Valeriu studied Electrical Engineering and got his MSc at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He followed-up with a PhD in Computer Architecture at the same institute. Afterwards, he continued as a postdoctoral researcher at both Eindhoven and Groningen University, working on GPU computing, computer vision, and embedded systems in the scope of several EU-funded projects. In 2014, he joined SURFsara as HPC consultant, focusing on machine learning. End 2016, he became the PI of the Intel Parallel Computing Center at SURFsara, focusing on optimizing deep learning techniques using Intel architecture, as well as extend their use to other application domains.