Valentina E. Balas is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Automatics and Applied Software at the Faculty of Engineering, “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad, Romania. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms (IJAIP) and the International  Journal of Computational Systems Engineering (IJCSysE), a member of the Editorial Board member of several national and international journals and is an evaluator expert for national, and international projects and PhD Thesis. Dr. Balas is the director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre in the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad and the Director of the Department of International Relations, Programs and Projects at the same university. She served as General Chair of the International Workshop Soft Computing and Applications (SOFA) in nine editions organized in the interval 2005-2020 and held in Romania and Hungary. Dr Balas participated in many international conferences as Organizer, Honorary Chair, Session Chair, a member of Steering, Advisory or International Program Committees and Keynote Speaker. Recently she was working on a national project with EU funding support: BioCell-NanoART = Novel Bio-inspired Cellular Nano-Architectures – For Digital Integrated Circuits, 3M Euro from National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation. She is a member of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT), a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and a Senior Member IEEE, a member of Technical Committee – Fuzzy Systems (IEEE Computational Intelligence Society), chair of the Task Force 14 in Technical Committee – Emergent Technologies (IEEE CIS), a member in Technical Committee – Soft Computing (IEEE SMCS). Dr. Balas was past Vice-president (responsible with Awards) of IFSA – International Fuzzy Systems Association Council (2013-2015), is a Joint Secretary of the Governing Council of Forum for Interdisciplinary Mathematics (FIM), – A Multidisciplinary Academic Body, India and recipient of the “Tudor Tanasescu” Prize from the Romanian Academy for contributions in the field of soft computing methods (2019).