The last INTERACT event was organized in the frame of a bootcamp dedicated to bachelor, master and PhD students on Electrical machines for renewable and automotive applications. The UTCN Electromechanical Systems group organized a two-days camp (27th and 28th of May 2022) at the UTCN Mariselu Campus. The event was open to up 70 attendees and the registration was done via the TEAMS platform (for the students of UTCN), the INTERACT website and mail lists.

The main goal of the bootcamp was to present and discuss on specific electrical machines for renewable energies conversion systems and automotive applications from different perspectives: young researchers enrolled in a PhD program, engineers working at Mariselu power plant and young assistant professors from UTCN.

The first half day was dedicated to Mariselu powerplant visit and the meeting with the engineers and technicians working there.

During the second part of the first day, the INTERACT workshop was organized. A short presentation of the project was done by prof. Claudia Martis, the coordinator of the project, followed by the INTERACT young researchers, which presented their experience with working in the frame of a European project and the results of their research work. The presentations were followed by informal discussions between the INTERACT young researchers and the participants.

A resume of the young researchers presentations can be consulted here.

INTERACT 5th School event


The fifth school event was organised by UTCN online via Teams, on 10-11 February 2022. The organizing committee was composed of Claudia Martis (UTCN) and Anca Constantinescu Dobra (UTCN). It is important to note that the fifth school event was organized online due to the Covid Pandemic situation at the time of the event which prevented the organisation at UTCN, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was made such that external people outside INTERACT consortium could join through a request to be sent via the project website.


The fourth school event was organized in two modules preparing fellows to (i) Career development initiatives and to (ii) Management of technology transfer & innovation and entrepreneurship.
The first module was split into several sub-modules:
1. Career development initiatives

2. Management of technology transfer & innovation and entrepreneurship


The aim of the training was to train the researchers to identify and plan the key steps for shaping their career path. The activities provided the attendees with practical guidance regarding the professional experience required when applying for positions in academic/non-academic institutions. The workshop focused on the participants’ own work. The moderators worked with participants to address their concerns and the specificities of the individual situations.

From the beginning, the participants received useful tools designed to gain benefits from higher self-awareness. After they applied them, they were encouraged to share their thoughts, competencies as employees and they were able to identify (and had to think about) measures to overcome self-limiting beliefs. They were coached to learn more about their emotional and thought patterns.

In this part, the interaction was very good, even though the online training could be sometimes a real burden. They also should explore in depth their competencies, skills, talents and talk first in pairs with their mates and after with the groups all the findings, the differences in perceptions about the appropriateness of a specific skills for a job. The experimented coaches concludes the discussions after each theme, by emphasizing on the main concepts, or important issues. Also, they made the participants to feel comfortable in a safe environment and every techniques conducted the participants to the next content (new/additional experiments) that organized and prioritized the next steps to be done in order to apply for a new job.

In the second part, the organizational environment was assessed. The participants were split in two groups an each groups had to discuss a specific study case (the company game). The interaction was very good and they were highly involved in this task.

The CV and intention letter was discussed and some good and wrong example were presented. The participants should made they own document and pitch them to the others, but in this specific moment the engagement was average, maybe because this part was at the end of the day.

Therefore, the main teaching technique was „learning by doing”.

In conclusion, it can be considered that the aims of the training was achieved, the participants being more prepared to plan their carrier path in an organized manner. The session was moderated by Maria Dofeldt and Codruta Badea from Coach Connect Romania, a coach training institute and has been in the coaching space for more than 15 years. They offer ACTP accredited programs Made in Sweden by CoachCompanion. Delivered in Sweden, Finland, South Africa and Romania.


The specific aims of the training was to instil the essential characteristics of the entrepreneurial mindset: the ability to confront self-doubt, accountability, resilience, and a willingness to experiment. Through entrepreneurship education and these characteristics can be developed just like the other skills and traits.

The first module challenge the PhD students to discover and analyze the existing entreprenorial competencies of their best manager in order to raise the awarness. They should categorise their skills according to the behavoiur of a leader, manager and coach. This discussion offered the opportunity for the trainers in the end to stress out the caracteristics of efficient and resilient entrepreneurs. It was a very fruitfull discussion with  a very high involvment of the participants.

The technology transfer exemples conducted the participants to think about thair business that can be launch on the market. The trainers helped the PhD students to shape their ideas, craft them with a repeatable process, and move them forward with capital. In this area, practice being decisive,  the participants “entrepreneurs” had to set specific goals, make decisions, from dealing with minor issues that arise to big-picture strategy and growth questions.

The teaching method was based mainly on study cases, projection, co-creation for clarifying some issues of an entrepreneurial process and “learning by doing”. The students worked in teams and they had to pitch their business idea in the end. A quiz on kahoot platform was implemented in order to assess the most appropriate questions for validate the business idea. The students keep their engagement at higher level: they put a lot of questions, pay attention on colleagues’ teams and gave advices.

For the last part, entrepreneurial mindset, the involvement decreased a little maiybe due to the fact that they were tired or the teaching method was lecturing.

Assessing the final pitch, it can be considerd that the PhD students improved ther entreprenurrial skils and set correctly the business plan.


The 5th event organized in the frame of INTERACT provided insights on carrier coaching and entrepreneurial mindset. Specialists from well-known companies like Coach Connect presented different techniques and methods for personal development in order to identify and plan the key steps for shaping the PhD career path. The trainings’ activities provided them practical guidance regarding the specific skills and competences required when applying for a job. Participants improved also their writing and oral communication competencies by focusing particularly on the specificity of each domain. The participants learned critical skills required in today’s work environment that they can put into practice immediately. The coaches addressed their concerns regarding individual situations. The good and wrong examples of engineers who applied worldwide for an academic or non-academic job shade a light on how to organize and properly plan the carrier development process for a long period of time. The self-discovery techniques brought a higher level of acknowledgement of their thinking mindset and enhanced emotional intelligence. The students got acquainted to HR headhunting procedures and their skills to pitch themselves were improved.

The second module made important contributions in entrepreneurial mindset. Developing and using entrepreneurial skills in their professional lives, will improve their performance in research activities along with their performance and potential for themselves and their teams. The presence of specialists in the field of entrepreneurship, experimented entrepreneurs form services or IT field from Entrepreneurial mindset and Linnify contributed to expand the participants’ knowledge in terms of how to approach research in order to transfer the results into the business environment. The entrepreneurial study cases help them to see the opportunities and to solve the problems of specific target market. Also, the customer discovery techniques support them to gain awareness of how they are in a leadership role. The role play exercises assist them to discover a healthy and effective leadership model. This knowledge, skills and competences are important elements in the training of young researchers who become more employable and efficient in their work.


INTERACT 4th School event

The fourth school event was organised by UTCN online via Teams, on 8-9 December 2020. The organizing committee was composed of Claudia Martis (UTCN) and Fabien Chauvicourt (SISW). It is important to note that the fourth school event was organized online due to the Covid situation at the time of the event, which prevented the organisation at UTCN, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was made such that external people outside INTERACT consortium could join through a request to be sent via the project website:

The fourth school event was organized in two modules preparing fellows to (i) industry state-of-the-art testing instrumentation and technologies and to (ii) understand the challenges associated to sustainable mobility and automotive industry.

Both modules were split into several sub-modules:

  1. Testing and instrumentation for automotive applications
    1. MBST for Electric Vehicles (Siemens Industry Software Leuven, Belgium)

Real-time solutions  – Motorcycle testing

Real-time Hybrid Simulation – Motorcycle testing

  1. Digital Twin for efficient validation of subjective vehicle performances (Siemens Industry Software Leuven, Belgium)

Model-based system testing of E-powertrains

The OBELICS project

  1. From Simulation to Reality: the XiL journey (National Instruments, Romania)
  2. Aero thermal test bench description (Renault Technologie Romanie)
  3. EMC simulation for power electronics (Brose, Wurzburg, Germany)
  1. Summer school on Sustainable mobility and automotive industry
    1. Sustainable urban mobility as a critical element for planning, designing and managing cities based on the principles of sustainable development (URBASOFIA, Italy)
    2. Product lifecycle management benefits, challenges and opportunities (UTCN, Romania)
    3. Product development process in the scope of product life cycle (Brose, Wurzburg, Germany)

The recorded presentations can be followed at:





2ND OCTOBER 2019, 10.00-12.00


The aim of this school module is to provide support and guidance to fellows for scientific and research writing and presentation. The following aspects will be integrated in a one-day course: (i) writing articles and conference papers; (ii) preparing and presenting a poster; (iii)  resenting to an audience, at a conference or a workshop or in front of a small group. The module will be implemented as a workshop, including writing and presentation exercises.

Responsible: ULB.

2ND OCTOBER 2019, 13.00-17.00

ESRs’work presentation and evaluation.


Attendance of EV 2019.

4TH OCTOBER 2019, 15.00-16.30:


During two days the module will give to the participants in three courses a rigorous and in-depth knowledge of the key component technologies in EMs and power electronics, and their integration into advanced systems. New technologies, materials and emerging topologies for more-efficient EMs as well as new trends in semiconductors and special topologies for power converters will be presented and discussed. Finally, systems architectures, requirements analysis, design trade-offs, and reliability through case studies and mathematical techniques will be included in a system integration course. The module will include a research assignment to be completed within three months following the school event.

Responsible:  BROSE.



Between 12th – 13th June 2019, the 2nd training event took place at BROSE.


12.06.2019  – Advanced design, modelling and analysis methods and tools for automotive electrical actuation  – The goal of the S&T module was provide deeper understanding regarding the different advanced analytical and numerical modelling aspects that the INTERACT’s fellows are concerned with: material modelling for magnetic and structural analysis, losses in EMs, magnetic force computation, Model Order Reduction (MOR) techniques, system-level modelling, etc. The courses  comprised theoretical parts and illustrations by means of the software used by the fellows. Responsible: ULB.

13.06.2019 – Personal development and team working  – The Workshop  provided powerful thinking tools and step-by-step processes for designing executable action plans for strategies at any level. Good knowledge and practice of these techniques enables more efficient work of the fellows during and after completion of the initial research training. The goal of this school was to: (i) train the fellows in management skills, including personal time management, task assignment handling, prioritisation, schedule management, team and meeting leadership etc., and (ii) introduce and practice project management techniques, including project definition and set-up, controlling, risk management and reporting. The FAC encourages using techniques learned here for regular progress reviews. A special session  provided all the necessary details, guidelines, evaluation criteria and measures in order to teach the young researchers how to write successful UE Framework Programs proposals. Responsible: UTCN.

FIRST TRAINING EVENT, 16 – 17 January 2019, Brussels


Between 16th-17th January 2019, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium hosted the First training event.

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Sustainable development and mobility – Module 1: an overview of the subject of sustainable development in a way that is relevant to engineers, but deals with issues wider than just technical. The course will address sustainability concepts, values and change processes with a quantitative approach that provides key tools in sustainability methods and metrics. Module 2: issues, challenges and opportunities presented by the global automotive industry’s drive toward sustainable mobility. Presenter: Claudia Martis (UTCN)

Green vehicle architectures and technologies – Module 1:  introduction to green fuels, energy conversion systems on green vehicles,   batteries and charging infrastructure, low-emissions automotive auxiliaries. Module 2: green vehicles in European legislation, standardization and green vehicles. Presenter: Mihăiţă Gabriel Neacsu (ICPE, AVER)


Thursday 17th January 2019

Integrity and ethics in research- Part 1 – Research integrity: On the basis of some institutional landmarks (Declarations of Singapore and European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity), the first part of the training focuses on concrete and strategic issues encountered by researchers at the beginning of their careers. These issues are related to shortcomings with respect to data collection, processing and interpretation, collaboration and publication (when to present results, in what form, issues of authorship and plagiarism, etc.), research funding (conflicts of interests), scientific expertise. Part 2 – Research ethics: The second part of the training is dedicated to research ethics. After a very brief introduction to two major ethical traditions (utilitarianism and deontological ethics), it focuses on practical issues encountered in research, on the basis of the H2020 ethical framework. The topics that will be addressed are the following:  research involving humans, privacy and personal data, research involving animals, non EU countries, environment, health and safety, dual use,  misuse, other ethical issues (neurobiology, human/machine interactions, nanotechnologies, genetic enhancement, artificial intelligence, etc.). Specific attention will be brought to the issues of privacy and personal data, and of dual use/misuse. Presenter: Céline Kermisch (ULB)