronic Packages, (SIITME 2005), 22-25 September, 2005 Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
• A.E. Mahdi and D. Picovici, “Enhanced Output-Based Perceptual Measure for Predicting Subjective Quality of Speech”, European Signal Processing (EUSIPCO 2005), September 2005, Antalya, Turkey, ISBN 975-001188-0-X.
• T. Murphy, D. Picovici and A. E. Mahdi,” Enhanced Non-Intrusive Objective Speech Quality Measure for Telephony Systems” IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC-2005), pp: 18-23, September 2005, Dublin, Ireland, ISBN: 0-86341-549-0.
• R. Skehill, D. Picovici and W. Kent “Wireless MANET Testbed for Reproducible Voice over IP Evaluation”, Presented at MeshNets-2005, July 2005, Budapest, Hungary.
• A. E. Mahdi and D. Picovici “Output-Based Objective Measure for Non-Intrusive Speech Quality Evaluation”. 5th WSEAS International Conference on ACOUSTICS and MUSIC: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS (AMTA 2004), Venice, Italy, November, 2004, ISBN 960-8457-05-X.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “Perceptually Motivated Output-Based Speech Quality Assessment Using Neural Networks” IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC-2004), Belfast, N. Ireland, July 2004, ISBN 0-86341-440-0.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “New Output-Based Perceptual Measure for Predicting Subjective Quality of Speech” IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP-2004), Vol V, pp. 633-636, Montreal May 2004, ISBN: 0-7803-8485-7.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “Perceptually-Based Objective Measure for Non-Intrusive Speech Quality Assessment” 3rd International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications, pp.169-172, December 10-12, 2003 Florence, Italy, ISBN: 88-8453-155-1.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “Non-Intrusive Assessment of Perceptual Speech Quality Using a Self Organizing Map” 8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (EUROSPEECH-2003), pp 2077-2080 Geneva, Switzerland, September 2003, ISSN 1018-4074.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “A New Output-Based Perceptual Speech Quality Assessment” IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference ISSC-2003, pp.154-159, Limerick, Ireland, July 2003, ISBN: 0-9542973-1-8.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “Output-Based Objective Speech Quality Measure Using Self-Organizing Map” IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP-2003), Vol 1 pp. 476-479 Hong-Kong, April 2003, ISBN: 0-7803-7664-1.
• D. Picovici, A. E. Mahdi “Non-Intrusive Objective Speech Quality Assessment” International Speech Processing Conference, ISPC 2003, Dallas, Texas, USA, March 31-4 April 2003.
• D. Picovici and A. E. Mahdi “Advances in Objective Speech Quality Assessment in Telecommunications’ IEE Irish Signals and System Conference, Cork-Ireland , pp. 417-421, June 2002, ISBN: 0-9542973-0-X.
• D. Picovici, D. Levy, A. E. Mahdi and T. Coffey “An Internet-Based Indoor Air Quality Measurement System” 6th International Conference on Development and Application Systems, EEDSU-Suceava, Romania, pp. 249-254, May 2002, ISBN: 973-98670-9-X.
• D. Picovici and A. E. Mahdi “Towards Non-intrusive Speech Quality Assessment for Modern Telecommunications”, First Joint IEI/IEE Symposium on Telecommunications Systems Research, pp. 237-242, Dublin-Ireland November 2001.
• D. Picovici, D. McGinty and K. Finnegan, “Remote Data Acquisition and Web Control” DAAAM International Conference, pp. 367-369 October 2001, ISBN 3-901509-19-4.
• D. Petreus, D. Picovici and C. Farcas, “Virtual Power Analyser” DAAAM International Conference, pp. 567-572,Vienna, October 1999, ISBN 3-901509-10-0.
 

Research Reports:

• Marshall, M. Fernstrom, M., Dorel Picovici, M. Lennon “VisiBreath, Hardware and Software Development” IF/2002/313, EI Technical Report CSIS-IDC-07-03, Aug 2004.
• Marshall, M. Fernstrom, M.  Dorel Picovici, M. Lennon ”Characterisation of a Bi-Directional Breath Sensor Device, Phase Two”, EI Technical Report CSIS-IDC-07-03, Aug 2004.
• Lennon, M. Marshall, M. Fernstrom, M., Dorel Picovici. “A Bi-directional Breath Flow Sensor for Interactive Applications” IF/2002/313, EI Final Report CSIS-IDC-07-04, Aug 2004.
• D. Picovici “ALCAFS Final report” ALCAFS Contract No: SMT – CT98-5522 Manchester-UK, February 2001.
• D. Levy and D. Picovici “Tutorial course on Solar Heating &Cooling” European Union, D.G. on Energy Contract 4.1030/Z/97-068, January 2001.
• D. Levy and D. Picovici “Tutorial course on Design and Development of a Solar Energy System (Applied solar Energy) “European Union, D.G. on Energy Contract 4.1030/Z/97-068, January 2001.
• D. Levy and D. Picovici “Basic Solar Heating for the Home” European Union, D.G. on Energy Contract 4.1030/Z/97-068, January 2001.
• D. Picovici “Advanced Low Cost Air Filtration Systems” Research thesis under contract: ALCAFS Contract No: SMT – CT98-5522 University of Limerick-Ireland, November 2000.
• D. Picovici “ALCAFS Inter report” ALCAFS Contract No: SMT – CT98-5522 Manchester-UK, February 2000.