I was born in a small town called Fagaras, Romania. I lived in there until 1967 when I graduated from the National College Doamna Stanca and went to study Mathematics at the University of Bucharest, from which I graduated in 1972.

After a few years working at the Central Institute of Informatics in Bucharest and the Center for Mathematical Statistics of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, I left Romania, first for France and then for the United States where I arrived in 1977.

I continued my education in the Mathematics Department at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and obtained a PhD in Mathematics in 1983. In 1983 I joined the University of Cincinnati, first the Department of Mathematical Sciences and from 1984 the Computer Science Department. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and to Full Professor in 1998. I am currently in the Computer Science Department in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati I spent the academic year 1986-87 as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Engineering Mathematics Department at the University of Bristol, England

During 1990-1995 I worked in Japan in the area of Fuzzy Engineering, in connection with the Laboratory for International Fuzzy Engineering (LIFE), including holding the LIFE Endowed Chair of Fuzzy Theory in the Systems Science Department at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. I spent 1998-99 sabbatical leave also in Japan, at the Brain Science Institute of the Institute for Physics and Chemistry (RIKEN), in the Information Synthesis Group (now renamed as Mathematical Neuroscience) led by Professor Shun'ichi Amari, which I visited again in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2010, and 2006-2007 at Kyoto University, Japan.

I visited University of Paris VI in 1997 and again in 2004, Tokyo Institute of Technology (1997, 2010), University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, Malaysia (2008 and 2010), National University of Malaysia in Putrijaya (2010), University of Oviedo, Spain (2011, 2012 & 2013), and ParisTech ENST (2015).