Rustem Popa was born in Galati, Romania, in 1960. He received his masters degree from the Politehnica University, Bucharest, Romania, in 1984. In 1999, he obtained his PhD degree from the Dunarea de Jos University, Galati, Romania. He worked as a design engineer and then as a scientific researcher at the Research and Design Institute for Shipbuilding in Galati. Since 1990 he has been with the Dunarea de Jos University in Galaţi and, since 2002, he has been an associate professor at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications. Dr Popa has more than 20 years’ teaching experience in the area of digital electronics, medical electronics and soft computing. He is the author and co-author of four books and over 50 journal and conference papers. His research interests include computational intelligence, evolvable hardware, digital signal processing and medical electronics. He was editor-in-chief of the Annals of Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, fascicle III – ISSN 1221-454X in 2006 and 2007. He was also an IPC member and reviewer for many international conferences.