His special interest in computer graphics (stimulated by a Hewlett- Packard 9100 calculator with a HP 9125 plotter )was finalized in the first computer graphics exhibitions in Romania (Cluj 1971,1972, Arad 1973, Timisoara 1974, Satu-Mare 1975, Bucuresti 1976).The attraction of the plotter representations directed him to the computer graphic artists: Georg Ness and Herbert Franke (whom he has met at Erlangen in 1973, respectively at Bucharest in 1974). This job was subject of many papers (published in magazines and newspapers) and conferences in his own country and different contacts in West Germany and Austria. It is to be noted an artistic recognition of his drawings obtained at the exhibition in Bucharest in January-February 1976 (Galeria Noua) benefiting from the enthusiastic support of prof.V.Mercea from Cluj, Titus Mocanu and Anca Arghir from Bucharest (now living in Germany). A good presentation of the exhibition appeared in ‘Arta’ 6, Bucharest 1976 (V.E.Masek). In 1977 dr.Jalobeanu was invited to participate to the Ars ex machina exhibition at Kuenstlerhaus in Vienna.In cooperation with a designer artist (Adriana Dobra) from the research institute on porcelain and ceramic (CERO-Cluj) dr. Jalobeanu elaborated a method for computer graphics decoration of porcelain and ceramic items. Some results were exhibited at the Bucharest International Fair 1979-1980, and in Cluj and Oradea, also. The results were reported as a chapter in the volume ‘Mathematical semiotic of the visual arts’ published in romanian in 1982 (editor prof.S.Marcus).In his doctoral thesis entitled „The Relational Systems and their use in Computer Science” (1977) he studied the multi-valued relational structures in connection with the computer science algebraic models, using the apparatus of the Post algebras with many ideas of the Polish school ( H.Rasiowa, A.Salwicki, Z.Pawlak, A.Blikle).Working from 1978 to 1986 on a Data General NOVA 3/12 minicomputer, from 1986 to 1991 on a Romanian PDP 11/45 type system, and CP/M and DOS microsystems, he coordinated the computer laboratory activity, teaching the staff and developing different programs packages for computer graphics, mass spectra acquisition and interpretation. Together with dr.N.Palibroda and C.Jalobeanu he realized a mass spectra acquisition and processing system based on a general purpose (NOVA) minicomputer connected to the Varian Mat 371 Mass Spectrometer. The system was reported at 9-th Int.Mass Spectrometry Conf. Vienna 1982.Interfacing a TV camera with the NOVA minicomputer a small digital image processing system was realized, drawing the resulted pictures to the graphic printer or to the plotter using original routines. The general purpose Fortran routines for edge detection, contrast enhancement, threshold detection, object analysis, etc. were developed. Some of this were used in archaeological prospection, processing the magnetic field data or other archaeometric information.

In 1984, a paper on this subject (M.Jalobeanu, R.Roscau and V.V.Morariu-‘Digital Image Processing in Archaeological Prospection’) was accepted at the Archaeometry’84 Int.Symposium on Archaeometry, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. A CP/M-data acquisition system manufactured in the computer laboratory for an electronic resonance spectrometer was delivered in 1988 to the Physics Dept. of the University of Bucharest.

Another CP/M Mass Spectrometry Data Acquisition System was finalized in 1990. In 1991, an integrated MS Data Acquisition System with AD and DA converters and some digital commands, with a menu driven software on 10 Kbytes EPROM memory and RS-232 communication protocol with a CP/M machine, was finished and installed on the SMIT-1 spectrometer (The system project and most of the software support was elaborated by dr.Jalobeanu). From 1991 the hardware support of the institute was enlarged with some IBM-compatible personal computers (some XT’s and AT286 and 386). Dr.Jalobeanu installed many of them and teaches the user colleagues on MS-DOS and PC- environments (Turbo Pascal and Word Perfect, especially).

Between 1992-1996 dr.Jalobeanu coordinated a 4 years project on algebraic and relational models for graphics and image analysis, conducting the research of his small team in the field of mathematical morphology.

Since December 1992, dr. Jalobeanu installed the e-mail connection in the institute and is responsible with the INTERNET communications. In this field he continuously tried to improve the institute access to the Internet resources : installing different software products he succeeded to connect his 386 PC as a remote terminal to ICI, IMAR, PUBucharest , UTTimisoara and UTCluj (running VAX-VMS and UNIX-LINUX O.S.), as well as an UUPC server. In 1994 he prepared a project (hard-soft) for a communication server in ITIM, including a local network and a small library server. His project was accepted by the institute scientific and management council and was accepted and presented at ROSE’94 Conference at Bucharest in November 1994.

He succeeded to manage the building of the local communication network, configuring the e-mail, FTP and Web servers, using a V34 leased line connection to the RoEduNet. On this continuously developing activity, together with his Computer&Communication team the Institute Local Area Network (grouping more than 70 computers, and near 120 users) is organized now as an Intranet with 5 Web servers instaled and maintained by him.

In the same time he succeeded to write and publish to books about Internet: „Internet informare si instruire”, 1995, 424p., ISBN 973-96862-8-1, ProMedia Plus Publisher, „Acces in Internet: Email & FTP”, 1996, 256p., ISBN 973-97377-2-2, ProMedia Plus Publisher, very well received by romanian readers. A review of the first book was published in Matrix 6.01 by Peter Salus. Also, Dr.Jalobeanu translated in romanian the Dr. Bob’s Guide to Off-line Internet Access, now at the 8th edition.

Dr.M. Jalobeanu published more than 60 papers in scientific periodicals and proceedings in own country and only eleven abroad. He is the author of more than 46 internal technical reports and of some internal computer user manuals or compendium(FORTRAN, DGC-RDOS, ALGOL, BASIC, CP/M, DOS, Word-Perfect, E-mail, Internet). Also, he is co-author at two romanian books ” The Mathematical Semiotic of Visual Arts”( ed. S.Marcus, Editura Stiintifica si Enciclopedica, Bucharest, 1982), and ” The Electronic Computers, Graphics and Image Processing” ( ed. V.Baltac, Editura Tehnica, Bucharest 1985).

The teaching experiences of dr.M.Jalobeanu includes an ‘Experimental Data Processing Course’ at a special technical school on Stable Isotopes, between 1970 and 1975, different internal courses about computers utilization: D.G. RDOS, FORTRAN IV, BASIC, RSX-11, PASCAL etc. He prepared 9 internal manuals for these courses, addressed to general computer users. Between 1991-1993 he teaches a course entitled ‘The Role of Computers in Artistic Creation’ at the Academy of Visual Arts and also at the Academy of Music from Cluj, oriented to multi- media and with applications on text and image editors (until now only on DOS configurations).

In a 1993 seminar for young journalist, dr.Jalobeanu take a short practical course about multi-media in the newspaper preparation. Since 1997-1999 he teaches a course on „Statistics and Internet” at the Technical University (Administration College from Campia-Turzii), and a „Communication in Internet” course at the „Babes-Bolyai” University (College of Informatics).

Between 1969-1974 dr.Jalobeanu participated at different international meetings (Nice-1970 International Congress of Mathematicians, Jablonna-Warsaw Mathematical Foundations on Computer Science, Varenna-Italy 1972 Summer School on Algebra and Theory of Categories, Hamburg-1973 and W.Berlin-1974 ‘Gesellschaft fuer Informatik’ annual conferences).All these scientific actions were based on foreign part invitation and sponsorship, with own travel expenses. After 1974 dr.Jalobeanu travels abroad have been much restricted, and he was only to some service travel in Moscow (1976), Warsaw (1977) and Vienna (1977).

In 1978, together with his wife, he participated as tourist at Zakopane to the 7th Symposium on ‘Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science’. After 1979 when his brother ‘remained in Occident'(Georges Jalobeanu, violist at Nice Philharmonic Orchestra) dr.Jalobeanu didn’t obtain the necessarily approvement nor for a Varna seminar (1983). After 1989- revolution, in 1990 holiday, with his wife (dr.Ciresica Jalobeanu) and his student daughter, dr.Jalobeanu visited Nice-Sophia INRIA center of documentation, and had very interesting contacts with image analysis team (Project PASTIS ).

In June 1991, due to a kind invitation of prof.Kropatsch and the Austrian Academy of Science sponsorship, dr.Jalobeanu was two-weeks guest of the Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Department of the Technical University of Vienna. In September 1991 he participated to 12-th Eurographics Conference in Vienna with one of 40 Eastern country scholarships. In November 1991 dr.Jalobeanu was invited as lecturer at the Erice 18th Eloisatron Project workshop on ‘Image processing for future high energy physics detectors’. His lecture was entitled: ‘Relational structure for hierarchical image analysis’. With this occasion he visited some Italian image analysis centers in Palermo(CRES and DIE), Naples (DIS), Genoa (CNR and DIST) and Pavia(DIS) Universities.

The Commission of the European Communities (Directorate-General XIII) was accepted supporting his participation in a research activity, entitled: ‘Relational structures for hierarchical image analysis’, at Stichting Mathematisch Centrum Amsterdam for a total duration of 3 months in 1993.

The fellowship split in two parts (June, November-December) was a nice occasion for different scientific contacts and for information improvements, not only in the field of image analysis, but generally in computer science, especially for UNIX , free software and multi-media environments.

In the same time dr.Jalobeanu met European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), and participated to the 22-nd International Conference on Stochastic Processes and Applications (SPA’93), Amsterdam 21-25 June 1993, and also to other five conferences organized by UvA and CWI. Some results of his research activity in the field of mathematical morphology in cooperation with dr.Henk Heijmans from CWI, are communicated at February 10, 1994 symposium of Romanian Academy in Bucharest (Mathematics chapter), and also in a „Eotvos-Lorand” Budapest-„Babes-Bolyai” Cluj Universities joint Conference in 1994.

His experience in the Computer Vision field is turn since November 1995 in his electronic monthly publication called BEAIS – Bulletin for Image and Signal Analysis. In 1997 he build together with Lucian Muresan, a physician working at the Physics Research Center from Dubna, the BEAIS Home page, a Web (Online) publication in Computer Vision.

Another important contact he had in Amsterdam in 1993 was INTERACT – The European Platform for Interactive Education and Multi-media. It was the beginning of his activity in the field of e-mail teaching, interactive education and, generally Internet Learning. His contributions about Romanian networks and Internet access, taking part to conferences on Operational Research at Thesaloniki (1995 and 1997), respectively on Distance Education at Portoroz (1996), Ankara (1996 and 1998), were very well received. In this field Dr. Jalobeanu begun to cooperate with Odd de Presno (Norway), Bob Rankin(USA), Lara Stefansdottir (Iceland), Nic Nistor (Germany), Susan English, Christopher Clark and William Lindsay (Great Britain).

At the ROSE’96 Conference on Open Systems, in Bucharest, Dr.Jalobeanu was the chairman of the ‘Distance Learning session’, also. Since 1997, together with Nic Nistor, Dr.Jalobeanu is involved in a difficult project, organizing a succesfull (annual) International Conference called Romanian Internet Learning Workshop (with the logo „Internet as a Vehicle for Teaching” (9-14 June 1997, 16-24 July 1998, 15-28 August 1999). For this event, together with Nic Nistor, he designed and developed especially theRILW Web page, publishing all documents connected to the workshop. The graphic presentation was designed by Dumitru Radoiu (CS Department of the „Petru Maior” University of Targu-Mures). RILW’99 was organized in Cluj-Napoca as an International Conference and Summer School, on the Erasmus framework.

Dr.M.Jalobeanu is member of EDEN (European Distance Education Network), and CADE (Computers in Art & Design Education ) organizations, as well as of HTML Writers Guild.

He is also an active member of the political association ‘Civil Alliance’ and of the academic organization ‘Academia Civica’, and also the Co-president of the romanian branch of the cultural association ‘Polygon’. At general elections from September 1992 he activated as the head of Cluj Computer Department of Democratic Convention, controlling the election data processing. He published occasionally political and cultural comments in the Cluj newspaper ‘Tribuna Ardealului’, ‘Monitorul de Cluj’, as well as in the Agora OnLine Web publication (http://www.agora.ro/. You may find some of his recent comments (in Romanian) in his Free Opinions Web page. Among hobbies, he prefer computer art, mountain trips and sky.

Mihai Jalobeanu