Răzvan Florian is a director of the Romanian Institute of Science and Technology. He is the author of several learning rules for spiking neural networks (the third generation of neural network models). The essential components of one of these rules, which allows neurons to learn from rewards and punishments, and has been developed trough mathematical derivations and computer simulations, have been later found by neuroscientists in the brain. Dr. Florian has also founded two companies, Arxia (which he has exited) and Epistemio. He is now working on creating intelligent systems that are able to autonomously write software.