Valeriu studied Electrical Engineering and got his MSc at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He followed up with a Ph.D. in Computer Architecture at the same institute. 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 an HPC consultant, focusing on machine learning. At the end of 2016, he became the PI of the Intel Parallel Computing Center at SURFsara, focusing on optimizing and scaling deep learning techniques using the Intel HW/SW ecosystem, as well as extending the use of deep learning to other scientific disciplines.